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The Massachusetts Golf Association will be recognizing inductees to the Massachusertts Golf Hall of Fame with a gala event at the Blue Hill Country Club, October 16, 2014.  If you are interested in learning more about the event and the honorees, please click this link.




Host - Ken Crimmings, CGCS


Tuesday August 12, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT

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Marlborough Country Club

200 Concord Road

Marlborough, MA 01752

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Our next meeting will be at the Marlborough Country Club, Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Please come and join friends and retirees for this annual event.  If you don't wish to play golf come and enjoy lunch and the barbecue.

This event is the Individual Championship and will also serve as the qualifier for the New England Superintendent Championship that will be held at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort, Bartlett, NH, 

October 7, 2014.  Dave Ousterhout will be the Host Superintendent.  The low eight players will be eligible to play.


Board Meeting                9:00 AM

Registration                  10:00 AM

Shotgun Start                11:00 AM

Meeting, Introductions, Barbecue and Prizes After Golf

Lunch will be ticketed and served from the snack shack at the turn. Your choice will be one of the following - two hot dogs, tuna roll or italian grinder all served with chips and soda.  

Dinner will be a barbecue featuring Montreal sirloin, antipasto, potato, vegetables and cookies for dessert.

Cost:                                 $85.00

Lunch & Barbecue Only:  $45.00

Retirees:                           Complimentary


Noon, Friday, August 8.

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Don Hearn

GCSA of New England                             


July 22, 2014



September 8, 2014 

Two Person Team Championship 


Haverhill, MA     

Greg Tower, Host Superintendent

October 7, 2014     

New England Superintendent Championship   

Omni Mt. Washington Resort   

Bartlett, NH    

Dave Ousterhout, Host Superintendent 

October 14, 2014    


Dedham Country and Polo Club  

Dedham, MA   

Kevin Corvino, Host Superintendent

October 22, 2014   

Assistants Tournament   

William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park    

Dorchester, MA    

Russell Heller, CGCS, Host Superintendent

October 22, 2014   

NEPGA Pro-Superintendent   

Black Rock Country Club    

Hingham, MA    

Chuck Welch, Host Superintendent

November 6, 2014    

Nine-Hole Meeting   

Sassamon Trace Golf Course    

Natick, MA    

Kris Armando, Host Superintendent  

This article appeared in the Golf Section of The Boston Globe,

July 10, 2014.  Thanks to Mike Whitmer for highliting these families.

How golf community responded to families in need

By Michael Whitmer | GLOBE STAFF JULY 10, 2014

Theirs was not a meeting of chance that day, but the exact time and place the two friends from Framingham would connect last month hinged on the hum and hustle of a typical workday.

When you toil in the golf business — like Dave McAdams and Jason VanBuskirk do — summers are packed with action. Long hours, little rest, days running into each other, nights spent catching your breath before the next morning’s predawn wake-up call. The local golf life has a certain seasonal rhythm to it.

When that rhythm gets interrupted, swept up in a world of comas and cancer and crying, word has a tendency to spread quickly, especially now with social media. But to finally see someone, an old friend, a former classmate and teammate who had traveled the same painful path the last handful of months, words can be hard to find. Or, not even necessary.

So when McAdams and VanBuskirk spotted each other in front of the golf shop at Stow Acres Country Club on the muggy afternoon of June 6, they shared one of those longer, tighter hugs that always have a story behind it.

In this case, there were two stories.

Emergency call

Gloria VanBuskirk was a pillar of enviable health. The 27-year-old was a part-time Zumba instructor, didn’t drink or smoke, and had completed a half-marathon in October. Her husband, Jason, has been the superintendent at Stow Acres Country

Club since getting the job seven years ago, as a 23-year-old. They have two children: daughter Emma is 3, and son Bennett will be 2 in November.

“I go to work, I take care of the golf course, and my wife stays home and takes care of the kids,” VanBuskirk said. “She knows I’ve got a lot to handle.”

Even though winter was approaching and VanBuskirk’s schedule at Stow Acres was slowing down, it was odd for Gloria to ask her husband if he could stay home and watch the kids, because she wasn’t feeling well and wanted to stay in bed. It was Dec. 8, 2013. Three days later Gloria was complaining of stomach pains, so VanBuskirk took her to the emergency room, where doctors detected a small ulcer and put her on medication. Two days later and still in the hospital — MetroWest in Framingham — Gloria was feeling better, good enough that VanBuskirk went to work that Friday, Dec. 13.

Returning to MetroWest after work, VanBuskirk climbed into the hospital bed with his wife, told her he loved her, gave her a kiss, then left to head home, only to discover when he got to his car that he left the keys in Gloria’s room. Back he went, and as he was leaving a second time, halfway down the hallway, VanBuskirk heard the voice of Gloria’s mother, Claudia, screaming for help.

Racing back to the hospital room, VanBuskirk entered to find his wife in the grip of a grand mal seizure: “Her whole body was just completely convulsing: legs, arms, head, complete loss of body control.”

Gloria was transferred the next day to the ICU unit at Beth Israel, and placed in a semi-medically-induced coma, remaining in that state for six weeks. A very long six weeks.

“From Dec. 14 to Dec. 31 I battled: Will my kids have a mom? What will I do if I lose her? For 98 percent of the time, I was strong,” VanBuskirk said. “I got to see every little change that developed. It was pretty powerful.”

With the help of Dr. Frank Drislane at Beth Israel — and after VanBuskirk made the difficult decision of allowing a brain biopsy — Gloria eventually was diagnosed with epilepsy. She came out of the coma in February, moved from Beth Israel to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, and finally returned home in April.

During those four months, VanBuskirk didn’t think much about work. He not only had the support of his boss and the security of a job that would be waiting for him; Walter Lankau, the owner of Stow Acres, frequently delivered VanBuskirk’s weekly paycheck.

Others chipped in, too. The greens staff at Stow Acres continued to oversee the course during a difficult winter, but superintendents from other courses offered VanBuskirk their services. Members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England — VanBuskirk is on the board — reached out to see if VanBuskirk needed anything: money, gas, baby-sitting help.

“I felt a connection. We both graduated from [University of Rhode Island], he has two young kids, I have two young kids. I figured this was a way to see how I could help,” said Jeff Urquhart, the superintendent at the Milton-Hoosic Club in Canton, who visited VanBuskirk in the hospital numerous times. “We’re always lending equipment, offering advice, offering staff members, sending e-mails, making phone calls and suggestions. We look out for each other.”

It helped VanBuskirk get through the most trying of times.

“For me, it meant that I had somebody I could call and share any thought. People were so willing to drop what they had going on. In the golf industry, we’re already willing to do that for each other anyway, and then you pop a medical mystery into the picture, and it includes a wife and two kids, and guys are just willing to do whatever’s needed,” VanBuskirk said. “It’s bad to say this, but you probably wouldn’t do those things for each other unless they’re needed. But when it happens, and they are needed, we do it.”

Sobering diagnosis

Learning to walk before she was a year old, Kylie McAdams loved to follow her parents around and look up at them with big eyes and an even bigger smile. But that was about the time when Dave McAdams and his wife, Kate, began to notice a small glow in Kylie’s right eye, especially when light struck at just the right angle.

In February, a few weeks before Kylie’s one-year check-up, she came down with a virus, which gave McAdams the chance to point out his daughter’s right eye to her pediatrician, who suggested a visit to an ophthalmologist. It could be far-sightedness, correctable by prescription glasses. Or it could be something else.

McAdams, who is the tournament director for the New England PGA, began studying up on what Kylie’s condition might be, and after being called away from a section meeting in Newark, spent the four-hour drive mentally preparing for what an MRI the next day would unfortunately confirm: retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer that is most common in young children.

In a short 11-day span, from March 14-24, Kylie would undergo an MRI, be diagnosed with cancer, and have her right eye removed. It’s a chain of events that a parent never wants to have their child go through, but McAdams said he and Kate found the strength needed to cope with such a life-changing challenge from the one person who didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.

“At some point I hope to be able to convey this to her. She will never know how much inspiration she gave us, how she motivated us to stay positive, just by being a normal little kid,” McAdams said. “She’s running around, laughing, talking, all the things a little kid should do. For adults who get cancer, the mental burden is daunting. As a child, she doesn’t know what the word means, and is not affected mentally by it. Her attitude forced us to have a positive attitude, not let it wear us down.”

No stranger to golf marathons — McAdams used to work for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund (he was a Ouimet Scholar), which has a fund-raising marathon every year — he was contacted by Golf Fights Cancer, an organization based in Norton that donates monetary gifts to cancer-related charities. The Golf Fights Cancer marathon, now in its eighth year, always selects a handful of honorees, who can direct the dollars raised to their charities or organizations of choice. This year, with the 15-member board voting quickly and unanimously, they named just one honoree: Kylie McAdams.

“Having the golf marathon honor Kylie and celebrate Kylie was a great way for them to talk about this, an opportunity to talk about it,” said Cheryl McGuire, the program director for Golf Fights Cancer. “We thought that to help them heal, this would start the process.

“The fact that Dave works in the golf industry played a factor, for sure. Golf being the most philanthropic sport, we knew the community will always support different causes. But to help one of their own, that resonates.”

McAdams said he and Kate are in the process of starting a foundation — they’re calling it the Kyopia Foundation — and will divide the money raised by the 25 marathon golfers this year (a figure that will top $100,000) three ways: Mass. General pediatric oncology department; Mass. Eye and Ear retina services; and creating an endowed fund at Mass. General to help families impacted by pediatric cancer cover some of the expenses.

“When it comes into your own household, it’s a different sort of feeling. Our family had to go through this, but we’re fortunate. Our little girl is here, she’ll be here, and she’ll be able to go on and live a normal, healthy life,” McAdams said. “Other families aren’t as fortunate, and those are the people you do it for, to make their lives a little bit better, so maybe someday their daughter won’t have to have an eye removed.”

Embracing friendship

McAdams knew he’d see VanBuskirk on June 6, since it was the day of this year’s Golf Fights Cancer marathon at Stow Acres, a day that also included Kate and Kylie and many members of McAdams’s extended family.

Each could have given the other a medical update — Kylie McAdams is cancer-free, while Gloria VanBuskirk has more fire and sass than ever before, her husband says — and both could have shared their emotional experiences of the past six months.

Instead, the two longtime friends who grew up playing hockey together, went to the same middle school, and were part of the 2002 graduating class at Framingham High School didn’t say anything at all.

An embrace was all they needed. That said everything.

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.


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