WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Course Preparation On day one of the championship, The Weston Golf course was in pristine condition. Trees had been trimmed, flowers added, grass cut to perfec- tion. A little more than a month earlier, however, the club was struggling with the effects of a devas- tating and destructive winter. Members played on temporary tees while the grounds team replaced sod and, eventually, successfully nurtured its course back to health. "Weston Golf Club always puts on a first class show and we thank them for all their efforts to get the course ready," said Jesse Menachem, MGA Executive Director. 2013 MGA Open Champion, Evan Harmeling, adds, "Weston's are the best greens I've played since being up north." Humble Beginnings The Weston Golf Club probably didn't boast beautiful greens in 1894, and wouldn't have a dedicated grounds person until its second year. In 1894 Weston, the game was young and early players were true pioneers, playing amongst cattle and other obstacles that happily aren't part of the game today. "The Reverend Charles F. Russell returned from a visit to England with a set of clubs and began hitting balls into nearby pastures," explains Pamela W. Fox, author of Farm to Suburb: The History and 74 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 "The Par 72, 18-hole golf course was designed with tremendous character," explains Adam Hemeon, Weston's Head PGA Professional. "It is a true test for golfers of any skill level and has some of the best short holes in the Boston area. Like all Donald Ross courses, the player who is patient and can place his shot will do well here." The field featured 62 exempt players (including Hemeon) and 82 competitors that qualified for the event during six-stroke play rounds at various venues during the month of May of this year. The Mass State Open 2013 Champions Evan Harmeling, Chris Fitzpatrick, and Ben Spitz, were also among the competitors. "Weston is a great course," commented Ben Spitz, 2013 MGA Open Low Amateur. "You have to think a lot on this course. It has a great New England feel to it." B A C K G R O U N D : D I A N E A N T O N P H O T O G R A P H Y ; I N S E T : D A V I D C O L T The Weston Golf Club

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