WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

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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B approachingdusk, the stage was set on a sultry, summer night. After a three-hour thunderstorm threatened to postpone a seesaw battle at the 2010 Massachusetts Women's Amateur Golf title match, the downpour suddenly stopped. From the stillness, steam floated up, accented by a rainbow. Game on! Nine holes later, lifelong Wellesley resi- dent Pam Kuong, who trailed by one stroke after the 16th hole but rallied to win the 17th, found herself 70 yards from the flag on the final hole. Her opponent, who was flirting with the edge of the putting green, held the clear advantage. For Kuong, it was do or die. She consulted with her caddy, Peter McCarthy, a co-worker at Bank of America, who reassured her, "Pammie, this is your favorite distance. You've hit this shot a thousand times. Just trust it." 76 In the next instant the crowd gasped after Kuong's defining wedge shot landed beyond the flag, threatened to roll off the green's back side, but then spun back to within eight feet of the hole. Now she needed to nail an eight-foot putt to claim the match and coveted title for the second time in three years. In her mind, Kuong scanned her ritualistic checklist while taking deep breaths. She glanced at the 18th hole again. It appeared more distant from moments earlier… "It's never too late, never too late in life to chase a dream. Even if you've tried your best and fall short, at least you dared to try. That alone is victory," Kuong used to say as a coach to her team of teenaged competitive swimmers. During her more than 20 years of coaching some of the country's finest amateur swimmers through Bernal's Gator Swim Club, the Wellesley High School Girls Swim Team, and WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 o e m n L i N i d f e D n ' s a c r i k u i n G g e a s

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