The New England Senior Golfers’ Association boasts a long and storied history. While many of our members distinguished themselves in golf or other pursuits, the NESGA membership has been comprised of men who appreciate golf and the people who make up the game. At its inception, the New England Seniors was fortunate to have a strong leader. Julius Maxwell, an advertising executive was one of the incorporators of the NESGA. He served as the first President of the association, and remained as its President from 1922 to 1938. He was able to successfully lead the association through the Great Depression. While many golf clubs and similar associations, failed, Mr. Maxwell was able to lead the NESGA through this troubled period. Another of the distinguished gentlemen who were instrumental in the growth of the NESGA was George Wright. Mr. Wright was a member of the Woodland Golf Club who was part of the early discussions, which preceded the formation of the New England Seniors.
Elected into the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937, George Wright was a standout shortstop in professional baseball’s early years, winning 4 championships between 1872-1875, playing for the Boston Red Stockings. After retiring from baseball he entered the sporting goods business and established the firm of Wright and Ditson which sold golf and tennis equipment. Mr. Wright served as an incorporator of the Seniors and served on the Board of Governors. In 1934, Mr. Wright proposed having a “tournament within a tournament” a special competition specifically for men who have celebrated their 80th birthday. Thus, the Gold Star division was born. Mr. Wright later was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Among the first class of five Gold Star members were former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senator Frederick Gillette, Congressman Alexander Treadway and George Wright himself. Gillette is still the only person to be Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and a popularly elected member of the United States Senate. Mr. Gillette hailed from Westfield, Massachusetts and Mr. Treadway from Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Treadway was the proprietor of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge.The Post World War II period saw tremendous growth in the association, and membership exploded from 220 to 400 by 1970. A call was made to initiate more events, and this expansion launched the schedule the NESGA currently has. The association grew from a single championship event to hosting an event in the Summer, later one in the Fall was added, to the point where we now have five separate events throughout the season. In 1948, the NESGA saw a familiar youngster of join their ranks when Francis Ouimet became a member. Mr. Ouimet remained a member until passing in 1967. He was a regular participant in its competitions. He also served the association as a member of the Board of Governors and ultimately as First Vice President.
Mr. Ouimet was never able to capture the championship of the association. It is said that he appreciated the collegiality of the association and appreciated the opportunity to socialize with so many old associates at the NESGA events. When approached about becoming President of the NESGA, he demurred stating that there were other men who had served the association in a more meaningful capacity.
The NESGA had another great name added in the 1960’s, that of Bishop. Leon Bishop joined the organization and soon became a force in the association, serving on the Board of Governors as Tournament Chairman officer and as President of the NESGA. He later served as the first Executive Secretary of the association where he handled the daily duties of the association, selected the tournament sites and set the handicaps for members (pre computer time). Leon was joined in the NESGA by his brother Stanley E. (Ted) Bishop in 1967. While Ted overshadowed Leon in their younger days, Leon won the championship, while Ted was never able to enter the winner’s circle at the Jarboe. However,
Ted won numerous amateur tournaments, including three Massachusetts Amateurs and two New England Amateurs, with his biggest win being the 1946 U.S. Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Ted also played on the winning Walker Cup teams in 1947 and 1949.
The focus of the NESGA has always been the annual championship, named in 1961 after Perron C. Jarboe. To single out Perron Jarboe would be to shortchange the caliber of play displayed by several of its champions including Roy Moore, Owen Shiro, Fordie Pitts, John Mercer, Gael Coakley, all who won three or more championships.
The New England Senior Golfers’ Association in 1998 established a Charitable Gift Fund to give back to golf. Since that time monies have been distributed to students and junior golf programs have been supported. In 2011, the John A. Casey New England Senior Golfers’ Association scholarship became an endowed scholarship under the auspices of the Francis Ouimet Fund. The Charitable Gift Fund has annually makes donations to the Widdy Neale Scholarship Fund (Ct. Golf Association) The John Burke Scholarship Fund (Rhode Island Golf Association) The Richard McDonough Scholarship (New Hampshire Golf Association) and the Maine Golf Association scholarship fund and the Vermont Golf Association scholarship fund. Donations are also made to the First Tee of Massachusetts and the Button Hole Golf Course in Rhode Island to help promote junior golf and help grow the game.
The NESGA looks forward to the future while being respectful of its past.
New England Senior Golfers' Association Annual Events
Parran C. Jarboe Memorial Tournament
The Perron C. Jarboe Championship is one of the oldest senior championships that has been played continuously since 1932. The tournament is contested over two 18-hole rounds, alternating courses around the Boston area, while keeping Woodland GC and Brae Burn CC as a host for one of the days.
This year it is played at Winchester & Brae Burn Country Clubs.
Winchester - Since 1919, Winchester has hosted seven Massachusetts Amateur championships and two state opens in addition to other state and regional tournaments. It remains one of the premier courses in the state. Featuring views of both the Mystic Lakes and the Boston skyline, this Ross layout remains intact, providing both challenge and enjoyment for its members and their guests.
Brae Burn - One of the great classic golf courses in the country,designed by Donald Ross. The Championship Course has hosted many top level events, including the 1919 US Open won by Walter Hagen and the1928 US Amateur won by Bobby Jones.
Barrett C. Nichols Memorial Tournament
The Barrett C. Nichols Memorial Tournament format is a best two balls of four net aggregate.
Portland Country Club - Club members and their guests enjoy a timeless and nationally renowned 18 hole Donald Ross golf course amidst a stunning seaside setting with sweeping views of Casco Bay and the Portland skyline.
As a result of our longstanding commitment to environmental quality and management, the Portland Country Club is proud to be the first and currently the only private Maine golf course to be designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International.
Clifton C. Larson Memorial Tournament
The Clifton C. Larson Memorial Tournament is an individual quota event.
Longmeadow Country Club - Established in 1922, Longmeadow Country Club is one of the most prestigious and oldest clubs in western Massachusetts. LCC boasts an 18-hole, Donald Ross championship golf course that is nationally renowned. LCC has been the host to the 1995 USGA Girls Junior Amateur, the 2005 USGA Junior Amateur and the site for the 2013 MGA Amateur Championship.
W. Royce Taylor Tournament
In High School Royce, known as Rosco by his friends, played Baseball, Football and Hockey and was the Chairman of the Senior Nominating Committee. Royce was a WWII Veteran, inducted into the Navy in 1944 earning the rank of Electronics Technician's Mate 3rd Class. He was honorably discharged in December 1946. Royce graduated from Tufts University with a BA degree in 1949 and Harvard Business school, earning his MBA in 1952.
Royce met the love of his life Dorothy Underhill through his best friend and college roommate Kenneth Harmon who was dating Dorothy's sister Carolyn. Royce and Dot married in August of 1955, settling in Waltham before moving to Lincoln in 1957.
Royce worked at Raytheon in Waltham as a draftsman before joining Grossmans Lumber Company in Wellesley. Royce was the Senior Vice President of Contractor Sales when he retired from Grossmans at the age of 62. In Retirement Royce was a board member of the Waltham Hospital, Waltham Federal Savings Bank, Leland Home and Hickory Golf Clubs.
Royce was a member of the Waltham Jaycees, the New England Seniors Golfers Association and the American Legion Post 84 in Lincoln.
A passionate golfer and paddle tennis player, Royce was a lifelong member and past president (1984-1989) of Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton. Royce also loved to fly fish.
Royce leaves behind his wife of 65 years Dorothy (Dot) of Lincoln, daughter Carolyn (Taylor) Casey and son in-law, the late Tom of Methuen, son W. Royce Taylor 4th and daughter in-law Liz of Nashua, NH and daughter Janet (Taylor) Fish and son in-law Chuck of Southlake, TX. Royce also leaves behind six grandchildren, Daniel Taylor, James Taylor, Victoria Casey, Alexandra Casey and Kelsey Fish and Myles Fish.
Family and friends will honor and remember Royce's life by gathering to visit on Friday, June 4th in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham beginning at 10:30AM and concluding with his funeral service at 12:00PM. Burial will follow at Mt. Feake Cemetery, Waltham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Royce's memory to The Council on Aging, 16 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA 01773 or to the charity of one's choice.
The W. Royce Taylor Tournament is a better ball of two, net format.
Ekwanok Country Club - Set in a rolling valley beneath the Equinox Mountain in Southern Vermont, Ekwanok is renowned for its beautiful setting, immaculate condition, enduring charm and continued relevance in the modern era. Ekwanok has stayed true to its Travis-Dunn design from 1899. It is consistently ranked by Golfweek magazine as one of the top classic courses in America. Ekwanok is the only club in Vermont to have hosted a USGA tournament.
Dorset Field Club -Nestled in a beautiful valley in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Since 1886 the Dorset Field Club is the oldest, continuously-operating golf course in the United States, itis showcased at the USGA Museum in Far Hills New Jersey.
Oct 6 & 7, 2021
Wianno Club &
Plymouth Country Club
Coakley-Stimets Memorial Tournament
The Coakley-Stimets is a best two balls of the foursome event with net and gross champions.
Wianno Club - Designed by Donald J. Ross, ASGCA, the Wianno golf course opened in 1916. It combines beauty and shot-making in a way that offers both recreational and expert golfers a most delightful golf experience. Dramatic terrain, coastal breezes and intriguing green complexes make this classic course a true gem.
Plymouth Country Club - This historic Donald Ross masterpiece has withstood the test of time and continues to challenge players of all abilities. Our course is an example of an original Donald Ross course design. Par is 69, but in no way does that mean your round will be a walk in the park. Take on the tournament conditions over 200 rolling acres that overlook Plymouth Bay. A true test of skill and accuracy, yet a walkable course that won't frustrate you with unnecessary penalties.
Summer Championship Location
The NESGA oﬀers its members spouse a ﬂexible and exciting itinerary that is suited for the golf enthusiast as well as a spouse who is looking to experience the beauty and character of our tournament destinations.
During the Summer Championship, member spouses have the option of competing in a ladies’ golf day or signing up for a special scenic adventure. Each outing is professionally crafted and managed to deliver the highest-end experience possible and provide member spouses with a unique and inside look at the sights and scenes of our championship locales.
Past spouse outings featured a private cruise in Boothbay Harbor (Maine), an adventure through the Green Mountains and playing golf at the Walter Travis classic at Ekwanok Country Club.
Past Championship Sites
The NESGA prides itself in playing the best private golf courses in New England.
Over our long and storied history we have seen all six states and played at more than 100 golf courses.
How to become a Member
The NESGA is very proud to have members representing more than 60 golf clubs. As a result, we are able to offer members unique and exclusive access to some of the best and most sought-after courses in the New England region. Our purpose is to enjoy the game of golf, network and meet others, and have fun.
Applicants must be proposed and seconded by current members of NEW ENGLAND SENIOR GOLFERS’ ASSOCIATION who are in good standing. Members are eligible for membership at age 50.
Consideration for membership involves factors including your:
Contributions to the Game of Golf
Depth of Experience as a Golfer
Observance of the Rules and Etiquette of Golf
Probable Participation in New England Senior Golfers ‘Association Events
If you would like to be part of this great and historic organization, please Contact Us
*** Membership for the 2021 season is currently full. If you would like to be put in on the 'wait list', please contact us for an application. Thank you***
The Board of Directors
|President:||James Farina, Woodland GC (MA)|
|First Vice President:||Paul Lazar, Winchester CC (MA)|
|Second Vice President||Mitchell Jean, Laconia CC (NH)|
|Secretary||Ronald Milauskas, Winchester CC (MA)|
|Asst. Secretary||Daniel Grady, Brae Burn CC (MA)|
|Treasurer||Joe Abely, Brae Burn CC (MA)|
|Past President||David McLean, Cummaquid GC (MA)|
|Charitable Gift Fund Chair||Jonathan Davies|
|Membership Chair||Paul R. Quinn|
|Nominating Committee Chair||Thomas Lyons|
|Tournament Committee Chair||Paul Lazar|
|William Hanley, Warwick CC (RI)|
|James Sullivan, Charles River CC (MA)|
|Jonathon Davies, Woodland GC (MA)|
|Ruben Moreno, Brae Burn CC, (MA)|
|Thomas L. Lyons, Woodland GC, (MA)|
|Kevin W. Cody, Race Brook CC, (CT)|
|Paul R. Quinn, Longmeadow CC, (MA)|
|Christopher Carney, Portland CC (ME)|
|Harry Hanlon, Marshfield CC, (MA)|
|Aram Hintlian, Bare Burn CC, (MA)|
|Richard McCusker, Abenaqui CC (NH)|
|Albert Baltz, Neshobe GC (VT)|
|William Keaveney, Woodland GC (MA)|
|Brad Gardner, Rhode Island CC (NH)|
|Stephen Mullin, Brae Burn (MA)|
|W. Royce Taylor, Brae Burn CC (MA)|
|Richard J. Shea, Oyster Harbors Club (MA)|
Send mail correspondence to:
97 Wheeler Rd
Marstons Mills, MA 02648