W.B. Mason Championship;Wednesday Pre-Tournament Notes

27 May

W.B. Mason Championship

Brockton, Mass.

Thorny Lea Golf Club

May 25, 2016

Wednesday Pre-Tournament Notes

 

BROCKTON, Mass., May 25, 2016 – The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, returns to Brockton for the 2nd annual W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea Golf Club from May 27-29. The top 132 professionals from the United States and 28 countries around the globe will compete for a $125,000 purse, which is up $15,000 over 2015.

Play gets underway on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 a.m. There will be a cut made to the low 60 and ties following second-round play on Saturday, May 28. The trophy ceremony will take place on the 18th green at

approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.

The winner of the W.B. Mason Championship will earn $18,750 and move up the Volvik Race for the Card money list. The top 10 on the final Symetra Tour money list will earn LPGA Tour membership for the 2017 season.

3 VETERANS PLAY IN PRO-AM INCLUDING DOUBLE AMPUTEE: The final group of the W.B. Mason Championship pro-am on Wednesday featured Symetra Tour professional Therese O’Hara and three disabled veterans of the United States military. One of the veterans was staff sergeant Mike Downing, who is a double amputee from injuries sustained in Afghanistan.

S&P Consultants, a sponsor of the tournament, purchased the group for the veterans.

“It is awesome that the Symetra Tour and W.B. Mason give us this opportunity to give back to people that have given so much,” said O’Hara. “It is a real honor and I am really looking forward to today.”

O’Hara got a chance to first meet the veterans on Tuesday at the pairings party.

“They were so nice, I got a chance to chat with them at the pro-am party and they have such different life experiences,” said O’Hara. “It puts in perspective what we are doing out here and it seems like nothing compared to what they do so it is a real inspiration for sure.”

Barry Gaynor, now a fire fighter in Boston, was thoroughly impressed with O’Hara and the whole experience.

“Therese was awesome and just so helpful with us,” said Gaynor. “We had a blast all day long and it was just unbelievable. She was outdriving us by 60 yards on every hole.”

Gaynor tries to play golf as often as he can in between shifts at the firehouse.

“Golf is just the most relaxing thing and I’ve never experienced anything like this before,” said Gaynor.

O’Hara was smiling from ear-to-ear all day and even as she walked to her car long after play was done.

“They were so easy to talk to about their experiences,” said O’Hara. “You could tell, especially with Victoria, that she really wanted to play in a professional pro-am for a long time. It was a big deal for her and all of them and it is amazing that we are able to give them this experience.”

Sergeant Downing, who swings with one arm and uses a para golfer machine to get around the course, hit some amazing shots according to O’Hara.

“Playing with one arm, he hit some drives almost 200 yards,” said O’Hara. “A couples times he crushed it, which is just insane. On number three, he hit his tee shot to 12 feet and he was closer than all of us with one arm. It is just crazy. They are such good sports.”

WWE SMACKDOWN TV COMES TO WORCESTER

23 May

                                                            Event Announcement

                                                                  WWE SMACKDOWN TV COMES TO WORCESTER

                                                                                                               AT THE DCU CENTER TUESDAY, JULY 19

                                                                         Tickets On Sale Friday, May 20 at 10AM

   

WHO:      WWE SMACKDOWN TV                     

WHAT:    WWE SMACKDOWN TV comes to the DCU Center this July! See all your favorite superstars including:

 

DEAN AMBROSE

CHRIS JERICHO

AJ STYLES

KEVIN OWENS

WWE WOMEN’S CHAMPION CHARLOTTE

AND MORE!!!

*Card is subject to change

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00PM

WHERE:  DCU Center, Worcester, MA

 

TICKETS:   $100.00, $70.00, $55.00, $35.00, $25.00, $15.00

                  All tickets subject to applicable handling, convenience and facility fees.

DETAILS:  Tickets on sale Friday, May 20 at 10AM at the DCU Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

 

Group discounts available on select seating. For more information or to book a group, call (508) 929-0125 or e-mail groups@dcucenter.com.

 

MICHAEL G. MYERS PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT OF WORCESTER RAILERS HC

23 May

 

 

MICHAEL G. MYERS PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT OF WORCESTER RAILERS HC

 

Worcester, MA (May 20, 2016) – Worcester Pro Hockey LLC has announced the appointment of Michael G. Myers to President of the Worcester Railers HC, the newest ECHL franchise in New England, after the departure of President/General Manager Toby O’Brien.

 

“I am excited to announce that Mike Myers has been promoted to President of the Worcester Railers HC. Mike has been an integral component of the Railers from inception and this promotion is a logical progression,” said team owner Cliff Rucker. “Mike is well known and well respected in the city of Worcester, having played collegiate hockey here, worked his entire career in professional hockey here, and raised a family in the city. I know our fans and the community will join me in congratulating Mike and supporting him in this new role.”

 

“The ECHL is a breeding ground and a stepping stone to the NHL,” Rucker added. “When someone jumps from the ECHL to the NHL, whether it be a player, a coach, or a staff member, we will always be sorry to see them leave, but we recognize that this is the fulfillment of a dream and as such we wish them well. Toby did a great job getting the Railers HC off the ground and he will be a valuable addition in his new role at the NHL level.”

 

A graduate of Assumption College, where he was goalie for the hockey team, Myers is raising his family in Worcester and stays active in the local hockey community. He served as the Director of Sales and Community Relations for the Worcester Sharks from their inaugural season in 2006 until their final season last year.

 

“My entire career has been building up to this moment,” said Myers. “I am proud of what we have accomplished in just a few short months and overwhelmed with the support and participation we have received from the hockey community, corporate partners and fans. It is with enthusiasm that I accept the great responsibility of leading the daily operations of the Worcester Railers HC.”

 

“As a member of the DCU Center family for the past decade, we have seen Mike’s passion and commitment to hockey and the community first hand,” said Rucker. “There is no doubt that he will do a tremendous job for the Railers and all of the hockey fans in Central Massachusetts by ensuring the new team’s success.  We couldn’t be happier for him.”

Storylines for 2nd W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea Golf Club

23 May

W.B. Mason Championship

Brockton, Mass.

Thorny Lea Golf Club

May 23, 2016

Storylines

 

BROCKTON, Mass., May 23, 2016 – The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, returns to Brockton for the 2nd annual W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea Golf Club from May 27-29. The top 132 professionals from the United States and 28 countries around the globe will compete for a $125,000 purse, which is up $25,000 over 2015.

Play gets underway on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 a.m. There will be a cut made to the low 60 and ties following second-round play on Saturday, May 28. The trophy ceremony will take place on the 18th green at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.

The winner of the W.B. Mason Championship will earn $18,750 and move up the Volvik Race for the Card money list. The top 10 on the final Symetra Tour money list will earn LPGA Tour membership for the 2017 season.

This is the eighth event of the season and the fourth in a five-week stretch that started in Greenwood, South Carolina. The Tour visited Charlotte, North Carolina and was in Milton, Georgia last week. The stretch

concludes next week in Albany, New York with the Fuccillo Kia Championship at Capital Hills. The 23rd and final event of the year is the Symetra Tour Championship from Oct. 13-16.

In 2015, Vicky Hurst won the inaugural W.B. Mason Championship at 13-under, 200, three strokes clear of Alejandra Llaneza and Brittany Benvenuto. Hurst’s first win since 2008 triggered a second victory later in the year and stamped her ticket to the LPGA by finishing 9th on the money list. Hurst has had an up-and-down year on the LPGA thus far with three cuts made in ten events.

The field for this year’s W.B. Mason Championship is strong with seven of the top ten and 11 of the top 15 on the current Volvik Race for the Card money list scheduled to compete. The field also features 13 members of the LPGA Tour.

 

MASSACHUSETTS NATIVE KAITLIN COONS READY: Kaitlin Coons is the lone Massachusetts professional in the field this week. The Wilbraham native is a second-year player on Tour.

The former Minechaug (‘09) standout and 2-time Western Massachusetts individual champion has had a rough go in 2016, but knows it only takes one week.

“It feels really good to be in my home state this week,” said Coons. “To be surrounded by family and familiarity makes playing more comfortable and exciting.”

Coons’ dad will be on her bag this week.

“I know he is excited to be on the bag,” said Coons, who will stay with her aunt and uncle in Concord. “I haven’t had a chance to go to a Red Sox game this year yet, so I know I’m going to squeeze that in too along with the preparation for the W.B. Mason Championship.”

BROOKLINE RESIDENT HANNEMANN EXCITED: Candy Hannemann, who lives in Brookline with her husband Adam Grossman, the Chief Marketing Officer of the Boston Red Sox, and two daughters (Stella and Luiza) is in the W.B. Mason Championship for a second straight year.

“I am very excited to be home and playing in the Boston area,” said Hannemann. “It is a great feeling to sleep in your own bed and for the girls to have an opportunity to come watch. I am just thrilled that the Symetra Tour has a stop here.”

Hannemann has made five starts on the Symetra Tour this year and after missing the cut in the first two events, she has made the cut in her last three including a T38 finish at the Symetra Classic in Charlotte two weeks ago.

Hannemann played full-time on the LPGA Tour from 2004-2008 and posted six top 10 finishes. She left the game due to injury and then started a family. Hannemann returned to golf in 2014 in order to attempt to qualify for the Olympics and has until July 11 to try and qualify. She is currently the third highest ranked Brazilian professional and likely one or two from Brazil will qualify.

 

LOCAL AMATEURS IN THE FIELD: Two local amateurs, Jacquelyn Eleey and Tara Joy-Connelly, are in the field on sponsor exemptions this year. Eleey played in the W.B. Mason Championship last year and missed the cut (80-76) while Joy-Connelly is in for the first time.

Eleey, a Quincy native, is a rising junior at Georgetown. The former Taft School star had a tremendous freshman campaign earning BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honors and winning the 2015 BIG EAST individual championship. Eleey tied for 15th at the BIG EAST Championship this year. Eleey was a medalist at the WGAM (Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts) State Amateur in 2015.

Joy-Connelly finished fourth in the 2015 WGAM Player of the Year Standings (won by Megan Khang). She is a five-time winner of the New England Women’s Golf Association Championship and a two-time WGAM State Amateur Champion. In 2004, she was named an assistant women’s golf coach at Boston College. Her husband, J.P. Connelly, is the Director of Golf Operations at Cohasset Golf Club.

SHREWSBURY’S ALTOMARE NOW ENJOYING SUCCESS ON LPGA: Shrewsbury, Mass. native Brittany Altomare played in the W.B. Mason Championship last year and is now enjoying success on the LPGA Tour. Altomare has made the cut in her last three LPGA events including a T18 finish this past week at the Kingsmill Championship.

She won the Symetra Tour’s Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay just before getting reshuffled on the LPGA. Altomare finished T26 at LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2015 to earn partial status and is now taking full advantage.

Altomare ranks 89th on the LPGA Tour money list in just five starts. Most of the players around her on the money list have had 10-12 starts.

 

WITH FAMILY IN DEDHAM, SEPMOREE EXCITED FOR RETURN: Katelyn Sepmoree may have Tyler, Texas next to her name on the pairings sheet this week, but Dedham and the Boston area have a special place in her heart. A large portion of her family lives in Dedham and she is a huge Boston Red Sox fan.

“Having an event in Massachusetts is like having a home event for me,” said Sepmoree. “My family up here are huge supporters of me and my career. It will be a great week having them out to cheer me on and go Sox!”

Sepmoree also likes Thorny Lea Golf Club as evident by her T8 finish in 2015 with rounds of 69-69-68.

“I love the old style classic golf course,” said Sepmoree. “Oddly enough, it reminds me of my home course in Texas.”

Sepmoree currently ranks 31st on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. She finished T13 last week at the Gosling’s Dark ‘n Stormy® Classic in Georgia. Her best finish this year is a T7 at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic.

WHO’S PLAYING WELL ON TOUR: No. 1 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list, Madelene Sagstrom, who set the single-season earnings record last week and has been the talk of the Tour, is not in the field this week so here is a look at who else has been playing well heading into the W.B. Mason Championship.

Erica Popson (No. 3 on money list) – Popson has moved from 45th to third over the last two events. Two weeks ago, she captured her first win at the Symetra Classic in Charlotte and then last week she finished T7. Popson won eight times in college at the University of Tennessee.

Marissa Steen (No. 7 on money list) – Steen carded a 6-under, 66 in the final-round of the Gosling’s Dark ‘n Stormy® Classic to finish T11 last week. She has finished inside the top 20 in all seven events and already has three top 10 finishes. Steen is a three-time Symetra Tour winner.

Augusta James (No. 8 on money list) – James has finished inside the top 11 in three consecutive events and has three top 10 finishes this season. She ranks second on Tour in driving accuracy and third in total birdies made. She won the 2014 Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial.

Kendall Dye (No. 14 on money list) – Dye missed the cut in two of the first three events, but has turned it on of late. She led going into the final-round two weeks ago and has back-to-back top 10 finishes. She has moved from 43rd to 14th on the money list over the last two weeks. Dye won the 2014 IOA Golf Championship and earned her LPGA card through the Tour that season.

The Boston Rebellion US CUP Update

5 May

With under 100 days to go until the Olympic games in Rio, one of the most exciting Olympic sporting events will descend on the Boston area this coming July 30 and 31.

 

The Boston Rebellion US CUP p/b Ridebiker Alliance will be one of the single largest professional mountain bike racing events to take place in North America in 2016. Over 400 professional men and women riders will take to the trails at Adams Farm in Walpole to give Boston a taste of this high speed rough and tumble sport. “It is incredibly exciting, perhaps the most exciting Olympic sport there is,” says event organizer Martin Allen. “You have over a hundred cyclists pushing and shoving to gain position on narrow trails in the forest. They are going over jumps, getting dirty, and pushing themselves incredibly hard to the point of exhaustion for almost two hours. You really have to see it in person.”

 

“I’m super excited that in just a few years the event grew into an international event with a great expo. There’s not many events in the Boston area where you can watch Olympians compete for free while enjoying food trucks and a beer garden,” says competition director Pete MacLeod.  Also on tap for the weekend is a trail running race for local athletes and a round of the Kenda Cup East mountain bike racing series which travels throughout New England each summer. The series is where local pros and amateurs can compete against one another to determine who are the best mountain bikers in the Northeast. “It’s been great to be one of a few races to bring both the cycling and running communities together in one event. There’s something for everyone,” he says.

 

For more information on the Boston Rebellion visit www.Bostonrebellion.com or www.Ridebiker.com/events

Contact: Marty@avproworldwide.com