2017 BOSTON MARATHON® TO GENERATE $192.2 MILLION FOR MASSACHUSETTS ECONOMY

4 Apr

Boston-Marathon-Route2

The Boston Marathon, one of the most iconic sporting events in the world, is also a significant driver of the Massachusetts economy, bringing an estimated $192.2 million in spending impacts to the region, according to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Now in its 121st year, the Boston Marathon starts in Hopkinton, travels through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton and Brookline before ending at Copley Square in Boston’s Back Bay.

Bureau President and CEO Pat Moscaritolo said, “The Boston Marathon and its related events provide an extraordinary kick start for our visitor season. The Boston Marathon is the premier and most beloved event in our city, and region and our community looks forward each year to welcoming runners and media from around the world.”

Race officials from the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) estimate 30,000 runners will official participate in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, and 10,000 runners in the B.A.A. 5K race and other local activities. In addition, 1,000 members of the media from 200 outlets are covering this year’s race.

Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade, said, “The Boston Marathon benefits hundreds of small businesses, who welcome the runners and spectators from 99 countries and all fifty states along the 26.2 mile route. In addition, the global media coverage of the race sheds a positive spotlight on Massachusetts as a place to live, visit, study, or start a business.”

Tom Grilk, Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A., said, “Nearly everyone involved in the events of the week – from 40,000 athletes in the Boston Marathon and B.A.A. 5K, to the hundreds of thousands of spectators that line the course, and more than 9,500 volunteers – will patronize local businesses throughout Greater Boston.”

Last year, the 2016 Boston Marathon generated $188.8 million (USD) and had an entry field of 30,816 athletes.

Shannah McArdle, Director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office, said, “Massachusetts is rightly hailed as the state of champions, given its longstanding athletic success in amateur, collegiate and professional sports. The Boston Marathon strengthens our marketing brand and attracts other sporting events to come to Massachusetts.”

For an insider’s view of the Boston Marathon, read this profile on Race Director Dave McGillivray in MassFinds.

For more information on the B.A.A., please visit baa.org.

Find out about visiting Massachusetts at massvacation.com

U.S. Senior Open

29 Mar

Ray Bourque Named Honorary Chairman
of 2017 U.S. Senior Open Championship

Salem Country Club set to host its sixth USGA championship from June 29-July 2

FAR HILLS, N.J. (March 28, 2017) – Ray Bourque, who retired as the most prolific scoring defenseman in National Hockey League history and was a longtime Boston Bruins captain, has been named honorary chairman of the 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship. The United States Golf Association (USGA) will conduct the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club, in Peabody, Mass., June 29-July 2, 2017.

Bourque, who played 20-plus seasons for the Bruins and led the franchise to a pair of Stanley Cup Finals appearances, won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman five times and finished second to Mark Messier in 1990 for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player. He finished his career with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, winning his lone Stanley Cup in his final game. Bourque was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 in his first year of eligibility.

“Being named honorary chairman of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open is a thrill for me,” said Bourque, who received the 2003 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. “I’ve been playing golf most of my life and have been a member at Salem Country Club for 25 years. Every round there is special. I love the game and its traditions and I’m looking forward to helping with the championship and being associated with the very best senior players in the world.

“I’ve worked with kids my whole career and one of the great benefits of this event is kids 17 years old and under get in free with a ticketed adult. That’s an opportunity for a lot of young people to see some of the top golfers in the history of the game on one of the best Donald Ross courses up close and in person.”

Bourque annually hosts a celebrity golf tournament to raise funds for the Celebrities for Charity Foundation, which he co-founded with former teammate Cleon Daskalakis 20 years ago. One of the most honored players in hockey history, Bourque won the 1980 Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie and the 1992 King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian efforts. He was chosen as an NHL All-Star 19 times, including 13 first-team selections, and was voted All-Star Game MVP in 1996.

“Ray Bourque is one of hockey’s greatest players and his name is synonymous with the Boston Bruins and sports in New England,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “He has also served the game of golf, been active with charities in his community and will be a respected ambassador of this year’s U.S. Senior Open.”

Bourque, who was born in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, and was selected eighth overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins, collected 410 goals and 1,169 assists for 1,579 points in 1,612 regular-season games. His assists total is fourth all-time behind Wayne Gretzky, Ron Francis and Messier. Bourque’s five Norris Trophies rank behind only fellow Bruins’ legend Bobby Orr (8), Nicklas Lidstrom (7) and Doug Harvey (7).

Bourque was the longest-serving captain of the Bruins, a 12-year span. From his spot on the Boston blueline, he led the franchise to two conference titles, five division crowns, and one President’s Trophy for most points in a season. In 214 NHL playoff games, Bourque accounted for 180 points, with 41 goals and 139 assists. His jersey number, 77, was retired by both the Bruins and the Avalanche.

“In addition to being a hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Bourque is a valued member of Salem Country Club and is extraordinarily generous with his time and talents, which he shares with numerous North Shore charities,” said William H. Sheehan III, general chairman of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open. “Ray will be active in the lead-up to the Senior Open, which includes hosting a junior clinic during championship week. We look forward to working closely with Ray as the club prepares to welcome the golf world to Salem Country Club in just a few short months.”

In his role as honorary chairman, Bourque, 56, will support the sixth USGA championship to be held at Salem Country Club. The course was the site of the 2001 U.S. Senior Open, when Bruce Fleisher defeated Gil Morgan and Isao Aoki by one stroke. Fleisher, runner-up in the previous year’s Senior Open to Hale Irwin, shot a final-round 68 that included 12 consecutive pars to finish the championship at even-par 280. During the final nine holes of the championship, five other players, including Aoki and two-time Senior Open champion Jack Nicklaus, were tied for the lead.

The U.S. Senior Open Championship for golfers age 50 and older is open to any professional and any amateur with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4. The 2018 championship is scheduled for June 28-July 1 at the Broadmoor Golf Club (East Course), in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 2019, Warren Golf Course on the campus on the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Ind., will host from June 27-30.

U.S. Senior Open tickets are available online at www.usga.org/senioropen. Trophy Club, practice-round and championship-round tickets are available on a daily and weekly basis. Youths 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

USGA Media Contact
Brian DePasquale
USGA Communications
908-326-1884
bdepasquale@usga.org

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17 in 17 – MASSACHUSETTS’ TOP SPORTING EVENTS FOR 2017

30 Dec

December 30, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Quinlin

(617) 973-8503 / michael.quinlin@state.ma.us

17 in 17 – MASSACHUSETTS’ TOP SPORTING EVENTS FOR 2017

Sports Define the Bay State and Support the Economy

 

Boston – Massachusetts, which prides itself on championship teams and iconic sporting events, has issued its calendar of top sporting events in 2017.

Seventeen in Seventeen: Massachusetts’ Top Sporting Events for 2017’ includes annual sporting traditions like the 65th Annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament, 121st Boston Marathon and 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta, alongside exciting new events like the 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Championship, the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta and the 2017 U.S. Senior Open.

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) and Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office (MSMO) compiled the list.

“Massachusetts has a vibrant ecosystem of sports venues, teams and athletes that ensure quality competition and excitement for sports fans everywhere,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade. “In addition, our tourism and hospitality industries stand ready to welcome visitors attending these sporting events and to make their experience memorable.”

“Our mission is to bring exciting sporting events to Massachusetts year after year,” said Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office Director Shannah McArdle. “In 2017, we have another stellar lineup of world class athletic competitions that will thrill visitors and residents alike.”

Among the most anticipated events is the 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Gillette Stadium in May, which marks the first time both men’s and women’s lacrosse championships are taking place at the same venue. And the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta in June features dozens of tall ships from around the world along with sailing competitions and exhibitions.

Perennial iconic events in 2017 include the Beanpot Hockey Tournament at TD Garden; Boston Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park; the Boston Marathon; the Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod; the Pan-Mass Challenge across the Commonwealth; the Head of the Charles Regatta along the Charles River and the Gran Prix Gloucester Cyclocross race.

Other events include: Capital One Frozen Fenway at Fenway Park; Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival in Boston; 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship at Springfield College; Spartan Race-Boston Sprint Weekend in Rutland; 2017 US Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Plymouth; Boston Rebellion US CUP in mountain bike racing in Walpole; Dell Technologies Golf Championship in Norton and the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race.

Massachusetts attracts 22.9 million domestic, 735,000 Canadian and 1.5 million overseas visitors annually, according to MOTT. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com. For year round information on sporting events, visit masportsoffice.com.


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17 in 17 – MASSACHUSETTS’ TOP SPORTING EVENTS FOR 2017

January 3-16

Capital One Frozen Fenway 2017

February 6 & 13

65th Annual Beanpot Tournament

March 3-5

Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival

April 3

Red Sox Opening Day

April 17

121st 2017 Boston Marathon

April 28-30

2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship

May 26-29

2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Championship

June 17-22

Sail Boston 2017

June 17-18

Spartan Race-Boston Sprint Weekend

June 26 – July 2

2017 US Senior Open (USGA)

July 29-30

Boston Rebellion US CUP

August 5-6

Pan-Mass Challenge

August 20

New Balance Falmouth Road Race

August 30 – September 4

Dell Technologies Championship

September 23

Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race

October

Gran Prix of Gloucester Cyclocross Race

October 22-23

Head of the Charles Regatta

 

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Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office Releases Sports Guide

4 Nov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2016

 

CONTACT Michael Quinlin

(617) 973-8503

michael.quinlin@state.ma.us

 

Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office Releases Sports Guide

BOSTON– The Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office has published a comprehensive sports venue directory listing dozens of sports facilities across the Commonwealth. The resource guide is designed for sports promoters and event planners interested in bringing sports competitions to the Bay State.

The sports facilities described in the Guide range from large-scale venues like Gillette Stadium, TD Garden and Fenway Park to mid-sized and small venues at colleges and in municipalities across the state. The booklet is divided into the state’s six regions, including Greater Boston, Cape Cod & Islands, Central Massachusetts, North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley, South of Boston and Western Massachusetts.

“Massachusetts has a winning tradition of welcoming visitors from around the world,“ said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary for Business Development and International Trade.We offer easy access from 75 domestic and 53 international direct flights in and out of Logan International Airport, and quick and dependable ground transportation. Our hospitality industry stands ready to make your visit affordable, engaging and memorable.”

The 12-page booklet is being distributed free at domestic and international consumer and sports industry trade shows and mailed to each of the Massachusetts sports venues.

“In Massachusetts, our sports professionals excel at hosting, marketing and presenting high caliber sporting events in world-class facilities,” said Shannah McArdle, Director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office. “The Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office is here to help you find the perfect venue for your event, and to connect you fully with our sports, tourism and hospitality communities. We look forward to working with you.”

Massachusetts is known as the Birthplace of Basketball and Volleyball and is home to the Boston Marathon, founded in 1897 and the oldest US marathon, and the Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the country.

The 17-time NBA champion Boston Celtics and the 6-time Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins each play their home games at the TD Garden in Boston’s North End. Gillette Stadium is home to the 4-time NFL Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion New England Revolution. The 8-time World Series champion Boston Red Sox play at historic Fenway Park. The Commonwealth also boasts hundreds of collegiate venues, parks and local recreation facilities.

The Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office is committed to promoting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a premiere destination for sporting events and providing a positive experience for all participants. Massachusetts is rich with sports history and championship sports teams. Additionally, Massachusetts hosts numerous sporting events such as collegiate championships, all-star games, Olympic Trials, national championships and youth sports competitions.

 

 

 

 

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25 Jul

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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

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