OR Hall of Fame comes back from covid with alumni golf tourney
Reservation Golf Club
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
After taking the last two years off for covid, the Old Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame kick started its 10th year with an alumni golf tournament at Reservation Golf Club in Mattapoisett.
The match consisted of 36 players ranging from a current high schooler to a 72-year-old named Miguel “Buster” Brito who graduated in 1966 and was inducted into the hall of fame in 2015.
“It’s really nice [to be back] because I used to play on this course in high school but I haven’t been back for about 47 years,” said Brito, who traveled all the way from New Jersey for the match. “I was here at 7 in the morning almost everyday in the summer.”
Players paid about $100 each to compete in the tournament which included green fees, carts, dinner, and post-tournament awards and raffle prizes. The proceeds will benefit the hall of fame and help pay for the glass for new trophy cases that are currently under construction.
“Someone donated the money to build the cases,” said ORR Athletic Director Bill Tilden. “Now we just need to buy the glass, which is pretty expensive.”
The winning team at the tournament shot a 56 and was made up of Jeff Guilherme, Chase Guilherme, Jacob Winn and Dennis Mello. There were also two “closest to the pin” challenges which were won by Chase Guilherme and Jacob Winn.
Three holes on the course featured hole-in-one prizes like a car or vacation package for anyone who managed to sink the ball on their first shot. Unfortunately though, no golfer in the tournament was able to accomplish the feat.
The Bulldog Hall of Fame began in 2011 and featured a new class of about 5 to 10 inductees every year until 2019. The next class will be inducted in June of 2022.
“We’re just trying to get things started again after covid,” said Danny White, a member of the Hall of Fame Board.