The 52nd annual Hornblower Memorial Golf Tournament at Plymouth CC begins Friday, June 3rd. From 6:30 a.m. through 3:03 p.m., 150 of the best amateur golfers in the area and beyond will begin their quest to hold the Hornblower Trophy come Saturday afternoon. Golfers young and old alike are coming from 12 states, representing 84 clubs and 111 communities, to participate in one of New England’s most prestigious events.
Last year’s impressive winner, Nick McLaughlin from the University of Virginia, will not be back to defend his title, opting to declare himself a professional and compete in the Cape Cod Open on the same weekend. However, the field boasts a number of perennial favorites and contenders who are sure to vie for the 2016 crown over the challenging par-69, Donald Ross course.
Herbie Aikens from Kingston, MA, is due to win this year as he has been so close in previous attempts and is one of the state’s leading players. He is just coming off a huge victory at the Massachusetts Four Ball Championship with partner Matt Parziale, a former Hornblower Champion (07) who will be looking to repeat.
Other former champions who will be back are Ray Richard (89), Mike McCarthy (93), Brendan Hester (02), Jack Kearney (05), John Hadges (06), Peter Alminias (08), Larry Rentz (10), and John Hadges (13). Steve Tasho (86) will be competing again this year, the 30th anniversary of his first Hornblower victory.
There are three notable young players who will be competing with the veterans. Patrick Welch of Metacomet CC in Providence, Rhode Island, was the winner of the low Junior award last year. He will be joined by Brendan Ridge from Hanover, a member of the Harmon Club. Tournament newcomer Dillon Brown is a member of the Country Club of Halifax (MA) and its nationally recognized junior team.
The course is in pristine condition, and the players will once again face some of the toughest and fastest greens anywhere. The demanding pin placements will require pinpoint accuracy and a deft touch. The club has also lengthened the already difficult 18th hole by fifty yards, making this finishing hole that much more testing for the field.
The public is cordially invited to join the festivities. The event is free to everyone, and all clubhouse amenities are available both days.
Tee times and information about the event may be accessed at www.hornblowermemorial.com.