Falmouth golf course to host 2017 MGA Open Championship
Charles Passios, the club’s chief operating officer, says being granted the right to host the Open Championship and other MGA tourneys is a big feather in the club’s cap. “It just speaks to how strong the course is,” Passios says. Doug Errhalt, the club’s golf director, adds that hosting the Open is a goal the club’s staff has long been striving for. “It’s something we have been working towards since 2007 [when the club first opened],” he says. “It’s all been a lead-up to hosting the Open. This will likely be the biggest event the club will ever host.”
Spectators are welcome to attend the tournament, where they can walk the course and observe some of the best golfers in the region in action. When the final shots have been drained at tourney’s end, an awards presentation will be held on the patio overlooking the 18th green.
Club member Peter Sessa of Newton says it’s an honor that TGC at Sacconnesset was chosen to host such a prestigious event—but not a surprise. Sessa says he plays some 50 rounds at the club each year, and he enjoys spending time with his son and bantering with the golfers he has met over the years. “The camaraderie is really good here,” he says. “You don’t find stuffy folks. It’s a serious golf course, but it has a really loose atmosphere. The main thing is we have fun. Most of the people just really enjoy the game, so we have a lot of laughs.”
Sessa, who plans to attend the Open and is happy to volunteer, is also impressed by the club’s caddie program and the quality of the food served in the clubhouse, not to mention the play of the course itself, which he describes as challenging for both average and experienced golfers. “All the holes are different,” he says. “It keeps your interest. The layout of the course is just so interesting and challenging.” What’s Sessa’s favorite hole? Number 4—that’s where he struck his first hole in one.
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