Hitting the links

Our Lady of Grace to hold first-ever golf tournament


“We’re looking for pros to average Joes,” Rev. Peter J. Gower, the popular pastor at Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston, mused the other afternoon. “All are welcome!”

Father Gower, who has become well-known for his classic creativity and many different events that have helped develop nearly unmatched camaraderie among the proud parishioners at OLG, is gearing up for yet another super special social event that will directly benefit the Roman Catholic parish.

In short, OLG will hold its first-ever invitational golf tournament on Monday, June 25 at Swansea Country Club that located at 299 Market Street in Swansea, Ma.

However, the 10:30 a.m. tee off promises to be vintage Father Gower, from the shot gun start to scramble scoring system to even the event’s name.

The tourney has officially been named the Frederick Bruno Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of the late Frederick Bruno who was the brother of OLG parishioner and St. Anne Sodality member Carolyn Najmowicz, who is co-chairing the historic happening with Norman Bessette.

“Frederick (Bruno) discovered his love of golf at age 8 when he began playing and caddying,” said Father Gower. “He developed into an accomplished and renowned PGA Golf Professional who touched the lives of many as he mentored and taught golfers such as Brad Faxon, Brett Quigley and Billy Andrade, just to name a few.”

Thus, the June 25 golf go-round promises to be every bit as special as the Swansea CC layout.

The 6,417-yard 18-hole layout is, as Father Gower related: “A course that is just as challenging as it is beautiful. It was once a private hunting and fishing reserve that is now a challenging par-72 course offering six sets of tees and immaculate greens and fairways.”

What makes Swansea CC so attractive is that the course features beautiful tree lines that hugs every hole and the majestic Palmer River that caresses the entire course, it is sometimes hard to tell which is more enjoyable, the game or the view.

“It’s the perfect place for our first (ever) golf tourney,” Father Gower went on. “We’re excited about this event and we’re hoping for a sellout.”

Entry fee is $125 per player or $500 for a foursome. Registration includes a round of golf, cart, and use of the practice facilities at Swansea CC, eligibility to win tournament prizes, post-golf dinner and a gigantic penny social.

“We truly hope you can join us this year for a day of fun and fellowship playing some golf,” Father Gower went on. “One hundred percent raised by the OLG Golf Tournament will be to support the mission of the church.”

The day will begin with registration starting at 9 a.m. and featuring breakfast items. There will be a light lunch, surf and turf dinner once the golf is complete and prizes galore for team low gross, low net, longest drive for men and women and a hole in one.



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