Green Hill Golf City Manager Matt Moison receives the Thomas S. Green Award for Public Service
Matt Moisonwho is in his 26th year as director of golf at Green Hill Municipal Golf Course, will be one of five recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award this week.
He admits he’s not entirely sure what he thinks about it. While honored, he wonders if he deserves to be rewarded simply for doing his job. Of course, such a selfless attitude is one of the reasons he is such an efficient public servant.
“I always view what I do here at the golf course as just customer service,” he said. “That’s basically what work is. It has much less to do with golf than with interacting with people.
“So when you ask me about the Thomas Green Service Award, it’s nice that someone recognizes that the world of golf isn’t just golf,” he added. “It’s customer service first and foremost. It’s also what I do every day. I guess I have a hard time swallowing people who say to me, ‘What an excellent public servant you are, because that’s what they hired me for.”
And that’s what Moison relies on its staff to do.
“When I hire them, I always tell the staff that we work with people first,” he said. “We happen to do it on a golf course. It’s our job to make sure people have fun when they come here.
Since 1988, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau has awarded the Thomas S. Green Award to more than 125 people working in municipal government.
The awards ceremony will take place Thursday at 5 p.m. at Mechanics Hall, followed by a reception at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Moison said it would be his first time at Mechanics Hall.
Others who will receive the award are Joseph Charpentier Worcester Department of Administration and Finance, Muaweya “Zack” Razzaq Worcester Public Schools, Connor Robichaud of the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission and Pierre Cara from the Worcester Public Library.
Moison, 54, believes his award is recognition of what his staff do every day, including the operations manager art flagprofessional assistant Matt FoleyRanger Bill Foley and pro shop assistant John Wood.
“You are never left alone,” he said. “I get it, I’ve been the face of the golf course for 25 years, but if people come and they don’t know who I am, that’s just as well. If they come and say, “I had a great time, and the guy behind the counter was so nice to us, and we had a great time,” it could be any of them. we.
Moison said he had the best view of any city official’s office – the Green Hill Golf Course running alongside Green Hill Pond.
“To me, it’s 190 acres or whatever of open space and smiling faces,” he said.
Like the former T&G editor’s suggestion David NordmanI nominated Moison for the prize, and I will present it at the ceremony on Thursday.
As I wrote to the committee when I nominated Moison for the award, he has had a positive impact on countless lives in Green Hill. Winner of the New England PGA Junior Golf Leader Award in 2001, he went above and beyond the call of duty with skill and enthusiasm.
During his freshman year at Green Hill, he started a free junior golf camp that has introduced the game to young people every year since, with the exception of 2020 when the pandemic hit hard.
In 2009, he named the camp after Danny Rossetti, who died in a car accident at age 26 the previous fall. Rossetti had been a camper for the early years and later worked in the club shop and volunteered at camp. Rossetti’s parents and siblings volunteer at the camp and thank Moison for helping them deal with their grief.
Dealing with the public isn’t always easy, and Green Hill is one of the busiest golf courses in the area, but Moison continues to do his job well and in a polite, friendly manner.
The field of travelers again strong
Since the Travelers Championship began after the US Open in 2007, field strength has remained consistently high no matter where the US Open was held, the tournament director said. Nathan Grube said.
However, Grube said after a US Open less than a 2.5-hour drive to Brookline and a roughly 40-minute flight prompted golfers to commit earlier than usual. Rory McIlroy committed months ago. reigning champion Harris English, Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka also registered to play.
The tournament will arrange transportation for golfers from the TCC to the TPC River Highlands, as it has done since it began being held the week after the US Open.
“The guys really appreciate that, especially the families,” Grube said.
Even when the US Open is held away from Connecticut, Travelers do their best to make the flight easy.
“It’s awesome,” Grube said. “We work with the USGA, and they pull their USGA cars to the tarmac, and they go out, and they load on the plane and get them through security and all the market, and they go. We do this every year. »
The Englishman is still trying to regain his form after undergoing hip surgery earlier this year. He missed the cut at the Memorial earlier this month in his first start since finishing tied for 55th at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January. He also participated in the US Open at the TCC.
He had his hip checked out early in his PGA Tour career and learned he had a torn labrum and a bone spur in his hip for a long time. She was told injections and physical therapy would help some, but only surgery to repair the tear and shave off the spur would eliminate the pain. So he underwent surgery on February 14 for a torn labrum.
“So I kind of knew that day was coming,” he said. “I was really struggling with that probably over the last two or three years, having more back problems because of my hip. It kind of hit the breaking point where nothing I really have didn’t make it better, so I needed to do it. With golf, with our season as long as it is, there really isn’t a good time to do it.
Once the hip is fully recovered, the Englishman will play pain free for the first time in his PGA Tour career. So it should be better than ever, right?
“At the end of the day, I want to be a better golfer every year,” he said, “but I’m definitely going to have a different range of motion, a much greater range of motion than I’ve had since long time. For me it’s just a matter of pain. I kind of got used to being a 3 or a 4 on the pain scale in my right hip every day, so I’m looking forward to have less and hopefully (the surgery) will help me play longer and be healthier to play golf.”
Northeast Amateur scheduled for this week
If you can’t find US Open tickets to see the world’s best golfers play at Brookline Country Club, you can check out some of the stars of tomorrow at the 60th Northeast Amateur Invitational Golf Tournament Wednesday through Saturday in Wannamoisett. CC in Rumford, Rhode Island, just outside of Providence.
The tournament is open to the public and there are no fees.
reigning champion Dylan Menante from Pepperdine University should play. So are the individual NCAA champions Gordon Sargent and fellow first-team All-American Cole Sherwoodboth from Vanderbilt. Mason Nome and Travis Vick of the NCAA champion from Texas will start. This will be the fourth visit to Wannamoisett for Vick, who played at the US Open this week.
Tournament President Ben Tuthill said several amateurs playing at the US Open will also play at Wannamoisett.
Former PGA Tour star John Cookwinner at Wannamoisett in 1978 and 1979, will participate in the sponsor-competitor tournament on Tuesday.
Other past winners include Ben Crenshaw, Jay Sigel, David Duval, Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa.
Last winter Donald Ross’ expert Andre Green oversaw a $3.5 million restoration of tees, bunkers and greens at Wannamoisett, a 1914 Ross design that hosted the 1931 PGA Championship. Each green was expanded after shrinking over the years.
“They were all pretty circular before,” Tuthill said. “Now these are all very unique shapes.”
Visit NortheastAmateur.com for score updates throughout the tournament.
Catlin wins the Baker Trophy
Congratulation to Joanne Catlin of Oak Hill CC in Fitchburg who won the Women’s Championship Tournament Division in stroke play for the Baker Trophy on Wednesday at the Ridge Club in Sandwich. Catlin shot 81-77 for a total of 16 of 158 on the advantage Gina Gallagher of Marlborough CC by one shot.
Catlin is a 22-time Oak Hill Women’s Club Champion and a six-time Senior Women’s Club Champion. She was inducted into the Oak Hill Hall of Fame last year.
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