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B.A.G.S. - Rhode Island Division

2018 Year End Newsletter


Our 27th season has come to an end.  2018 was another good season for B.A.G.S., despite more than the normal number of tournaments adversely affected by inclement weather.  After 27 years, we are still able to generate sufficient interest and participation to provide our members with a good field size (and resulting prize fund) and a good level of competition.  B.A.G.S.  mission is to provide its members with the opportunity to participate in competitive golf tournaments, meet other like minded golfers, and to improve their game by playing different courses under tournament conditions.  Judging from the response and the improvement in many members’ handicaps over the course of the season, I am confident that we continue to successfully achieve our objective for a large majority of our members.

Thanks to our 2018 tournament sponsors– Attorney Anthony Leone, Phillips Plumbing and Mechanical,  Dick's Sporting Goods, and Golfer’s Warehouse.  Our Sponsor’s generous contributions of gift certificates and/or B.A.G.S. credits  were given out as additional tournament prizes, adding greatly to the value of of B.A.G.S. - RI Division membership. Our sponsor’s contact information is listed on our BAGS – RI Division website.  If you know of other businesses that would benefit from exposure as a N.E.A.T. sponsor for 2019, please contact me.


2018 Order of Merit:

This year's OOM competition in the gross division was won by Jeff Mucciarone who played often and consistenly well , Hermen Dacones finished second - playing equally well, but not as frequently as Jeff.  Matt Phillips took 3rd place.  The same top two also won the OOM - Net Division, not an easy task for low handicappers.  Don Brisson finished 3rd.

Complete OOM standings are available on our website.


Hole-in-One / Closest-to-Pin Pool:

Over the course of the season, $1,992  went into the pool.  There were two aces during the season - Alan Horlbogen took $ 252 from the pool on May 24th on the 10th hole at Mohegan Sun CC.  Hermen Dacones aced the 15th hole at Ct. Naional on July 21  to take $510 from the pool. The six closest shots split the remaining money in the pot (B.A.G.S./N.E.A.T.  credit of $ 205 each) Don Denuccio, Rob Rickless, Dave Rossi, Dave Phillips, Paul Dumont and Ray Hodges the 6 closest shots, were all within  2' 7"..


Two rounds stood out from all others, Jeff Mucciarone (at Triggs) and Matt Phillips (at Fenner Hill) each shot 2 under gross Brad Steever (at Pawtucket) and Hermen Dacones (at Richmond) shot even par rounds - certainly good enough for an honorable mention.  The best stableford point total for the season was 47 points - shot by Dennis Flis at Richmond CC, closely followed by a round of 46 points shot by Ralph Carlino - also at Richmond on the same day.  Nick Ray had the third best stableford total of 45 points at Fenner - Well Done!!

The 27th annual Rhode Island Division championship tourney was again contested at Meadow Brook the third weekend of August..   Hermen Dacones shot a two round total of 147 (3 over par), which was good for a one shot victory over Jeff Mucciarone. Both of the Net divisions were hotly contested. In the Net "A" division, Steve Pascarella shot a two day total of 79 stableford points to edge out JChung Nguyen and Hermen Dacones  by two shots. In the net "B" division Ken Horne (72 points) edged out Ken Hallberg by one.

 A complete list of winners for each event is listed on the tournament results page on our website.  Congratulations to all tournament winners throughout the season.



 Membership in B.A.G.S. generally leads to improvement in most of our member’s golf games.  Each season, as part of the USGA handicap program, each club receives a listing of its most improved golfers, as measured by the difference between early season and end of season handicaps.  

The most improved golfer of the year is Dave Phillips, whose handicap went down from 9.3 to 6.0 at the end of the season.  The listing of all whose handicaps improved are ranked  and recognized on the "GHIN Listing" page.


RIGA membership

This season marked the first year that RIGA gave recognition to B.A.G.S. - RI Division, by allowing the members to join RIGA and participate in RIGA events.  B.A.G.S. members were well represented at several of the state events, - highlighted by Hermen Dacones and Ralph Carlino who won (respectively) low gross honors and low net - legends division at the RI Senior Amateur.

2019 and beyond:

B.A.G.S. - RI Division will be replaced with a successor organization - New England Amateur Tour (  I will continue to run the new organization, which will encompass B.A.G.S. - RI division and expand somewhat to include many of the current and former MA. B.A.G.S. members.  Please visit our new website for a preliminary event schedule, and information on how N.E.A.T. will differ from B.A.G.S. - RI Division. 

unused B.A.G.S. credits will be honored for N.E.A.T. membership and entry fees.



 Your year end USGA handicap cards are available on-line at  If you registered your email address, you should be receiving a notification at each revision.  If you would like me to print out a label, please contact me. 


 I wish you and your family a healthy and happy holiday season, and a good winter.  See you in the spring  !!




James Rooks

Director - Rhode Island Division