Piecuch earns Tee Party honor



For the first time in 27 years, a prestigious honor in Western Massachusetts golf returns to Greenfield.

Country Club of Greenfield head professional Kevin Piecuch, who begins his 23rd season at the club this spring, was unanimously selected as the 2014 Western Massachusetts Tee Party guest of honor.

Piecuch will be honored, fittingly, at the CC of Greenfield on May 8.

“It was overwhelming,” said Piecuch, who received the call on his selection from WMass Tee Party Chairman Tim Quirk — who, ironically, is one of his best friends (they’ve been friends since age 5). “It was very humbling, particularly with history of it. It was unexpected, and it was a great call from him.”

All three head pros in the CC of Greenfield’s long and storied history have been honored by the Tee Party — Bucky O’Brien, was honored on 1987, and Mac Sennett (the club’s first-ever head pro) was honored in 1959. Even more rare is that all three were active as the pro at the time they were honored.

The Tee Party — founded in 1947 — is honoring the 46-year-old Piecuch for his commitment and service to the game in western Massachusetts.

“It’s a testament to all the hard work you did, and all the sacrifices my wife and kids make,” said Piecuch. “They’ve been awesome. They know how much time I spend doing this in the summertime, and they never say a word.

“The club has been great,” added Piecuch. “The Board (of Directors) has been fantastic, and I’ve only had two Presidents the whole the time I’ve been there, so it’s been really good. With everything that’s gone on at the club the past few years, there’s a really positive buzz about it, and everybody’s exciting to get going.”

Piecuch has already been busy preparing for the upcoming season; he announced that he recently hired Zach Lieberman from Amherst as his new assistant pro.

Quirk, the head pro at Longmeadow CC, was understandably excited to call his friend and give him the news.

“He’s been a staple in western Mass. for a long time,” said Quirk. “He just embodies everything the honor is about. It was almost as if he was destined to do this since he was a kid. He loves what he does. We’ve always held the (WMass Chapter PGA) Pro Junior, which all the pros and kids look forward to playing. It’s my son’s favorite place to play.”

Tickets for the golf tournament and dinner are $90 per person, which includes cart, prizes and dinner. The shotgun start is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., while the evening begins at 5:30 with cocktails and 6:30 for dinner. Dinner-only tickets will also be available.

Those interested in attending can call the club at 773-7530 or visit www.wmassteeparty.com.

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