Headline: Paul Quinn of Longmeadow Country Club to Be Honored at the 2013 Western Massachusetts Tee Party
For Immediate Release: February 4
Paul Quinn, manager of golf operations at Longmeadow Country Club, will be honored at the 2013 Western Mass. Tee Party. The Republican photo by Michael S. Gordony
Norton, MA — Congratulations are in order for a Bay State golf professional from Western Massachusetts.
Paul Quinn, who has spent more than 47 years at Longmeadow Country Club, was named the 2013 Tee Party Honoree.
Since 1947, the Western Mass Tee Party has been recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to Western Massachusetts.
Quinn will be honored on Thursday, May 9 at Twin Hills Country Club.
A former standout collegiate golfer at North Adams State and now retired school teacher (35 years of service at Holy Name Elementary, Chestnut Junior High, and Agawam Junior High), Quinn has dedicated his life to promoting the game of golf.
As part of his work - for the past 47 years at Longmeadow Country Club - Quinn has supervised and trained thousands of caddies, many who have gone on become leaders in our community. He continues to be very active in the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund and has devoted his time on the selection committee to offer scholarships to deserving college bound students who are employed at golf facilities in WMASS.
In addition to his caddie responsibilities, Quinn has also meticulously operated tournaments, managed daily play and has been a true gentleman of the game. He has also donated his time to being scorekeeper for several years at the WMASS High School golf championship.
Here is an article about Quinn that appeared in a recent issue of The Republican.
LONGMEADOW – And the 2013 Western Mass. Tee Party honoree is ... Paul Quinn.
The manager of golf operations at Longmeadow Country Club will be recognized with one of the region's most prestigious honors.
The Tee Party, which started in 1947, will honor Quinn for his commitment and service to golf in Western Massachusetts. The event's golf outing and evening dinner is scheduled for May 9 at Twin Hills CC in Longmeadow.
"I am so honored," Quinn, 61, said. "To have my name on the same list as so many golf legends in Western Mass., that's just amazing."
Quinn will begin his 48th year at the private club on Shaker Road this spring.
"I have just been lucky to do what I have loved to do, for so many years," said Quinn, an East Longmeadow resident.
Current Longmeadow CC head golf professional Tim Quirk serves as chairman of the Tee Party committee and he knows firsthand of Quinn's contributions.
"Paul is just as much a big part of golf in Western Mass. than any golf pro," Quirk said. "He's a stand-up guy. He's a true pro, without being a (golf) professional. He is legendary around here with all that he does."
Quinn began working in the bag room and as a caddie in 1966, before moving to the pro shop under former pro Dick Stranahan a year later.
"I have pretty much done the same thing here since 1967," Quinn said. "And I can't say that a lot of things have really changed."
"Paul runs the pro shop, runs our tournaments, does our scoring .¤.¤. just about everything," Quirk said.
Quinn said the support of his family and club membership have been instrumental in his career.
"I have always been treated so kindly by the membership and my wife Jean and son Brian sacrificed so much," Quinn said. "They gave up weekends, all these years, so that I could work here."
Quinn was a school teacher for 38 years, before he retired in June 2011.
Tee Party information is available at www.wmassteeparty.com.