Legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper has performed to sold-out crowds around the world during her incredible 50+ year musical career.
In March, Cooper played at Pequot Golf Club in Stonington.
Cooper and a few bandmates showed up at Pequot for a round of golf the day the course opened on March 18.
An avid golfer, Cooper, 73, was in the area for his show at Foxwoods. As he so often does, he took a tour before performing that night.
His bassist, Chuck Garric, called Pequot’s pro shop to arrange the visit.
Cooper and his pals made an impression on Pequot pro Bob Hill and the course employees.
Apparently, Cooper isn’t living up to one of his hit songs, “No More Mr. Nice Guy.”
“Just a great guy,” Hill said. “He’s amazing. Just an average guy.”
Not an average golfer, though.
Cooper has a single-digit handicap.
He took up golf years ago to get rid of a drinking problem and fell in love with the sport. He plays around 250 games a year. He wrote a book called “Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock ‘n’ Roller’s 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict”.
Since first buying a golf club over 35 years ago, Cooper has played with everyone from Dean Martin to John Daly.
At Pequot, Cooper completed the back nine with a 2 of 38.
“I noticed that all of his clubs are hybrids,” Hill said. “And he’s been with Callaway for years and years. Johnny Miller is his mentor. He used to play with him all the time. … He’s very good.”
Hill and pro shop employee Trevor Hutchinson, a Grasso Tech High School graduate and The Day’s 2014 Golfer of the Year, attended Cooper’s show that night.
“It was awesome,” said Hutchinson, who had seen Cooper perform once before.
After the show, Cooper traveled to Maryland for the next leg of his tour. He was on the golf course at 6:30 a.m. the next morning.
“What a life,” Hill said. “It’s what Alice said, ‘If you want to play golf, be a musician.’ “
A signed photo of Cooper and his playing partners Garric and Ryan Roxie, the band’s lead guitarist, hangs in the pro shop.
It’s a day Hill will never forget.
“It was fun,” Hill said.
There’s still time to register for the 14th annual Ledyard High School Athletics Golf Tournament, which kicks off Monday at Lake of the Isles in North Stonington. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The $150 entry fee per golfer includes the cart, breakfast/dinner on the course and a gift. To grab one of the last remaining spots on the pitch, contact Ledyard Sporting Director Jim Buonocore at [email protected]
Anthony Kargul won the Senior Clubs Championship from Elmridge last weekend, beating Lou Laudone in the final match. Kargul finished second in 2012 and 2018 before breaking through with his first senior title. It was only the second time someone other than Pete Stefanski had won the championship since 2014. Ian Mackay was the champion in 2017.
In the first steal, Bob Gebler defeated Gary Sicard in the championship game. Mike Classey won the second flight title, beating Phil Votto.
The duo of Todd Lavoie and Josh Cameron won the Norwich Golf Course guest tournament title on Sunday, shooting a 66. Bill Glenney and Matt Lame took second place with a 68. And Demo Angelopolous and Chris Heller , Jr., won the net division. with a 58.
In this event, Scott Levesque recorded his first hole-in-one on the 13th hole.
Mohegan Sun Golf Club’s Dave Jones earned his second Connecticut State Golf Association One Day Tournament victory this month, shooting a 4-under 68 Monday at Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield. He finished with six birdies. Bill Hermanson of the Black Hall Club took third place in the Siderowf Gross Division.
Black Hall Club in Old Lyme is hosting the 103rd Connecticut Women’s Golf Association Championship this week. A champion will be crowned on Thursday.
Quinnatisset Country Club’s Jantzen Vargas reached the quarterfinals of Connecticut’s 120th Amateur Championship last week at Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury. Vargas, a 2004 Killingly High School graduate, lost to eventual champion Ben Carpenter of Darien Country Club by a score of 1.
Jeff Kollwitz recently joined the hole-in-one club. Playing in his weekly league, which is called The Really Pathetic Golf Association, at Pequot Golf Club, he hit the 166-yard sixth hole on June 8.
Events to come
The Norwich Senior Club Championship, a two-round competition, will take place on July 9 and 10.
The Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton will host the Connecticut Senior Open for the 25th consecutive year July 11-12.
The 96th Norwich Invitational will take place the weekend of July 15-17. It is the flagship local golf event of the season. The cost is $85 for members, $155 for non-members.
The Black Hall Club is hosting a qualifier for the 67th United States Senior Amateur Championship on Monday, July 18.
Please email golf scores, hole-in-one information, etc., to [email protected]