Hornblower Memorial: Hadges wins in playoff
John Hadges
John Hadges
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (June 1, 2013) — Despite firing a final-round 73, John Hadges fell into a sudden-death playoff with first-round leader Doug Clapp, defeating him on the second hole to win the 49th Annual Hornblower Memorial Golf Tournament.

Clapp made no birdies en route to a final-round 75 — 10 shots higher than his 65 a day earlier.

Defending champion Colin Brennan took solo second place after firing the best final round in the field — 67.

An underrated event on the national scale, but a big event for top amateurs in Massachusetts and New England, the Hornblower was in its 49th year. The event is named for the club's 'benefactor' Henry Hornblower, who collaborated with the then Pilgrim Hotel to create what is now Plymouth Country Club.

Hadges, a longtime elite player among New England mid-amateurs, recently won the Norfolk County Classic for a third time.

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ABOUT THE Hornblower Memorial Invitational

Long running amateur invitational tournament named for Plymouth Country Club "Benefactor" Henry Hornblower who collaborated with the now defunct Pilgrim Hotel to create what is now Plymouth Country Club.

To create a resort complex, the hotel ceded enough land for 3 holes, Hornblower contributed enough for 6 more holes and Plymouth Country Club's first 9 hole course came to life. A brilliant investment advisor (founded Hornblower & Weeks, a leading investment firm in Boston) he not only drove his firm and his country club through the expansion in the 1920s, but even guided both through the perils of the Great Depression that followed. (More history is available on the tournament website.)

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