Joe Hassett (R) in action for Providence College
(Providence College Athletics Photo)
PROVIDENCE, RI (September 13, 2016) -- For a
basketball player, Joe Hassett has become a very
The former Providence College star and NBA
champion had his best day yet in RIGA competition
Tuesday, firing a 1-over 73 at Triggs to tie for the
in the 58th Senior Amateur Championship. Tom
Acciardo, the 2011 champion, and frequent
Dave McNally also had 73s to earn a share of the top
Paul Quigley, who has won this event six times
among his many RIGA titles, Metacomet’s Dean
Parziale, RICC’s Dave Patrick and Wannamoisett’s
Donald Gallagher had 74s to be just one off the lead
heading into Wednesday’s second and final round.
With so many long time contenders near the
Hassett will not be favored to win since he is the new
guy on the block in this competition. But after one of
Rhode Island’s great basketball careers at La Salle
Academy, Providence College and the NBA, including
Seattle where he helped the Sonics win the
championship in 1979, Hassett will be accustomed to
being in the championship chase, even if it is a
Hassett sounded like a typical golfer when he
finished his round Tuesday, lamenting the fact that
score was not lower.
"I missed a three-footer on one, a three-footer
two and a three-footer on four," he said with a shake
his head. "They were all for pars." He also bogeyed
par-5 10th, so he was 4-over as he stood on the
tee. It turned into a lot of fun from there as his
shooting SONAR got turned on, this time on the
"I made four birdies in a row,’’ he said. They
on 13, 14, 15 and 16.
"The last one was the best,’’ said Don Wright,
defending tournament champion who was one of his
playing partners. "That one was a double three-
It had to be about 50 feet."
That got Hassett back to even, which is where
stayed until he 18.
"I made bogey from 125 yards," he related.
short and three-putted."
Acciardo, who already has won the Senior Four-
this year with partner George Pirie, also was
disappointed with his finish. He had four birds and
1-under going to the par-4 17th.
"I pulled my drive left and had to take an
unplayable," he said. "I made double."
McNally had the steadiest round of the leaders.
73 included three bogeys and two birdies.
"It was there for the taking," he said, referring
the beautiful day, the excellent course conditions and
the relatively mild course set-up provided by RIGA
"I had a lot of six-inch putts for pars. I had my
chances to make more (birdies). But I didn’t make a
putt over six feet all day."
Quigley did not shoot his age as he has done
several times already in competition this summer.
the 71-year-old put himself in good position by going
under over his last 11 holes after a slow start.
also reported that he has withdrawn from next
USGA Senior Amateur, to be held in St. Louis.
He was slated to be the second oldest player to
take part in that event. The only one older is 73-
old Vinny Giles. Giles, however, did not qualify as
Quigley did. Giles has an exemption as a past
"It’s being held at the same time as the New
England Seniors,’’ Quigley noted. "The New Englands
are so easy to get to (They are being played at
Crestwood, the course where his brother, Dana, was
pro for so long). With the nationals, it’s a hassle
out there. It’s not like I’ve never played before. It’s
fourth time I’ve qualified, so I decided to stay
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