Editor’s note: The Salem News is happy to bring back North Shore golf expert Gary Larrabee to its sports pages. A Salem News sportswriter from 1971-95, Gary will be writing his weekly ‘Reading The Greens’ column on all things North Shore golf each Friday through the end of summer.
Reading The Greens
Club professionals who team well together working in the pro shop do not necessarily team well together competing on the golf course.
But in the case of long-time Kernwood Country Club head professional Frank Dully II and his 12th-year assistant, Steve Bramlett, they wished they’d become a tournament team a lot sooner than 2012.
That year the pair finished as runner-up in the New England PGA Pro-Pro Match Play championship, losing the title match to two of the top players in the NEPGA section, Rhode Islanders Troy Pare and Jeff Martin. “We clicked pretty good for being our first time paired up,” Dully, the 2006 NEPGA champion, recalled.
But after skipping last year’s event, Dully-Bramlett clicked in an even bigger way at this year’s tournament contested in cold, wet weather at LeBaron Hills in Lakeville. They brought back to their Salem club the Match Play title, outlasting another pair of Rhode Islanders, Bob Tramonti of Triggs Memorial and Brian Owens of North Kingstown, in a dramatic 21-hole championship match.
“I was as happy and excited for Steve as I was for myself,” said Dully, who as head professional is often the one competing on the tournament circuit while leaving Bramlett behind to run the Kernwood golf operation.
Dully was glad he had Bramlett around for their three-day march to victory, especially on the 21st and final hole of the title match. That’s where Bramlett sank a 10-foot birdie putt to win the match and the $4,000 first prize.