By Gary Larrabee
Special To The Salem News
---- — Pat Granese, one of only seven North Shore golfers to win the Massachusetts Amateur Championship, passed away in late January. He was 91.
Granese, a career machinist at General Electric in Lynn, was a virtual unknown on the state level when he won the 1960 Amateur at Tedesco Country Club, only minutes from his Swampscott home. He lived on Burpee Road for the rest of his life.
A former member at Happy Valley in Lynn, Granese joined United Shoe Country Club (now Beverly Golf & Tennis Club) in 1950. When he defeated Worcester’s Gerry Anderson in the 36-hole final, 6 and 5, he became the fourth North Shore player in 12 years to win the coveted state title, joining Myopia’s Bobby Knowles (1949), “The Shoe’s” Tom Mahan, Jr. (1952) and Ould Newbury’s Charles Volpone (1956).
The ‘golden age’ of North Shore champions continued with Granese’s triumph in 1960, followed by Tedesco’s Ted Carangelo (1965) and Colonial’s Barrie Bruce (1967, long-time Wenham junior member). Granese knocked off Bruce, a college player for Tufts at the time, 3 and 1, in the 1960 quarterfinal round.
Granese was a perfectionist at the game, one who often got mad at himself but otherwise kept a low profile at the club and in competition.
He also kept a strong game into his senior years. Granese won three Berverly Golf & Tennis Club titles after he turned 50 (1976-80-83). As late as 2001, when he was 79, he maintained a five handicap.
“There’s no way I thought I’d win the Amateur,” Granese was quoted as saying in The Green and Gold Coast: The History of Golf on Boston’s North Shore. “It was so unexpected. I was just a working man playing weekends and nine holes during the week. The last couple holes in the title match against Anderson felt like I was walking on air.”