PEABODY — Gone, but certainly not forgotten.
That reality was on full display at the Meadow at Peabody Golf Course Tuesday afternoon as members of the Bishop Fenwick and Peabody golf teams met on the links for the first time in at least 20 years to honor the late, greats Bo Tierney and George Hennessey.
How would they honor the special pair of coaching legends? The same way the two schools honor Charlie Carlin in hockey and Bob Danish in lacrosse: by vying for a special trophy, in this case dubbed the inaugural Peabody Cup.
Both Tierney, a legendary boys hockey coach, golf honcho and athletic director at Fenwick for years before his passing on this month two years ago, and Hennessey, a celebrated golf coach in his own right at Peabody High during the 70's and 80's, would have been proud of the sportsmanship and camaraderie displayed by their former respective programs.
"(Peabody golf head coach) Peter (Cronin) and myself thought it was a good idea to put something together, kind of following the tradition of the Danish Cup and Carlin Cup, and we immediately thought of two guys that both meant a lot to the school systems both educational and athletic wise," said Fenwick head coach Jim McHugh.
"I played basketball for George Hennessey when he was at Fenwick and Peter played golf for him, and then in golf Bo Tierney was so instrumental for all those years. I think it's a great tribute to both of them and that's what this was all about."
Cronin echoed those remarks, adding that there was a personal aspect to the event that made it extra special.
"I think from Jim's point of view and my point of view it means something personal, too," said Peabody's head coach Cronin, who also serves as manager of the Peabody at Meadow Golf Course.
"George was an influential person in my life, he was always so positive just preaching to do your best every day, and I try to emulate that for these kids now."
When it came to the actual match, Fenwick took home the crown with a 159-69 triumph via quota points. Crusaders' senior tri-captain Tom Estella earned medalist honors with an impressive 31 points from the No. 3 slot, while another fellow captain, Jake Murphy, was close behind with 30 of his own.
Cade Buckley added 27 points at No. 4 for Fenwick, Nicholas Muzi managed a solid 26 and Anthony Novack was next in line with 19. It was a strong performance on a hilly and challenging back-9 at the Meadow, but McHugh still feels there's room for improvement.
"It was definitely a good average overall, but we have to bring it up a little more as the season goes on," he said. "I'm proud of the way the boys carried themselves and both teams really showed a lot of sportsmanship from the No. 1 all the way to the No. 10."
For Peabody, Brendan Mills recorded a third of his team's total points, coming in with a smooth 23 to take MVP honors for the Tanners. Chris Diranian managed 13 to finish second on the losing side, while Stephen Whitehead chipped in with 12.
The Cup will remain on display in the Bishop Fenwick athletic trophy case for the ensuing calendar year. But who knows, next fall it might just find its way across town to Tanner nation.