Mike Calef calmly explained his emotions and the twists and turns of the rounds this week with me and the other reporters inside the clubhouse of Tedesco Country Club yesterday afternoon.
He traveled from his home in Texas, played 136 holes of golf in a span of five days — not to mention in 90 degree heat — and could not be happier to see all of his buddies as he was up for vacation just to play some golf.
The only thing missing from those above paragraphs was the fact that Calef was talking to us with a giant silver trophy to his left that he earned after taking out Mark Souliotis 3-and-1 on the 35th hole of the final match of the 2012 Mass. Amateur Championship.
Calef just seemed like one of the guys that everyone gets along with. He defeated good friend Doug Clapp on Wednesday in match play, and then Clapp showed up on Thursday and Friday to carry Calef’s bag for the rest of the tournament. He met Joe Furey and his family at the tournament, and the Tedesco CC member allowed Calef to stay in his home from Wednesday to Friday so he wouldn’t have to commute back and forth from his parent’s home in West Bridgewater.
His game was just as good as his personality, as he was one of the medalists in stroke play and was the last man standing on Friday with The Massachusetts Cup raised high above his head on the first tee.
It was a long week for the players, and reporters for that matter, but a fun one. It’s always nice when you get to cover an event where the staff, players and everyone involved is happy to have you there and happy to lend a hand in every possible way.