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Boston sports media is a hotbed of golf mavens, with varying degrees of skill and experience. With apologies to David Letterman, and all the duffers who missed the cut, here are my Top 10 Boston Sports Media Golfers.

Dan Roche10. Dan Roche, WBZ-TV – A North Andover native, Roche adores Merrimack Valley courses such as Andover, Indian Ridge, and Crystal Springs. An 18 handicap, his game favors wide open, Donald Ross-style courses and philanthropy.  Says Roche,” I’ve been fortunate enough to play in events that have helped the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club, Lazarus House and others. Raising money for the events is what it’s all about. The kids that have come out of Boys & Girls clubs are amazing. I am in awe of them.”

Jayme Parker9. Jayme Parker, NESN and BC Sports – Jayme Parker’s golf baptism was an exercise in mayhem. “I almost hit (former Red Sox outfielder) Darren Bragg in the head with a drive,” she relates. “And Bobby Orr was playfully ridiculing me all day.” A two-time longest drive winner at Doug Flutie’s tournament, Parker’s personal golf labor of love is the Liberty Mutual Invitational Tournament benefitting Uplifting Athletes, spearheaded by Mark Herzlich, the former BC standout who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma while in college. “I asked Mark how he would feel if I started a golf tournament on his behalf. I called a lot of my celebrity connections, and they agreed to show up on a handshake. That’s the plus of creating good relationships with people.”

Steve Burton8. Steve Burton, WBZ-TV – Steve Burton is no golf name dropper, but he has played in tournaments with the legendary likes of Lawrence Taylor, Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Mario Lemieux. A member at Hopkinton, Burton experienced his golf highlight at Shining Rock. He relates, “I was playing in a tournament to benefit cancer research. It was great because I was playing with some old high school buddies. They were all lined up watching me shoot about a 200 yard drive off the tee. It rolled right in the cup for my first hole in one!”

Mike Lynch7. Mike Lynch, WCVB-TV – “Lynchie” was once a caddy at Tedesco, and still plays Salem, Kernwood, and Belmont, but fancies Brookline as a student of golf history. Like Burton, he has teed off with luminaries galore including Bobby Orr, John Havlicek, and Roger Clemens. “Golf removes the barriers and mistrust,” he explains “What is said on the course stays on the course. Prior to playing, you may have certain perceptions of each other. You feel entirely different about a person after playing for four hours.”

MAZZ6. Tony Massarotti, 98.5 The Sports Hub – Massarotti’s golf journey began at Tufts playing at the famed Leo J. Martin public course. His resume has since expanded to Presidents, Granite Links, Ponkapoag, and several Cape courses. For the man they call “Mazz,” the game is a process. “I believe it takes five years to learn how to hit the ball, and then five more to hit it straight. My handicap is a 15, and I shoot an 82 on a good day. I like courses such as Sandy Burr. It rewards you for keeping the ball straight.”

BRICKLEY5. Andy Brickley, NESN – A life in hockey, i.e. – having the summer off, fits perfectly into Brickley’s golf game, and the ex-Bruin sees the game as a veritable window to the soul. “You can see honesty and a sense of gentlemanship. It gives you a peek into what people are really like. You have to have a mental tenacity. With golf, you are alone, and you can’t throw your bag into the crowd or knock down an opponent.”

Mike Gorman4. Mike Gorman, Comcast Sports Net – A popular media figure for nearly four decades, Gorman’s relationship with golf is entirely introverted. “When I play with someone, they want to spend two and a half hours talking about the Celtics. I appreciate that, but I’d rather talk about why I keep hitting the ball to the right.” Gorman relishes playing with superior golfers and welcomes the game’s constant learning curve. “One time at the range, there was a guy with an amazing backswing. He was hitting these beautiful 275 to 300 yard drives. You could throw a blanket over where they all landed. I love watching things like that.”

MCDONOUGH3. Sean McDonough, ESPN – Like many locals, golf is in Sean McDonough’s blood. “My dad (Boston Globe writer Will McDonough) really started getting addicted golf when he turned 50.  Golf holds a special place in my heart because of dad. He died at 67, so a lot of the time we spent together over the last 17 years of his life was on the golf course.” More than a decade ago, McDonough established The Sean McDonough Charitable Foundation, an organization that provides needed funds to deserving children’s charities. “It’s just a great way to get out there and meet people. It allows me to be more visible and help out so many great causes.”

Kevin Walsh2. Kevin Walsh, Comcast Sports Net – Walsh was recruited to play for Temple, Villanova, LaSalle, Penn State, and Florida International, eventually choosing Purdue. The author and humanitarian chose family and media over a pro career and shares a classic golf story. “In 2000, I was playing Pebble Beach. After lunch, a Lincoln Town Car pulled up and out comes none other than Arnold Palmer. “At the time, I was working on a book about caddying. I knew that Arnie was a former caddy, so I worked up the courage to ask for a brief interview. I was fumbling with my tape recorder and he put me totally at ease. He could not have been more thoughtful or gracious.”

Bob Lobel1. Bob Lobel, WBZ Legend, Suitesports.com – Chronic back problems have not dampened Lobel’s love of golf, even using a SoloRider cart to keep himself on the links. A member at the International, Lobel includes Salem, Myopia, Oyster Harbor, and Granite Links among his favorite courses. “I know that I probably will never walk again without at least a cane,” says Lobel. ”But I can still hit it 180 or 200 yards. You are an independent contractor in golf. You play yourself, the course, and no one else.”

John Molori is the co-author of “The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players.”  Like him at facebook.com/johnmolori. Follow on Twitter @MoloriMedia. Email molorimedia@aol.com.

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