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By John Molori

     As 7News Boston sports director, Joe Amorosino has a lot of responsibility. He anchors multiple weeknight sportscasts, hosts “Sports Xtra” Sundays at 11:25 p.m., and also manages the entire 7News sports department. And oh yeah, he and wife Tiffany have two children, daughter Alexa and son Rhys. It’s no wonder Amorosino revels in discussing his more carefree days on the golf course.

     “I was a senior at Boston University (Class of 1992), my brother Paul was a junior and my brother Mark was a freshman. We would skip class and play at Leo J. Martin Golf Course. It was only 5 bucks with your college ID. There were no tee times, so we’d put our names in, go to a diner to eat, then come back to play. The course was a nasty combination of 85 year-old guys and college kids. The old guys would always yell at us.”

     Amorosino’s game progressed along with his television career, and the two often intermingled. He relates, “When I got my first TV job at Cape 11 News (1995) we did a golf tip segment every Friday with Bob Miller. I used to incorporate Bob’s tips into my own game. We also featured a hole of the week, so I got to play 2 or 3 rounds a week on some great courses.”

     The Cape is as close to golf heaven as any duffer can get. Amorosino recalls some of his favorite courses. “Dennis Pines was a narrow, tree-lined course, not too forgiving but very fair. Hyannis Golf Club was terrific. A couple of amateur golfers, the late Fordie Pitts and Joe Keller, bought the course and made it more challenging. There was also the Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds in Marstons Mills. It was a tough course with a lot of play, very well-manicured.” 

     Amorosino conveys a neat anecdote from his past days on the links. He states, “I covered Bobby Orr’s charity tournament at The Ridge Club and set my camera up on a par 3 hole with Orr. The green was surrounded by water. If a player got closer to the pin than Bobby did, he would win an Orr autographed item. I spent about three hours with Bobby that day, just the nicest guy ever, and here I was a very young reporter in his first TV job. 

     Amorosino continues, “A couple of months later, I’m at a huge tournament at Willowbend in Falmouth. There were about 10 pros there including Greg Norman, as well as ton of celebrities. Roger Clemens was playing, right about the time he was going to leave Boston. I went up to him, and just as I was asking him for an interview, someone gave me a hard kick in the ass. I figured one of my knucklehead friends jumped the wall. It was Bobby Orr. Bobby told Clemens to give me whatever I needed, and we had a great interview.”

     Amorosino, a Braintree native and 1988 Don Bosco High School graduate, is candid in discussing the realities of interacting with today’s athletes. “When I started at 7News, I played in a lot of celebrity tournaments. Playing a round of golf with an athlete does break down that wall a bit, but there is such a line drawn between media and athletes. It limits the relationship you can have with a player. I remember when Peter Gammons used to shag flies at Spring Training, now you can’t even step on the grass.”

     A class act on the air and off, family takes up most of Amorosino’s spare time these days, but he still finds a bit of room to play golf, and use the sport to help others. He explains, “I have friends who are members at Brae Burn and Wellesley. If I’m lucky, I’ll get out there three or four times a year. I’m on the board of directors at the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club in Newton. We hold a benefit tournament every year. This year, it’s at Woodland. All the proceeds benefit the Club. It’s a great tournament for a terrific cause.”

Syndicated columnist John Molori writes for numerous publications and appears regularly on AM 1110 WCCM. Email John at MoloriMedia@aol.com.

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