google-site-verification: google421da3b3340ddcbe.html

Post from September, 2017

Family Fun at the Bay Club

Thursday, 28. September 2017 12:08

Each summer the Bay Club holds a Parent/Child Golf Tournament, with teams made up of a child or grandchild of a club member.  This year’s event was a complete success with a record number of golfers playing in four different age divisions.  Following golf, players enjoyed a BBQ lunch, as well as a mini-golf putting challenge and the chance to hit balls at the 20-foot inflatable named Golfzilla.

However, the highlight of the day was the inspiring and motivational Dennis Walters Show.  During the show, Dennis spoke to spectators, both young and old, about the importance of continuing to follow your dreams, no matter what life hands you.  In 1974, Dennis’ dream of playing on the PGA Tour was crushed after an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.

In his inspirational show, he wowed the crowd with some amazing golf shots that included hitting a ball with a gavel, his special “3-iron” and an exploding ball that got a thrill from spectators.  He spoke to the group about what changes he had to make in order to allow himself the ability to play golf and demonstrated his specially designed, swiveled seat golf cart.  To read more about the Dennis Walter Golf Show, please click here.

All in all, it was a great family day at the Club.

IMG_3909

Photo Aug 05, 3 55 45 PM

Category:Children's Activities, Family Events, Golf, Junior Activities | Comment (0) | Author:

Well-known Shark Expert, Greg Skomal Returns to the Bay Club

Thursday, 14. September 2017 11:47

SkomalDr. Greg Skomal, a senior marine fisheries biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and director of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program recently returned to the Bay Club to give a lecture on his work with the infamous Great White Shark.

A large crowd of members and their guests gathered to listen to the well-known shark expert speak about some of his most recent projects, with a focus around the latest technologies used to help experts learn about the sharks and their habits.  Dr. Skomal explained that the successful conservation of seals over the past few years has contributed to the population increase in white sharks being spotted in the waters off Cape Cod.  He also noted that the sharks are here to feed on seals, not people.  Cape Cod has become the only known aggregating site for white sharks in the NorthAtlantic and the Massachusetts Shark Research Program has been studying the biology and abundance of this species since 2009.

Being a scientist before the current “age of technology,” Dr. Skomal spent a great deal of time researching deceased animals.   While this was helpful in gathering biological data, such as feeding and growth rate, it didn’t shed any light on their behaviors when they were alive.  With the advent of new technology including satellites and acoustic based equipment, scientists are now able to monitor their actions, such as daily travels and migration habits.  One of his favorite new tools to use is the GoPro camera and he wowed members with multiple videos captured during his quests to tag sharks.   That process includes utilizing a plane in the air to spot the sharks.  Once spotted, the vessel carrying the scientist who is standing on the pulpit with the tagging pole comes up alongside the shark.  Dr. Skomal then strikes at the opportune time,White Shark Curly Skomal inserting a tracking device into the base of the dorsal fin of the great white.

Members raved about the lecture and enjoyed a specially prepared dinner at the Golf House restaurant following the talk which included Grilled Shark.

Dr. Skomal is an accomplished marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer, aquarist and author.  He has written dozens of scientific research papers and has appeared in a number of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ESPN, and numerous television networks.   For more information on Dr. Skomal and his work, please click here.

Photo courtesy of The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Photo courtesy of The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Category:Cultural Events | Comment (0) | Author: