The name Dave DiRico is synonymous with golf in western Massachusetts. One of five brothers, all of whom loved the game, it was Dave and older brother Tom’s love of and dedication to the game that has made such a big difference in the growth of the sport in western Mass. Dave was named 2014 Professional of the Year by the PGA’s Connecticut Section. The year before, in 2013, older Brother Tom was inducted into the Western Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame.
DiRico, East Longmeadow, has spent over 36 years as one of the most respected PGA professionals in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. Stints at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Hampden Country Club and Crestview CC in Agawam.
In 2011 Dave started the second chapter of his life in golf after he ended the season at Crestview CC. He moved into the golf retail business opening the Dave DiRico’s Golf & Racquet Center in West Springfield.
A leader and supporter of growing the game, DiRico has served on several national PGA committees over the years and even though he has moved into golf retail that has not changed.
On Saturday March 5th the Dave DiRico’s Golf and Racquet will present the Golf Western Mass Show, a one-day golf expo to be held in the grand ballroom at Chez Josef event/catering facility in Agawam. “All proceeds from the event will go to junior golf,” said DiRico. We hope to help the MassLive Junior Tournament and establish golf scholarships for high school boys and girls . . .”
DiRico’s show has attracted a major industry headliner in Michael Breed, host of Golf Channel’s “The Golf Fix.” Breed will conduct a morning and afternoon clinic.
Top golf club, clothing, and other golf related companies will be on hand including; Titleist, Mizuno, Callaway, Nike, PING, Cobra, Taylor-Made, Cleveland, U.S. Kids Golf, Puma, Adidas, Under Armour, Foot-Joy, Cutter & Buck, Vineyard Vines, Ecco, Skechers Shoes, Bushnell, Sky Caddie and Golf Buddy.
Tickets sell for $12 in advance and $14 at the door.