BOLTON – The LIV Golf tournament at The International received good reviews from the Select Board, although the board hit the tournament director with a fine for not getting a permit for temporary signals.
“Overall, I’m very pleased with the way things have turned out,” tournament director Michael Goggin told the Select Board on Sept. 15. “I know it took a lot of effort from everyone.”
Goggin said he thanked people “for their support, patience and understanding.
“It seems that, overall, our feedback has been very positive,” said Goggin. “It’s very difficult to share the scope and scale of this thing until you’re actually sitting in front of it.”
Goggin noted that the tournament was lucky with the weather and had “a great finish. I’m very pleased with how it went”, but added that “hiccups are inevitable.
“I think we exceeded my expectations in terms of some of the hiccups.”
“From my perspective, I didn’t see much difference in the city with the flow of spectators,” said Select Board Chairman Stan Wysocki.
“I think the event went pretty smoothly, nothing in terms of incidents. With all the planning done with you and other agencies,” Wysocki said. “I don’t think we could have asked for anything better in terms of how the event went.”
“It took a lot of local support,” Goggin said, adding, “Apologies for the signage confusion.”
The tournament did not get council approval for the temporary signs, which Wysocki said the council was a supporter of.
“I have never witnessed anything like the planning and preparation meetings for this tournament,” said city administrator Don Lowe.
But Lowe said “this board and all boards take temporary flagging very seriously,” noting that the board can issue a fine not to exceed $300.
“I’m totally fine with that,” Goggin said.
“We have a consistency issue here,” Wysocki said.
“I don’t think the council wants to create the impression that a big event can happen in the city and not be held to the same standards,” Lowe said.
“I don’t want to set a bad precedent, so I’m fine with that,” said Goggin.
Select Board member Bob Czekanski said there was an issue of consistency and decided to levy the fine, which the board unanimously approved.
“I’m assuming we’ll have that again next year?” asked Wysocki.
“Nothing is final,” Goggin said. “We are looking at nine events next year, but that schedule is still in flux. When we know, you will know.”
Select Board Member Emily Winner asked about money being donated to community organizations.
The Par 5 statement, which did not detail the amounts allocated to each organization and referred to the event as “The Boston Invitational LIV to Give”, listed the following:
• Local recipients were the Bolton Conservation Trust to fund trail maintenance, environmental and educational programs and support land administration in the City of Bolton; Friends of Bolton Seniors to provide Bolton seniors with fuel, nutrition and financial assistance; WHEAT – United Way of Tri-County to fund food security programs; The Joseph and Leslie Carr Foundation to feed area families this upcoming holiday season, fill canned foods at food banks and fund a local diaper bank; and Nashoba Neighbors to fund services that enable seniors to age in place/at home.
• Other organizations that received funds were Coaching4Change to provide critical mentoring services to low-income students, empowering young people with life skills that unlock success; Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation to fund scholarships for special operations veterinarians as they leave the service and enter employment opportunities; Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley to fund after-school and summer programs, STEM education materials and supplies, and partner with the local museum to provide enhanced instruction; and Bridge Over Troubled Waters to expand pathways to self-reliance for homeless youth through education, employment, mental health care and life skills development.