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June 23, 2013

Dolfe has Midas touch at Haverhill CC

Haverhill native has recorded seven holes-in-one at Haverhill Country Club

HAVERHILL — Just call Fran Dolfe Jr. the sinkable “ace” of Haverhill Country Club.

That’s because he’s pocketed an amazing seven holes-in-one over this venerable course with no signs of ever letting up.

What’s more, the 75-year-old has witnessed eight others here during the last 50 years. That makes 15 aces. He’s conquered all four par-3 holes but none have been kinder to him than the 155-yard fourth hole. That one he’s nailed four times.

It hasn’t come without a price, however. Protocol has it that you buy a round of drinks in the clubhouse after each feat. For some very good reason, every time Fran shows up at the club, all eyes and ears are glued to his whereabouts. Pro shop credit becomes a routine for this swinger.

“Good fortune just seems to surround me,” he says with a smile. “As for the free drinks, I’ve enjoyed them when others have paid.”

No rabbit’s foot here or any other charm for that matter. Dolfe doesn’t believe in magic, just good fate. The fact he’s got the golden touch encourages others to join his team. They’ve been guys like Dr. George Griffin, Bobby Hanagan Jr., Dennis Woelfel, Dan Chabot and Paul Routhier.

Dolfe grew up in Bradford. He ran cross country at Haverhill High all four years before graduating in 1956. He served two years in the Coast Guard, graduated from Bentley College, and worked as a CPA while earning his master’s part-time from Suffolk.

Twenty-eight years were spent with the federal government, working for the Department of Labor auditing state grants before becoming director of Reimbursement and Audit for the Medicare program in New England.

When you can’t find Dolfe on the links, you’re bound to see him at some classical concert with Daryl, his wife of almost 42 years and an exceptional organist. Two children and four grandkids are other loves of his life. Whether it’s the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic or BSO at Tanglewood, the Dolfes are regular patrons.

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