Every year since 1992, the Greco family and the Starboard Galley restaurant have organized a big golf tournament to kick off Yankee Homecoming week. This year was no exception, with big crowds turning out at Ould Newbury Country Club once more for the highly anticipated annual event.
But while this year’s event once again featured prizes, an auction and a post-tournament harbor cruise, there was one notable difference — the name.
The newly christened Geno Open, formerly known as the Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament, was held in memory of Eugene “Geno” Greco. The longtime owner of the Starboard Galley died at age 81 earlier this year, and going forward his family decided that the event he was so instrumental in building should continue in his honor.
“He passed this year back on Jan. 23 and we dedicated this year’s tournament to him and renamed it,” said Gary Greco, Geno’s son and one of the tournament’s primary organizers along with Geno’s wife, Donna Greco. “Going forward it will be in memory of him.”
This year’s event was won by the team of Ed Shelley, Mitch O’Meara, Steve Webb and D.J. Conti, a group that has regularly dominated the event in years past. The team won with a score of nine-under, and Webb also won the men’s longest drive award.
The women’s longest drive award was taken by Marjore Parker, and David Greco earned the Closest to Pin honor. Following the tournament, the participants made their way to the waterfront to enjoy the unique post-tournament harbor cruise.
“Everybody had a great time,” Greco said. “Part of the tournament is you get dinner on the Captain’s Lady and we’ll do a cruise up and down the river.”
Greco also praised Ould Newbury Country Club for once again helping create a great tournament environment, and that everyone enjoyed themselves despite the steamy late-July weather.
“They always do a great job accommodating us, the conditions have been fantastic,” Greco said.