New charity event honors Geoffrey Cornish

The Pines Course will host the first annual Geoffrey Cornish Invitational Golf Tournament.

The Pines Course will host the first annual Geoffrey Cornish Invitational Golf Tournament.

BOLTON, Mass. – The International Golf Club & Resort’s Pines Course will host the inaugural Geoffrey Cornish Invitational Golf Tournament on Aug. 15.

The late Cornish, an architect, spent 70 years designing courses. He is credited with more than 200 original course designs and more than 100 renovations.

Cornish died at his home in Amherst, Mass., on Feb. 10. He was 97.

A native of Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba, Cornish began his golf career working as a soil scientist for Stanley Thompson, the Canadian architectural giant, in 1935. He is a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and wrote or co-authored several books, including “The Architects of Golf,” “Golf Course Design,” and “Eighteen Stakes on a Sunday Afternoon.”

Cornish worked extensively in New England and Canada. The International’s Pines Course, opened in 1956, was Cornish’s first original design. (Robert Trent Jones Sr. later redesigned the course.) At the time that it opened, the Pines’ 8,400-yard tees were the longest in golf.

The cost to enter the charity tournament is $200 per player. That includes golf, cart, box lunch and dinner banquet. The banquet is open to non-golfers at a cost of $75.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Geoffrey Cornish Scholarship Endowment at the University of Massachusetts’ Stockbridge School of Agriculture. Cornish was affiliated with the institution for more than 50 years.

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