On this week’s episode of New England Golf Journal’s “On Course” podcast, hosts Sean Melia and Jim McCabe were joined by Dave Adamonis, the director of the U.S. Challenge Cup.
Over the last 30 years, the Adamonis family has been deeply connected with the game of golf. The term “grow the game” is tossed around frequently in discourse about professional golf, but the U.S. Challenge Cup is what truly helps brings new people into the game. The series of tournaments for junior golfers in New England and beyond was started by Dave Adamonis Sr. Following in his father’s footsteps, Dave Adamonis has kept the flame lit.
The U.S. Challenge Cup isn’t jU.S.t about setting up events, Adamonis prides himself on being an honest sounding board for families who have children who want to pursue golf in college. Golf is a sport that has a foggy, and often expensive, pathway for junior golfers. The U.S. Challenge Cup is built to give clarity to kids and their families and at the same time let players test themselves against the best players in the region.
What started as a way for Admonis Sr. to give his two sons, Dave and Brad, a chance to play organized, competitive golf developed into a program that cultivates junior golf talent and can boast alumni like major winner Keegan Bradley.