As homecomings go, Tara Joy-Connelly feels as if she’s batting .500. The move back to her native Massachusetts involves a premier job for her husband (J.P. Connelly is the new head professional at The Kittansett Club in Marion), but for the time being it won’t involve any golf for this golf-happy competitor.
That’s because Tara Joy-Connelly is recovering from a torn rotator cuff in her right arm.
“Six months without golf,” she cringed. “Maybe the longest I’ve been without it. It’s coming along nicely, but it’s going to be a long, long season.”
Connelly was involved in a golf cart mishap in January during the second round of The Sally, one of the nation’s premier women’s amateur tournaments. The cart malfunctioned and when Connelly got tossed into the windshield, the natural reaction was to put her right arm up for protection.
She was spared serious injury, but the rotator cuff took the brunt of the collision.