Revere resident Tom DiGregorio has made his first season as a member of the Winthrop Golf Club (WGC) a memorable one, capturing the title in the prestigious Club Championship tournament that was played over the past two weekends at the nine-hole course in Winthrop.
Qualifying as the No. 10 seed, DiGregorio blazed through his bracket with 4-and-3 wins in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds to set up an all-Revere final against Jonathan Chiarelli. DiGregorio seized the title on the 27th hole of the 36-hole match, receiving a large championship trophy and the honor of having his name forever engraved on the all-time winners’ plaque inside the clubhouse.
DiGregorio had played very well in the months leading up to the WGC Championships, finishing a strong second in both the Summer Classic ‘B’ Flight and the Member-Guest Tournament. He posted an even-par round of 70 in the Classic, gaining him some notice among members and giving an indication that he could be a strong contender for the Club Championship.
Rising Quickly in the Ranks
DiGregorio, 32, joined the Winthrop Golf Club in May, seeking to play more golf at an impressive local venue and improve his rapidly developing game.
“Last year I played a couple of times at the club with my friend, Derek Vecchia, who was a first-year member,” said DiGregorio, a 2008 graduate of Revere High School. “I then made the decision to join the club for the 2022 season. The members have welcomed me with open arms. And [WGC Professional] Eddie Montone does a great job.”
DiGregorio’s overall improvement in his game has been meteoric. He began as “a casual golfer” five years ago. But he said in the fall of 2020, “I decided to start working on my game and I practiced over the winter indoors.”
“My scores were in the 100s at that point,” recalled DiGregorio. “Last summer, I was shooting in the mid-to-high 80s and had a 15-handicap.”
This summer, DiGregorio has soared up the ladder to a 2.8 handicap, which places him in the top 5 percent of golfers in the nation.
Golf is Now his No. 1 Sport
The son of Revere Journal(partner/marketing director) Deb DiGregorio and Broadway Motor Service owner Thomas DiGregorio, Tom was a terrific pitcher and shortstop, in Revere Little League, Revere Babe Ruth and played baseball at Revere High School. (Tom’s younger brother, John Vincent, also an excellent athlete, was an interested spectator during the championship round of the Winthrop tournament).
The future is bright for Tom DiGregorio, and if his game continues to trend in the direction it has, a qualifying berth in the 2023 Mass Am – the state’s premier tournament – is a realistic goal for the rising star.
“I love to play golf,” said DiGregorio, who is a vice president at Grand Circle Travel Corporation. “I’m so happy I picked up the game. It’s one of the only things that I do, where I don’t think about anything else when I’m doing it. I only think about golf when I’m golfing. It’s almost like a form of meditation for me.
“I’m just going to try to keep getting better,” added DiGregorio, whose favorite PGA player is Justin Thomas. “I still feel there’s a good amount of improvement that I can make. I’m going to keep working hard on my game and see where my game is by next year.”