Golf forges strong family link: Swampscott family thrives on competition
In the spirit of a father and son competition, Dana and Anthony DiLisio of Swampscott were second to none in the annual statewide golf tournament at Andover Country Club Aug. 30. They qualified for the event after coming in first at Salem Country Club.
“Anthony was awesome,” said his proud dad. “He drove a ball on the par four second hole about 315 feet, landing on the green for what turned out to be an eagle. He also made a lot of nice putts. I just kept the momentum going by staying out of his way.”
The selected drive off the tee and alternate shot format was employed during the father-son tournament. The Swampscott duo bested 109 tandems to come out on top in the entire Bay State. They shot a 69 three under par for the day, bettering their Salem performance by one, while shooting a 35 on the front nine and a 34 on the back nine.
Dana was no stranger to the tournament. In prior years, he teamed up a dozen times with his dad, Vinnie, who co-owns DiLisio Brothers Driving Range with his brother, Albert. That DiLisio team never won the tourney, but Dana would like to rekindle the thrill of being together with his dad on the golf course.
He is relishing playing with his son against the state’s best right now. They qualified for the statewide tournament last year after winning at Salem, but did not attend the finals in western Massachusetts because Anthony had prior tournament commitments, but it all worked out quite well this year.