Just call Fran Dolfe Jr. the “ace” of Haverhill Country Club.
That’s because he’s pocketed an amazing seven holes-in-one on this venerable course with no sign of letting up at age 75.
What’s more, he’s witnessed eight others during his 50-year tours. Add it up and that makes 15 aces. He’s conquered all four par-3 holes over his time, but none have been kinder to him than the 155-yard fourth hole. That one he’s nailed four times.
It hasn’t come without a price, however. Protocol has it that you buy a round of drinks in the clubhouse after each feat. For some very good reason, every time Fran shows up at the club, all eyes and ears are glued to his whereabouts.
“Good fortune just seems to surround me,” he says with a smile. “As for the free drinks, I’ve enjoyed them when others have paid.”
No rabbit’s foot here, or any other charm for that matter. Dolfe doesn’t believe in magic, just good fate. The fact he’s got the golden touch encourages others to join his team. They have been guys like Dr. George Griffin, Bobby Hanagan Jr., Dennis Woelfel, Dan Chabot and Paul Routhier.
Dolfe is a Haverhill native and grew up in Bradford. He ran cross country at Haverhill High all four years before graduating in 1956. He served two years in the Coast Guard, graduated from Bentley College and worked as a certified public accountant while earning his master’s degree part-time from Suffolk.
He spent 28 years with the federal government, working for the Department of Labor auditing state grants before becoming director of reimbursement and audit for the Medicare program in New England.
When you can’t find Dolfe on the links, you’re bound to see him at some classical concert with Daryl, his wife of almost 42 years who is an exceptional organist. Whether it’s the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic or BSO at Tanglewood, the Dolfes are regular patrons. Two children and four grandkids are other loves of his life.