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Golf Drives Longshore Starter

If you play golf at Longshore Golf Course in Westport, chances are pretty good you've seen Jim Brockwell. The 73-year-old town resident works four days a week as a starter. He's frequently there three other days playing with his regular foursome. "I do," Brockwell says, "spend a lot of time here."

Brockwell has worked at the course for four years. A former salesman for Ampacet in Tarrytown, N.Y., he retired in 2002 after a 30-plus year career with the company. He said he misses the everyday corporate environment, but enjoys his job at Longshore.

"I like the people contact,'' Brockwell says. "You meet a lot of people in this job. I have three sons that went through the school system here, and I see a lot of those same people that I met while my sons were growing up."

His son Mark owns MJB Realty in Westport. His other sons, Curt and Greg, have re-located to the Boston area. He has 11 grandchildren, and watching their activities can sometimes create conflicts with his job at Longshore. "If I don't have two or three days lead time, I might not make it to their games,'' Brockwell says.

Besides his role as the starter, Brockwell enjoys his outings with partners Tom McGee, Jeff Strauss and Fred Hunter. They've been a regular foursome for about 10 years and usually play at Longshore, but sometimes switch to other area public facilities. I asked him if they're competitive. "Oh yeah,'' Brockwell says without hesitation. "You throw $10 in the pot, and you hope you get it back."

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