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Camaraderie is par for the course here

Lou Rodier and Dennis Kirshy shake hands after a recent Boston Summer Twilight League match at Charles River Country Club in Newton. The league has been around since 1921.
Lou Rodier and Dennis Kirshy shake hands after a recent Boston Summer Twilight League match at Charles River Country Club in Newton. The league has been around since 1921.Credit: charlie mahoney/for the boston globe

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Every Thursday afternoon of every summer since 1921, members of the Boston Summer Twilight League have teed it up at some of the area’s more venerable private golf clubs. They have taken their whacks at each other in a highly competitive over-40 league for mid-to-high handicappers in a full-handicap, four-ball league that proudly bills itself as the oldest in the United States.

How does the Boston Summer Twi make such a claim?

“Carefully,’’ said Lou Rodier, 73, captain of the Charles River Country Club team. It is one of eight clubs that comprise the 18-week Summer Twi, including Brae Burn, Oakley, Pine Brook, Wellesley, Weston, Winchester, and Woodland. All but Pine Brook participate in the 18-member Northern Twi, another local four-ball league founded in 1934 that bills itself as the oldest in the country.

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