In 2010, Fred Corcoran established the Northeast Accessible Golf Association, a 501(c)(3), with the help of three friends: Mr. William McMahon, a totally blind golfer who has competed nationally and internationally in over 20 competitions, Mr. Jerry Donovan, an L6 quadriplegic, whose average fairway drive tops 170 yards, and Mr. Bob Beach, the head PGA golf professional at Braintree Municipal Golf Course and two time winner of the NEPGA Chapter Teacher of the Year award. The mission was simple: To promote accessibility within the game of golf for individuals afflicted with physical and emotional challenges.
Fred has a rich personal and family history in golf. His uncle and namesake, Fred Corcoran, is enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was Tournament Director of the PGA, and a co-founder of the LPGA. Fred’s father, John, and his uncle, Bill Corcoran, both succeeded Fred as Executive Secretaries of the Mass. Golf Association. The Corcoran brothers’ tenure extended over 42 consecutive years at MGA.
Fred “II” wrote, edited, and produced a guide to the 1999 Ryder Cup Matches, held at The Country Club, in Brookline, MA. The booklet was distributed by Panorama throughout the Boston area, and won special recognition from The Boston Globe and The Massachusetts Golfer for historic and editorial content.