The Friel name is very well-known in the Granite State when it comes to golf and Phil Friel started it all. As a professional golfer, he has many accomplishments, including winning the New Hampshire Open and Maine Open in 1954. He went on to win the New England PGA Championship in 1957 and was named the New England PGA Professional of the Year in 1971. He also competed in seven PGA Championships over the years. For his numerous accomplishments, he was inducted into the New England PGA Hall of Fame in 1996 as a member of the first class of inductees.
Friel was a golf professional at Woburn CC (MA), Bellevue CC (MA) and Nashua CC (NH). While head professional at Nashua CC, he designed and built his first golf course, Green Meadow Golf Club which now has 36 holes and is one of the most successful golf courses in the state. He ended up owning and operating ten golf courses across New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.