Sunday July 15, 2012

Stockbridge Golf Club's Matt Finnerty shot a 6-over 77 at his home club on Monday to capture top honors in the 16-17-year-old division in the opening event of this year's Berkshire County Junior Series.

Finnerty, who attends Wellesley High School in suburban Boston and spends most of his summer in the Berkshires, beat Pittsfield High School golfer and Berkshire Hills Country Club member Ryan Grande by one shot. Finnerty and Grande qualified on July 2, along with Lenox High School's Kris Vahle, for next month's Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship in a qualifier at Worthington Golf Club. Lenox High School's Thomas Villetto has an exemption into the junior amateur.

Four golfers -- Worthington GC's Sean Ryan and Tommy Cothern, Stockbridge GC's Hunter Clutz and Wyantenuck Country Club's Bradley Lupiani -- tied for top honors in the 14-15 division with rounds of 85.

Worthington GC's Tim Fay won in the 13-and-under division with a round of 101.

The series moves on to Berkshire Hills for this year's Allied Junior Championship on Monday.

Scores, C3

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It's been a busy and successful few weeks for Grande. In addition to qualifying for the Mass. Junior Amateur and finishing second in the junior series opener, Ryan earned a victory with Berkshire Hills head professional Josh Hillman at Greenfield Country Club and had a couple of strong finishes in New York events.


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Grande and Hillman combined for a best-ball of 67 to take top honors in Mac Sennett Pro-Junior in Green field. Hillman and his other Berkshire Hills teammates -- Mitch Omel enchuck and Hayden Jarck -- tied for second at 69.

Winning with Grande finished off a rare feat for Hillman.

"I won the tournament as a junior when I was 17 and now I got to win it as the pro," said Hillman, who is from Greenfield. "It's one of my neatest accomplishments. I've come full circle."

Meanwhile, in junior events sponsored by the Northeastern New York PGA section, Grande tied for third at Mohawk Golf Course on July 6 with a 77 and tied for eighth on Wednesday with a 75 at Ballston Spa Country Club.

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There are spots open for individuals and teams in Friday's fundraising tournament for the St. Joseph High School golf team at Skyline Country Club. The tournament, using the Captain and Crew format, will start with an 11:30 a.m. shotgun start.

The proceeds benefit the team, which is responsible for paying most it own expenses, and the Peter Bianchi Memorial Scholarship, which honors a late member of St. Joe's team who passed away in 2007.

The entry fee is $70 and includes golf with cart, a buffet dinner and door prizes. There will be raffles and a closest-to-the-pin contest on No. 5. A car will be given away if anyone is lucky enough to make a hole-in-one.

Those interested in playing should call either Fran Brilliant (413) 443-7927 or (413) 441-7205; Elizabeth Lapierre (413) 684-2212 or Nancy Trowill (413) 637-1445.

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Mike Calef, the 2011 Massachusetts Mid-Amateur champion, captured this week's Mass. Amateur at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead, defeating Mark Souliotis in 35 holes in the final on Friday.

Calef traveled a long way to win the title. Calef now lives in Texas but he maintained his ties with Brockton Country Club, where he was the director of golf, and made the 1,800-mile trip to play at Tedesco.

"It started off as a homecoming and a chance to play a little golf with my buddies," the 33-year-old said. "I would have never thought that I would have a trophy at the end of the week."

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Members of Pontoosuc Lake Coun try Club's team in the Lake Cup matches against Skyline Country Club last Sunday got to celebrate twice.

Not only did Pontoosuc Lake come out on top 18-14 in their two-day match against Skyline, one of their team members, Dan Norton, hit his first hole-in-one. Norton aced the par-3 fifth hole at Skyline.

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Speaking of aces, that's not a typo you are seeing in today's ‘Area aces' box -- Paul Mullett Jr. really did ace the 278-yard, par-4 17th hole at Bas Ridge Golf Course in Hinsdale.

Evidently, he hoisted a 6-iron over the trees on the dogleg par 4 -- which obviously make the hole play much shorter -- and into the hole for a double-eagle 1. Way to go Paul!

To contact Richard Lord:
rlord@berkshireeagle.com,
(413) 496-6236.