Monday July 23, 2012

New England Newspapers

CLARKSBURG -- Neither Matt Gilardi nor Adam Trivilino could fire their approach shots at the pin. A combination of dry fairways, fast greens and tough pin placement forced them to aim for the middle, leaving their putts lengthy.

When a makable putt did come around, it was Gilardi that capitalized. He rolled in a five-foot left-to-right birdie on the 12th hole (hole No. 3) to retake a 1-up lead en route to a 3 and 2 victory in the championship match of the North Adams Country Club Singles Invitational on Sunday afternoon. Gilardi's win gives the family the title for the second straight year. His brother Thomas won it last year.

"It was really tough just to tell what kind of bounce you were going to get off the green," Matt Gilardi said. "Depending on how you hit it, you didn't know if it was going to roll or sit back and spin five feet. You had no idea. You kind of just threw it in there in the middle of the green."

His effectiveness from the tee allowed him to choose when and where to fire at the pin. It kept him in the driver's seat on the course.

"I had a couple holes I struggled on, but I only missed maybe about three or four fairways all day [Sunday]," he said. "So it was probably my biggest strength of the whole weekend. I just hit the ball great off the tee."

Trivilino had an opportunity on 13 to pull even, but his putter failed him. It was the beginning of the end. On the next tee, his drive landed on the cart path and kicked sideways into the woods and out of bounds. He managed to play clean on his second drive, and gave himself a chance to halve the hole, but another missed put doubled the deficit.

"I putted like that the whole round. I just didn't make anything outside of three feet all day," Trivilino said. "I can't say anything bad about the way I hit it. I hit a coupe loose shots, but I hit it pretty good. I just didn't make any puts.

"Last weekend, I couldn't miss. Last weekend, ... we had a match down south, and I made everything I looked at. It just didn't happen this weekend."

Victory for Longmeadow duo

GREAT BARRINGTON -- Longmeadow Country Club's Bill Cunningham and Pat Pio made their weekend in the Berkshires worthwhile, beating Ed Schopp and Scott Wood 3 and 2 in Sunday's final of Wyantenuck Country Club's Invitational Four Ball.

The winning team was playing in the event for the first time, but both golfers are among the best amateurs in Western Massachusetts and proved it with four match-play victories in two days.

Cunningham and Pio defeated Joe Mullany, a Wyantenuck member who lives in Detroit, and Boston's Angus McAlister in a morning semifinal match.

Schopp, a longtime Wyantenuck member, and Wood, a Columbia (N.Y.) Country Club member, advanced to the final by defeating Wyantenuck's Andy Congdon and Tom Plungis in the morning.