The invaders from Connecticut took home two early-season victories at South County courses over the past week.
Last weekend, the Oak Ridge Golf Club team of Brent Dietz and Jay Adamczyk captured the best-ball Spring Open at Wyantenuck Country Club and then on Friday, Mark Provost, of Glastonbury Hills, won the Stockbridge Classic at Stockbridge Golf Club.
Dietz and Adamczyk shot a pair of 2-under-par 68s to squeeze out a one-shot win over Greg Berholtz and Bill Torza (67-70).
At Stockbridge, Provost fired an even-par 71 to edge Seth Jainchill and Zach Ungvarsky by one shot. Worthington Golf Club’s Jim Patterson tied for third with three others.
Former Berkshire Hills member Bob Linn tied for eighth at Stockbridge with a 75, but considering what happened the previous day, its understandable if he was mentally drained.
Linn, now a member at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield, and partner Jim Hosey (The Orchards) lost a five-hole playoff to Keith Smith and Dave Turgeon in the Massachusetts Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball Championship in Falmouth.
Smith made a 15-foot birdie putt to win the title. Two holes earlier, Turgeon made a 5-foot par save to keep his team alive.
Both teams had rounds of 64 (at Bass River GC) and 69 (at Bayberry Hills) to tie at 11-under 133. The playoff was at Bayberry Hills.
The Wyantenuck CC brother team of Andy and Richie Congdon tied for sixth at 6-under 138. They shot 68 at Bass River and 70 at Bayberry Hills. The Congdons finished second last year.
Other solid finishes for area players included Taconic GC’s William Hadden and partner Paul Heffeman, Jr. (140, tie for 16th); Wyantenuck CC’s Del Kinney Jr. and partner Jim Deveney Jr. (141, tie for 21st); and Jim Finnerty (Stockbridge GC) and partner Paul Murphy (141, tie for 21st). Finnerty and Murphy are past champions in the event.
Lenox High School golf coach Dick Salinetti reports that his son, Jim, currently the head professional at Winchester Country Club in suburban Boston, became a father for the first time on May 5th. HIs son is named Dominic Peter and weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
Congratulations to the three-time Massachusetts Amateur champion, his wife Hillary and proud grandparents Dick and Judy Salinetti!
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