Wednesday October 17, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield High School golfer Adam Brickle pulled his purple wool cap farther down on his head as the wind howled around him on Monday afternoon at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

"This isn't golf weather," he concluded. "It's more like skiing weather."

Well, Brickle clearly made the best of it. Along with teammate Ryan Grande, Brickle carded a 40 in yesterday's match against Taconic High School. The two were co-medalists yesterday. Bolstered by those two players, the Generals completed the North Division portion of their schedule undefeated with a very tough 164-170 win over the Braves.

"For the kind of weather we had out there, the scores were outstanding, for us and for Taconic," said PHS coach Chris Polidoro. "But in a rivalry like this, PHS-Taconic, everybody's playing their heart out. The kids know each other."

In addition to the wind, the shorter daylight hours ensured that the last foursome played the ninth hole in welling darkness. It was a match that could have been called by darkness.

Monday's match was important on several levels. The Generals were seeking to complete the North Division with a perfect record, while a win by the Braves, presently in second place in the North, would have given them a share of the city championship.

In addition, both teams were positioning themselves for Western Mass. play next week. Pittsfield and Taconic are the only two Berkshire County teams who play in the sectional Division I meet. They will actually go down together, said Polidoro.

"Well, it wasn't much of a day for golf, but it's Pittsfield-Taconic," said former Taconic coach Dan Keegan. Keegan was filling in for the Braves' regular head man, Mike Hillman, who had another commitment. "We always want to beat Pittsfield. As long as I coached at Taconic, we wanted to beat Pittsfield."

"The course played a little longer today," said Brickle. "Actually, it probably played a lot longer. Every time you put the ball in the air, it was going all over the place.

"The weather made it very tough to choose a club today."

Brickle made the day's only birdie, on the par-3 ninth hole.

The Generals had four players shoot between 40 and 43: Brickle, Grande, Jake Matthews (41) and Jerry McDonough (43).

"I was very happy with Jerry's round,' said Polidoro. "That's his best round of the year."

But not to be outdone, Taconic had three players shoot a 42: Mitch Omelenchuck, John Keenan and Kyle Nutting. Liam Nolan was close behind with a 44. The Braves' depth at the lower end of the lineup sustained them on Monday.

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PITTSFIELD (164) -- Adam Brickle 40, Ryan Grande 40, Jake Matthews 41, Nick Martin 53, Jeffrey McDonough 43, Shane Aitken 52.

TACONIC (170) -- Brian Bonacquisti 54, Liam Nolan 44, Mitch Omelenchuck 42, Matt Ferris 47, John Keenan 42, Kyle Nutting 42.

Birdies -- Brickle (No. 9).

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