Allied golfers have big days at Mass. Mid-Am qualifier
GREENFIELD -- Members of Allied Association golf clubs found Greenfield Country Club to be a friendly venue for Monday's Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship qualifying tournament, earning five of the six berths that were up for grabs.
Wyantenuck Country Club member Joseph Grochmal, who finished third earlier this month in the Allied Championship, took medalist honors with a 4-under-par 68.
Allied golfers took the top five spots with Stockbridge Golf Club's Randy Driscoll (71) finishing second followed by Wahconah Country Club's Paul Briggs (73), Wyantenuck's Davis Mullany (73) and Worthington Golf Club's James Patterson (74). The sixth spot went to Wykoff Country Club's Doug Riel, who shot a 74.
The six qualifiers will play in the Mass. Mid-Amateur in September at Blue Hill Country Club in Canton, a suburb of Boston.
Grochmal found the rolling terrain of the inland links-style Greenfield course to his liking, collecting six birdies while making just two bogeys. Driscoll played a steady round, making two birdies and a single bogey. Like Driscoll, Briggs was a model of consistency with one birdie and two bogeys.
Mullany had a slightly wilder ride in his best tournament round of the summer, making one eagle -- on the 280-yard 13th hole -- three birdies, four bogeys and one double bogey. The eagle jump-started a strong finish. Mullany was 4-under on his final six holes.
Visitors shine at Berkshire Hills CC
PITTSFIELD -- Three out-of-state teams earned berths in the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in a qualifying tournament at Berkshire Hills Country Club.
In a tournament that attracted golfers from all over the Northeast and Canada, the pairing of Will Betts (Leechburg, Pa.) and Evan Russell (Grantham, N.H.) combined for a sizzling 8-under 64 to take medalist honors and earn one of three spots available for next May's event at the prestigious Olympic Club outside of San Francisco.
Taking the other two spots were the Maine duo of Joseph Alvarez (North Berwick) and Ricky Jones (Thomaston) along with New York's James Scorse (Churchville) and Tim Spitz (Pittsford). Both teams shot rounds of 65.
There were also two alternate berths available. Getting the first spot with a 66 was the team of Max Christiana (White Plains, N.Y.) and John Jackopsic (West Hartford, Conn.). The Massachusetts pairing of Jordan Burke (Needham) and Scott Congdon (Foxborough) won a playoff for the second alternate berth after finishing in a three-way tie at 67. Longtime state standouts Andy Drohen (Granville) and Brian Higgins (Bellingham) and the Canadian duo of Dave Bunker and Rob Cowan had the other 67s.
The best finish for a Berkshire County player was a 69 by Pittsfield's Mark Chylinski, who teamed with longtime New York partner Jim Mueller. The Berkshire Hills father-and-son team of George and Hayden Jarck shot a 71, as did the pairing of Berkshire Hills' Jeff Puleri and Stockbridge Golf Club's Stephen Sykes. Hayden Jarck came into Monday's play fresh off winning his first Berkshire Hills club championship over the weekend.
Also of note, this year's Pewter Cup champions, John Kelly and Billy McDonald, shot a 69 along with Brent Dietz and Greg Fisk. Connecticut's Dietz teamed with Bill Tefft to win last week's Little Brown Jug, and Fisk won this spring's Country Club of Pittsfield Invitational with partner Bill Cunningham.
Berliner leads, Mucha 2nd in NENY stroke play
DALTON -- Three-time defending champion Scott Berliner fired an opening 4-under 67 to take a five-shot lead over Greenock Country Club's Bob Mucha in the Northeast New York PGA Section's Stroke Play Championship at Wahconah Country Club.
Berliner, of McGregor Links Country Club (N.Y.), made it clear from the start that he won't give up the title easily, shooting a 3-under 32 on the opening nine. Mucha had a pair of 36s in his 1-over round.
Berliner and Mucha will be paired together along with Peter Gerard, of Mill Acres Golf Course (N.Y.), in the final group for today's final round. Gerard, who recently won the section's senior Stroke play Championship shot a 73. The trio will tee off at 9:12 a.m.
Country Club of Pittsfield assistant professional Milton Torres (74) is in fourth place, while Taconic Golf Club's Josh Hillman (75) is tied with New York pros Kevin Hughes and Frank Mellet.
Stockbridge Golf Club's Steve Mazzariello is tied for eighth at 76 and Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club's David Strawn is tied for 11th at 77.
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