Cothern earns six-stroke win in Berkshire Junior event


Worthington Golf Club member Tom Cothern made it two-for-two in this summer's Berkshire County Junior Series on Monday, shooting an 8-over 76 at Forest Park Country Club to win the 14-15 age division.

Cothern, who attends school on Boston's North Shore before spending his summers in the Berkshires, won by a comfortable six shots over Berkshire Hills Country Club member Ross Omelenchuck. Cothern won last week with an 82 at Pontoosuc Lake Country Club.

Matt Lawrence, a member at Taconic Golf Club and a standout on the Drury High School golf team, shot a 77 to tie for top honors in the 16-and-older division with Mount Everett High School golfer and Wyantenuck Country Club member Bradley Lupiani.

Jon Farrell, of Skyline Country Club, coasted to an 11-shot win in the 13-and-under division with a 77. Worthington's Tim Fay and Greenock Country Club's Hunter Roosa tied for second. Fay also finished second last week.

This week's tournament will be played Monday at Egremont Country Club.


Cothern also played in the 13-15 age division in Tuesday's Northeast New York PGA Section's Junior Tour event at Wahconah Country Club and finished in a tie for seventh with a 10-over 82. Stockbridge Golf Club member Leland Ben finished ninth, another shot back. Sean Puleo, of Loudonville, N.Y., won the 13-15 title by four shots with an even-par 72.

Devin Delisle, of Brushton, N.Y., won his second 2013 NENY PGA Junior Tour event by shooting an impressive 3-under 69 to win the 16-17 division by six shots. Lee High School golfer Jarred Fanning had his second solid tournament in a row, finishing in the tie for sixth with a 78. Recent Hoosac Valley High School graduate Chad Alibozek (82) tied for 11th place and Pittsfield High School graduate Adam Brickle (84) tied for 16th.

Unfortunately, only two girls were entered in the 16-17 division with St. Joseph golfer Danielle Lapierre shooting a disappointing 103 to tie with Mariah Davenport of Rensselear. In the 13-15 age group, Madison Braman, of Loudonville, N.Y., won by five shots with an 85. In May, Braman and Lapierre shared the tee as the opening act at a clinic featuring former LPGA great Dottie Pepper and hosted by edukaytiongolf at Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club. Both golfers are students of edukaytiongolf's Kay McMahon.

On Wednesday, in another NENY Junior Tour event, Alibozek tied for seventh with a 78 at the Town of Colonie Golf Course in Colonie, N.Y.


It turns out that Berkshire County will have two players in the field in next week's Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship. Stockbridge Golf Club's Matthew Finnerty qualified for the tournament last month. Joining him will be Lenox High School's Kris Vahle.

Vahle earned an exemption as a result of tying for sixth place the Division III state high school tournament last fall. The top-10 finishers earned their way into the Junior Amateur. Thanks to Lenox High golf coach Dick Salinetti for pointing out Vahle's exempt status.


Bob Nackoul, playing on his home course, took top honors with a 3-over 75 at Berkshire Hills CC on Monday in the first Berkshire County Senior Golf Association tournament of 2013. The first of three BCSGA events at Stockbridge GC was wiped out by Mother Nature during our rainy June.

Nackoul won the A Division (ages 50-62) by one shot over Worthington Golf Club's Doug Reed.

The other division winners were Irwin Kessman (83) in the B Division (ages 62-67), Skyline CC's Dick Rivers (76) in the C Division (ages 68-75) and Worthington's Doug Link (80) in the D Division (ages 76-and-over).

The final BCSGA event will be played at Taconic Golf Club on Aug. 26.


The team of Carolyn Bersaw, Frank Cippolini, Devin Farnum and Yoshi Sato proved to be a winning combination at Egremont County Club's annual open scramble (with at least one woman per team) last weekend. The quartet played a lot of birdie music, finishing at 118 (that's 24 under, folks) to win by two shots over Cathy Van Orman, John Cook, Bill Gillooly and Tucker Gillooly.


Evan Russell, of the Country Club of Vermont, won this week's New England Amateur Championship at Vermont's Green Mountain Golf Club. He finished at 5-under 208 to win by one shot.

After an encouraging performance in the Mass. Amateur where he fell just a few shots short of qualifying for match play, Pittsfield's Hayden Jarck took a step backwards in Vermont, shooting an opening 90 before withdrawing. He will look to atone for the disappointment at Tuesday's U.S. Amateur qualifier at Crestview Country Club in Agawam.


It's been quite a hole-in-one run over the past few weeks. Last week, it was Rick O'Neill's 67 million-to-one feat of hitting two holes-in-one in the same round -- one of them on a par 4 -- and three aces in the same tournament at the Lady Redfield Invitational at Wyantenuck Country Club.

Now, this week we have an ace that proves you are never too old to experience a golfing thrill as long as you keep playing. Berkshire Hills member Charlie Batanglo, 85, aced the 155-yard fifth hole at his home club using a 6-iron.

Way to go Charlie!


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