Golf notebook: Milestone win for Andy Congdon
A pair of out-of-county teams tied for top honors in last weekend's Stockbridge Trophy best-ball tournament at Stockbridge Golf Club.
The Connecticut pairing of Jay Hanscom and Brent Dietz (65-71--136) and the Springfield-area team of Frank Pokigo Jr. and Steve Mihalek (67-69--136) finished atop the 84-team field. After a final day that included two rain delays, the teams were declared co-champions.
Former Berkshire Hills Country Club champion Bob Linn, now is a member at The Orchards, and partner Jim Warren of Berkshire Hills combined for a 137 total to tie for second with Egremont Country Club's Frank Cippolino and partner Mike Delgrande.
As briefly mentioned in the Mass Am. coverage, qualifying medalist Andy Congdon earned a career milestone victory by winning the South Carolina Senior Amateur Championship at Spring Valley Country Club in Columbia, S.C., in May.
Considering he's spent many years looking to capture a Massachusetts Golf Association individual state title, it rates as ironic that he won a state championship in his first try down south.
"Considering the competition down there, I feel pretty good about it," said Congdon, who had three rounds of 74 to edge out Mark Giles (77-75-71) by one shot.
Congdon, who lives in South Carolina in the winter, returned there after finishing second in the Mass. Senior Four-Ball and sixth in the Allied Four Ball with his brother, Richie, to play in his first South Carolina Golf Association event. The trip proved worthwhile.
The 2012 MGA Senior Player of the Year led by one shot after the opening round and two after 36 holes. After his closest pursuers, who he was playing with, stumbled early in the final round, it looked like Congdon might cruise to victory.
Not so fast. It turns out Giles rallied with a 3-under front nine and actually led by one shot after Congdon bogeyed Nos. 10 and 13.
Congdon and his wife, Cheryl, were staying with their son, Brian, and his wife, Christie, who live in the Columbia area. Perhaps needing an emotional lift after the bogey on 13, his family provided it.
"I was leaking oil," Congdon said. "But after I hit a good drive on No. 14, I saw that Brian and his mom had come out to watch me. Seeing them inspired me. It was a saving grace. I was determined to not make a bogey with Brian there."
Though he missed a couple of relatively short birdie putts on 14, 15 and 16 where he lipped one out -- the undulating greens gave most in the field fits, Congdon said -- he made a routine par on 17.
Then he got some help from Giles.
"Unknown to me, he three-putted the last two greens," Congdon said.
Congdon hit his approach shot to about 20 feet on No. 18. Not certain of where he stood, Brian went and checked out the scoreboard.
"I didn't get any eye contact from my son, which gave me a good feeling that I just needed a two-putt par," Congdon said. "If I needed to make it, he would have looked to me."
Congdon got down in two to earn the victory against a strong field in a state where there of plenty of high-caliber players.
The Taconic Golf Club team of Kathy Duguay and Sherry Lublin won the first Women's Allied event of the season, combining for a 70 in a two-player scramble at Bas Ridge Golf Course. Duguay and Lublin won on a matching of cards with the team of Fran Vandermeer and Mace Foehl, who are also Taconic members.
The Berkshire Hills team of Kiyoko Mills and Ellie Carver finished third with a 72.
Forest Park Country Club's Sue Lazarczyk and Jo Anne Notsley won low net honors with a score of 63.2.
Chalk up a double bogey for this golf writer, who apparently suffered a senior moment when writing for Tuesday's paper about Monday's Massachusetts Amateur Championship qualifying tournament at Wyantenuck Country Club.
In writing about Worthington Golf Club's James Patterson, who qualified for the Mass. Amateur with a round of 74, I took away a well-earned and impressive victory away from him. My report said Patterson finished as a runner-up to Andy Drohen in last year's Western Massachusetts Amateur. Actually, the 45-year-old scored a decisive four-shot win over Drohen with back-to-back rounds of 67.
My apologies for the brain cramp, James.
Wahconah Country Club assistant professional Milton Torres warmed up for this week's Massachusetts Open at Woodland Country Club with a fifth-place tie in a Northeast New York PGA section event at McGregor Links Country Club.
Torres, who qualified last month at the Country Club of Pittsfield, shot a 75 to finish four shots behind Jess Mueller of Windham Country Club.
Unfortunately, Torres will be the only Berkshire County player in the field in Auburndale. Wyantenuck head professional Tom Sullivan, who qualified by winning the county's pro championship last fall, has had to withdraw for health reasons.
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