Golf notebook: Schedule released for 14th annual Fall Senior Golf Series
The schedule for the 14th annual Fall Senior Golf Series, a great golfing experience for the 50-and-over set that also benefits junior golfers, is out and will include eight Wednesday tournaments running from Aug. 31 to Oct. 19.
The tournaments also include a 50/50 raffle that benefits the Lou McCabe Scholarship Fund. The $500 scholarships resulting from last year's raffles were awarded this week to Devyn Olds, Nick Bator, Nick Boulger and Kevin Coakley.
Olds, a long-hitting Lee High School graduate, will attend Coastal Carolina University and plans to major in professional golf management.
Bator and Boulger were both members of a Drury High golf team that evolved into one of the county's best squads during their careers. Bator will attend MCLA and major in athletic training.
Coakley played golf at Lenox High and will attend Williams College. His major is undetermined.
The scholarships are awarded to golfers who participated in the annual Berkshire County Junior Series, which finishes up its 43rd season on Monday. The series is run by John Marlowe, who recommended the quartet to series representative Dick Rivers for the scholarships.
Meanwhile, this year's series will begin on Aug. 31 at Worthington Golf Club with a two-man scramble. As is the case for the first five tournaments, it will tee off with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The final three tournaments will have a noon shotgun start.
The entry fee for each tournament is $40, which includes dinner and prizes.
To enter, golfers must call the pro shop of the host club no earlier than two weeks prior to the event and no later than Friday before the tournament to register and reserve a cart. A handicap card must be presented, or available online, and a handicap maximum of 18 is used in scoring.
Each tournament will include the previously mentioned 50/50 raffle.
For those with questions, either call Bill Gates at 413-464-3184 or the pro shops of the host clubs.
Wyantenuck Country Club's Davis Mullany and Mike Schopp used some short-game magic on the final nine holes to defeat two-time defending champions Brent Dietz and Greg Fisk 2 and 1 in the final of the 119th Stockbridge Invitational at Stockbridge Golf Club last Sunday.
According to Stockbridge head professional Steve Mazzariello, Mullany made a "fantastic" sand save on the par-4 13th hole to avoid losing that hole and Schopp drained a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 15 to halve that hole and remain one up.
Schopp's par on the difficult par-4 17th clinched the win to avenge a loss in the finals to Connecticut's Dietz and Longmeadow Country Club's Fisk two years ago.
In the first flight, meanwhile, the father-and-son team of Rich and Curtis Congdon, who earlier this summer qualified for Virginia State Amateur, defeated Rit Heady and Peter Stasko in the final.
The tournament is believed to be the longest run amateur invitatational four-ball tournament in the country.
Stockbridge also hosted a U.S. Mid-Amateur sectional and the two available berths were claimed by Granville's Andy Drohen and Walpole's Doug Clapp, a pair of the state's most consistent championship contenders, with rounds of 3-under 68.
John Kelly, the 2014 Mass. Amateur champion and this year's runner-up at Taconic Golf Club, took the first of two alternate spots with an even-par 71.
For the second time in four days, 2014 Mass. Mid-Amateur champion Herbie Aikens came up a little short. After missing a playoff berth by one shot in Monday's final round of the Mass. Amateur Public Links Championship at Waubeeka Golf Links, the Pinehills Golf Club member had to settle for the second alternate spot after shooting a 1-over 72. He beat Vermont's Bryan Smith and Mansfield's Ryan Pelletier in a sudden-death playoff for that spot.
Drohen's performance was his second impressive round in two days. On Tuesday at Tekoa Country Club, he shot a 4-under 67 to earn medalist honors in a Massachusetts Mid-Amateur qualifier by four shots. Drohen won the Mid-Am. title in 2004 and is also a past Mass. Amateur (2003) and Public Links (2012) champion.
Runner-up James Patterson, a former member at Worthington Golf Club, continued his strong recent play with a 72. Patterson tied for seventh at Waubeeka on Monday.
Wahconah CC's Paul Briggs shot an 80. It took a 76 to earn one of the eight spots available.
Mount Greylock golfer Kyle Alvarez ended Kevin Quinto's win streak at four in Monday's fifth event of the Berkshire County Junior Series with an impressive 2-over 73 at Wahconah Country Club.
Alvarez, who finished a distant second in the 16-and-over age division to Quinto the previous week, defeated the Pittsfield High standout by three shots.
Berkshire Hills Country Club member Connor Champeaux won in the 14-15 age group while Max Shepardson took top honors in the 13-and-under division.
The final event of the series, which also serves as the Berkshire County Allied Junior Championship, will be played on Monday at Skyline Country Club in Lanesborough.
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