Hunter, Pero win club titles
The field is complete for Saturday's Pittsfield City Championship at Pontoosuc Lake Country Club.
Longtime Berkshire Hills Country Club member Scott Hunter won his fourth club championship last weekend to earn his spot while senior golfer Ron Pero captured his first title at GEAA.
Hunter and Pero will join Pontoosuc Lake's John Mont gomery and the Country Club of Pittsfield's Kelly Collins on the first tee at Pontoosuc on Saturday morning. Mont gomery and Collins qualified by winning their club titles the previous weekend.
Hunter, who previously won at the Hills in 1998 and 2004-05, fired a final-round 2-over 74 for a 54-hole total of 12-over 228 to beat MCLA Athletic Director Jeff Pulleri by four shots.
Pero, meanwhile, beat former MCLA golfer Shane Ortega in a playoff to win across the street at GEAA. Pero had rounds of 79 and 77 to finish at 12-over 156. Ortega rallied from an opening 83, which included several lost balls on the tree-lined fifth hole on his second nine, with a 73 to tie Pero.
Pero won the playoff on the par-3 first hole with a par.
The four champions are scheduled to tee it up at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Montgomery, a 13-time club champion at Pontoosuc, is the defending champion. He defeated Matt Scarafoni of the Country Club of Pittsfield in a playoff at GEAA last year.
In what has become a late-August tradition at Berkshire Hills, Diane Breen captured her 16th women's club championship. Breen shot rounds of 75 and 80. Carol McCabe finished second. Breen also won the senior title with Trish Kellar the runner-up.
In the senior division, Mark Riley shot an impressive 71 to edge Mark Chylinski and John Goodlow by two shots.
Chris Bourdon won his first club championship at Wa ubeeka Golf Links in Williams town last weekend, beating Duffy Judge by a single shot. Bour don had rounds of 76-72-78 to finish at 13-over 226 to hold off Judge, who closed with a 77.
Past champion Chris Baran finished at 229 to finish third.
Meanwhile, Judi Willette had a 54-hole total of 257 to defeat Angie Linger for the women's club championship and Dick Delphia finished at 255 to take men's senior honors.
University of Massachusetts student Richard Racz rallied from a four-shot deficit with a final-round 70 to edge Jim Patterson by one shot to win the club championship at Worth ington Golf Club. Racz, a member of the cross country team at UMass, finished the 54-hole tournament at 7-over 217.
Brothers James and John Ryan tied for third at 224.
In the women's division, Alison Lucey (82-82 -- 166) took the title with ease. Chuck Ohagerty (83-79 -- 162) won the senior championship by a single shot over Ralph Strolis.
Five young golfers will benefit in their educational pursuits thanks to some of the county's benevolent senior golfers.
Money raised during last fall's Berkshire County Senior Fall Golf Series has been donated by series organizer Dick Rivers to the Berkshire County Junior Golf Program with $100 each going to five students to purchase books at their respective schools.
Junior series director John Marlowe reports that the recipients are Waubeeka Golf Links members Taylor Dunn (MCLA) and Mitchell Hebert (UMass); Berkshire Hills Country Club members Kyle Grande (West field State) and Hayden Jarck (High Point University); and recently crown ed Worth ington club champion Richard Racz (UMass).
Rivers, a Skyline Country Club member long associated with the annual fundraising John Fraser Memorial Scram ble, continues to give back to the golf community and junior golfers in particular and is to be applauded for his generosity.
GEAA head professional Jay Abair reports that the Pitts field course is offering special membership deals.
The usual price for a season membership for a single, $595, will cover the member's greens fees for the rest of this year and all of 2013.
There are also special deals for family and junior memberships. Call the pro shop at (413) 443-5746 for details.
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