Kelly and McDonald win Pewter Cup at Berkshire Hills Country Club
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PITTSFIELD — After missing the Pewter Cup last year because of the Northeast Amateur Tournament, John Kelly and Billy McDonald won the 2016 tournament at Berkshire Hills Country Club, shooting a 205 over the three-day tournament.
They also won the 2014 tournament after coming in second in 2013. The team shot a 66 in the final round, the lowest score of any team in any round, to leap over two teams in front of them. Kelly and McDonald shot a 68 and 71 in the first two rounds, respectively.
"We struggled a little bit the first two days, today we played great team ball," McDonald said. "We made eight team birdies with only two bogies."
The two entered the final day of the tournament in third place behind the teams of Addison Owens and Ray Underwood along with Adam Brickle and Chad Alibozek. In total, there was six teams within four shots of the lead heading into Sunday. Owens and McDonald started the day in first and finished in second with an overall score of 208. Brickle and Alibozek started the day in second and leaned on a Saturday score of 67 to put them within striking distance, but ended the tournament in sixth with a score of 211.
"We played well but just couldn't make it happen," Owens said. "Our goal was first and we knew we would have to finish under par, but we still shot the ball well."
The team of Frank Cippollino and Mike DelGrande finished in third with a combined 209. Two teams tied for fourth with a 210 — Andy Dastoli and Steve Sykes in addition to Adam and Josh Trivilino.
Owens and Underwood had a bonus advantage throughout the tournament, being one of the only teams with a left-handed and a right-handed golfer.
"We look at holes differently," Underwood said. "There isn't a shot that neither of us can't see, it is either one or the other."
Both Brickle and Alibozek are used to the course, being from the area. Brickle was the number-one player on the Pittsfield High School golf team while Alibozek is a former All-Eagle MVP.. The two young-guns were in a great situation after shooting a round-low 67 on Saturday, but a final-round score of 71 wasn't enough to pull of the upset.
The team of Owens and Underwood, Connecticut natives, found out about the tournament from their friends at Torrington Country Club.
"It is a tough course, you can think you hit a good shot but quickly realize it wasn't what you thought," Underwood said. "It was our first time here and there is a little local knowledge involved [when understanding the course]."
The winning team of Kelly and McDonald plan to come back next year and shoot for their third tournament victory in four years.
"This is one of our favorite tournaments to play," Kelly said. "We just love it here, the people, the conditions, the tournament is run well, everything [here] is great."
Pewter Cup Top 10
1. Billy McDonald and John Kelly, 68-71-66—205
2. Addison Owens and Ray Underwood, 67-70-71—208
3. Frank Cippollino and Mike DelGrande, 71-71-67—209
T4. Andy Dastoli and Steve Sykes, 70-73-67—210
T4. Adam Trivilino and Josh Trivilino, 68-71-71—210
6. Adam Brickle and Chad Alibozek, 71-67-73—211
7. Glenn Stopera and Mike Stopera, 69-71-73—213
8. Matt Keenan and Tom Keenan, 71-70-73—214
9. Frank Geiger and Mike Fitzpatrick, 69-71-75—215
10. Bob Cooper and Mike Fitzpatrick, 71-73-73—217
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