Pittsfield golf holds off Mount Greylock in season finale
PITTSFIELD — Justin Martin ended Pittsfield's regular-season golf schedule with a flourish.
Martin birdied the par-3 ninth hole at the Country Club of Pittsfield Tuesday afternoon to complete his nine holes at 5-over-par 40. That helped Pittsfield beat Mount Greylock 169-172, as the two teams — and Taconic — finish with identical 11-4 Berkshire County records.
"We're tied in the county. It was a close one this year," said Martin.
The Mounties and Generals split their two regular-season matches, with the Mounties winning at home on the Waubeeka Golf Links course.
"That's a very good team," Pittsfield coach Chris Polidoro said. "They beat us up there. Kevin [Quinto] struggled a little bit, but my other guys pulled through. We had some really good scores, and ended up winning."
With the regular season now in the rearview mirror, Pittsfield and Mount Greylock both look ahead to their respective Western Massachusetts tournaments. Pittsfield will play Monday in the Division I tournament at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick. Greylock will play in the Division II tournament at Crestview Country Club in Agawam.
"I hope we're done building. It's time to play," said Greylock coach Brian Gill. "We've got to put a little pressure on our one and two to play a little better. We were hoping they would shoot in the 30s today. They're both going to have to shoot two nine-hole rounds in the 30s at Western Mass. to go to states. They've got a shot to do that."
Gill was referring to Kyle Alvarez and Ben Gilooly, both of whom shot 42 on Tuesday.
"They'll have to get better in a hurry," said Gill. "We'll go to Crestview and see what we can do."
The exclamation point came on the ninth hole of the day. Martin and Jake Driscoll were playing with Greylock's Hunter Sarkis and Bennett Zimmerman. Martin's eight-iron tee shot landed about 15 feet from the pin.
"I hit it pretty good and hit the putt right in" for a birdie, Martin said.
Martin's other birdie came on the par-4 fifth hole.
"It's the last match of the year. It's good to win the last match of the year," said Martin. "We barely won. All that matters is that we won."
Pittsfield's No. 1 golfer, Kevin Quinto, who won the Berkshire Classic two Sundays ago, got off to a rocky start. He parred the first hole, but shot bogey or worse over the next four. But Quinto birdied two of the final four holes to finish up with a 45.
"He made a couple of birdies coming in, so it could have been a lot worse," said Polidoro. "That shows the sign of a good player, coming back like that."
Both teams top golfers were pretty consistent. The four scoring golfers for Pittsfield and Mount Greylock both shot within five strokes of each other. The difference was that Pittsfield's gap was from 40 to 45, while Greylock's went from 42 to 47.
"You look at the cards for both teams," Gill said. "I had six rounds 48 or better. They had four rounds, 45 or better. The scoring was great. The number of birdies was great. The quality of golf was good.
"Of course, it's going to come down to a shot here and a shot there."
Mount Greylock (172) — Kyle Alvarez 42, Ben Gilooly 42, Hunter Sarkis 45, Bennett Zimmerman 47, Mark Hayden 48, Tenley Smith 43.
Birdies: Alvarez (No. 4), Hayden (No. 1), Smith (No. 6).
Pittsfield (169) — Kevin Quinto 45, Ricky Berrian 43, Justin Martin 40, Jake Driscoll 41, Alex Parsons 53, Tino Burns 64.
Birdies: Quinto (No. 6, 8), Martin (No. 5, 9).
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