Richard Lord: Berkshire County Fall Senior Golf Series is drawing near


In a sure sign that summer is flying by, the schedule is out for the 12th annual Berkshire County Fall Senior Golf Series.

The seven-tournament series for golfers ages 50 and over will begin with a two-man scramble at Worthington Golf Club on Monday, Aug. 25. Play will begin with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.

The entry fee for each of the seven tournaments is $40, which includes dinner and prizes.

To enter, golfers must call the pro shop at the host club no earlier than two weeks and no later than the Friday before the tournament to register and reserve a cart. A handicap card must be presented.

There are 50-50 raffles at each event to benefit the Gene Andrew Scholarship Fund. Four scholarships resulting from last year's raffles were awarded this week (see story on C1 in today's Eagle).

More than $12,050 in prizes were awarded at last year's tournaments.

While the opening event is being held on a Monday, the other six events will be on Wednesdays and will start with 12:30 p.m. shotgun starts.

Under the guidance of Skyline Country Club member Dick Rivers, the series consistently draws big fields.

Here is the remainder of the schedule: Sept. 10, Skyline CC, two-man bramble; Sept. 17, Waubeeka GL, two-man scramble; Sept. 24, Wahconah CC, best of two balls; Oct. 1, Egremont CC, two-man scramble; Oct. 8, Greenock CC, singles; Oct. 15, GEAA, four-man scramble.

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Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club's David Strawn picked a good time to play his best golf of the summer, firing a 1-over par 143 total for 36 holes to finish in a tie for second in the Northeast New York PGA Championship at Ballston Spa (N.Y.) Country Club.

While it would have been nice to get the victory -- section standout Scott Berliner shot 140 to prevail by three shots -- the finish earned Strawn a coveted spot in the 2015 PGA Pro National Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Strawn put together rounds of 72 and 71 after a summer when he has mostly finished in the middle of the pack in section tournaments.

Two other Berkshire pros -- Taconic Golf Club's Josh Hillman and Wyantenuck Country Club's Tom Sullivan -- missed one of the three spots in the national event by two shots. Hillman is the first alternate and Sullivan the second if a qualifier or qualifiers can't compete in Philadelphia. New Yorker Steve Vatter tied Strawn at 143 for the third spot.

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Congratulations are in order for the first list of club champions to reach my desk this season.

At the Country Club of Pittsfield, Sheri Lublin won her 10th women's club championship with rounds of 86-83. Ellen Cohen finished second. The Euston Ames Tourn a ment winner was Ann Lucas.

At Skyline Country Club, Paul Gilardi captured overall honors with Kevin Henderson the runner-up; Tom Granitto took the senior division with the aforementioned Dick Rivers finishing second; John Segala won the Super Seniors Division over Joe Stewart; and B.J. Haskins prevailed in the Ladies Division with Kelly Holmes the runner-up.

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Williams College has announced that men's ice hockey coach Bill Kangas will take on the role of interim women's golf coach for the Ephs. Kangas had served as the team's assistant coach to Erika DeSanty.

DeSanty was recently named the head coach at Princeton University after leading the Ephs to a third-place finish in the NCAA Division III Championship in Florida this spring. DeSanty's No. 1 player, Georgiana Salant, also won the individual title at the national tourney.

"I'm pleased that Bill Kangas has agreed to serve as the interim women's head golf coach for the 2014-15 season," Athletic Director Lisa Melendy said in a statement. "Bill has served as the assistant to the program the past five seasons and is well positioned to head the team during this time of transition. I'm deeply grateful to Bill for his willingness to shoulder this additional work."

The Ephs, with a strong returning lineup, open their fall season in the Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. 13-14. Shortly after the fall season ends, Kangas will move behind the bench to begin his 26th season as the school's men's hockey coach.

There will be a national search for a new head women's golf coach next spring.

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Four Allied Golf Association championship events will be held over the next three days. Today, the men's individual and team championships will be contested at Stockbridge Golf Club while the net tournament is played at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

On Monday, at Taconic Golf Club, the Junior Allied Championship will be contested as the final event of the Berkshire Country Junior Golf Series schedule.

Then on Tuesday, Skyline Country Club will host the Women's Allied Championship.

To contact Richard Lord:,
or (413) 496-6236.


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