Richard Lord | Tee to Green: AJGA tournament set for Waubeeka


The American Junior Golf Association, the nation's premier junior tour and the launching pad for many of today's top professionals, announced several weeks ago that it will hold one its 15 spring Golf Performance Preview Series tournaments at Waubeeka Golf Links next May.

The AJGA has given Waubeeka two exemptions into the field and as a result the Williamstown club will hold a qualifying tournament for boys and girls ages 12 to 19 at 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. The entry fee is $18 and is open to anyone who has never played in an AJGA event. For more information or to enter the qualifier call Waubeeka at 413-458-8355.

The top two finishers must join the AJGA for $215 and must additionally pay $215 entry fee for the May 5-7 tournanent. The boys will play a course that will measure about 6,400 yards and the girls' course will be about 5,600 yards long.

The preview series is designed specifically for AJGA members who have not yet played/been accepted to an AJGA tournament. This series offers these new and returning members the opportunity to start building Performance Based Entry status before application deadlines arrive for summer Open and ACDS Junior All-Star Series events.

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It was a good day for the "home" team — Taconic Golf Club — in the Allied Association's Mixed Scotch Tournament on Sept. 11 with the Williamstown club having members on both the low gross and low net championship teams.

The Taconic team of Curt Foehl and Mace Hemphill won low gross honors by carding an impressive 71 to edge John Dahrouge, a member of Berkshire Hills Country Club, and Patty Peltier, of Wahconah Country Club, by two shots. Matt Ortega, a member at Stockbridge Golf Club, and Berkshire Hills CC's Janice Barry shot a 76 to finish third.

The low net winners were Taconic's Bill Priete and Waubeeka Golf Links and Forest Park Country Club member Angie Linger with a 65. The Worthington Country Club pairing of Jeremy Stachowicz and Liz Kay tied with Berkshire Hills CC's Tom and Ellen Halstead for second place with a score of 65.5.


The Berkshire County Senior Golf Association held its third and final tournament of the year on Monday at Stockbridge Golf Club with Tucker Welch, Fred Lamarca, Frank Kelley and Don Deblieux taking the top spots in the four divisions.

Welch, a member of the Country Club of Pittsfield, won the A Division — the youngest of the seniors — by four shots with a round of 5-over 76. Wahconah Country Club member Paul Zdanis finished second. Worthington Golf Club's Paul Waite won low net honors by four shots over the CC of Pittsfield's Stephen Peters.

In the B Division, Greenock Country Club's Lamarca shot an 88 for a two-shot win over Wyantenuck Country Club's Ed McCormick. The low net winner was Berkshire Hills Country Club's Irwin Kessman, whot carded a 70. Egremont Country Club's Steve Agar was next with a 78.

Kelley, the president of the BCSGA and a member at Wahconah CC, shot a 91 to win the C Division by two shots over Wyantenuck CC's Joe Wilkinson. Donnybrook Country Club's Paul Deres had a 72 to take low net honors over Amherst Country Club's Charles Desantis.

Deblieux, a member at Berkshire Hills Country Club, shot a 97 for a two-shot victory over Wahconah CC's Dennis Moor in the D Division. Elijah Katzman was the low net winner with a 74.


Kay McMahon's edukaytiongolf will be offering a "Discover the Golf Swing" course through the month of October on Saturdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29th — that's five weeks and 12 1/2 hours of instruction — in Studio 1-K at Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox.

The workshop will be hosted by LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Famer Kay McMahon and is designed for and applies to all levels of players, from beginners to experienced, and is good for couples and families to take together.

The fee is $349 per person and $279 per junior (ages 13 to 18) with family discounts available. To register and more information, visit,, or call 518-669-1551.

The offseason is fast approaching, which brings to mind McMahon's motto which is that "golfers are made in the offseason."

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