Richard Lord | Tee to Green: Familiar names bring home club championships
Four more club championships are history for 2016 with some familiar names taking home titles.
WYANTENUCK COUNTRY CLUB: E.J. Trundle won his third straight club championship by eight shots while shooting the lowest 54-hole recorded in any of the county's club title events this summer.
Trundle, who lives in New Jersey and works in New York City, had rounds of 68, 66 and 70 at the par-70 course to finish at 6-under 204. Trundle is a member who only plays a few rounds a year at the Great Barrington club but has certainly had an impact when the club championship comes around.
Brian Cunningham and Joe Grochmal tied for second at 212 and Andy Congdon, who dominated the club championship prior to Trundle's arrival, finished fourth at 217.
Congdon did continue his dominance in the senior division, but he had to work for it — defeating Grochmal in a playoff after both golfers finished the 36-hole tournament at 2-under 138.
Jen Race (75-78—153) successfully defended her women's title with a nine-shot victory over Kathy Sullivan. Sharon Connelly finished third.
STOCKBRIDGE GOLF CLUB: Chris Shields also made it three consecutive championships, defeating runner-up Michael Martin by eight shots with a 54-hole total of 223. Shields got off to a strong start with an opening round of 1-over 72 and never looked back.
Martin (77-80-74—231) finished 11 shots ahead of George Fleischner, who finished third.
Heidi Nejaime took the women's championship by two shots over Joanne Flynn. Nejaime had rounds of 93 and 89.
Jeffrey Cella (79-79—158) edged Will Hudgins (81-79—160) and Chris White (76-84—160) to take the senior title while Christopher Begley (72-68—140) captured net division honors.
Dick Salinetti, the golf coach at Lenox High, put together a pair of 77s to win the legends division by 12 shots over Jim Balfanz.
GREENOCK COUNTRY CLUB: Matt Keenan successfully defended his title at the Lee club, finishing 36 holes a 12-over 222 to defeat Rick Puleri by two shots.
Shane Briggs finished third at 229 and John Pultorak posted a 231 total to finish fourth.
Pultorak did capture the senior division by 10 shots over Dan McCusker.
Toni Scott won the women's crown with a 36-hole total of 193, while other winners were Dan Sukumaran in the first division and Tim O'Neill is the super seniors net division.
EGREMONT COUNTRY CLUB: Yoshi Sato finished with 36-hole total of 161 to defeat Jeff Sexton by six shots to win the men's title at the Great Barrington course.
In the senior net division, it took a matching of cards for J. Pat Murphy to defeat Al Clark. Both players finished with net scores of 138. Murphy's gross score of 164 ended up being the second best score of the tournament, only three shots behind Sato.
Coming off hosting last month's Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship, Waubeeka Golf Links has just been awarded another notable event. The Williamstown layout will be hosting an American Junior Golf Association tournament in May.
The AJGA, which has been the launching pad for many of today's top professionals, announced its 37-event spring schedule and will play one of its 15 Golf Performance Preview Series tournaments on May 5-7.
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.
For more information on the AJGA and entry instructions, go to www.ajga.org.
The team of Bill Gates and Mike Cartier combined for a 3-under 68 at Skyline Country Club to take the A Division in the second event of the Berkshire County Senior Fall Series, a two-man bramble, by two shots over the team of Dan Powers and Steve Wood Sr.
A pair of Skyline members produced a win for the home club in the B Division with a 70 that was one-shot better than the runner-up team of John Rybka and Wayne Shutts.
Paul Wilk and Mark Czubryt took low net honors in the A Division with a 59 while Jim Crews and Steve Gillooly were the net winners in B Division with a 58.
This week's event will be held at Egremont Country Club. Entries are closed for that event but golfers can sign up for the following tournament at Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort on Sept. 21 by calling the pro shop at Cranwell by Friday.
Going back a week, from the first event of the series, a belated congratulations to Tom Granitto, who recorded a hole-in-one on the 148-yard sixth hole during the tournament.
Tom Granitto, on the 148-yard sixth hole at Worthington Golf Club. Witnesses: Dick Rivers, Jack Bartow, Terry Carty, Bob Kay and Ed Locke.
Jane Langer, on the 157-yard second hole at Greenock Golf Club, with a driver. Witnesses: Karen Negrini and Carole Carey.
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