Richard Lord | Tee to Green: Golf courses beginning to hand out club championships
As the golf season winds down, it's club championship time.
A handful of the area's courses have crowned their 2016 champions while many are holding their tournaments over the next three weekends.
Here's a look at the action through last weekend.
TACONIC GOLF CLUB: Gary Wood edged out Curt Foehl and Steve Owens by a single shot to win the men's title at the Williamstown club. Wood finished a 13-over 155 for 36 holes.
Cheryl Krueger finished at 161 to take the women's crown by five shots over Julie Paolino. Kathy Duguay, who recently won the Women's Allied Championship, finished third at 168.
Matt Smith earned the junior title in a playoff over Connor Smith. Both golfers — who are not related — finished at 166.
The net division titles went to Steve Crowe and Joan Zegras.
FOREST PARK COUNTRY CLUB: Winning the club championship is nothing new for Leo Ramonos Jr, but his 12th title win didn't come easily. Ramonos outlasted Bob Murray in a five-hole aggregate playoff after both players posted 54-hole totals of 222.
Murray, with his 222, did claim the men's senior title.
In the women's competition, Angie Linger prevailed for the third consecutive year with a 36-hole total of 161.
Cole Krantz, playing in his first club championship, took the junior honors.
In the net competition, the winners were Stan Misiuk (men's), John Truskowski (seniors) and Renelle Moser (women).
WAHCONAH COUNTRY CLUB: Played early in the month, Ted Boraski won the men's championship with Rich Rowe the runner-up. Past champion Tom Czelusniak finished third. Rowe defeated Allied Senior champion Bill Yurko to take senior win.
This year's women's champion is Patty Peltier with Sue Vigeant finishing as the runner-up.
WORTHINGTON GOLF CLUB: Senior standout Doug Reed shot a 2-over 72 to take the men's crown by three shots over Scott Martin. Al Stalker and Jeff Racz tied for third with rounds of 76.
Chris Eugin shot an 80 to defeat Kim Swanda seven shots in the women's division. Ann Pickrell finished third with an 88.
COUNTRY CLUB OF PITTSFIELD: As reported last week, Tom Mooney captured his first Country Club of Pittsfield men's title by five shots over Adam Kirby. He also took the senior division win. It's been a really good summer for Mooney, who was in Cooperstown, N.Y., to watch Ken Griffey Jr. get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mooney was the Seattle scout who signed Griffey to a contract.
Sherri Lublin won her 13th women's title at the South Street club.
Club championships are being held this weekend at Waubeeka Golf Links, Berkshire Hills Country Club, Pontoosuc Lake Country Club, GEAA and Cranwell Spa and Golf Club. Stockbridge Golf Club, Egremont Country Club, Greenock Country Club and Wyantenuck Country Club will hold their tournaments on Labor Day weekend. Skyline Country Club's champions will be crowned the following weekend.
Egremont Country Club professional Dave Strawn put together a solid round of 2-over 73 to tie for second in Wednesday's Northeast New York PGA Section's Senior Stroke Play Championship at the Country Club of Troy in New York.
Mills Road Acres (N.Y.) pro Peter Gerard won the tournament with a 2-under 73. New York pros Keith Sprenger and Brian Lowe tied with Strawn for second.
Wyantenuck Country Club's Tom Sullivan tied for eighth with a 77.
Wyantenuck Country Club member Davis Mullany and partner Robert Henley, of Boston, finished one shot out of a possible alternate spot for next year's U.S. Golf Association Four-Ball Championship in a qualifier at Great Horse this week.
Mullany and Henley shot a 2-under 70 while four teams finished in a tie for fourth -- there were three spots up for grabs -- and had a playoff to decide the two alternate spots.
The winners in the playoff were the Longmeadow Country Club pairing of A.J. Oleksak and Pat Pio and the Connecticut team of Guy Antonacci and Brent Dietz. Oleksak, Pio and Dietz are all familiar names in the Berkshires, having had plenty of success in county tournaments.
Earning medalist honors with a 6-under 66 was the team of Matt Naumec (Wilbraham) and Billy Walthouse (Longmeadow). The other two spots went to Eric Dietrich and Jimmy Hervol, who shot a 67, and Billy Von Stratum and Michael Walker, who combined for a 68.
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