Richard Lord | Tee to Green: Many first-time club champions in 2016
With a few notable exceptions — Bob Linn and Diane Breen at Berkshire Hills Country Club and Angie Linger at Waubeeka Golf Links — this week's list of new club champions is dominated by first-time winners.
Congratulations to all the champions and everyone who made them earn their victories.
BERKSHIRE HILLS COUNTRY CLUB: Linn edged out Jeff Puleri by one shot to take the men's championship, finishing with a 54-hole total of 6-over-par 222. Defending champion Steve Sykes was third five shots behind Linn, a past club champion and the 2009 Massachusetts Golf Association Senior Player of the Year.
There was no surprise on the women's side, with Diane Breen continuing her domination with a four-shot victory over Janice Barry, who was also second behind Breen last year. Breen finished the 36-hole tournament with a 171 total.
Hunter Roosa, a junior at Lee High School, beat Pittsfield High senior Kevin Quinto in a one-hole playoff to win the junior championship after both players finished the 36-hole tournament at 162.
GEAA: Nick Sumner won his first men's club championship with a 36-hole total of 159. Sumner shot a 5-over 77 in the second round to overtake defending champion Ron Pero and win by two shots.
The women's championship also produced a first-time winner, Barbara Frost, who shot a 97 to defeat Eileen Christman by two shots.
In the senior division, Bob Massetti shot a 77 to take top honors while Bob Dus fired an 80 to win the super senior division. Anthony Taladia shot a 52 for nine holes to win the junior title.
PONTOOSUC LAKE COUNTRY CLUB: Gary Manarchik fired a 5-over 77 in the final round to overcome a three-shot deficit to win his first club championship at the Pittsfield club. Manarchik had a 54-hole total of 232 to beat second-round leader Bryon Powers by two shots. Powers shot an 82 in the final round.
Dee Colbert had a 36-hole total of 199 to take the women's title with Betty Dagostino finishing second. Marshall Hoffman captured the men's net division title by six shots over Craig Clemons with a 218 total for 54 holes and Mike McMullen's 236 total was good for a four-shot win in the senior net division winner. Mike Fitzgerald finished second and two-time defending champion Kevin O'Hara was third.
WAUBEEKA GOLF LINKS: Pat Groghan, a member at the Williamstown club for 22 years, waited until Waubeeka's 50th anniversary season to capture his first men's club championship, firing a final-round, 2-over-par 73 to defeat past champion Chirs Bourdon by five shots.
Groghan opened with rounds of 80 and 79 and finished with a 54-hole total of 19-over 232. John Dabrowski was third and Don Mead fourth.
Linger won her second women's club championship in two weeks by prevailing at Waubeeka for the third consecutive year. Linger took the title at Forest Park Country Club the previous weekend, also for the third year in a row.
Dan Bourdon made three consecutive pars to edge out Larry Hulland in a playoff to win the first flight while Roger Prevey emerged as the senior division champion. Ryan Baran won the junior championship.
WORTHINGTON GOLF CLUB: If last Sunday's Tee to Green column was a tournament, this reporter would have been disqualified. Worthington head professional Erik Tiele e-mailed me the second-round scores from the club's championship tournament but I mistakenly read them as the final scores and reported the tournament as complete.
I apologize to Erik and his membership for my mistake.
As it turned out, Scott Martin shot a final-round 5-over 75 to overtake second-round leader Doug Reed to earn his first men's championship by two shots with a 54-hole total of 14-over 224.
Reed shot a final-round 78 to finish second with Al Stalker third.
In the women's championship, Chris Eugin shot a final-round 81 as she cruised to an easy win with a 54-hole total of 239. Kim Swanda finished a distant second at 268 and Ellie Carver was third at 271. Eugin has previously won the club championship at Northampton Country club but this was her first at Worthington.
Former Wahconah Country Club course superintendent Jeremy Stachowicz (84-83 — 167) won the men's first division title while Chris Ciosek (97-99 — 196) took top honors in the women's first division. The men's senior division went to Doug Link (83-92 — 175).
CRANWELL SPA AND GOLF RESORT: Rounding out this week's championships, Cranwell's competition also resulted in a pair of first-time champions being crowned.
Dan Fuoro won the men's tournament in a two-hole playoff over Tom Bielecki after both golfers totaled 165 for 36 holes. Karen Williams finished at 175 to take the women's win over runner-up Anita Schwerner.
Stockbridge Golf Club, Egremont Country Club, Greenock Country Club and Wyantenuck Country Club are holding their club championships this weekend. Skyline Country Club will hold its tournament next weekend.
For the second year in a row, the team of Fred Goerlach and Ralph Dastoli won Division One in the opening event of the Berkshire County Fall Senior Series. The duo shot a 5-under 65 at Worthington Golf Club in the two-man scramble to prevail by nine shots over the pairing of Jake Jowett and Pat Grogan.
John Rybka and Wayne Shutts shot a 71 to defeat Dick Rivers and Jack Bartow in Division Two by four shots.
Taking low net honors in Division One was the team of John Dawley and Mike Del Grande while Doug Link and Doug Reed, playing on their home course, won in Division Two.
The divisions are based on the combined ages of the partners, with Division One for the "young" guys.
This week's event will be a two-man bramble on Wednesday at Skyline Country Club. It's too late to enter — the deadline to sign up for all the events is Friday prior to the tournament -- but there are six more chances to play with a two-man scramble at Egremont Country Club up next on Wednesday, Sept 14. Call the pro shop at Egremont by Friday to get into the field.
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LOCAL GOLF RESULTS
Berkshire County Fall Senior Series
At Worthington Golf Club
1. Fred Goerlach and Ralph Dastoli, 65; 2. Jake Jowett and Pat Grogan, 74. 3. (tie) Joe Krok and Don Richardson, 76; Bob Lindquist and Jack Piacquadio, 76.
1. 69.1 John Dawley and Mike DelGrande, 69.1; 2. Mike Cerullo and Dennis D' Arcangelo, 70.5; 3. Paul Wilk and Mark Czubryt, 71.6; 4. 4. Tom Downey and Chuck Lewitt, 72.1
1. John Rybka and Wayne Shutts, 71; 2. Dick Rivers and Jack Bartow, 75; 3. Ron Legere and Bob Fitzgibbons, 76; 4. Ed Locke and Bob Kay, 77.
1. Doug Link and Doug Reed, 67; 2. Steve Gilloolly and Jim Crews, 67.1; 3. Shaun Tucker and Jim Thorne, 71.4; 4. Steve Brown and Jim Sullivan, 73.1
Closest to the Pin winners: No. 6, Mike Rybka; No. 18, Wayne Shutts.
Hole in One
At Donnybrook Country Club
On Aug. 28, Spencer Haley made a hole in one. Haley did it on hole No. 8 with a Wilson 9-iron. He used a Callaway ball and Ryan Audet witnessed.
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