Richard Lord | Tee to Green: Wyantenuck head professional Tom Sullivan wins Berkshire County Pro Championship
Wyantenuck Country Club head professional Tom Sullivan has a sweet golf swing that has helped him defeat Father Time.
The 68-year-old did so again on Sept. 28, shooting a 3-over-par 73 to capture the Berkshire County Pro Championship at his home course. Bob Mucha finished second with a 75 while Steve Mazzariello and Josh Hillman tied for third with rounds of 77.
As a result of his victory, Sullivan earned a spot at next June's Massachusetts Open, in which he is all but certain to be the oldest player in the field if he tees it up.
Between a busy summer at the club and spending a lot of time watching his talented daughter, Sarah, play on a national championship AAU basketball team, Sullivan hasn't had one of his better summers in Northeast New York PGA Section tournaments. He made up for it against the county's pros.
"It was nice to play well, but I don't know if I won or just outlasted everybody," Sullivan said. "It wasn't an easy day and Peter (course superintendent Bacon) set up some tough pins for us. I made some good putts coming down the stretch and I birdied the last hole."
As of now, Sullivan plans to make it to the Golf Club at Cape Cod to play against the younger set of top professionals and elite amateurs in the Massachusetts Golf Association's premier event.
"I'm leaning toward playing, I'd definitely like to do it," Sullivan said. "I want to work on a few things this winter. I know I won't be going there to win, but I'd just like to compete and see how well I can do."
Sullivan has spent plenty of time on Cape Cod, but hasn't played The Golf Club of Cape Cod.
"I hear it is really nice and that the greens are tricky," Sullivan said.
Mark Kelly shot a 4-over par 74 to win Blue Division honors in Wednesday's Berkshire County Fall Senior Series singles tournament at Greenock Country Club in Lee.
Kelly prevailed by two shots over Ted Boraski. Keith Porter finished third with a 77 and Tony Genzabella was fourth with a 74. Mike Cartier carded at 65 to win low net honors in the Blue Division, which is for the younger seniors in the field.
Dick Piretti also shot a 74 to win the Green Division by two shots over Ed Chandler. Tony Salvatore finished third with an 80 and there was a three-way tie fourth at 83 between Dick Syriac, Ed Locke and Bill Porter. Paul Traversa was the low net winner with a 69.
The previous Wednesday, the series held a two-man scramble with the Berkshire Hills Country Club pairing of Bob Linn and Ralph Dastoli taking top honors on their home course in the Blue Division with a 9-under 63. Scott Hunter and Mark Chylinski finished second with a 65. Taking the top spot in the Green Division was another Berkshire Hills duo, Keith Dapper and Bob Maloney, who combined for a 66. Mark Gilligan and Ed Chandler finished one shot back.
There are two tournaments remaining in the series. This week's event, a four-man scramble, will be played at GEAA in Pittsfield. It is too late to get into the field, but it isn't too late to enter the final tournament of the season, set for Oct. 19 at Wahconah Country Club. Call the club's pro shop by this Friday to enter.
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