Richard Lord | Tee to Green: Yurko wins Allied Senior title at home course
While the state's top amateurs were in the spotlight at Taconic Golf Club on Monday, the county's top seniors battled for top honors in the Allied Senior Championship at Wahconah Country Club.
When the day was done, it was a victory for the home team as Wahconah member Bill Yurko shot an impressive 1-under-par 70 to earn his first Allied Senior title by three shots over Wyantenuck Country Club's Andy Congdon.
Congdon, who has cut back his tournament schedule over the past two summers, was seeking his fifth Allied Senior title and first since 2013, but had to settle for his second runner-up finish in the past three years. He finished second to Torrington Country Club's Dick Weingold in 2014 at Egremont Country Club.
Yurko wasn't the only Wahconah member to have a good day. Rich Rowe shot a solid 74 to finish third while Taconic Golf Club's Bill Palko was fourth with a 75.
GEAA members Bob Masetti and Paul Valle finished 1-2 in the low net division. Masetti recorded a net score of 63 while Valle came in at 64.
The next Allied Association events are set for Sunday, Aug. 14 with the Allied Championship being played at Waubeeka Golf Links and the Allied Net Championship at Wyantenuck Country Club.
A reminder to members of Allied Association courses that this year's six-event Berkshire County Monday Junior Series — truly at great bargain and wonderful opportunity to gain experience in tournament play — is currently underway.
Juniors compete in divisions determined by their age — 13-and-under, 14-15 and 16-17 — with registration at the host club scheduled weekly for 8 to 8:30 a.m. Play begins with a shotgun start at 9.
The fee is only $10 per player, and that also covers prizes and lunch.
Boys and girls wanting to play must sign up at their respective home clubs by the Friday prior to the event.
Tournament director John Marlowe is requiring that a parent or an adult serve as a scorekeeper and assist those in the 13-and-under division with the rules and etiquette of golf.
A point system is in place to determine the champion for the various age divisions.
Waubeeka Golf Links hosted the season opener this past Monday and Egremont Country Club in Great Barrington will be the site of Monday's event. The remainder of the schedule: Stockbridge Golf Club, July 25; Worthington Golf Club, Aug. 1; Wahconah Country Club, Aug. 8; and Skyline Country Club, Aug. 15.
The season finale at Skyline will also serve as the Berkshire County Allied Junior Championship tournament.
For information, ask your club professional or call Marlowe at 413-663-7938.
How about a round of golf on the West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club, N.Y., one of the most revered and historic courses in the United States?
That will be possible for the winner of a raffle for those who compete in what should be a fun and worthy fund-raising tournament on Sunday, August 14th at Jim and Matt Kelly's Donnybrook Country Club in Lanesborough.
Hancock residents Don and Linda Walsh, both cancer survivors, serve as the co-chairpersons for the Relay for Life in nearby Lebanon Valley, N.Y. For the past two years, they have held a raffle of New York Giants tickets to raise money for the American Cancer Society fundraising organization.
However, according to Don, the creation of several raffle pre-approval 'hoops' by the tax authorities has led various Relay teams, including Lebanon Valley's, to seek different initial fundraisers for 2016.
Don and many in his family have been members at Winged Foot for more than 30 years, inspiring a fundraising idea. Annually, Winged Foot holds a nine-hole tournament on its East Course where all the holes are set up as par 3s.
That is how the picturesque Donnybrook layout will be set up for the fundraising tournament in August. Using a scramble format, all nine holes will play as par-3 holes.
The entry fee is $280 for an individual and $75 for an individual with all levels of golfers encouraged to play. All proceeds -— the expenses of putting on the event are covered thanks to corporate relationships — will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling Don Walsh at 914-760-2086.
The winner of the raffle for a round at Winged Foot will be able to bring two friends along to join Don Walsh in a foursome at the A.W. Tillinghast-designed masterpiece that has hosted five U.S. Opens — with a sixth coming in 2020 — the 2003 PGA Championship and many other major events.
You'll be playing a course where Bobby Jones won the 1929 Open in a 36-hole playoff, Fuzzy Zoeller beat Greg Norman to win the 1984 Open in another playoff and where Davis Love III captured the 2003 PGA Championship when a rainbow appeared as he made the winning putt.
Most recently, it was the sight of Phil Mickelson's final-hole double bogey that cost him the 2006 U.S. Open title won by Geoff Oglivy.
To contact Richard Lord: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-281-2226.
LOCAL GOLF RESULTS
Allied Senior Championship
Monday at Wahconah CC
1. Bill Yurko, Wahconah CC, 70; 2. Andy Congdon, Wyantenuck CC, 73; 3. Rich Rowe, Wahconah CC, 74; 4. Bill Palko, Taconic GC, 75; 5. (tie) Jeff Polucci, Taconic GC, 76; Ed Chandler, Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort, 76; Ray Underwood, Torrington CC, 76; 8. Dick Weigold, Torrington CC, 77; 9. (tie) Jim Nelson, Wahconah CCC, 78; Jim Crews, Waubeeka GL, 78; Scott Hurley, Wahconah CC, 78; Mike Monti, Wahconah CC, 78.
1. Bob Massetti, GEAA, 63; 2. Paul Valle, GEAA, 64; 3. James Smith, Wahconah CC, 65; 4. (tie) Ron Pero, GEAA, 67; Dick Burns, Greenock CC, 67; Leo Ramanos, Forest Park CC, 67; 7. (tie) John Dabrowski, Waubeeka GL, 68; Ron Dichillo, Torrington CC, 68; John Bradbury, Waubeeka GL, 68; 10. Mike Berenson, Berkshire HIlls CC, 69; 11. (tie) Andy Stalker, Worthington GC, 70; Ron PRevey, Waubeeka GL, 70; Paul Medici, Forest Park CC, 70.