Ryans capture Allied golf opener
The brother combination of James and John Ryan shot a 4-under-par 66 to take the Allied Team Championship at Wyantenuck Country Club on Saturday.
The brothers’ no-bogey round gave them a one shot victory over two teams in the season-opening local event, Taconic Golf Club’s Gary Wood and Bill Palko and the Wahconah Country Club pairing of Bill Yurko and Tom Czelusniak tied for second.
The Ryans, who were part of a three-way tie in last year’s weather-plagued tournament, managed to work their way around the Wyantenuck layout without making a bogey.
John Ryan, a member at Worthington Golf Club, knocked his second shot on the par-4 third hole -- the team’s seventh hole of the day after a shotgun start - to within a foot and coverted it was a birdie. Two holes later, his approach shot on the par-5 fifth left him a 2-foot birdie try that he converted.
"We both made some good par saves," said James Ryan, a member at Berkshire Hills Country Club.
The best of those came on the long par-3 seventh hole.
"I topped my drive and was left with 140 yards and John hit his tee shot in the trap," James said. "I hit my second shot to about 40 and made the putt for the par." His brother was facing a 15-foot par putt when James saved the par.
That set the stage for the winning blows -- a 3-wood on the par-5 eighth hole to within 5 feet by James, who drained the putt for an eagle.
Like most in the field, the Ryans have had little practice time thanks to this spring’s brutal weather.
"I played Berkshire Hills for the first time this week and I played a couple of rounds down in Hampden County," he said.