Students benefit from Fraser Memorial Tournament


For 29 years, the Fraser Memorial Golf Tournament at Skyline Country Club has helped raise money to provide scholarships for deserving students. This year is no different, with the Fraser Scholarship Committee this week annoucing the awarding of 14 scholarships worth $6,000.

Skyline member Dick Rivers, well-known for his work on the Fraser committee and for scholarship money he raises at his Berkshire County Senior Fall Series, reports that 10 students will receive $500 in funds and four will get $250.

Here are this year's recipients and the college they attend:

Kelsey Clemons, Springfield College; Jacob Gaylord, Westfield State; Nicole Clement, Framingham State; Morganne Foley, Cape Fear College; Margaret Pilat, Southern Vermont College; Anthony Alfonso, Berkshire Community College; James Phelps, Miller-Motte College; Hilary Lesniak, Springfield College; Andrew Doyle, Johnson & Wales; Nicholas Walser, UMass-Amherst; David Tierney, Salve Regina; Shannon Lussier, University of Rhode Island; Megan Lussier, Westfield State and Shane Turner, Berkshire Community College.

The tournament and its scholarship fund is named after John F. Fraser, a longtime Skyline member and Pittsfield City Council member. The scholarship program has raised nearly $150,000 since its inception.


The Williams College women's golf team made it two wins in a row to start the season last weekend and it's not just the team's veterans who are helping the Ephs pick up where they left off last season when they finished fifth in the NCAA Division III national tournament.

Junior Shelby Shote (76-77) tied for third place and All-American Georgiana Salant (75-79) finished fifth, but freshman Sarah Hasselman (77-79) and sophomore Kelly Kung (76-81) also had strong weekends as Williams captured the Mount Holyoke Invitational at The Orchards by 12 shots over Ithaca College.

And while she didn't have scores that contributed to the victory (four of five scores count each day), freshman Tracey Kim (81-82) shot a 75 in the season-opening win at the NYU Invitational to show she will also contribute this season. Add in senior Emily Wickstrom, who didn't play at Mount Holyoke, and coach Erika DeSanty's team looks deeper than ever.

The Ephs' strong start has lifted them two places to sixth in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association poll (Mary Hardin-Baylor is ranked No. 1 and Methodist is No. 2). Williams is ranked an eye-opening second in the Adjusted Average Performance rankings.

Williams is looking to make it three wins in a row this weekend at Middlebury, Vt.


The Ephs men also showed off some depth in succesfully defending their title at the Williams Invitational at Taconic Golf Club last weekend.

While the Williams Gold team took top honors with a 607 total for 36 holes, the Purple team finished eighth and freshman Ross Hoffman, playing as an individual, captured medalist honors in a playoff against Manhattanville's Eric Michalak. Hoffman had rounds of 75 and 72.

Cody Semmelrock (75-76), Matt McCarron (75-77) and Grant Raffel (74-78), another promising freshman, led the way for the Gold team while senior captain Jake Abrahams, playing for the Purple team, shot a second-round 72 to tie for the day's low score.

The win was a confidence booster going into this weekend's NESCAC Fall Qualifier at Brunswick College. The winner hosts next spring's NESCAC Spring Championship.


While we reported results of the men's club championship at GEAA in a previous golf notebook -- Darren Aitken prevailed by one shot over Steve St. Peter -- we failed to report on the Pittsfield course's other winners.

In a hotly contested senior division battle, Ron Pero prevailed in a three-way playoff over Tom O'Brien and Gene Silvagni. All three golfers shot 80s.

Taking the Super Senior title was Bob Dus (83) while Pat Soldato (90) won the women's club championship and Mike Gingras took the junior division.

Apologies for being late to the championship party!


Frank Vana Jr., who has won more Massachusetts Golf Association events than anyone, proved this week he's still got plenty of game.

The Andover Country Club member shot a final-round 6-under 66 to rally from a six-shot deficit and win Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championhip for an astounding ninth time. Vana, who has won 14 MGA championships overall, finished at 1-under 209 at Marshfield Country Club.

Vana was named the MGA Player of the Decade for both the 1990s and 2000s and it seems he intent on continuing to add to his stunning list of amateur golf accomplishments.


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