Marc Jemilo, a new member at the Links at Worthington, but no stranger to winning club championships, defeated James Ryan in a sudden-death playoff to win his first men's club championship recently in Worthington.
Jemilo, a former Gateway High and University of Hartford golfer who has won six club championships at the Blandford Club, shot a 3-over par 73 in the final round to make up two shots on Ryan and force the playoff. Both golfers finished the 54-hole tournament at 10-over 220.
The eventual winner opened the tournament with an even-par 70 to stake himself a three-shot lead, but fell two behind after 36 holes when he slumped to a 77 in the second round.
Jemilo rallied to catch Ryan and force a playoff in an up-and-down final round. He trailed by two shots heading to the par-3 18th hole, but drained a clutch 12-foot birdie putt after Ryan had to settle for a bogey after missing the green.
Playing the same hole in the playoff, Jemilo clinched the victory with a par over Ryan, a seven-time club champion, who had to settle for another bogey.
Meanwhile, in the women's club championship, Chris Eugin pulled away on the final nine holes to earn her fifth consecutive club title by 15 shots over Kim Swanda and Liz Kay. Eugin led by only three shots after the first round of the 27-hole tournament after shooting an 85, but she recorded a 38 while Swanda slumped to a 50 and Kay shot a 42 over the final nine holes.
In the senior's men's championship, Steve Magargal, one of the region's best players for decades, showed that he can still go low, recording an even-par 70 to outdistance runner-up Chris Petrides by seven shots.
Here's a reminder that this year's edition of the Berkshire County Fall Series will begin with a two-man scramble at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Wednesday. Play will be begin with shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
Senior golfers wanting to play should call the pro shop at the club at 413 442-1451 to enter and reserve a cart. The pro shop will explain all COVID-19 protocols and check-in procedures when you call. There will be no dinner following play but there will be food available outside of the grill beginning at 11 a.m.
As usual, the field will be broken into two divisions determined by the average age of partners. There will be both low gross and low net prizes in each division. The entry fee is $45 and includes golf and prizes. Skins will be $20 a team (gross only).
This week's event is the first of five tournaments to be played on consecutive Wednesdays. Following the opener, Greenock Country Club will host a singles tournament on Sept. 30. The remainder of the tournaments — Oct. 7 at the Golf Club at Wyndhurst Manor (formerly Cranwell), Oct. 14 at Wahconah Country Club and Oct. 21 at the Waubeeka Links — will be two-man scrambles.
The tournament at Greenock will have a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start while the other three events will tee off at 12:30 p.m.
As usual, the series will serve as a fundraiser for junior golf in Berkshire County.
For more information, contact Bill Gates at 413-464-3184 or Paul Traversa at 413-822-5613.