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In a fall season where only half of the county’s high schools are playing golf as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, The Country Club of Pittsfield has stepped up to the tee to provide both great competition and a Halloween Day treat for junior golfers.

The club on South Street will be hosting — for FREE — a two-person team tournament, the Halloween Junior Four Ball at CCoP, on Saturday, Oct. 31 for junior golfers ages 8 to 18 that will include competition in three age groups, 8-11, 12-15 and 16-18.

“With the absence of a high school season, The Country Club of Pittsfield wanted to do something for the junior golfers of Berkshire County,” the club stated in an email announcing the tournament.

Golfers don’t have to be a member of a school team in order to participate.

The two-person teams can be comprised of two boys, two girls or it can be mixed. The 8-11 age group will play nine holes from the green tees. The 12-15s will play 18 holes from the blue tees, while the 16-18s will play 18 holes from the black tees.

Juniors from different age groups can team up but the golfer from the younger age group will have to hit from the tee of the older age group.

Spectators are encouraged (one parent is required for each team in the 8-11 division) but no carts will be available.

The online link to get an entry form is www.golfgenius.com/ggid/eptgpy/register. The club’s pro shop can be reached at 413-528-3229.

A free tournament round at one of the county’s premier courses? This is no trick, it’s a sweet Halloween treat (without the sugar).

Kay McMahon webinarFor those who would like to learn how to improve their mental games, there will be an excellent opportunity to do just that when renowned sports psychologist Dr. Bob Winters is the guest on LPGA Hall of Fame instructor Kay McMahon’s free weekly webinar program on Friday.

I’ve had two opportunities — in 2012 and 2015 — to attend seminars conducted by Winters and remember the sessions to have been both entertaining and educational. I know I left with a better understanding of the importance of a good pre-shot routine, proper breathing techniques and how to deal with golf’s inevitable ups and downs.

A pair of golf experts who never lack for enthusiasm, Winters and McMahon together should provide an abundance of great information during their Q&A session with the online audience.

Known as Dr. Bob to most, Winters has spent 35 years investigating how thoughts and attitudes impact the ability to play golf at an optimal level. He currently works at the famed David Leadbetter Academy in Orlando, Fla.

McMahon, the president of eduKaytion golf and member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Hall of Fame, is annually on the list of top LPGA instructors. Most recently, she was named one of only four Elite teachers in the LPGA’s list of the country’s top 50 teachers. According to the LPGA, there are some 1,800 LPGA instructors worldwide.

McMahon said she launched her weekly webinar series in April amidst COVID-19 shutdowns to keep people connected to the game. She says the series has been well-received with as many as 15 to 20 connected online for some sessions.

“People seem to love them,” McMahon said. “The Q&A sessions are lively and interactive discussions on a wide range of topics from swing flaws and cures, short game techniques, how to play in competition, playing from different lies, mental strategies and more.”

To join the Q&A Fridays, contact kay@edukaytiongolf.com or call 518-669-1551 to receive your personal passcode to the free webinar.


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