2018-19 The Berkshire Eagle All Stars: Golf
Golfer of the Year
Thomas Fraser, Lee High School, Senior
Fraser, who shared this honor last year, was beyond a doubt Berkshire County's top golfer in 2018. In Division III, he was the best golfer period. The senior shot an even-par 71 at Waubeeka Golf Links to claim his second consecutive medalist trophy at the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament. Fraser beat St. Mary's Luke Willenborg by six shots. The Wildcats needed Fraser to be as good as he was because they only beat runner-up Monson by two strokes.
Fraser won just about everything he could in Berkshire County. He was medalist in all of Lee's regular-season high school matches, finishing at or below par seven times.
Fraser won the Berkshire County Classic for the first time. In the previous three seasons he was fourth, fourth and tied for second.
With all of that, he did not lose in Berkshire County in 2018.
"Thomas was a true leader on our team and someone that all of the younger kids looked up to both on our team and other teams we played against. He had a season that will be hard to match," Lee coach Matt Carlino said. "He is an impressive player, but an even more impressive person."
Fraser's final match as a high school athlete was a tough one. He finished tied for 13th in the state Division III tournament at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown. Fraser was, however, the top Western Massachusetts finisher in the tourney.
Coach of the Year
Jason Sniezek, Hoosac Valley
A Berkshire County team won the Western Massachusetts Division II title last fall, marking the first time since 2013 that a local team had brought home the championship trophy.
After three straight years of being on the outside looking in, coach Jason Sniezek led Hoosac Valley to its Division II title. It's been a long time coming for Jason Sniezek, who wrapped up his 20th season in the fall.
"I can't believe it," Hoosac golfer Henry Sniezek, who shot a six-over-par 78 to claim the medalist honors, said after the Hurricanes won the title. "I knew we had a shot to win, but, I don't know — it's just crazy how it happened."
The Hurricanes conquered the course at the Ludlow Country Club, shooting a 341, beating Frontier by six strokes.
Not only did Hoosac win the team title, but Henry Sniezek was medalist. The younger Sniezek shot a 78, beating Hoosac teammate Derek Alibozek by one stroke.
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