2019-20 The Berkshire Eagle All Stars: Golf
Golfer of the Year
Henry Sniezek, Hoosac Valley
The senior wrapped up his high school career in fine fashion, helping lead the Hurricanes to back-to-back Western Massachusetts Division II championships. Sniezek was medalist in 10 of 16 regular-season matches, shot 40 or better in 10 of those 16 regular-season matches and was under 40 eight times. He averaged 39.6 strokes per nine holes in the regular season, and had 12 birdies. He shot 81 at Mount Anthony Country Club to help the Hurricanes clinch the Patriot Classic, a 18-hole tournament. The win by Hoosac ended a six-year winning streak by Rutland. In the postseason, Sniezek shot 79 at The Country Club of Pittsfield, finishing second to Southwick's Matt Garrity in the Western Mass. Division II tournament. But Sniezek was No. 1 for the Hurricanes as they beat Southwick 341 strokes to 344.
Coach of the Year
Dick Salinetti, Lenox
Salinetti, who finished his 16th season, guided the young Millionaires to a second-place finish in the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament. It has been a long climb for the Millionaires, who won the Western Mass. Division III title back in 2012. Lenox went from missing the tournament in 2013 and 2014 to finishing eighth, fifth, fourth and third in the next four seasons before breaking through to the state tournament for the first time since 2012. Lenox finished sixth in states, and the top Lenox finisher was Max DiGrigoli who was tied for 15th.
"Our team is probably one of the most consistent teams out there. We have six guys who, on any given day, can beat each other," DiGrigoli said, "which is always good, because we always have good competition with each other. That's our brand of golf, team golf. We're all consistent and all shoot about the same thing."
Lenox went 15-1 in each of the last two seasons, losing only to Hoosac Valley, and by two strokes each time. Salinetti was ably assisted by Jon Cade and Mark Gilligan, when he was briefly hospitalized.
The Millionaires top six consisted of three sophomores, two freshmen and an eighth-grader, all of whom have been shepherded by Salinetti to the top of the Division IV hill.
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