Country Club of Pittsfield to host Allied Association championships on Sunday

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PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Hills Country Club golfers will be looking to keep a couple of streaks alive on Sunday when the Allied Association's team and individual championships are decided at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

The Hills will be trying to capture top team honors for the fifth year in a row, while senior standout Bob Linn will be attempting to win the individual championship in the one-day, 36-hole event for the third year in a row and fourth time overall.

The team championship will be decided by the morning scores with the top three scores out of each club's four-man team being counted. The individual champion will be crowned after the second 18 holes, which is scheduled to start with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Led by Linn, Jeff Puleri and Steve Sykes, the defending champions will be tough to dethrone, although for the first time in a while, the CC of Pittsfield may have a team that can make things interesting. Since last year, the South Street club has added a pair of new members to go with 15-time club champion Matt Scarafoni — Josh Shepard and Matt Gilardi — who could even the playing field significantly.

Wyantenuck Country Club also has a team that could make things interesting, especially when you consider that red-hot Mike Shopp Jr. is coming off two victories in a row. He partnered with Ben Schopp to win the Wyantenuck's Invitational Four-Ball and last weekend winning the Stockbridge Invitational with Davis Mullany.

Picking the individual champion is another story. The players listed above (other than Mullany, who isn't in the field) are capable of walking away with a win and there are others like Stockbridge's Chris Shields and Matt Ortega; 218 Eagle Golfer of the Year Thomas Fraser (Greenock Country Club) and Berkshire Hills' Randy Driscoll who have the ability to contend for the championship.

Play will begin on Sunday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

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