Golf notebook: Tiele continues impressive summer competition run

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Waubeeka Golf Links head professional Erik Tiele, just two weeks after capturing the Northeast New York PGA Section's Senior Professional Championship, is at it again.

Tiele, who over the past three years has had his ankle restructured, lost 160 pounds and had a hip transplant, continued his remarkable run by advancing to the finals of NENY Section's Senior Match-Play Championship on Tuesday at the Edison Club.

The 50-year-old started his day with a one-sided 6-and-4 victory over Fox Run Golf Club's Rich Scott and followed that up with a tight 2-and-1 semifinal win over Craig McLean, who happens to be the head professional at the host course. McLean had advanced to the semifinals with a 3-and-2 win over Wyantenuck Country Club assistant professional Mark Levesque.

Tiele will take on Peter Gerard in the championship match. Gerard, who represents Mill Road Acres, was Tiele's final victim in a four-way, eight-hole playoff in the section championship, which was also played at the Edison Club.

Gerard advanced to the final with a 4-and-3 victory over Keith Sprenger (Mohawk Golf Club) and a 6-and-4 win over Steve Vatter (Capital Hills at Albany).

Tiele played solidly in both rounds. He was 1-over in his short match against Sprenger and 2-over in his victory over Gerard.

It is obvious with his two trips to the Edison Club in Rexford, N.Y. that the course is one that suits straight-hitting Tiele's game.

"It's definitely becoming one of my favorite courses," Tiele said after Tuesday's play.

Tiele and Gerard will face off in the championship on Wednesday morning at the Edison Club with Tiele trying to make it two victories in a row while Gerard looks to avenge his earlier playoff loss.

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Berkshire Hills Country Club member Mark Chylinski recorded his second top-four finish in Mass Golf events this year, teaming with his son Brent to finish in the tie for fourth place in the senior division of the Father-Son Championship at the Country Club of Halifax on Tuesday.

Earlier this summer, Chylinski teamed with fellow Berkshire Hills member Ralph Dastoli to finish second behind Joe Walker and Kevin Carey in Mass Golf's Senior Four-Ball Championship on Cape Cod.

Mark and Brent combined for an even-par 72 playing a modified Scotch format — both players hit their tee shot, then pick the best one and alternate from there into the hole — to finish two shots behind the eventual champions, David Pierce and David Pierce Jr. The Pierce team beat Joe Brosseau and Joe Brosseau Jr. in a playoff after both teams finished at 2-under 70.

Joseph Hayes III and Connor Hayes finished third with a 71 while the Chylinski duo finished tied with John and Brandon Shields.

The Chylinskis started on No. 9, making a birdie on the par-5 hole. But, after a par on No. 10, the duo suffered a costly double bogey on the par-5 11th and a bogey on the par-3 12th hole to fall to 2-over.

"Bren't's drive (on No. 11) ended up in a divot and I tried to hit a draw over the water but it didn't make it, and then we three-putted," Mark said. "Neither of us hit the green on 12 (a par 3) and we were unable to get up-and-down."

The team settled down with six consecutive pars on finish the back nine, though it wasn't all that easy a run.

"Brent made at least two 6- or 7-foot putts to save pars and I saved another one with about a 12-foot putt on No. 18," Mark said.

Perhaps that putt provided a little momentum considering that the pair made three consecutive birdies to get to 1-under on the round.

"I hit the stick with a wedge shot and it stopped 2 feet away," said Mark of the pair's birdie on the par-4 first hole.

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On No. 2, a par 5, dad hit a 5-wood to the front of the green and his son putted it to within tap-in distance. On No. 3, it is the 25-year-old Brent who gets the credit for a key birdie, draining a 40-foot putt from the back of the green on the long par-3 hole.

After a bogey on the fourth hole, father and son finished with pars the rest of the way.

Mark was pretty proud, and impressed with how his son, who played high school golf at Pittsfield High and is starting to play more golf, handled the day.

"There is nowhere to hide in this format," Mark said. "Brent isn't an accomplished golfer yet, but he handled the pressure very well. The 15th hole was a dogleg left and Brent usually fades the ball. I hit a drive to the right and so Brent tried to hit a hook, and he did it, showing that he was trusting himself under pressure."

The Chylinskis, who finished 37th in the Mass Golf Father-Son debut last year, placed despite not having seen the course prior to Tuesday.

"I thought we played well and did a good job of communicating with each other and encouraging each other," he said. "It's been an unbelievable summer for me. Getting to do well with a great friend like Ralph and with my son has been wonderful."

The summer isn't over yet — Mark will tee it up in the Mass. Senior Amateur in September in Cohasset.

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Owen Petropolus, Cliff Flynn and Nate Dos Santos captured Allied Junior Championships on Monday at the Waubeeka Golf Links.

Petropolus, a member at Waubeeka who dominated the 13-and-under age division during this summer's Berkshire County Junior Series, shot an 87 to win while Lenox's Cliff Flynn shot an 86 to edge Max DiGrigoli and Levi Zielinski by a single shot.

It was the second consecutive win for Dos Santos in the 16-and-over division. He shot a 5-over 76 on Monday after prevailing the previous week at Egremont Country Club with an impressive even-par 71.

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Taconic Golf Club member Cheryl Krueger finished 27th on Tuesday in the medal-play qualifying portion of the Massachusetts Women's Amateur Championship at Weston Golf Club to advance to the President's Cup match-play portion of the tournament.

The top 16 finishers in the 36-hole qualifying rounds advanced to compete for the Mass. Amateur championship while the next 16 will battle for for the President's Cup.

Krueger, who will play Mary Boyle at 10 a.m. in the round of 16 Wednesday, had rounds of 83 and 87 to miss qualifying for the Women's Amateur bracket by nine shots. Boyle will have the advantage of playing at her home course in this morning's round-of-16 match.

Angela Garvin, a member at The Ranch in Southwick, was the medalist with rounds 71 and 74 on the par-73 layout. .

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Williams College golfer Sam Goldenring recovered from a nightmarish opening round with a solid 3-over 73 in the second round of the medal-play portion of the U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C.

Goldenring opened with an 86 of Pinehurst No. 2, one of the the most difficult and prestigious courses in the country, to end any chance he had of advancing to match play, but he showed his resolve by putting together a good round on Tuesday at Pinehurst No. 4.

Goldenring, who captured the Division III individual national championship in May, also qualified for last year's U.S. Amateur, missing the cut at the Pebble Beach Golf Links.


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