Matt Scarafoni, Chris Ferriter win Men's Invitational at Country Club of Pittsfield
PITTSFIELD — In a fitting championship bout, the final grouping in the premier flight at the Country Club of Pittsfield's Men's Invitational nearly went the distance.
In-house member Matt Scrafoni and Chris Ferriter out of The Orchards beat Berkshire Hills' Randy Driscoll and Matt Carlino 2 and 1 in match play Sunday afternoon.
"I don't think we ever thought we had them," said Scarafoni. "There were a lot of pars, people made some good putts; they did and we did to keep the match close.
"We had a few opportunities to put them away, but they caught up with a birdie. It was close the whole way. It went to 17 for a reason."
Scarafoni and Ferriter quickly canceled out a one-hole lead after Driscoll birdied the par-4 second hole, and then picked up a lead with a par from Driscoll on No. 4. That lead increased to plus-2 with a par-5 on the 562-yard eighth hole.
"I hit one in there about three feet on the second hole," said Driscoll. "Nothing really special besides that. The whole back-9 we were scratching and clawing. They just played solid hitting pars."
Driscoll managed a par-4 on the 11th to draw back within one, while the other three players all bogeyed, but Scarafoni matched that mark on the 12th. Ferriter's best shot of the day came on the 13th, when he birdied the par-3, 162-yarder, giving his team a three-hole advantage.
"I put it inside two-feet on 13, that was a back-breaker," said Ferriter. "I'd say that was definitely a turning point."
Driscoll picked up his second birdie of the afternoon with a four on the 412-yard 15th hole, but Scarafoni and Ferriter only had to scratch out pars from there. The duo took home the top prize by matching par-3s on the 17th.
"We got up one, and then they won a couple holes in a row," said Carlino. "They got us on 8, then we missed a chance on 10."
The winning pair shot a 2-under 69 in the opening round to seed second in the Championship Flight.
Scarafoni had won the event in 2003, '07 and '09, but this was his first victory with Ferriter. Driscoll won the Invitational in 2016 with Jeff Puleri.
The Championship Flight consolation winners were Jeff Baumann and Nick Fiset of Bradford.
The First Flight was won by Chuck Costello of Far Corner and Peter Gardella from Ferncroft over CC of P locals Todd and Jake Driscoll. The Driscoll pairing had an opening of 2-under 69. In the First Flight consolation it was Stephen Belter (Wyantenuck) and John Magiera (Dataw Island).
The Second Flight was won by CC of P local James Greenfield and Stockbridge's Chris White over the Pittsfield pairing of Tyler Besse and Trevor Hathaway. Ludlow's Mike Jachym and Stan Tenerowicz took home consolation honors.
In the Third Flight, CC of P's Marc DiGrigoli and John Iovieno of Berkshire Hills emerged victorious over Brian and Mark Gulino from Maple Gate. The consolation round was won by Pittsfield's Richard Leif and Wachusett's Paul Latuga.
Pittsfield's Peter Gordon paired with Charles River's James Bouche to win the Fourth Flight championship over Ferncroft's Geoffrey Davis and Robert Withee. In the consolation final, it was another local Pittsfield pairing, Jerry Lozner and Eric Hananel, as victors.
The Fifth Flight was won by Wyantenuck duo Jody Law and Rick Cantele, who beat CC of P's Arthur Loring and Barry Weiss. Dan DiDario of Green Knoll and Stockbridge's Dan Shipos won the consolation round.
Defending champions Matt Ortega and John Dahrouge, of Stockbridge and Berkshire Hills, respectively, shot an opening 73 to seed ninth in the Championship flight, but No. 8 Driscoll and Carlino knocked them out on Saturday. The Champion runner-ups continued rolling into the afternoon, knocking off No. 1 seed Kim Perry and Gary Shover. That duo shot the top opening round of 4-under 67.
Pittsfield's Jake Mathews and Forest Park's Chad Alibozek shot a 1-under 70 in the opener. They finished fourth in the Championship Flight, falling in the consolation final.
Closest to the pin winners included Chris White within two feet on Hole 4, Jake Matthews landing at 4-10 on the ninth, Joe Docurral drawing to 2-6 on the 13th and Barry Weiss' 11-6 on 17.
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