Wyantenuck defends home course in style as Sullivan wins Allied Singles title, club wins team championship
GREAT BARRINGTON — The golfers from Wyantenuck Country Club showcased just why there is no place like home at the 2019 Ladies Allied Championship on Monday. Kathy Sullivan, who golfs out of Wyantenuck, defeated 60-plus other golfers to win the Singles championship with a 3-over-par 75. She topped the 2018 champion, Kathy Duguay of Taconic Golf Club, by two strokes.
Sullivan, along with Lynn Truta, Jen Race and Sharon Connelly all finished the afternoon in the top-10 of the leaderboard to power Wyantenuck to its first-ever team championship, with a combined score of 26-over-par 314 to defeat seven other teams in the field.
"It is a very cool feeling [to win the championship for the first time]," Sullivan said. "To win as the home team is great for the club and the members. I play with these ladies all the time so it is nice to be on a team with them and contribute."
Sullivan and Duguay went shot for shot and were even through 13 holes.
"Kathy is a really good player and is fun to play with," Sullivan said. "She hits a lot of good shots."
On No. 14, Sullivan used her nine iron to place a shot right on the edge of the green and made birdie after sinking a 14-footer up the hill. Duguay finished the hole with a bogey, which was the difference maker as the two matched the remaining four holes.
"I tried to just focus on what I needed to do," Sullivan said of her two-shot lead. "One bad swing and those two shots are gone."
Playing at Wyantenuck helped Sullivan's performance, as her knowledge of the course helped plan on when she could take risks throughout the championship round.
"There is a buffer being on your home course," she explained. "I know which holes to take my par and move on and which ones I can take a chance on."
Duguay's 5-over 77 was good for second place, while Wyantenuck took third and fourth place with strong performances from Truta and Race.
Truta's six-over 78 was good for third while Race was right on her tail with a seven-over 79. Chris Eugin of The Links at Worthington took fifth with a nine-over 81.
Forest Park Country Club's June Blake, along with Angie Linger of Waubeeka Golf Links, Connelly and Mace Foehl of Taconic Country Club all shot a 10-over 82. Once the tie breaker was settled, Blake finished sixth, Linger in seventh, Connelly eighth, and Foehl in ninth. Diane Breen of Berkshire Hills Country club and Patty Peltier of Wahoncah Country club shared tenth place with a 11-over 83.
With four members in the top-10, Wyantenuck dethroned last years champion, Taconic Country Club, by 15 strokes. Taconic's 41-over-par 329 was good for second place while Berkshire Hills Country Club finished in third, Country Club of Pittsfield took fourth and Waubeeka Golf Links rounded out the top-five with a 78-over-par-366.
Allied Singles Championship
1. Kathy Sullivan, 75; 2. Kathy Duguay, 77; 3. Lynn Truta, 78; 4. Jen Race, 79; 5. Chris Eugin, 81; 6. June Blake, 82; 7. Angie Linger, 82; 8. Sharon Connelly, 82; 9. Mace Foehl, 82; 10. Patty Peltier, 83; 10. Diane Breen, 83.
Allied Team Championship
1. Wyantenuck Country Club, 314; 2. Taconic Golf Club, 329; 3. Berkshire Hills Country Club, 348.
Jake Mendel can be reached at Jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, @Jmendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.
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