It turns out that PGA Tour player Scottie Scheffler didn't produce the only recent sub-60 round in Massachusetts recently, but in the second case it was an amateur golfer and he didn't barely just break 60, he shattered it.
Nick Maccario was already having quite a summer before his mind-blowing 15-under par 56 at Haverhill's Bradford Country Club a week ago Sunday. He had finished as the runner-up in the Massachusetts Amateur, New England Amateur and Ouimet Memorial tournaments before capturing the 56th annual Hornblower Memorial at Plymouth Country Club.
Still, despite that recent success, no one heads to the first tee for a Sunday round with friends with visions of a sub-60 round dancing in their heads. Maccario finished the day with 11 birdies, two eagles and five pars on the shortish (6,147 yards) par-71 layout.
And get this -- he holed out his second shot on the 345-yard, par-4 18th hole from 55 yards to turn a spectacular 58 into a believe-it-or-not 56. That is just one shot higher than the lowest score ever recorded on a course with a par of 70 or higher, which has been done five times including once last week by a golfer in Oklahoma.
It just so happens that a friend of mine, Johnny Cantwell, is from Haverhill and is a good friend with one of Maccario's playing partners, Nick Antonelli, who is a pro.
"I was giving Nick a hard time because he shot a 64 and still lost 50 bucks," said Cantwell, who is familiar with the layout. "The course is get-able, but there is a lot of trouble if you miss the fairways. He must have hit it in all the right places all day long."
"The thing is when you get a course record or even a 59, it usually means a hole-in-one, a few trees that knock ball back in the fairway, a few lucky shots, but that wasn't the case" Antonelli told Bill Burt of the Eagle-Tribune newspaper in North Andover. "Nick was on his game in every way. It was one of the cleanest rounds I've ever seen.The eagle on 18 could be considered lucky, but he can make a shot from 55 yards out because he's that good and consistent."
By the way, the course record of 63 that he destroyed was his own.
The schedule for the Berkshire County Senior Fall Series has been released with five tournaments to be played beginning with a two-man scramble at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
All the tournaments will be played on Wednesdays with the first two -- Greenock Country Club will host a singles tournament on Sept. 30 -- teeing off with 12:30 p.m. shotgun starts. The final three -- Oct. 7 at Wyndhurst Manor (formerly Cranwell Resort), Oct. 14 at Wahconah Country Club and Oct. 21 at Waubeeka Golf Links -- are all two-man scrambles and will feature noon shotgun starts.
The fields will be broken into two divisions determined by the average age of partners in the scramble events and by age in the singles tournament. There will be both low gross and low net prizes in each division.
Handicaps must be available electronically or with a GHIN card. Those without a handicap will be issued a five handicap and golfers over age 70 with a handicap above nine will have the option of using the forward tees.
The entry fee for each tournament is $45 and includes, golf, dinner and prizes. Carts are extra. Golfers should call the host club's pro shop no sooner than two weeks before a tournament to enter. Carts can be reserved a week in advance.
As usual, the series will serve as a fund raiser for junior golf in Berkshire County.
For more information, contact Bill Gates at (413) 464-3184 or Paul Traversa at (413) 822-5613.
Berkshire County clubs will have four golfers in the field when the 114-player field tees off in the 36-hole Massachusetts Super Senior Championship on Wednesday at Blissfull Meadows Golf Course in Uxbridge.
Two of the four — Wyantenuck Country Club's Andy Congdon and Berkshire Hills County Club's Bob Linn — are among the "young" seniors in the 65-and-over field who have the resume and recent form to contend for the title won last year by Wood Hole's Don Foberg. Both were exempt from qualifying based on results from last summer.
The other two -- Wyantenuck's Del Kinney Jr. and Stockbridge Golf Club's Randy Hawthorne -- earned their way into the tournament in a qualifier at Chicopee Country Club. Kinney shot a 10-over 81 to tie for seventh and Hawthorne had an 82 to tie for ninth.
Congdon is on a run that has seen him win the Berkshire Singles, shoot a 65 at Wyantenuck to beat his age by a year and capture his club's senior championship. Linn, meanwhile, has had a solid summer that has included him qualifying for and playing in the Mass. Amateur and contending in several other tournaments.
Four members of Allied Association courses — the Country Club of Pittsfield's Josh Shepard and Adam Brickle, the Links at Worthington's James Patterson and Wahconah Country Club's Paul Briggs — recently earned spots in the upcoming Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship in a qualifier on Aug. 18 at Westover Golf Course.
Shepard led the way, finishing in a tie for fourth place with a 1-over 73, while Brickle and Patterson turned in 74s to tie for seventh and Briggs tied for 13th with a 75. The top 14 and ties advanced to the main event, which is set for Sept. 8-10 at Great Horse in Hamden.
Damon Lusk (Meadow Brook CC) and Samuel Russell (George Wright GC) tied for medalist honors with rounds of 3-under 69.