Berkshire County Senior Fall Series set to begin on Aug. 23

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The opening tournament of the popular Berkshire County Senior Fall Series, which has expanded from eight tournaments to nine this year, is right around the corner.

The first event in the series' 15th season will be played at Worthington Golf Club on Aug. 23 and features a two-man scramble format. All but one of the tournaments will be played on Wednesdays — the exception being the Thursday, Sept. 7 event at Egremont Country Club — and begin with 12:30 p.m. shotgun starts for the first five weeks and noon starts for the final four.

Six of the nine tournaments will be two-man scrambles with the exceptions being the tournaments at Skyline Country Club (two-man bramble), Greenock Country Club (singles) and GEAA (four-man scramble).

The entry fee for each tournament is $45, which includes dinner and prizes. A handicap card must be presented or available online with a maximum handicap of 18 used for the net prizes. Golfers should call the host clubs no earlier than two weeks prior to, and no later than the Friday before an event to register and reserve a cart.

Given the series' popularity, it's better to register before the Friday cutoff time.

Any questions should be directed to the host pro shop or series director Bill Gates at 413-464-3184.

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As usual, the seniors won't be the only ones to benefit from the opportunity to play some of the county's best golf courses. Each tournament includes a 50/50 raffle with the proceeds used to provide college scholarship help to golfers from the Berkshire County Junior Series.

Last year's senior series provided $2,000 in scholarship funds and this past week four $500 scholarships were awarded to well-deserving past juniors on the recommendation of junior series director John Marlowe — Kevin Quinto, Kyle Alvarez, Cameron Hadley and Jack Sniezek — during a ceremony at Waubeeka Golf Links.

Quinto, the 2016 All-Eagle MVP after a stellar senior season at Pittsfield High, is headed to Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., and plans to major in business administration.

Mount Greylock graduate Alvarez, who earned first-team 2016 All-Eagle honors, will attend Boston College and major in marketing.

Hadley, another Mount Greylock graduate, is going to Merrimack College in North Andover and will major in business administration.

Sniezek, a 2016 All-Eagle honorable mention selection after his senior season at Hoosac Valley High, is headed to Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. He plans to major in accounting with a minor in computer programming.

The scholarships are awarded in the name of the late Gene Andrew, who founded the junior series 44 years ago and is called the "father of Berkshire County junior golf" by Dick Rivers, the former director of the fall series. Rivers helped Andrew in those early years and has remained involved with the juniors by creating the current scholarship program.


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