Tee to Green: Josh Hillman punches ticket to next year's Massachusetts Open

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Taconic Golf Club head professional Josh Hillman punched his ticket into next year's Massachusetts Open field by capturing the Berkshire County Pro Championship on Wednesday at Stockbridge Golf Club.

Hillman, who is also the head golf coach at Williams College, shot an even-par 71 to edge Milton Torres Jr. by a single shot. Torres, currently the head professional at the Country Club of Wilbraham, is a Pittsfield native and a former assistant at the Country Club of Pittsfield and Wahconah Country Club.

Stockbridge assistant pro Sebastian Evans and Taconic assistant Thomas Sennett tied for third place with 3-over rounds of 74.

The winner of the county championship annually earns an automatic spot in the Mass Open field. Next year's Open will be played in June at GreatHorse Country Club, which is located in Hampden in the Pioneer Valley.

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Pittsfield native Todd Scarafoni found the two courses at Arizona's Desert Mountain to be a stern test this week when he teed it up in the Senior PGA Pro Championship.

Scarafoni, who qualified for the national tournament by finishing second with an 6-under 138 total in the New England PGA Section Senior Championship at Okemo Valley in Vermont, missed the 36-hole cut in Arizona with disappointing rounds of 86 and 78.

The 50-year old, who is a professional at Gloucester's Bass Rocks Golf Club, suffered two double-bogeys, a triple-bogey and a quadruple-bogey in the opening round on the Geronimo course.

Starting on No. 10, he put himself into tough spot quickly, shooting a 9-over 45 on his first nine holes. After back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 and a par on 12, he suffered a quadruple-bogey 8 on the par-4 14th hole. He did bounce back with birdies on Nos. 14 and 15, but followed that with two bogeys and a triple-bogey 6 on No. 18. Scarafoni had six pars, two double-bogeys and a bogey to card a 41 on his second nine.

Scarafoni played better in the second round, shooting a 78 on the Cochise course, but he never did show the form that resulted in his qualifying for the tournament.

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New York pro Scott Berliner (Hiland Park Golf Club) held off host pro Eric Mabee and Dal Daily (Windham Country Club) by one shot to capture Monday's Northeast New York PGA Section event at the Country Club of Pittsfield

Berliner, the dominant force in the section in recent years, shot an even-par 71 to bounce back from losing in the quarterfinals of the section's match-play championship the previous week to get the win.

It marked the third time this year that Berliner has edged out Mabee in a victory. He captured the section's stroke play championship in May by two shots over Mabee at Wiltwyck Country Club and tied with Jim Jeffers to earn one of two spots in next year's PGA National Championship in the NENY Pro Championship at Eagle Crest Country Club. Berliner and Jeffers automatically earned spots with their 71s, while Mabee had to settle for the first alternate position after shooting a 73.

Mabee also reached the NENY match-play finals, losing in the championship match to Scott Battiste. Battiste had eliminated Berliner in the round of eight.

A couple of Berkshire County assistant pros — Taconic's Thomas Sennett and CC of Pittsfield's Matt Kiehle — finished in a tie for fourth place at Stockbridge with rounds of 74.

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Berkshire Hills Country Club member John Dahrouge shot a 1-over 71 to take the top spot in the Blue Division (younger seniors) of Wednesday's Berkshire County Fall Senior Series tournament at Greenock Country Club.

Dahrouge finished three shots ahead of Wahconah Country Club's Paul Briggs in the younger of the two age divisions.

Mike Korpita shot a 77 to win the Green Division by two shots. Doug Reed and Ed Locke tied for second with rounds of 79. Reed won a matching of cards to take home the second-place prize.

This week's event, a four-man scramble, will be played on Wednesday at GEAA with a noon shotgun start. The field is full. However, golfers can still sign up for the following week's event on Oct. 11 at Wahconah Country Club. Call the Wahconah pro shop at 413- 684-1333 by Friday to reserve a spot in the field.

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A pair of golfers who know the feeling of hitting a hole-in-one got that opportunity again last weekend at Waubeeka Golf Links.

Tom McGrath made his third career ace on the downhill seventh hole on Friday, and two days later it was past club champion Gary Woods' turn on No. 16. It was his fifth career ace.

Way to go guys! You might want to share a few of those with the less fortunate among us!

Reach Richard Lord at 413-281-2226 or relord633@gmail.com.

LOCAL RESULTS

Berkshire County Fall Senior Series


at Greenock Country Club

Singles

Blue Division

1. John Dahrouge, 71. 2. Paul Briggs, 74. 3. Tom Keenan, 76.

Low net

1. Mark Kelly, 67. 2. Eric Reimer, 68. 3. John Pultorak, 69. 4. Tom Downey, 70; 5. Bill Gates, 72.

Green Division

Low gross

1. Mike Korpita, 77 2. Doug Reed, 79 (won tie-breaker). 3. Ed Locke, 79. 4. Jim Crews, 80.

Low net

1. Bob Kay, 65. 2.Ray Lamoreaux, 66. 3. Doug Milne, 68. 4. Jerry Mullen, 70.

Worthington Golf Club

Open Two-ball

Low gross

1. John Ryan and Jeff Racz, 70. 2. Doug Link and Doug Reed, 72. 3. Edger Rodriguez and Bill Nizinski, 73.

Low net

1. Ed Figiela and Joe Mac, 64. 2. Don Hodgkins and Larry Delue, 65. 3. Doug Link and Chris Eugin, 66.

Skins

No. 1: Edger Rodriguez and Bill Nizinski.

Nos. 2 and 13: John Ryan and Jeff Racz.

No. 6: Doug Link and Doug Reed.

Area aces

Tom McGrath, on the 148-yard seventh hole at Waubeeka Golf Links with a 4-hybrid. Witnesses: Jamie Zdon, Peter Greenbush and Jimmy Freeney.

Gary Wood, on the 128-yard 16th hole at Waubeeka Golf Links with a pitching wedge. Witnesses: Mike Deep, Cole Kratz and Ryan Baran.

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