Tee to Green: Wyantenuck duo wins in New York
Given Berkshire County's proximity to New York and Connecticut, it isn't unusual to see out-of-state golfers walking away with victories in some of the county's top tournaments.
This past weekend at Columbia Golf and Country Club in nearby Claverack, N.Y., it was time for a little payback as teams from Allied Association member clubs took the top three spots in the championship flight in the club's 11th annual Men's Spring Open Four-Ball Championship.
The Wyantenuck Country Club combination of Brian Cunningham and Ben Schopp held off defending champions Jason King and Mike Bell, also Wyantenuck members, and Worthington Golf Club's Mike Altobello-Fred Goerlach pairing by one shot.
The winners had best-ball rounds of 71 and 77 on the par-70 layout. King and Bell trailed by six shots after an opening 77 before rallying with a 72 that wasn't quite good enough while Altobello and Goerlach had rounds of 75 and 74.
A Wyantenuck member, Randy Koldys, also hit the shot of the tournament when he aced the 165-yard, par-3 17th hole for his first hole-in-one. The ace lifted Koldys and partner Joe Soudant (Egremont Country Club) to a one-shot victory in the fifth flight by a single shot with rounds of 84 and 79.
Two other Wyantenuck teams also did well with Jim Belter and Jim Buslik capturing low net honors in the fourth flight (65-64—129) and the pairing of Scott Rote and Billy Tigh (83-89—172) finishing second low gross in the sixth flight.
It only took out-of-state visitors five days to turn the tables on the locals, as Connecticut golfer Mike Reedy shot a 1-over 71 to capture the annual Stockbridge Classic at Stokbridge Golf Club on Monday.
Reedy took charge with a run of three consecutive birdies starting the difficult par-4 ninth hole and ending on the par-3 11th. That gave the Wethersfield Country Club member enough of a cushion that he prevailed by two shots despite making bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes.
Three golfers — Bob Cooper, Bobby Villeneuve and John Annear — tied for second with 3-over 74s while Greenock Country Club's Matt Keenan finished fifth with a 76 and Stockbridge member Matt Ortega was part of a four-way tie for sixth place.
It's a busy time at Stockbridge with the club hosting the Stockbridge Trophy, one of its biggest events, next Saturday and Sunday. Some of the region's best two-man teams will compete in the best-ball tournament.
Women's Golf Day, a one-day national event celebrating girls and women playing golf while learning skills that last a lifetime, is set for Tuesday, June 6 with Kay McMahon's eduKaytiongolf and Waubeeka Golf Links among those celebrating the event in the region.
According to the Women's Golf Day web site, the special day is a collaborative effort by a dedicated team, golf management companies, retailers and organizations all working together to engage, empower and support girls and women through golf.
McMahon and Mill Acres Golf Golf Course in Latham, N.Y., will host an event from 4-8 p.m., with two hours of instruction from the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Famer McMahon and two hours of networking, speakers and dinner.
Among the speakers will be Albany Times-Union golf writer Joyce Bassett and Mill Acres co-owner Gloria Jevons.
The cost is $25 per person and the event is limited to the first 50 people who sign up. The registration deadline is Tuesday. Those interested can sign up online at www.edukaytiongolf.com.
At Waubeeka, head professional Erik Tiele and teaching professional Peter French will host an hour short-game clinic between 5-6 p.m. The women will get to play nine holes after the clinic and enjoy an adult beverage following play.
To sign up, call the pro shop at 413-458-8355. The cost is only $20.
Speaking of Waubeeka, head professional Erik Tiele reports that the course will introduce a couple of playing specials beginning this Monday and running through June.
Tiele and course owner Mike Deep have decided to offer a $55 green fee (with cart) — a $15 reduction from the normal fee — after 1 p.m. on weekdays and a $60 fee on weekends, a $20 reduction.
"It's a win-win situation," said Tiele. "It gives us a chance to fill the tee sheet a little more while giving the golfers a reduced fee and a chance to see how great this course is. I'm amazed at how much it has improved over the past few years."
"I hope it helps us attract some millennials," added Deep.
Local Golf Results
Stockbridge Golf Club
1. Mike Reedy, 72. 2. (tie) Bob Cooper, Bobby Villeneuve; John Annear 74. 5. Matt Keenan, 76. 6 (tie) Matt Ortega, 77; Seth Jainchill, 77; Duncan Parson, 77; Michael Martin 77. 10 (tie) Bruce White, 78; Todd Ezold, 78.
Worthington Golf Club
1. Doug Reed, Ann Pickerel, Laurie Israel, Georgie Dana, 7; 2. Billy Spitzer, Chuck Baker, Wally Fritz, Nolan Campbell, 69. 3. (tie) Mari Hall, Bob Bagg, Steve Young, Mary Kay, 72; Peter McLean Jim Moore Pam Mclean Jane Wensley, 72; Leslie Figilia, Ed Figilia, Rachel Figilia, Emily Figilia, 72.
Bruce Hull, on the 172-yard 11th hole at Wyantenuck Country Club with a 5-iron. Witnesses: Terry Webb and Larry Premelani.
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