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Bulletin Board: Lesenski rules WMass Open

Andy Lesenski is all smiles after winning his first pro event, the Western Massachusetts Open, at Crumpin-Fox Club in Brenardston Thursday. A Greenfield native, Lesenski now resides in Northfield.
Submitted photo/Lindsay Payette

Andy Lesenski is all smiles after winning his first pro event, the Western Massachusetts Open, at Crumpin-Fox Club in Brenardston Thursday. A Greenfield native, Lesenski now resides in Northfield. Submitted photo/Lindsay Payette

Andy Lesenski made a triumphant return to the area links Thursday afternoon.

Lesenski, a Northfield resident who recently turned professional, fired a 4-under-par 68 and cruised to a three-shot victory in the Western Mass Open at Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston.

Lesenski birdied five holes on the afternoon, including all four of the course’s par-5s (Nos. 5, 8, 14 and 17), as well as the par-3 11th. The only blemish on his scorecard occurred on the par-4 13th, when he three-putted for a bogey.

Lesenski earned $2,300 for his first pro victory.

Hampden Country Club head pro Billy Downes carded a 1-under 72 for sole possession of second place and a $1,600 pay day.

South Hadley native Adam Rainaud, an assistant pro at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, Conn., postred a 72 and tied for third with John Murphy, earning each player $1,050.

Veteran pros Tony Kelley of Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke and Fran Marrello of Plymouth, Conn., both carded 74s and finished in a six-way logjam for fifth with Kevin Giancola, Chris Gray, Dan Lapierre and Zack Stennett.

Jason Goodhind of Ellinwood Country Club in Athol carded a 75 and finished in 11th.

Andrew Coats won the amateur portion of the tourney with a 1-under 71. James Patterson was the runner-up with a 75, followed by Erik Barnes of the host club at 76, Davis Mullany at 77, and Zack Ungvarsky at 78 to complete the top five.

Ashfield women’s

Joyce Charland posted 28 to win to win Class A of the Tee-to-Green Tournament during the Ashfield Community Golf Club Ladies League Thursday morning.

Kate Benedetti was the Class B winner with a 37

Cindie Stetson recorded the fewest putts with 12.

Thomas Memorial women’s

Barb Howey won top point quota with a plus-10 in the Thomas Memorial Ladies Golf League on Wednesday in Turners Falls.

Karren Sacco was second at plus-9, while Deb Puchalski came third at plus-8.

Sally Malloy carded a 45 for low gross, and came closest to the pin on No. 7 (11 feet, 7 inches). Elaine Barnard was closest on No. 9 (10 inches).

Baseball

Mickey Mantle

Taylor McCloud went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to help Mohawk J.S. Rae defeat Greenfield Antonio’s II, 8-4, in a PVYBL Mickey Mantle game Thursday night

Levin Finck chipped in two RBIs and Gavin Rice added a single and an RBI in support of winning pitcher Justin Ward. Finck earned the save for J.S. Rae (10-5).

Brett Miner went 2-for-2 with a double and a RBI, and Cullen Wozniak doubled for Antonio’s II.

Softball

Suburban 14U

Christina Lively banged out three hits and drove in three runs to lead Mohawk over Southampton, 15-3, in a five-inning Suburban Softball League 14-and-under game Thursday night at Norris Elementary School in Northampton.

Alicia Johnston added two hits and three RBIs, and Ashlee Townsley contributed two hits and two RBIs for the winners.

Lydia Donahue fanned in the complete-game win.

• Elsewhere, Greenfield bested Southwick, 8-4, at Murphy Park in Greenfield.

Kirsten Ward led a balanced attack by going 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Kylee Monkiewicz was 2-for-3 and scored twice, and Abi Corey went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Olivia Joy pitched a complete game and fanned seven for Greenfield (3-2).

• Also, East Longmeadow downed Turners Falls, 13-1, in 41⁄2 innings in East Longmeadow.

Alyson Murphy finished 2-for-3 with a double, and Maddy Johnson, Logan Anderson and Cassidhe Wozniak all added a single for Turners.

PV Women’s

Ashfield scored eight times in the bottom of the seventh inning to overtake the Foxtown Cubs, 12-11, in a Pioneer Valley Women’s Softball League game Thursday night in Ashfield.

Amanda Abramson finished with three hits, Heather Davis, collected two hits and one RBI, and Meg Lilly contributed two RBIs for the winners.

Carrie LeDoyt, Hannah Dodge and Sharon McGuinness all had four hits for the Cubs.

Montague Co-Rec

Matt Luippold went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles to lead Kustom Auto Body over St. Stanislaus Society, 7-5, in a Montague Co-Rec Softball League game Thursday night at Green River Park in Greenfield.

Cassy Jouannet added two hits for the winners. Don Mailloux doubled twice for St. Stan’s.

• Elsewhere, Justin Nash was 4-for-4 and Jocelyn Dennett collected three hits as Zeke’s Bar & Grill downed Artscape, 16-4.

Ryan Meuse and Mark Valley both had two hits for Artscape.

Road racing

Northfield series

Bob Bezio was the fastest of 33 runners in the 3.3-mile Northfield Road Race Thursday night.

Bezio posted a winning time of 20 minutes 28 seconds to win by nearly two minutes. Barry Auskern was the runner-up in 22:16, followed by Ben Emberley in third (23:44). Derek Postema (23:56) and Dan Postema (24:13) completed the overall top five.

Abby Wheeler was the top female finisher in 24:27, which was good for seventh overall. She was followed by Lena Carr (27:07), Carly Skorupa (27:52), Starr Bruce (28:05) and Jamie Talbot (28:52).

Basketball

DRIVE Men’s League

Ben Johnson scord 24 points to lead Berkshire Pizzeria to a 78-60 victory over Noho in a DRIVE Men’s Basketball League game Wednesday night at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield.

Jake Laga netted 19 for Noho.

• Elsewhere Matt Gibson’s 32 points helped Bruso’s Computer Solutions beat Booska’s Flooring, 110-88.

Casey White was Booska’s top scorer with 29.

• Also, VT Nameless received 21 from Chris Brown in a 100-54 rout of Bridgeside Grille. Paul Decker led Bridgeside with 15.

• At Messer Gymnasium in Northfield, Taylor’s Tavern/Snow & Sons Landscaping Service downed Green Fields Market, 98-78, behind Kyle Snow’s 28 points and 19 from Cody Snow.

Tyson Dowdy led GFM with 19.

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