Local roundup: Jacob Zaranek, Ryan Cote impress at 39th Mass. Amateur Public Links

Staff Writer
Published: 8/11/2020 4:29:38 PM

Local golfers certainly made their presence felt at the 39th Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship, as five players from Franklin County courses cracked the top 25 in the two-day event held at Gannon Golf Club in Lynn.

The field was cut down after Monday’s opening round, and the remaining golfers wrapped up in scolding temperatures on Tuesday.

South Deerfield’s Jacob Zaranek was the top local finisher in the field, as the Fairfield University standout recorded rounds of 75 and 73 to finish in a tie for 15th place at 8-over-par 148.

Making his Mass Golf event debut, 16-year-old Country Club of Greenfield member Ryan Cote fit right in. The Greenfield High School rising junior finished in a tie for 19th place, posting rounds of 77 and 73 to wind up at 10-over 150. Cote capped his Tuesday 73 in fine fashion, sinking an eagle on the 18th hole.

Three locals tied for 24th place after scoring totals of 12-over 152. Crumpin-Fox Club’s Mark Waskiewicz and Keith Burch joined CCG’s Andy Lesenski as top 25 finishers. Waskiewicz and Burch posted identical rounds of 78 and 74, while Lesenski shot 76 in both rounds.

CFC’s Michael Mertes shot 80 on Monday and missed the cut, which was at 8-over, by two strokes.

Bill Drohen of Brookmeadow Country Club shot back-to-back even par rounds of 70 to win the APL title at 140. He was one-shot clear of runner-up Daniel Falcucci (1-over, 141), the first-round leader who posted rounds of 68 and 73.

CFC Junior Invitational

Mikey Corduff scored top honors on Monday, capturing first place at the Crumpin-Fox Club’s Junior Invitational in Bernardston.

Corduff won the Over 14 Age Division, followed by John Soltys in second place and Sean Malone in third.

In the Under 14 Age Division, Ryan Cetto took first place, followed by runner-up Cade Allenby.

CCG 18-Hole Women’s League

Donna Woodcock shot 82 to earn the low gross spot in Flight 1 of the Country Club of Greenfield’s 18-Hole Women’s League on Tuesday, as the league had separate winners for front nine, back nine and 18 hole totals.

Woodcock shot 38 on the front nine to snag low honors, while Barb Killeen shot 43 on the back nine.

In net scoring, Linda Lively’s 68 was the low mark for 18 holes. Elise Rice shot 32 on the front and Lively shot 34 on the back to score wins.

In Flight 2, Irene Woods and Irene McDonald each shot 97 for the low gross overall score, and Woods also had the front nine low gross at 48. Michele Hazlett and Ann Corrinet tied for back nine honors with 48s.

McDonald’s 36 was the low net front nine score, while Maureen Barclay’s 30 was the low net back nine score. Corrinet’s net total of 68 led the overall field.

CCG Women’s 9-Hole League

Chris Eugin shot 39, giving her low gross honors in the Patty Berg Flight at the back nine at CCG’s 9-Hole Women’s League on Monday.

Sue O’Connor and Elaine Goodhind tied for second place with 41s.

In the Nancy Lopez Flight, Donna Woodcock shot 43, followed by Lora Gross, Ann McHugh and Lynn Wiles at 45.

Ellen Bitzer was the Lorena Ochoa Flight winner with a 45, ahead of runner-up Dawn Bete (49).

The Juli Inkster Flight was won by Bobbee Low with a 50. Sally Bernard was next with a 55.

Wanda Pyfrom took low gross honors in the JoAnne Carner Flight with a 54, followed by Maureen Barclay (63).

The Annika Sorenstam Flight winners were Debbie Luippold and Brenda Dedinas, who each shot 64.

Timmons League

After a match of cards, Dan Castine and Walt Sanieski scored low gross honors with a 38 at Northfield Golf Club’s Timmons League on Wednesday.

Dan Grybko and Brian Cocco took second. Tom Deskavich and Trevor Blake had the low net with a 29, followed by Ron Cushing and Briane Deane with a 30.

George Northrop was closest to the pin on No. 6 (4 feet, 5 inches) and George Handschuh was closest at No. 7 (8-0). Match medalists were Jim Cadran and Walt Sanieski, who each shot 40.


Four Rivers seeks coaches

Four Rivers Charter Public School is actively seeking two coaches for the upcoming fall season.

The school is seeking a qualified girls’ varsity soccer coach who knows and understands soccer, has a positive attitude, loves to coach and loves working with teenagers.

Four Rivers is also seeking a cross country coach to work with all students for the upcoming fall season. The school is looking for a qualified candidate who knows and understands running, training plan design, has a positive attitude, loves to coach and loves working with teenagers. Coaching includes a mix of in-person (outdoors) and remote coaching (online). Specific COVID protocol is being followed to make modified distance athletic programs possible.

All interested candidates should contact Four Rivers Athletic Director Kyle Bissell at athletics@fourriverscharter.org.


GTA Meet & Greet

The Greenfield Tennis Association (GTA) is holding a meet & greet tennis event this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the Highland Park tennis courts.

The format is doubles, and the play level is casual and fun. Players can leave whenever they’d like. If you are new to the area, or if you’ve been meaning to pick up your racket again, this is a great opportunity.

New balls and refreshments will be provided, and social distancing and mask wearing will be practiced when appropriate. Participants may want to bring a portable chair as well.

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