Jones, Varilly post low round as 75th Invitational Four-Ball kicks off

  • Defending champion Sam Wolanske watches his putt on No. 1 during qualifying day at the 75th Invitational Four-Ball at the Country Club of Greenfield on Thursday morning. Wolanske and partner Dave Donoghue are the No. 1 seeds in match play for the Championship Flight. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mike Williams watches his drive on No. 2 during qualifying day at the 75th Invitational Four-Ball at the Country Club of Greenfield on Thursday morning. Williams and partner Robbie Haigh shot 4-under 68. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Nate Burdick watches his putt on No. 1 during qualifying day at the 75th Invitational Four-Ball at the Country Club of Greenfield on Thursday morning. Burdick and partner Dave Kennedy shot 8-under 64. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Max Wolanske putts on No. 1 during qualifying day at the 75th Invitational Four-Ball at the Country Club of Greenfield on Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 7/23/2020 6:22:28 PM

Mother Nature had a hand during qualifying at the 75th Invitational Four-Ball, but many familiar faces came out unscathed and punched tickets to match play in the Championship Flight at the Country Club of Greenfield on Thursday.

Defending champions Dave Donoghue and Sam Wolanske automatically earned the No. 1 seed in today’s Round of 16, though the pair went out and played well in a glorified practice round on Thursday, shooting 6-under 66.

The team of Steve Jones and Chris Varilly posted the low score of the day in the morning. The duo fired a 9-under 63, earning the No. 2 seed in the field thanks to an eagle and seven birdies.

Past champions Nate Burdick and Dave Kennedy were right behind, putting together an 8-under 64 in an impressive opening round on Thursday. They tied with the team of Anthony Jung and Andy Dastoli, who also shot 64 on the strength of a back nine 31.

Chris Ferriter and Joe Wilson, the 2018 champions, shot 65 to get into the Championship Flight, as did former champion KC Finley and new partner Jarrod Goss. Father-son duo Dennis and Cody Booska also shot 65, giving the top half of the match-play bracket plenty of fire power for the days ahead.

Last year’s runners-up, Chris Bourbeau and Garrett Cousineau, were among the group that qualified with a 5-under 67.  Paul Denofrio and Matt Grayson also shot 67, as did Doug Riel and Tim McKenna and the tandem of Connor Piecuch and Craig DiFranco.

The cut to reach match play in the Championship Flight was 4-under, a number that CCG head professional Kevin Piecuch speculated about earlier in the week.

Five teams shot 68 to qualify right on the number: Jason Kelton/Jamie Crocker, Robbie Haigh/Michael Williams, Hugh Barber/Jared Barber, Lee Craig/David Koritkoski and Joe Groth/Jeff Robidoux.

Round of 16 matches take place today before quarterfinals and semifinals follow on Saturday. The championship match is set for Sunday.

91st New England Amateur

After making the cut at the 91st New England Amateur Championship, South Deerfield’s Jonathan Elkins completed an intense week on Thursday at Concord Country Club with a third consecutive round of 2-over-par 72, finishing the abbreviated event at 6-over 216.

 Weather moved through the area on Thursday, and the fourth round of the event was canceled as a result, leaving competitors with just three rounds in total.

At press time, with players still on the course due to delays, Elkins was in a tie for 14th place. He had begun his fourth round, but it was abandoned during the afternoon.

Nick Maccario, the runner-up at last week’s Mass. Amateur, was the clubhouse leader at 4-under (206). He was battling with John Broderick, who was also at 4-under but still on the course at press time.

South Deerfield’s Jacob Zaranek rebounded with a second-round 72 on Wednesday, but his opening-round 77 had him finish the tournament at 9-over – two shots below the cut line.

Ashfield Community

The Thursday morning league at the Ashfield Community Golf Club played a three-person scramble, with Francie Hall, Bev Williams and Cyndie Stetson earning the top spot with a total of 34.

Katie Benedetti, Connie Szelewicki and Tony Warchol took second with a score of 35.

Thomas Memorial Women’s League

Kate Dwyer and Marilyn Kostanski each recorded plus-7 point quotas to top the field at Wednesday’s Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club Women’s League.

Donna McKemmie was next at plus-6, followed by Ann Cairl, Deb Puchalski and Janet Twyon, all at plus-5.

K of C League

Five golfers tied for first place at Thomas Memorial’s Knights of Columbus League on Wednesday.

Stephan Smith, Ray Godin, Ed Sargent, Kenny Kuninski and Dick Sevene all recorded plus-4 point quotas to earn top honors.

CFC Women’s League

Jill Waldron notched a plus-7 point quota to give her the top spot in the Crumpin-Fox Club’s Women’s League on Wednesday in Bernardston.

Jodi Hoynoski was next at plus-4, while the trio of Marty Stinson, Deb Putnam and Hedi Valk tied for third at plus-1.

Waldron was closest to the pin at No. 9 (11 feet, 1 inch) and Terry Boyce was closest at No. 3 (9-1).

CFC Women's Open Singles

Lynn Oberbilling shot 89, besting the field at Wednesday’s Crumpin-Fox Club Women’s Open Singles.

The runner-up was Jill Rogalski with a score of 92.

Susan Cook’s 75 was the low net of the outing, followed by Corky Sysun at 79.

Running

Northfield Summer Series

Noah de Ruiter edged the competition to capture the top spot in Week 8 of the Northfield Summer Road Race Series, as the field grew to nearly 20 runners for virtual racing from July 16-22.

de Ruiter captured the top spot with a 3.3-mile time of 20 minutes, 30 seconds, edging runner-up Eaden Marti’s time o 20:47.

Bob Bezio captured third place with a time of 23:09, followed by Liam Walker in fourth place (23:53) and Jeannie LaPierre in fifth (25:50).

Rounding out the top 10 finishers were Tim Relyea (sixth, 25:51), Lucy Koester (seventh, 27:40), Ben Emberley (eighth, 28:45), Bobby Emberley (ninth, 29:15) and Sarah Kaczenski (10th, 31:15).

Baseball

Greenfield Seniors edge Wilbraham

Owen Phelps propelled the offense and Joel Peabody pitched well to earn the victory as Greenfield held off Wilbraham Green, 4-3, in a Western Mass. Summer Baseball League Senior Division game on Wednesday.

Phelps had three hits, including a triple, and scored two runs for Greenfield. Jacob Berry had a hit and drove in a run, while Connor Waitkus singled and stole two bases. Jacob Quinn smacked a pair of hits and Matt Gardner had a hit and an RBI.

Peabody went 6⅓ innings, striking out five batters and allowing just three hits to earn the victory. Dylan Apanell came on with one out in the seventh and finished the job to earn the save.

FC Babe Ruth clinics

The Franklin County Babe Ruth Baseball League, in its 51st year, will hold a series of Saturday practice clinics at the Babe Ruth complex at Abercrombie Field in East Greenfield. Coaches from the league as well as from local schools are expected to run the sessions, targeted toward players ages 12 to 15. Emphasis will be on infield and outfield play, as well as hitting mechanics.

Steve Wall, instructor for the Hampshire/Franklin Baseball Umpires Association, will lead a question and answer session on the new National Federation High School playing rules for both players and coaches on the program’s final Saturday.

The practice clinics will take place on consecutive Saturdays beginning July 25 and ending Aug. 15, between 10 a.m. and noon. All state and local Health Dept. safety guidelines will be strictly followed.

The fee per each session in $10, total fee for all 4 sessions is $35. Registration will be at the field. A limited number of scholarships are available. Questions can be directed to Tina Crocker (413-896-8576) or Joe Mignault (413-774-3876).


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