Golfing for a cause
The Lenox Police and Fire Departments have been hosting a fundraising golf tournament for over 20 years to support local youth programs and provide scholarships for college-bound students.
On Friday Sept. 6, they once again put on a great show for the full field who showed up at The Cranwell Golf Resort. The weather was perfect, as were the hot dogs and burgers prepped at the first tee by a host of volunteers.
Cranwell has been in excellent condition all season and Friday was no different. Greens were slick and pin placements challenging for the 30+ teams of all ages and abilities.
It was a 12:30 shotgun start but some of the veteran participants recalled a method used in the early years of the event.
Bob McNinch, a loyal sponsor and participant for years, told the Beacon “We used to bring the civil war cannon up from Eastover and station it on the 8th tee, who needed a shotgun? The guests staying at the mansion did not need a wake up call in those days.”
This year’s winner of the “Midnight Alarm Scramble” was the Piretti Tennis entry led by captain Paul Mahoney.
Mahoney, along with teammates Dick Piretti, Tony Salvatore and George Jarck, shot a winning score of 60.
When Cranwell member Hank Schwerner turned 70 he knew that he would be eligible to compete from the senior tees in the men’s league. Hank is a capable player but realized that his second shots would now be played from a much shorter distance. Hank teamed with Dick Blais to finish second in the league standings and also had the league’s only hole in one. Hank aced the 5th hole for his second career gem. Play it forward Hank.
The Cranwell Club Championship was contested this past weekend and Kevin Reid with a final round 79 (91-79) edged out Kris Vahle by three strokes.
Jack Yablonsky took net honors.
Commissioner Dick Rivers of the Berkshire County Fall Senior Series has announced a scheduling change. The Singles at Greenock has been changed to Thursday, October 3, from Wednesday, October 2.