Bird Club to Hold Golf Fund-Raiser on Sept. 10

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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. – The Hoffmann Bird Club of Western Massachusetts will hold its Eighth Annual “Hoffmann Hackers Golf Classic” on Friday, Sept. 10 at Donnybrook Country Club.
 
The event, which also could be known as "The Longest Bird" will have a shotgun start at 4 p.m.
 
The nine-hole tournament is a fundraiser for the ornithological society. The rain date is Friday, Sept. 17.
 
The entry fee of $45 per person includes placement on a team, nine holes of golf with carts included and an all-you-can-eat barbeque/cook-out following the event.
 
The format will be a “Captain and Crew” or “Best Ball”, but it comes with a twist. Each team of four golfers is also responsible to note as many different bird species as possible during the tournament. The number of birds identified may be deducted from that team’s final golf score. Each team will be encouraged to have at least one good birder and one good golfer.
 
There will also be prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive. Special prizes will also be awarded for birdies and eagles.
 
Non-golfers are encouraged and welcome to come as spectators, and may pay a fee of $12 to participate in the barbecue, which will consist of hamburgers or cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, pickles, chips, and non-carbonated soft drinks. A raffle and other fundraising activities will follow the event.
 
To request an application, email donnybrookgolf@earthlink.net, call 413-499-7888 or picking one up in person at the club. There will be a limit of 18 teams of four. 
 
In addition to the tournament, people can bring in any excess books (especially on birds or birding), birding equipment, or just anything  that may sell at the annual HBC Tag Sale. All items will be displayed at the HBC Golf Tournament, and all proceeds to go to HBC. All items unsold should be claimed by the donor.
 
The Hoffmann Bird Club was established in 1940 with a mission of promoting the study of birds in Berkshire County, and is open to everyone. The club was named in honor of Ralph Hoffmann a naturalist who was born in Berkshire County. See the website at: www.hoffmannbirdclub.org
 
Donnybrook Country Club is Berkshire’s newest golf club. Check out the website at: www.donnybrookgolf.com.
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Pittsfield Girls Softball to Host New England Regional

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Pittsfield Girls Softball will host the New England Babe Ruth Regional Tournament at the Doyle Softball Complex from June 28 to June 30.
 
The tournament will feature 15 teams, including the Berkshire Force 12-and-under and 14-and-under travel squads. The event will get under way at 8 a.m. on Friday and run through about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Winners from the tournament will advance to the 40th anniversary Babe Ruth Softball World Series in Florence Ala., in July.
 
“The Pittsfield Girls Softball League extends its appreciation to the City of Pittsfield and all of our event sponsors for their assistance in making this tournament possible,” PGS President Jack Roy said in a Tuesday news release.
 
For more information about the tournament, contact Roy at 619-318-3908 or royjack254@aol.com.
 
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