Fall Seniors Golf Tour Tees Off at Berkshire Hills

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Ralph Distoli and Bob Linn had the low gross score at Berkshire Hills Country Club in the inaugural Berkshire County Fall Seniors Golf event.
 
The pair carded a 62 on their home course to edge runners-up Matt Ortega and George Candelet, who finished at 65.
 
The event on Wednesday was the first of a five-week series for golfers 50 and up to raise funds to support Berkshire County Junior Golf. Each year, the organization awards scholarships to young golfers to support junior memberships at their home club.
 
Dastoli and Linn won for gross score in the Blue Division, one of two groups based on the combined ages of the pairs.
 
In the Green Division, Ron Legere and Tom Reamon of Winding Brook had the low gross score of 65.
 
The Blue Division net winners were Chris Martin and Rick Coons of Copake Country Club with a 63.
 
In the Green Division, the net title with a 61 went to Jim Crews and Pat Grogan, playing out of Waubeeka Golf Links and the Country Club of Greenfield, respectively.
 
The weekly Fall Seniors tour has an entry fee of $55, which includes golf, food and prices (carts extra). Golfers are asked to call the host club no earlier than two weeks before each event, to register.
 
The schedule and formats for this fall include: Sept. 28, Greenock, singles, 12:30 p.m.; Oct. 5, Wyndhurst Golf Club, two-man scramble, noon; Oct. 12, Wahconah Country Club, two-man scramble, noon; and Oct. 19, Waubeeka, two-man scramble, noon.
 
All events have a shotgun start.
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