WEST NEWTON – It’s been a rough day for the three Berkshire County Club members – Bob Linn, Jake Driscoll and Matt Gilardi – who played Tuesday in the rain-lagged opening round of medals qualifying at the 113th Burn Country Club.
Golf is often referred to as “a game of a lifetime” and if someone needs an example of that, take a look …
Linn, a member of the Berkshire Hills Country Club, and Driscoll of the Country Club of Pittsfield spun laps of 6 over par 78, while Matt Gilardi, also a member of the CC of Pittsfield, took 9 over 81.
The field of 144 golfers will be reduced to 32 after today’s second round to set the stage for three days of match play that will determine the champion. With 37 golfers firing rounds of 1 over or better, it is likely that it will take between 2 over and 4 over to advance to match play.
Two golfers, Andy Luther of Boston Golf Club and George Zolotas of Tedesco Country Club shot 4 under 68s to take the lead while Owen Quinn (Worcester Country Club) and 2018 champions Patrick Frodigh (Dedham Polo & Country Club) Rounds of 69 tons shot put yourself in the best position to move forward
Of the Berkshire trio, Driscoll placed himself in the best position to advance to match-play through his first 15 holes, standing just 1-over with two birdies and three bogeys. Unfortunately, the home stretch of Brae Burn proved difficult as the 22-year-old completed the last three holes in the 5-over with a bogey at 16 and double bogeys on the long par-3 hole (255 yards) and the 444 yard -Par played -4 18th hole.
Linn, the reigning champion of the Mass. Super senior, had seven bogeys and a single birdie on his scorecard while Gilardi battled his way to a first nine of 42 and suffered a double bogey on both nines on his way to a disappointing 81.