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November 20 - Ten-thousand miles from Berkshire County, Jarrod Lyle struck one of the most important shots of 2013. It came in last week's Australian Masters, where Lyle made his return to golf after enduring a second bout with leukemia. With his wife, daughter and parents surrounding the first tee, Lyle began his comeback. I was fortunate to be part of his gallery, and will never forget the two weeks I spent in Australia gathering material for a 12-minute feature on Lyle that will air on Golf Channel in 2014. I hope that all of you are milking every last ounce out of the 2013 season, as the holiday season sneaks up on us.
November 1 - It's not every day that a Berkshire County golfer competes in a national championship, and Pittsfield's Chris Marinaro represented the Berkshires well, narrowly missing the cut in the PGA National Assistant Championship on Friday. Marinaro, an Assistant at The Muttontown Club in New York, shot rounds of 80-73 at PGA Golf Club in Port Saint Lucie, Florida to miss the cut by three shots.
October 16 - With the 2013 golf season coming to a close, several golfers from around the Berkshires have weighed in with their moment of the year. Read below, and submit your moment to email@example.com.
"I’ve been able to break 70 at least once every year (on a legit 18-hole course) dating back to 1979. I had not yet accomplished the feat for 2013 until a few weeks ago when I managed to cozy a seven-footer (LOL) and tap in for 69 at Berkshire Hills."
"My moment of the year came when I was playing golf with my wife for the first time ever. We were playing with Jake Kellar, the Superintendent of Pontoosuc, and his wife, Laura. We were a team in the 3rd Annual Donkey Open Scramble held at Pontoosuc on August 4th. That morning I got my first hole-in-one on the 137-yard par-three 4th hole. The fact that I got my first hole-in-one with my wife, the first time we played together, made it my moment of the year for me."
"My 19-year old son, Brent, began working on the grounds crew for a local club. He invited me to play a round with him one evening at his course. As we played, he proudly pointed out all the activity that he had done at the course throughout the season: Trees he planted, trees he cut down, stone work and drainage that he helped with. I could see the pride that he had for the things that he accomplished, and for the new skills that he had learned. Now he is thinking of making a career out of it, which is great since I can really see the passion that he has for it. All this from a kid who I had to fight with to help me cut the grass at our house. My boy is becoming a man and it makes this father very proud of him."
"Getting a grandson.............Liam."
"My moment of the year was breaking 80 for the first time. It was at Pontoosuc on May 1st. I started out with four consecutive pars and shot 38 on the front nine. At the turn, I told Sam and John Montgomery how well I was doing, and that I could break 80 for the first time if I finish well. I started the back nine with a double bogey on the 10th, a birdie on the 11th (which is my favorite hole), and then another double bogey on the 12th. I went along with some pars and bogeys until I had three consecutive pars to finish it off on 16, 17, and 18. On the 18th, I remember I was short of the green. I played an excellent high pitch shot to within a foot, with John Montgomery watching from the putting green. It’s a great feeling when someone much better than you sees you make a great shot. I finished the back nine with a 40. My total score for the day was 78. I still keep the scorecard hanging on my whiteboard."
-Aaron St. Martin
"My moment of the year started on the 11th hole at Bethpage Red when I dunked it for an eagle two from 149 yards out. Slam dunk! It was the loudest noise I have ever heard on the golf course. That shot was probably the best shot I have ever hit in a tournament round. I went on to shoot a six-under par 64 in the first round of the Metropolitan PGA Assistant Championship."
"My moment of the year would have to be when I went down in the beginning of March to visit Billy Winters, the Director of Instruction at the Greenbrier Resort. We played in Peterson, West Virginia at a club called Fountain Springs. We played two rounds there, and my moment of the year happened in the second round on day two. I played the best front nine of golf in my life, shooting 30 with a bogey. I finished the front nine birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle to shoot 30, five-under par. I have never had four-hole stretch like that. I then proceeded to shoot 39 on the second nine for a total score of two-under par 69. With five months off, it was pretty amazing for that to be my first round of the year. That was a great moment. I remember calling my dad and brothers right after. They couldn't believe it either. This game will amaze you. You can practice all summer and never shoot that low and come back from a winter off season and find your swing. That's golf - that's why we love it."