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Beanblossom snares NS Membership title

Beanblossom snares NS Membership title
Beanblossom snares NS Membership title
Steve Beanblossom of Laconia wasn't flashy, but he still won last weekend's Membership Tournament at New Salisbury Golf Club. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

It seemed to be a round of golf no one wanted to win.
Heading into the final day of the New Salisbury Membership Tournament on Sunday, Kevin Nash held a one-stroke lead over Tony Garrett and Steve Beanblossom. Nash had knocked in three birdies on the final four holes on Saturday to finish with a 68 while Garrett and Beanblossom each carded 69s.
But the low scores in the final group disappeared the second day.
Nash pushed his lead to as many as two strokes in the first six holes before Garrett sank a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 7 to tie the match and then knocked another bird on No. 9 to hold a one-shot advantage. Meanwhile, Beanblossom lurked three shots back.
The two leaders scrambled while Beanblossom marked pars on the back side and then, on the last hole, Garrett bogeyed while Nash and Beanblossom carded pars. The end result was the trio was tied at 142 to force a three-way, sudden-death playoff.
Nash was eliminated on the first playoff hole (No. 9) after driving his tee shot out of bounds. His third shot was about 50 yards to the left of the green and an approach shot got caught halfway up a tree. Beanblossom and Garrett parred the hole to force another playoff on the same hole.
Both tee shots were true to the fairway, but Beanblossom’s approach was a touch better and he wound up sinking a five-inch putt for his first Membership victory.
Beanblossom, who resides in Laconia, snared the New Salisbury Invitational in 1997.
‘I’m too old for this stuff,’ an exasperated Beanblossom said. ‘I was shaking over that last putt. This is unreal. I scrambled all day just to hang in, and when I made a par putt on 16, it gave me some hope. Then on 18 I thought I needed a birdie putt to tie, and when they told me we were tied after I had made par, well, I was pretty happy.’
The first day’s leader said he hasn’t been striking the ball well all year.
‘I really don’t know what it is. I’ve just not played well,’ Nash said. ‘Today, my driver let me down. I had two good drives all day and I really felt I was due for another good one on the playoff hole and I hit a shot I hadn’t hit all day, which was to the right. Everything earlier I was missing left.
‘I hit seven greens in regulation, and you just aren’t going to win many tournaments doing that because you are scrambling.’
Nash pointed out several shots that typified his day: an errant tee shot on No. 13 that wound up in a small pond; a par putt on No. 15 that was just an inch short, and a two-putt from six feet on No. 17.
Garrett said it was an up-and-down round for all three players in the final group.
‘I don’t think any of us was really happy with the way we played. Even some of the pars we were making were really good pars because of where we were on tee shots or approaches,’ Garrett said. ‘I was upset because, basically, it was my tournament to lose going into the last three holes, and I lost it. We certainly made it fun for everyone that was watching.’
Nash finished with 28 putts, two birdies and six bogeys. Garrett had 29 putts, three birdies and four bogeys with one double, and Beanblossom had 30 putts, no birdies and three bogeys.
In other action at the tournament, John Black was a three-shot winner in the First Flight with a total score of 158. He shot a pair of consistent 79s for the victory.
In the Second Flight, Henry Shafer was the winner with a total of 173. Mathew Bruce was the champion of the School Flight, firing a very respectable 77 and an eye-popping 69 (from the red tees) and a total of 146.
Louis Meisner brought home the top spot in the Senior Flight with a total of 153, and Tish Dooley was the champion of the Womens Flight with a combined score of 217.
Championship Flight
Steve Beanblossom 69-73’142
Tony Garrett 69-73’142
Kevin Nash 68-74’142
Alan Reed 74-72’146
Ross Schulz 77-79’156
L.C. Nash 76-80’156
Michael Rigot 73-84’157
Les Long 75-86’161
Alan Pate 73-90’163
Rob Higdon 77-87’164
Bobby Johnson 77-WD
First Flight
John Black 79-79’158
Mike Wetzel 79-82’161
Bob Trevee 83-79’162
Jeff Schmidt 87-76’163
Dennis Faith 79-84’163
Doug Martin 85-85’170
Larry Jones 89-88’177
Dan Alexander 89-91’180
Jon Arnold 87-WD
Second Flight
Henry Shafer 90-83’173
Curt Jones 98-91’189
Terry Stephens 94-101’195
Dwight Clunie 102-95’197
Jerry Grant 103-WD
Michael Dunn 104-WD
School Flight
Mathew Bruce 77-69’146
Zach Davis 80-77’157
Michael Rigot 73-84’157
Kyle Mattingly 82-78’160
Ben Fouts 82-80’162
Bryan Stephens 87-76’163
Evin Magner 88-96’184
Seniors Flight
Louis Meisner 76-77’153
David Ayers 78-77’155
Tom Gowers 75-80’155
Jim Wolf 82-87’169
Dick Black 83-88’171
Ken Hartfield 89-86’175
John Stutzman 88-88’176
Jack Newman 86-93’179
Al Gibson 95-91’186
Sheldon Tharp 97-110’207
Ladies Flight
Tish Dooley 109-108’217
Bobby Barnwell 111-109’220