Garrett repeats at NS Membership
The players in Sunday’s stifling New Salisbury Membership Tourney weren’t the only things being smothered by the heat. Scores up and down the lineup soared like the mercury at the nine-hole course.
Tony Garrett, however, was able to keep his cool and grind out a three-shot win over Ross Schulz and was four shots better than 2003 champion Steve Beanblossom. Garrett finished with a two-day total of 139, having shot a event low 65 on Saturday and parlaying the campaign with a 74 on Sunday. Schulz had a 142 and Beanblossom fired a 143.
It was Garrett’s fourth Membership Tournament victory and second in as many years.
‘I think everyone struggled all day,’ Garrett said. ‘Nobody really played what they are capable of playing. I think heat was a factor, but I also think that when it gets to Sunday, you tend to put a little more pressure on yourself.
‘Saturday I played loose and my drives were great. I just don’t know where that went on Sunday.’
The three players in the final group ‘ Garrett, Schulz and young Matthew Bruce ‘ teed off in the heat of the day, just past 3 p.m.
Garrett and Schulz both went one over on two of the first three holes while Bruce made a stroke up on the first hole with a birdie, followed by a par and a bogey.
‘I just couldn’t get off the tee all day,’ Schulz said.
Through the front nine, Garrett was able to extend his advantage by two strokes over his younger playing partners. A pair of pars on holes 6 and 7 by Garrett, with Schulz and Bruce penciling in bogies on the same holes.
Garrett’s lead over Schulz was pushed further on the first three holes of the back nine, where the eventual champ marked par and his opponent had three straight bogies.
‘They didn’t show it and I hated it for them, but those younger guys can really play,’ Garrett said. ‘I knew that there was no way I could give up many holes because they could come back on me in a heartbeat.
‘I just had to be patient and hang in there because I knew we were all going to probably make our share of mistakes and the person who could stay out of trouble could shoot pretty well.’
Call it luck or fate, but Garrett had a few fortunate bounces go his way on Sunday.
His tee shot on No. 4 hit a tree and looked like it may have gone out of bounds. Instead, the ball rolled through the penalty area and he was able to get up and down to make par.
Later, on No. 5, his tee shot struck another tree and kicked into the fairway and away from trouble.
And probably where the match was won came on the 10th hole, where he dropped in a long par putt after escaping from the grasp of a bad lie on his second shot.
‘I think that was the turning point right there. It was the first time that I had a really bad lie and I just hit a good, solid putt to make par,’ Garrett said. ‘That really got me going.’
Past champion Alan Reed tied for sixth place with a total of 148.
‘With Alan in the field, I knew that even if the guys I was playing with were off, he could charge, so that kept me focused,’ Garrett said.
Bruce was fourth (145), Zach Davis was fifth (147), L.C. Nash was seventh (151) and Jon Schmidt came home eighth (152).
In the First Flight, Bryan Stephens won with a 156, followed by Dennis Faith’s and Kyle Mattingly’s 157s.
Jeff Schmidt took home top honors in the Second Flight with a 160. Cory Bruner (169) was runner-up and was followed by Joey Thompson (170).
The Third Flight champion was Henry Shafer (188). Jerry Stephens was second with a 191 and Dale Zollman ended up with a 193 for third place.
Lou Meisner won the Seniors’ Championship Flight with a total of 146. Joe Hinton was second with a 166 and Dick Black was third, ending up with a 168.
In the Seniors’ First Flight, Woody Murphy was crowned the winner with a 164. Jerry McClosky fired a 174 for second place and Jack Newmann was third with a 176.
Allison Dooley won the Ladies’ Membership title with a 164. Courtney Barr finished 38 shots back with a 202, followed by Cyndi Garrison’s 204.
Cole Duffy won the High School Flight with a 163. Chris Worrell was second with a 171.
New Salisbury Golf Course
Garrett, Tony, 74-65’139
Schulz, Ross, 76-66’142
Beanblossom, Steve, 73-70’143
Bruce, Matt, 75-70’145
Davis, Zach, 73-74’147
Reed, Alan, 74-74’148
Rigot, Michael, 74-74’148
Nash, L.C., 77-74’151
Schmidt, Jon, 80-72’152
Stephens, Bryan, 78-78’156
Faith, Dennis, 80-77’157
Mattingly, Kyle, 82-75’157
Tervree, Bob, 81-77’158
Higdon, Rob, 81-79’160
Black, John, 83-80’163
Dooley, Rob, 86-80’166
Schmidt, Jeff, 78-82’160
Bruner, Cory, 87-82’169
Thompson, Joey, 83-87’170
Jones, Curt, 86-85’171
Wetzel, Mike, 86-87’173
Taylor, Steve, 92-86’178
Long, Les, 94-87’181
Schawler, Rick, 87-WD
Shafer, Henry, 93-95’188
Stephens, Jerry, 94-97’191
Zollman, Dale, 100-93’193
Waiz, Jordan, 94-WD
Shawler, Cindy 95-WD
High School Flight
Duffy, Cole, 86-77’163
Worrall, Chris, 85-86’171
Dooley, Allison, 80-84–164
Barr, Courtney, 102-100–202
Garrison, Cyndi, 112-92–204
Fancher, Ashley, 111-95–206
Higdon, Janet, 90-WD
Senior Championship Flight
Meisner, Lou, 74-72–146
Hinton, Joe, 88-78–166
Black, Dick, 89-79–168
Gowers, Tom, 75-WD
Senior First Flight
Murphy, Woody, 83-81–164
McClosky, Jerry, 87-87–174
Newmann, Jack, 89-87–176
Melton, Jerry, 96-92–188
Webb, Ralph, 94-98–192
Wolf, Jim, 84-WD
Booten, John, 88-WD