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Take Five: Garrett rolls again at New Salisbury

Take Five: Garrett rolls again at New Salisbury
Take Five: Garrett rolls again at New Salisbury
Floyds Knobs resident Tony Garrett finished the 18th hole at New Salisbury Golf Course with all smiles after clinching his fifth overall New Salisbury Membership Title. (Photo by Brian Smith)

In ‘grand’ Father’s Day fashion, Tony Garrett cruised to a 10-stroke victory over the field Sunday afternoon in the New Salisbury Membership Tournament.
New Salisbury Golf Course is familiar territory for Garrett, a member who first learned the game at age nine at his home course off Old S.R. 64. He learned to swing the club at a young age from his grandfather, Tom Gowers, at New Salisbury. Upon returning to the clubhouse to sign his scorecard after posting a 138 for the membership title Sunday, Garrett noticed Gowers won the Senior’s Flight with a two-day total 152.
‘Tom taught me how to play here,’ said Garrett, 44. ‘On Father’s Day, it’s special for both of us to win.’
Garrett took a sizable six-stroke lead over Matt Bruce into the final round after carding a four-under-par 66 Saturday.
On Sunday, despite the heat and humidity, everything continued to go Garrett’s way. After firing a bogey on one, and another on three, he caught a break on No. 4.
Trying to launch the ball over a dog-leg toward the front of the green, his shot headed towards a fence that separates out of bounds from the fairway. The ball skipped through a gap not much larger than the ball, saving him from a possible disastrous front nine.
After posting a par on No. 4, Garrett rebounded to score birds on No. 5 and No. 9, giving the Floyds Knobs resident an even-par front nine. After 27 holes, he built a commanding lead over his final group rivals, Ross Schulz and Bruce.
‘I just played really, really well all weekend,’ Garrett said. ‘I made a lot of putts I don’t normally make. For any golfer, to play good two days in a row is pretty tough. I’m just pleased with a 72 with the heat and all.’
It would have taken a monumental collapse and tremendous run from someone in his group to knock him off the pedestal. Garrett did hit a rough spot on the back nine, facing trouble on the 485-yard par-5 on No. 14. A hole he birdied on the front side, Garrett posted an uncharacteristic double-bogey.
‘I was one hole from shooting even par,’ he said. ‘That was my goal coming into today, shoot par.’
Bruce, a junior-to-be at North Harrison High School, placed second with a 148. Bruce carded a two-over-par 72 on Saturday and finished with a 76 on Sunday. Schulz struggled Sunday, scoring an 80 after shooting a 73 Saturday to finish fifth.
‘Matt and Ross are very good,’ Garrett said. ‘I am on edge more than they are. I think I feel more pressure than they do. They free swing and hit the ball farther than I do. Thankfully with technology I can keep up.’
Defending champion Zach Davis didn’t return to defend his title. Garrett’s ’07 trophy is his fifth New Salisbury Membership Tournament title.
‘I’ve been working on my game a lot coming into this tournament,’ Garrett said.
North Harrison junior-to-be Allison Dooley cruised to the Ladies Club Championship. After firing a five-over-par 75 on Saturday, she shaved a stroke off her first round tally to shoot a 149 overall. Dooley carded birdies on holes one and 12 to secure her victory. Courtney Barr (178) placed second among the women, scoring an 84 on Sunday, 10 strokes off her total the day before.
In the first flight, Bob Morris birdied No. 5 and turned around to birdie the same hole on the second nine, leading to his 74 on Sunday. The 74 propelled Morris to a first-place finish in the first flight with a 152 two-day total. Jeff Schmidt and Dennis Faith tied for second, both three shots back with 155s.
In the second flight, Jon Schmidt rallied to win his flight with a 167. Curtis Jones placed second with a 170, and Bob Tervree shot a 173 for third.
In the high school flight, Craig Martin won with a two-day total of 206.
The golf course will host the New Salisbury Invitational on Aug. 4 and 5.
2007 New Salisbury Club Championship Results
Championship Flight ‘ 1. Tony Garrett (66-72-138), 2. Matt Bruce (72-76-148), 3. Kyle Mattingly (74-77-151), 4. L.C. Nash (76-76-152), 5. Ross Schulz (73-80-153), 6. Alan Reed (74-WD).
First Flight ‘ 1. Bob Morris (78-74-152), 2t. Dennis Faith (78-77-155), 2t. Jeff Schmidt (79-76-155). 4. Mike Wetzel (80-82-162), 5. Corey Brunner (79-84-163), 6. Dylan Spencer (84-81-165), 7. Les Long (81-87-168), 8. Rob Higdon (80-WD).
Second Flight ‘ 1. Jon Schmidt (88-79-167), 2. Curtis Jones (87-83-170), 3. Bob Tervree (91-82-173), 4. Henry Shafer (90-84-174), 5. Rob Dooley (91-85-176), 6. Brandon Heileg (94-105-199).
Women’s Flight ‘ 1. Allison Dooley (75-74-149), 2. Courtney Barr (94-84-178), 3. Angela Eveslage (96-92-188), 4. Holli Schulz (106-101-207).
Senior Flight ‘ 1. Tom Gowers (71-81-152), 2. Lou Meisner (80-79-159), 3. Jack Neuman (79-82-161), 4. Jim Wolf (82-85-167), 5. Jerry McClesky (83-95-178), 6. Jerry Melton (103-83-186), 7. Larry Jones (82-WD), 8. Harlan Adamson (89-WD).
High School Flight ‘ 1. Craig Martin (104-102-206), 2. Dalton Shewmaker (117-110-227), 3. Tyler Burnett (131-128-259).
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