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Nash hangs on to claim second club title

Nash hangs on to claim second club title
Nash hangs on to claim second club title
Kevin Nash eyes the eventual Old Capital Club Championship putt on No. 18 Sunday. The two-time winner finished the event with a 147 over 36 holes. (Photo by Brian Smith)

It was a pair of familiar faces grinding out the final holes of the Old Capital Club Championship on Sunday afternoon.
Kevin Nash, the 2005 champion, and Jack Miles, winner of 33 titles, each looked to add one more piece of hardware to their mantles. After Miles made a valiant run at a birdie putt on 18, only to miss by inches, Nash two-putted to claim his second Membership title in three years.
‘Jack played steady, which he always plays steady,’ Nash said. ‘He had a couple funny shots himself. If he makes a few putts, you are sitting over here talking to him, not me.’
Both Nash and Miles finished their second rounds with three-over-par 75s. On Saturday, Nash shot even par, tied with Larry Harmon going into the final day’s competition.
Miles finished Saturday one-over with a 73. Harmon failed to match his Saturday performance, finishing with an 80 on Sunday in a tie for third with defending champion Jon Mathes.
The top-four finishers, Nash, Miles, Mathes and Harmon, have each won the Old Capital Membership title, but it was Nash who won his second career honor.
‘I struggled all day actually,’ Nash said. ‘I hit one fairway off the tee. Luckily, my putter was good early. I was two under after seven then finished plus three. My score resembles the guys’ at the British Open.’
Nash tallied five birdies on Sunday, but the most important one came on No. 15. All three golfers in the final group put the ball within 20 feet of the pin on their second shot at the 376-yard par-4. Miles, trailing by three shots at the time, dropped in his birdie putt first. Nash then came over the top, putting in his own birdie to maintain a three-shot lead.
‘That was big because he made a nice birdie, and I pretty much had to make that putt,’ Nash said. ‘It was nice to have that cushion because anything can happen.’
Nash carded bogeys on 16 and 17 ,and Miles gained ground with consecutive pars, giving himself a shot heading into 18, down just one.
After hooking another drive into the rough, Nash’s second shot landed just back of the pin on the green. He two-putt after running his first putt past the hole a little more than he wanted.
‘It was just a bad ball striking day,’ Nash said. ‘Of course, the wind doesn’t make it any easier for me. There were also some tough pins out there.’
In other men’s action, Tony Lacey took first-place honors in the First Flight, firing a 78 on Saturday and following it with an 81 on Sunday. Lacey won by a single stroke, over Bud Bennett, who finished with a 160. Richard Timberlake took third with a 165.
In the Second Flight, Michael Uhl shaved four strokes off Saturday’s round of 81 on Sunday to finish with a 158 total. Uhl won comfortably over second-place finisher Brian Doutaz (165) and third place Bill Davis (171).
The men’s Third Flight champion had to be determined by a playoff. John Daily and Allens Gilbert both shot two-day totals of 177. In the playoff, Daily defeated Gilbert to win the Third Flight. Carl Smith finished third in the flight with a 182.
In the women’s club championship, Betty Palone took home her fifth crown, cruising to a 29-stroke victory over the rest of the field. The Laconia resident fired an 80 on Saturday, but put in a beautiful four-over-par 76 performance on Sunday.
‘Over both days, I probably hit the ball better than I ever have,’ Palone said. ‘Today (Sunday), I just did everything good.’
Rita Stocksdale finished second after improving her Saturday 96 with an 89 on Sunday to card a 185 two-day total. Linda Davis finished third with a 188.
Palone said she was impressed with Corydon Central High School sophomore Heidi Zimmerman, who fired a 92 on Saturday.
‘This was her first year, and she did very well,’ Palone said. ‘She’s the future of women’s golf around here. It was a pleasure playing with her.’
Palone carded four birdies on Sunday.
Cecelia Emmons took top honors in the women’s First Flight. Emmons followed a 91 on Saturday with a consistent 93 on Sunday for a 184. Jeanie Pflanz took second with a 196, and Barbara Haas finished third with a 209.
Men’s Championship Flight
1. Kevin Nash 72-75-147, 2. Jack Miles 73-75-148, 3t. Larry Harmon 72-80-152, 3t. Jon Mathes 76-76-152, 5t. Shaunti Fondrisi 74-80-154, 5t. Bob Glordan 77-77-154, 7. Scott Schmitt 74-81-155, 8. Kerry Zimmerman 76-81-157, 9. Bill Thomas 78-82-160, 10. Charlie Pitman 81-80-161, 11. Travis McIntosh 84-78-162, 12. Steve Smith 82-83-165, 13. Matt Bruce 88-80-168, 14. Matt Key 86-85-171.
First Flight
1. Tony Lacey 78-81-159, 2. Bud Bennett 79-81-160, 3. Richard Timberlake 81-84-165, 4. Dave Smith 82-84-166, 5. Pat Palone 84-84-168, 6. Roger Kinder 85-86-171, 7. Tracey Bradley 88-84-172, 8t. Jon Kerr 87-WD, 8t. Philip Bennett 87-WD.
Second Flight
1. Mike Uhl 81-77-158, 2. Brian Doutaz 80-85-165, 3. Bill Davis 81-90-171, 4. John Breeden 85-89-174, 5. Don Gossman 86-89-175, 6. Mike Kochert 90-86-176, 7. Skip Stocksdale 85-94-179, 8. Larry White 94-WD.
Third Flight
1. John Daily 85-92-177*, 2. Allens Gilbert 87-90-177, 3. Carl Smith 93-89-182, 4. Wayne Darnall 87-97-184, 5. Gerry Carpenter 99-86-185, 6. Gary Headrick 92-98-190, 7. Gary Wood 103-90-193, 8. Mike Stumler 107-101-208.
Women’s Championship Flight
1. Betty Palone 80-76-156, 2. Rita Stocksdale 96-89-185, 3. Linda Davis 94-94-188, 4. Karen Breeden 95-98-193, 5. Sue Glordan 93-103-196, 6t. Monica Harmon 104-94-198, 6t. Heidi Zimmerman 92-106-198.
First Flight
1. Cecelia Emmons 91-93-184, 2. Jeanie Pflanz 99-97-196, 3. Barbara Haas 104-105-209, 4. Sandy Kochert 104-106-210, 5. Karen Clipp 108-108-216, 6. Janice Eurton 115-110-225, 7. Christi Darnall 92-WD.
*denotes won in playoff