PLYMOUTH – The best players to have called Bluestone Golf Course home have not had the same level of success coming to Canasawacta Country Club’s Men’s Member-Guest Tournament. Bryan Smith, in his second year as a member at C.C.C., teamed with Todd Seiler for an Oxford breakthrough winning the 52nd annual tourney in a come-from-behind performance Saturday afternoon.
The duo, who recently won the Bluestone Member-Guest tournament, backed that title up shooting a final-round 5-under-par 66 to surge past the majority of the Masters (championship) Flight.
“I figured we had to shoot at least a 64 today to have a chance,” Seiler said, who passed his brother (Scott) and nephew (Scotty) along the way to get to the top.
“The top groups kind of came back to us a little bit, which we didn’t expect,” Smith said. “I thought the top teams would at least shoot 68, 69, then we would have to shoot 64 to maybe get into a playoff.”
Smith and Seiler trailed second-round leaders Tim Carson and Scott Seiler by four shots entering the last round, and trailed Scotty Seiler Jr. and his partner Josh Bennett by three. Not to mention, the brother team of Nick and Paul Brunick led the eventual winners by two, and other high-caliber teams – Justin Bennett-Brian Loomis and Bob Branham-Mike Branham – were tied with Smith and Seiler.
After nine holes, Carson and Seiler remained in command shooting a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine to maintain a one-shot lead over Bennett-Seiler, and a three-shot lead over Brunick-Brunick. Despite a 2-under-par effort on the front nine, Smith and Seiler had not made up any ground.
One by one, though, nearly all of the groups in front of Smith and Seiler faltered on the back nine.