The victory at the 53rd Annual Canasawacta Country Club Men’s Member-Guest golf tournament for Tim Carson and Scott Seiler was not only sweet for the longtime pair, but also “golden.”
The win came 50 years removed from Carson’s father Bill’s title in ‘61 when the tournament was in its third year. The triumph ended a series of near-misses in which the duo had four runner-up finishes in five years. “It was definitely a long road with a lot of second-places,” Carson said in an interview earlier this week. “The weather (last year) kind of threw a kink into things, and there were some other things to think about as we were trying to make golf swings. My partner was incredibly consistent down the stretch. I think he was more determined than anyone to get the victory.”
Carson and Seiler open defense of their title today with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The tournament boasts an incredibly deep field that will likely leave some talented teams out of the eight-team championship flight. Champions from the four years preceding the Carson-Seiler title are also bidding for glory late Saturday afternoon when the final groups make their way down the back nine.
“I remember saying the year before how impressive the field is, and fact is, a solid dozen teams could easily win this thing,” Carson said. “The talent this tournament is drawing is quite impressive, and there are a lot of good players out there. It’s nice to be defending it, but that’s not foremost on my mind. The first goal is to just get into the championship flight with all those great players out there.”