PLYMOUTH – It was the birdies in the first two rounds that put Tim Carson and Scott Seiler Sr. in position to win the 54th Annual Canasawacta Country Club Men’s Member-Guest title. One clutch par putt after another on the back nine late Saturday afternoon allowed the defending champions to pull off the repeat victory.
“For whatever reason, this feels better than last year,” Carson said after Saturday’s round. “I almost like not being in the final group. When I heard we weren’t in the last group, I felt better. When we made the turn at 10, I was very relaxed.”
The winning team’s back nine was anything but relaxing for most golfers – unless your name is Scott Seiler.
After Seiler birdied the 10th hole to move his team to three-under par on the day, it was an eight-pack of pars the rest way with half of those knee-knockers that would induce sweat on the brow of any thinking, feeling golfer. “My partner has a steel will,” Carson said. “He has icewater in those veins, he really does.”
Following a perfunctory par on the 11th hole, Seiler came up with the first of his big par putts. Hitting his tee shot to the back of the par-three 12th hole, he had a downhill 40-footer to the flag, and left his first putt 10 feet short. “I was already in for a four, and had no chance at par,” Carson said. “Any putt that goes past the hole is off the green. He put that 10-footer right in the heart.”
Whilst Carson and Seiler were stringing together their pars with three birdies sprinkled in, second-round leaders Bob and Mike Branham were hanging tough, although birdies were tough to come by. After nine holes of play, the Branhams played to 1-under-par, while Carson-Seiler – one shot in arrears starting the final round – had evened the score with a 2-under-par front nine.
Bob and Mike Branham found themselves trailing for the first time in the tournament after the Carson-Seiler birdie on 10, but had two golden opportunities to steal that stroke back on 11. The father-son twosome each had birdie putts under 10 feet that went just off the mark. Other than a two-putt birdie on the par-five 13th hole, red numbers proved elusive for the two-time champions. Bogeys on the 14th and 17th holes created a two-shot deficit entering the 18th hole, one that was nearly erased. Bob Branham’s bunker shot for eagle on the 18th hole bounced once and just skipped by the edge of the cup.