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NORWICH This three day tournament, held each year at Norwichs own Canasawacta Country Club, drew record numbers in participants while not disappointing in the competition whatsoever.
With more than 250 players and guests attending the awards dinner on Saturday, August 5, the CCC was packed to the brim with golfers and their family and friends.
The 188 total golfers who participated in the 2017 Member Guest tournament was in fact the biggest field of competition in the past decade with eight different father and son teams and eight different teams of brothers.
If one thinks back to the heavy rain that the Norwich area endured in the early parts of the weekend playing a round of golf might be unthinkable, let alone a three day tournament.
However, thanks to course superintendent Deneen Ziegler, and even with two heavy storms sweeping through on Friday causing two stoppages the course conditions were kept excellent.
Taking the championship in 2017 marking their second year in a row and fourth overall championship was the pair of Tim Carson and Scott Seiler.
Carson and Seiler earned the right to be named the 59th annual CCC Member Guest champions, by taking the Masters flight by four strokes edging out the brother duo of Nick and Paul Brunick at 200 to 204.
A dry start to the event brought firm and fast greens but were softened up slightly for Saturdays round following the rain, said Tim Caron of the course conditions.
The flights were decided following the first two days of golf Thursday, August 3 and Friday August 4 with the third day seeing the 188 players, making 94 teams, sectioned off into flights based upon their scores after two days.
Past champions, Lee Skillin and Jim Gorski made a strong move on Friday, shooting a 66 to get within five of the leaders. This mark of 66 on Friday, was the second best of the field of eventual champions with the Brunick brothers and Carson and Seiler, being the only two teams that finished in the top-three of a flight to best the mark.
Brothers Ryan and Corey Johnson made a solid debut this past weekend, earning a third-place finish in Masters flight, shooting a 208 overall, just four strokes off the Brunick brothers.
Brothers Nick and Paul Brunick fired the lowest round on Thursday to hold a three shot lead at 65. Carson and Seiler trailed at 68, with Pat Ryan and Jason Ryan winners of Oakmont flight trailing them at 70 after one round.
However, after leading the pack of 94 teams after day one, the Brunick brother faltered slightly on Friday falling behind four strokes with their mark of 71. Notably, Carson and Seiler used this to their advantage, grabbing a 64 on the course for day two.
With the flights decided for Saturdays showdown, it was the Brunick brothers who struck first pushing the envelope for a possible championship. Making their first move of the day on hole four of the course, the Brunick duo snagged a birdie on what is commonly referred to as the most difficult hole on the course this pulled the Masters flight to within three strokes.
Notably, Carson and Seiler matched the Brunicks birdie by way of hole five while also snagging a birdie on hole six a hole where the Brunick brothers made bogey to fall behind by five strokes.
Coming down the back nine, the field of play knew it was now or never to reach for their shot at the respective flight championships.
The Brunick brothers saw their shot come on hole 13, a hole where they narrowly missed eagle. This move, coupled with Carson and Seiler struggling to make par on the hole, could have been a huge swing of momentum.
It could have been, however, with a missed opportunity and a Carson and Seiler birdie coming on the second most difficult hole at 15 the fate of the Masters flight was decided.
The Carson and Seiler duo held their four stroke lead until the end marking their second championship win in a row, and fourth overall.
Notably, despite taking the win by four strokes each of the top-three teams in the Masters flight shot a 68 on the course for Saturdays round.
The nine total different flights are determined by score totals of the first two rounds. The excitement, didnt end at the Masters flight as their was much excitement in the playoffs in the Merion and Winged Foot flights.
In the Merion flight, it was Lance Yerton and Steve Bennett who emerged victorious, taking a birdie on the first hole for the determining tiebreaker. Each of the top-three golfing pairs impressively shot a 234 overall in the Merion flight while also all shooting a 77 on the final day of golfing.
In the Winged Foot flight it was Spencer McCredy and Matt Meade who earned the win after having to compete in four playoff holes before being named the victors. McCredy and Meade snagged the win over Terry Hagenbuch and Ed Holmquist in the playoff on the fourth hole having both shot an overall of 236 after all three days. Joe Loftus and Brad Hagen came in fourth in the flight with a 237 overall.
Steve Bennett earned the distinction of being named the 2017 hole in one champion, taking home the $2,000 prize for acing the 14th hole on Friday.
Top-three finishers in each flight:
200 Tim Carson and Scott Seiler 68, 64 68
204 Nick Brunick and Paul Brunick 65, 71 68
208 Ryan Johnson and Corey Johnson 71, 69 68
212 Pat Ryan and Jason Ryan 70, 72 and 70
214 Doug Wilson and Joe Gutosky 71, 72 and 71
215 Stu Hughes and Derek Hughes 72, 72 71
221 Tom Porack and Brian Harmon 74, 76 and 71
222 Chuck Kelly and Jacob Kelly 76, 72 and 74
223 Matt Burrell and John Zurbruegg 72, 77 and 74 (won scorecard playoff)
224 Dennis Cevasco and Bryant Parker 78, 76 and 70
227 Josh Bennett and Matt Morley 74, 82 and 71
227 David Carson and Timmy Clark 77, 76 and 74
234 Lance Yerton and Steve Bennett 79, 78 and 77 (won playoff first hole)
234 John Walton and Lynn Nearing 82, 75 and 77 (won scorecard playoff)
234 Jordan Alger and Rob Krowiak 80, 77 and 77
236 Spence McCredy and Matt Meade 83, 78 and 75 (won playoff fourth hole)
236 Terry Hagenbuch and Ed Holmquist 77, 83 and 76
237 Joe Loftus and Brad Hagen 81, 79 and 77
238 Ken Coon and Steve Fuller 80, 84 and 74
242 Shane Thompson and Robert Martin 84, 81 and 77
244 Aiden Hannan and Doug Coggins 80, 85 and 79
246 Frank Somich and Mike Somich 82, 85 and 79
250 Tom Kozlowski and Eric Bailey 84, 84 and 82
251 Mark McLaughlin and BJ Jackson 86, 83 and 82 (won scorecard playoff)
Olympic (Best of first two rounds plus third round)
171 Jim McIntyre and Mike Morse 0, 86 and 85
173 Trip deCordova and Kevin Nugent 0, 87 and 86
176 Zach Stratton and Wes Mills 88, 0 and 88