PLYMOUTH – Bob Branham’s 10 Canasawacta Country Club men’s member-guest titles are far and away the most of any individual player in the 50-year history of the tournament. Last year’s victory with his son Michael was as satisfying as any of the previous nine.
“I think the win last year validated the win we had before,” Bob Branham said of his second father-son title. “Every year it gets tougher and tougher. I feel we have to be more perfect. I don’t make as many birdies as I used to, and with the shotmaking, I can’t afford to make as many mistakes.”
The tournament at C.C.C. enters its 51st season beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Thursday. A second shotgun start follows that up at 1:30 p.m. “From a size perspective (202 players), this tournament is bigger than most,” said first-year Canasawacta Country Club head professional, Charley Winn, who is overseeing his first member-guest at C.C.C. “I’ve heard a lot of comments about the conditions of the course, and it’s as green as it’s ever been this time of year. It will probably play a little slower than players are used to, but it’s in great shape.”
Used to playing from the lead, the two Branhams needed to make up four shots on the back nine to overtake the team of Tim Carson and Scott Seiler, who placed second for the third straight year. Along the final nine holes, the Branhams also jumped past previous champions Doug Wilson-Joe Gutosky, and Tim Mirabito-Ken Stewart.
“I haven’t seen a list of the teams in the field, but certainly there are quite a few times that can win it,” Branham said...