Seiler-Smith hold on to win Bluestone Member-Guest title

OXFORD – It was an emotional weekend for all of the Seilers, who were mourning the death of family patriach Jack Seiler, who passed away Saturday.

Todd Seiler, one of Jack’s son’s, and partner Bryan Smith, took a one-shot lead into the final round over Todd’s brother Scott and his partner John Byroads. In a dual befitting the excellence of each team, a birdie on the 18th hole sealed the Todd Seiler-Smith title by two shots in Sunday’s final round at the Bluestone Golf Course Men’s Member-Guest championship.

Seiler and Smith shot a 9-under-par 61 to finish at 14-under-par. Seiler and Byroads had a final-round 62, and were within one shot of the lead entering the last hole. “There are a lot of people here that we know and that Jack knew,” Todd Seiler said. “I knew it was going to be hard seeing everybody.”

Jack Seiler brought his love of golf to his family, and no less than four of the nine championship flight teams were headed by Seilers. Kenny Seiler and his partner Dave Popovich tied for third with Rick Race and Jerry Birdsall at 8-under-par. Defending champions, Scott Seiler Jr. and Lee Skillin wound up fifth.

On this day, though, it was clear that Todd Seiler and Smith were comfortable in the front-runner’s role, and a one-shot lead over Seiler and Byroads to start the day grew to as many as three on the front nine. “For the most part, we played pretty well,” Smith said.

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