Steady Smith captures CCC menís scratch title

Pictured are Canasawacta Country Club club champions from this past weekend. From the left are Vinny Jones, menís senior handicap; Casey Marson, womenís scratch; and Bryan Smith, menís scratch. Missing was Doug Wilson, senior menís scratch and Ted Diorio, men's handicap champion.

PLYMOUTH Ė Bryan Smith made one subtle swing change this season, and it helped him capture his first Canasawacta Country Club menís scratch title.

Smith finished the 54-hole tournament at 3-over-par to top recent Norwich High School graduate Eric Walling by four strokes, and 21-time menís champion, Bob Branham, by five.

Casey Marson repeated as womenís scratch title, and Doug Wilson completed the triumvirate of scratch title winners edging Jim Wysor by one stroke for the senior menís crown.

Ted Diorio (menís handicap), Vinny Jones (senior menís handicap), and Marson (womenís handicap) completed the honor roll of champions Sunday.

ďNot going left,Ē was Smithís description of his swing change. He had his swing videotaped for the first time and took a lesson from CCC head professional Charley Winn. Smith ditched his right-to-left ball flight Ė that often led to snap-hooks Ė for a controlled left-to-right fade. ďNow when I miss (a shot), it goes right.Ē

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