NORWICH – With the course in great condition and greens so soft, players could fire right at the pins, Tom Muserilli was able to capture the open gross Canasawacta Country Club Championship Sunday, August 18 – the second of his tenure as a member of the course.
Muserilli opened up the third and final round of the championship with a seven stroke lead over Bob Branham.
“Tom felt great and was comfortable heading into the final round,” said Canasawacta Country Club General Manager Tim Carson. “I, along with many others, felt confident he could win it with the lead he had.”
That was until Carson caught up with the leaders at the tenth hole and found out how the front-nine started.
Having 18 holes to make up even shots and catch Muserilli, Branham shot a 3-under par through the first nine holes of the round. His opponent fired a 3-over score, putting him just one stoke back.
“I said to myself, ‘Here we go,’” said Carson.
Moving on to the 13th hole, a par-5 on the back nine of the course, the two were still separated by the one stroke.
Muserilli took a nice, easy approach and scored a two-putt birdie to go up two strokes at the time with Branham still needing to finish the hole.
Branham, who had been hitting the ball to about 10-15 feet of the cup all day, hit a shot about 15 feet away on the back side of the green. Seeing his line, he needed to roll the ball down on a very gentle break to score a birdie.
Handling the pressure, Branham used the right tempo and picked the line perfectly to make the putt and remain one stoke back of Muserilli.
Heading to 16, Branham set himself up with the a great chance to even the score with the current leader as he hit the ball within three feet while Muserilli faced a 20-foot bender birdie putt...