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Standardbred Around The Fur wins at Paducah


No one remembers who finishes second, right? And it wasn't a situation of an older fellow picking on the little guy. Bruce's game is amazingly well-rounded for a player so young.

That theory was tossed out the window after Sunday's final round of the New Salisbury Golf Club championship.

Tony Garrett won his third club title by one stroke over Matthew Bruce, 141-140.

Championship Flight
T. Garrett
70
70
140
M. Bruce
70
71
141
A. Reed
73
70
143
J. Schmidt
75
70
145
Z. Davis
76
75
151
K. Mattingly
78
78
156
L.C. Nash
73
85
158
B. Fouts
75
WD

What made Bruce's achievement noteworthy ... and memorable? Garrett is 40 years old, and Bruce is ... well ... he'll be in the eighth grade at North Harrison Middle School this fall.

And it wasn't a situation of an older fellow picking on the little guy. Bruce's game is amazingly well-rounded for a player so young.

"He was like a little gnat," Garrett said. "He just wouldn't go away. I was fighting him the whole day, and he was always on me. He's a good little player.

"I thought if I shot even par today I'd have a good shot at winning. With (Bruce) making those birdies and chip-ins that he had, he got hot and I just didn't know if I could stay with him," Garrett said. "I just wanted to stay with steady golf and think about my game and not his. I just wanted to hit the shots and play for par."

First Flight
M. Rigot
79
73
152
R. Schulz
79
76
155
R. Higdon
80
77
157
T. Emerson
83
80
163
L. Long
84
83
167
M. Wetzel
82
86
168
R. Dooley
81
88
169
D. Hill
84
86
170

Garrett last won the title in 2000 and also scored the club championship in 1996.

Each half of the duo shot one-under par 70s in Saturday's opening round and remained tied through nine holes on Sunday.

At one point in the first nine, Bruce actually paced the field.

Then Garrett, last year's runner-up, snatched a lead he wouldn't relinquish on No. 10.

"You always have to have a little bit of luck in a round, and that hole had good luck and bad luck. Good luck for me, bad luck for (Bruce)," Garrett said. "When he chipped in twice on the front for birdies, there was a little bit of luck involved in that, too."

Second Flight
B. Terveree
93
84
177
T. Stephens
86
91
177
D. Clunie
85
93
178
H. Shafer
86
93
179
C. Jones
91
90
181
L. Delaney
87
97
184
D. Zollman
94
104
198
D. Conrad
94
112
206

Both players had good drives on No. 10, which was actually No. 1 on the nine-hole course. The second shot for Garrett was a touch short. It bounced high off a cart path, over the green, and plunked the tire of a golf cart of an earlier group, bouncing several feet back toward the hole. Bruce's try for the green, however, was long and left him a slightly downhill shot to the putting surface.

"My chip was still pretty difficult," Garrett pointed out. "I got lucky. I hit a poor second shot, and it bounced off the cart and left me with a difficult chip.

"That was the best putt I made all day was after that chip. I missed a good putt putting for birdie on 16. That putt I hit on 10 got me through."

Senior Flight
T. Gowers
71
78
149
L. Meisner
82
82
164
D. Block
82
88
170
R. Webb
99
88
187
J. Neuman
83
WD
J. McClesky
94
WD

The match got interesting in the final three holes.

Bruce bogeyed No. 16 while Garrett tapped in for par to put Garrett up by three strokes. Garrett went on to bogey 17, with Bruce making par.

Garrett's second shot on 18 left him with an uphill pitch to the hole. He stopped the ball on a dime just a foot or two from the cup.

"I knew once I hit the chip up there that it was over, no matter what (Bruce) did," Garrett said.

It's a good thing the champ's shot was a good one, because Bruce wound up making birdie to finish with a final-round 71.

High School Flight
B. Stephens
78
76
154
C. Brunner
83
WD

Alan Reed, who started the day three shots back of Garrett and Bruce, rode a roller coaster in his second nine. He birdied three of five holes to work to even par for the day. Then he posted a bogey and a double-bogey before marking back-to-back birds to finish the round.

L.C. Nash was the final member of the final foursome, but a 10-over front nine put him out of contention. On the back side, Nash bogeyed each of the first five holes before carding pars on the final four.

Last year's champion, Steve Beanblossom, did not play in the event. Neither did 10-time champ Kevin Nash, who was busy taking a test (he's in pursuit of his masters' degree).

Junior High Flight
W. Jones
91
90
181
D. Spencer
94
100
194
R. Dust
90
NS

Reed wound up third with a 143, followed by three members of North Harrison's golf team: Jon Schmidt (145), Zach Davis (151) and Kyle Mattingly (156).

In the First Flight, Michael Rigot, another member of NH's links squad, was the winner with a 152. Ross Schulz, a graduate of North Harrison and qualifier for this week's Indiana Amateur title at Brickyard Crossing in Indianapolis, shot a 155 for second place.

Bob Terveree won the Second Flight in a three-hole, card playoff against Terry Stephens. Both golfers fired 177s.

Ladies Flight
A. Dooley
106
98
204
C. Barr
116
109
225

Tom Gowers won the Senior Flight with a 149, Bryan Stephens won the High School Flight with a 154, Will Jones won the Junior High Flight with a 181, and Allison Dooley scored a championship in the Ladies Flight (204).

-- Ross Schulz shot an 88 in the opening round of the104th annual Indiana Amateur Championship on Monday. He carded a 43 on the front side and a 45 on the back for his 88.

Second round information from yesterday (Wednesday) was not available at press time.

After the second round, the 60 lowest scores will move on to third round action.

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