NORWICH – The youngest team in the 61st Annual Canasawacta Country Club tournament field captured the Masters Flight after shooting back-to-back 7-under-par rounds to lead heading into the final round Saturday afternoon.
Club member Ryan Johnson and guest Nick Barney, teammates at LeMoyne College, went into the final 18-holes of the tournament with a five stroke lead over second place teams Bryan Smith-Brian Loomis and Matt Burrell-Craig Dawson.
As long as the duo didn’t have a horrible round, their chances after Friday’s second round were pretty strong after repeating their performance from Thursday’s opening round, shooting a 64 both days.
Tim Carson, Canasawacta Country Club General Manager and tournament participant said while it was not the lowest round the course has witnessed in the member-guest weekend, it is the lowest the tournament has seen in quite some time.
The lowest round scored during the tournament was a 63.
Johnson and Barney started Friday’s round out just like they did the day before, up and down. Johnson’s shot on hole number nine was over the green and into the woods on the back side but Barney was able to put the score on the card for them at a birdie.
Their playing partners, Jeff Johnson and Denny Mirabito said during the round, the duo were playing well but they needed to string together something in order to come close to what they shot Thursday morning.
Well they did just that. The two scored seven birdies and two eagles during the second round to record the 7-under 64, giving them a total of 128 (14-under) with one round remaining.
Burrell and Dawson, who turned in a 65 on day one, finished another round below par on Friday as they shot a 68 to end the first two rounds with a 133 (9-under). Smith and Loomis flipped scores with Burrell and Dawson, shooting a second-round score of 65 after coming in with a 68 Thursday afternoon for the second-place tie.
Burrell and Dawson stayed at a round of 2-under through 14 holes during Saturday’s final round as they attempted to make a push at the leaders. Their pairing partners, Bob Adsit and Dave Cappadonia – who were three strokes back before the last round – came out of no where, shooting a 6-under-par score through 14 to put some pressure on the leaders...