Morris Redford had been waiting six years to win a flight in the Birch Ridge Golf Association Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament.
Friday, Pat Cowan made him wait another 18 holes before Redford finally got what he'd been looking for.
Redford, whose previous best finish at a tournament flight was third, used a sizzling back nine Friday to edge Cowan, the defending champion, by two strokes for the Men's Master's Division title.
Also Friday, Rita Botelho rolled to her second straight Women's Flight crown and third overall, and Ken Liedes cruised to his third Men's Junior-Senior Division title.
"Mo just shot lights out on the back nine," Cowan said of Redford's 3-over-par 38 on the final nine holes. "Give him credit. He deserved to win."
Redford actually started the day tied for third in his flight. C.T. Reese was in front after firing a 10-over 80 Thursday, Cowan was at 81, and Dale Sandahl and Redford sat at 84.
Friday didn't start very well for Redford, either. He took a seven on the first hole, while Cowan scored par. That meant Redford now had to make up six strokes.
"I think the difference this year was I played more relaxed," Redford said. "I've played a lot with Pat this summer, so I felt comfortable playing with him.
"Plus, after that triple bogey, the pressure was off me. I was kind of out of it."
By the start of the back nine, Redford was three strokes behind Cowan, who was now out in front. By the 16th hole, the fast-closing Redford was just one stroke behind. When Cowan took a triple bogey on the hole while Redford bogeyed, Redford had the lead for good.
"I just played a round of good, steady golf," Redford said. "My short game rounded into good shape and I putted real well.
"It was the putting that pretty much held me together on the back nine."
Ken Liedes plays from the fifth tee Friday during the Birch Ridge Golf Association's Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament.
Photo by M. SCOTT MOON
The action in the other two main divisions wasn't nearly as close. Botelho won the Women's Flight by 32 strokes, while Liedes took the Men's Junior-Senior Division by 10 strokes.
In Thursday's opening round, golfers can play whenever and with whomever they would like. Liedes and Botelho, both having busy days planned, took advantage of that and played a round together at 7:30 a.m.
The two were off the course by 10:15 a.m., with Botelho having a 20-stroke lead in her flight and Liedes having a three-stroke lead in his flight.
"Our summers are too short," Botelho said. "That makes it really tough. My company that comes really doesn't play any golf at all.
"I actually have to sneak off sometimes, and that's what I did Thursday morning."
Botelho finished with a two-day total of 163. The two rounds marked the completion of a goal for Botelho.
"I've been saying this for the past few summers, but I've really wanted to concentrate on getting back to the point where I can shoot in the low 80s at Birch Ridge, and maybe a little better," she said.
Botelho said the busy summer has kept her from getting in as many rounds of golf as she would have liked, but she has had time to hit a ton of balls on the range.
"I haven't put up two rounds like this in three or four years," Botelho said.
In the Junior-Senior Division, Liedes said it was only close for the first six or seven holes Friday.
"I was just keeping the ball in play," Liedes said. "That's more important than anything on this course. You can get into some deep stuff off the fairway."
Liedes topped a formidable field for the title. Jess Wade, who finished second, won Junior-Senior crowns in 1992, 1999 and 2000. He also took the Master's Division title in 1998. John Dahlgren, who finished third, took the Junior-Senior title in 1996.
"Liedes was just playing steady -- smooth and steady," Wade said. "I made a big mistake right off the bat when I went in the water on No. 2
"I didn't get my game back for eight or nine holes after that."
11th Annual Birch Ridge Golf Association Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament
at Birch Ridge Golf Course
Rita Botelho 80-83 -- 163
Linda Murphy 100-95 -- 195
Pat Bird 105-92 -- 197
Joe Briscoe 106-97 -- 203
Chiya Bazan 105-100 -- 205
June Stuckey 109-117 -- 226
Myrna Cowan 115-111 -- 226
Jan Stenga 113-115 -- 228
Shirley Jonsrud 121-115 -- 236
Junior/Senior Division - Men
Ken Liedes 75-75 -- 150
Jesse Wade 77-83 -- 160
John Dahlgren 78-83 -- 161
Lee Stalker 78-85 -- 163
Craig Jung 82-85 -- 167
Bill Burtrum 91-77 -- 168
Bill Fletcher 84-88 -- 172
Bobby Bush 90-88 -- 178
Jim Legner 90-90 -- 180
John Davis 95-92 -- 187
Steve Hammarstrom 91-100 -- 191
Bill Radtke 94-103 -- 197
Master's Division - Men
Morris Redford 84-80 -- 164
Pat Cowan 81-85 -- 166
Dale Sandahl 84-85 -- 169
Jerry Norris 89-86 -- 175
C.T. Reese 80-99 -- 179
Andy Anderson 99-95 -- 194
Gordon Briscoe 96-100 -- 196
Phil Turkington 97-100 -- 197
Don McGhee 98-101 -- 199
Dave Stein 94-107 -- 201
Carl Christensen 103-99 -- 202
Charles Obendorf 108-104 -- 212
Pat McElroy 103-113 -- 216
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