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Blaser and Quigley win a rain-shortened Gilholm Cup
- CCNB photo
- CCNB photo

The Country Club of New Bedford’s Gilholm Cup was scheduled for Saturday, September 25, andSunday, September 26, as a 36-hole best ball of two gross stroke play event. Unfortunately, due to3+ inches of rain falling overnight, Sunday’s round was cancelled, and it became an 18-hole event.

Thirty-eight teams vied for the Title at the famed Willie Park Jr. designed golf course, Par 70, 6400-yardlayout. Playing in the Men’s Invitational Event were some of the best amateur players in New Englandand beyond.

Kevin Blaser (Segregansett CC) and Paul Quigley (Green Valley GC – RI) shot 65, five under par gross,for the day to win the Cup.

The team got off to a hot start as Paul birdied the short first hole with a birdie putt from 20 feet.Paul hit it to 10’ and putted it in on the dogleg third hole for another birdie.

On the 4th hole, the only par 5 on the golf course, Kevin launched a big drive and hit a 3 iron second shotnear the green. From 20 yards away, he wedged it up. The ball took two bounces, hit the stick and wentin for an Eagle 3!

With a quick 4 under par for 4 holes, the team battled the course with all pars until Paul hit his 7 wood to4 feet on hole 17, the par 3 over the water, and knocked it in for their third birdie of the day.

A nifty par on the long par 4 18th sealed the deal for them with a five under par 65.

This is the 3rd Gilholm Cup victory for teammates Quigley and Blaser. Kevin and Paul paired in 2013 and2015 to take the Cup. Paul also won in 2011 with Bobby Leopold as his partner.

Tied for 2nd place were teammates Matt Montt (Plymouth CC) and Bradley Broome (Button Hole GC – RI),and teammates Steve Cahill (Wollaston GC) and Sean Fitzpatrick (George Wright GC). Both teams werefour under par 66. Bradley holed his second shot for an eagle on hole #13.

Three teams tied for 4th at three under par 67: Kevin Nery and Adam Bradshaw (both of CCNB); DavidPierce and Rugo Santini (both of Oakley CC); and J.C. Guthrie (Oak Hill CC) and Mike Lemerise(Cyprian Keyes GC).

The 21-year tournament was named for John Gilholm, the legendary, nationally acclaimed CCNB GolfProfessional for over 40 years.

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ABOUT THE Gilholm Cup

36-hole best-ball stroke play tournament named after the legendary Johnny Gilholm, Golf Pro at the Country Club of New Bedford for over 40 years.

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