MacLeod wins third U.S. Open blind golf crown

Joey Smith
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TRURO – For the third time in four years Brian MacLeod is champion of the U.S. Open blind golf championship.

Brian MacLeod

MacLeod rallied from a one-shot deficit midway through the final round and cruised to a 15-stroke victory at the 36-hole event in Exeter, R.I. on Tuesday.

“I lost it last year, but got it back this year,” a pleased MacLeod told the Truro Daily News on Thursday.

MacLeod, 55, also won the U.S. Open B1 blind title in 2011 and 2012.

MacLeod carded scores of 98 and 100 at the 6,406, par-72 layout at Exeter Country Club.

The Salmon River resident took a four-stroke lead into the final round, but shot 56 on the front side, while his playing competitor, Mario Tobia of Pennsylvania, had 51 for a one-stroke advantage at the turn.

MacLeod, however, regained his composure and had 44 on the inward nine holes to run away with victory.

“Once I got a few good holes under my belt and got a little more confidence, it kinda calmed me down,” said MacLeod, who made two pars, six bogeys and one double-bogey during his final nine holes.

Kevin Lemmon coached MacLeod in Rhode Island.

MacLeod’s win south of the border came two weeks after he captured the Canadian Open at Mountain Golf and Country Club.

MacLeod has won 65 of 96 blind golf events since he started playing in 1996. He will tee it up in tournaments in Kentucky, Italy and San Antonio, Tex., during the next two months to finish the season.

Meanwhile, Boyde Stewart of Upper Musquodoboit won the 36-hole Stableford championship this week in Rhode Island. He was coached by his wife Jackie.

 

 

Organizations: Truro Daily News, Exeter Country Club, Canadian Open Mountain Golf and Country Club

Geographic location: U.S., Exeter, Rhode Island Salmon River Pennsylvania Kentucky Italy San Antonio, Tex. Upper Musquodoboit

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  • Happy Gilmore
    August 24, 2014 - 16:29

    Congrats Brian on your most recent win. I am sure your induction into the Truro sports hall of fame is not far off, maybe even the world golf hall of fame. You should be an inspiration to all those sighted hackers out there that maybe they should play the game with their eyes closed.