MacLeod wins third U.S. Open blind golf crown

Joey Smith
Published on August 21, 2014
Brian MacLeod

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

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.