Kevin Blaser Wins Marathon Burke Memorial Tournament
Due to a number of rain delays, postponements and course availability problems, the Burke Memorial Tournament took just about a month to finish.
The tournament, which originally was set to take place on October 3 and October 4, ended up finishing on November 2.
At the end of the marathon, Kevin Blaser held up the trophy, winning the Burke Memorial by one shot over Kirkbrae’s Mike Hamilton.
Blaser fired a 70 at Newport several weeks ago and a 71 at Pawtucket to post a two-round score of 141.
For Blaser, this is his first state win in ten years after having several close calls this past summer.
Blaser’s Final Round
Complicating things for Blaser, and the rest of the field, was that rounds were not all played on the same day.
For example, Blaser played his final round on Monday, November 1 at Pawtucket Country Club.
Others, like Adam Auclair, played their final rounds Tuesday. Thankfully, for the tournament’s sake, no-one from day two of round two made a run.
The top five players on the leaderboard, and even further down then that, all played on Monday.
Blaser opened his final round with a birdie on the fourth hole at Pawtucket to get to one-under par for the day.
He then bogeyed the seventh hole and birdies the 8th hole to take four-shot lead into his back nine.
Making the turn, Blaser doubled the 11th hole, and then bogeyed the 14th before parring out to shoot 71 and keep others in the field alive.
However, no-one was able to catch him. Even on day two of round two.