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Bleile wins her ninth women's Club title

By DON HOHLER • Jul 30, 2019 at 6:30 AM

NORWALK — It was the tale of two ladies at the Eagle Creek Club championships this past weekend.

One was Nancy Bleile, as she won her ninth women’s title to close in even more on 11-time champion Betty McCarty and 10-time champion Nancy Dilger. The second lady in the spotlight was Ladies Senior flight champion, 69-year-old Karen Schneider — a golfer that has won exactly nothing in playing as many as 40 times in club matches.

Bleile was not at her best in shooting back-to-back 81’s for a 162 total. But it was good enough for a four-shot win over Ellie Schneider, the granddaughter of the senior flight winner.

“I did not play as well as I had hoped,” Bleile said. “One would think that as many starts as I have had over the years, I would be able to walk to the first tee with no butterflies and strike it down the middle, telling the field, ‘come and get me.’

“But that was not the case. I get back to reality in a hurry when I remember I am a 58-year-old grandmother who is getting pressured by a college kid that has a phenomenal game,” she added.

Bleile felt her short game was the difference.

“Not the putter though,” she said. “That might be my weak spot. I now stand over a short putt with a lot less confidence. I am not sure what that is a sign of. I just know I scrambled like crazy and got it up-and-down many time on the strength of my chipping.

“I still resort to the pro (David Morgan) to keep me on track,” Bleile added. “He knows my swing and when I get out of sync, he is quick to get me back on track.”

The third player in that flight was Rosemary Bordman (87-93—180).

The senior flight used net scores rather than gross (actual) numbers. The total Schneider put on the scoreboard on the first day (Saturday) of the event got a loud ovation when at the trophy presentation, and Morgan announced that her 57 on Saturday might be an all-time record.

Her two-day total of 88-99—187 (125 net) was 10 strokes clear of the ever-competitive Donna Pittenger (99-94—193) 135 net.

The other two players in the seniors flight were Erin Lendrum (102-103—205) net 147 and Carol Payne (94-94—188) net 148.

Schneider was ecstatic at her Saturday round.

“I never shoot in the 80’s, Never. For whatever reason, it all came together and can you believe it, after 53 years,” she said. “It was back to reality today (Sunday) with my 99.

“At these championships, I have spent 100 percent of my time out there on the course rooting for either my husband, my kids or my grandchildren,” Schneider added. “I never took the time to win anything. I was happy to see Steve, or Mike, or whoever win. That made my day. This weekend was my turn.”

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