Tasho, Harrison Equal Mass Four-Ball Scoring Record In Victory - MASSGOLF

Steve Tasho & Thomas Harrison Team Up To Earn Their First Mass Golf Title

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2023

HYANNISPORT/WEST YARMOUTH, Massachusetts – This year’s Massachusetts Four-Ball Championship might go down as one of the most competitive in its 42-year history. With more than a dozen teams finishing with double-digit scores under-par on a raw spring day on Cape Cod, sitting on a lead wasn’t going to cut it.

Steve Tasho Jr. and Thomas Harrison recognized this and knew they couldn’t take their foot off the gas coming down the stretch. In fact, they epitomized the balance needed to win a four-ball competition. Thomas made 10 birdies over two days, highlighted by a 30-footer off the green on the 3rd hole (12th of the day). Meanwhile, Tasho poured in eight more, including the final one on the 7th hole (16th of the day) followed by a par save on the 8th, to finish the two-day competition with a 17-under 126.

Their total score of 126 matches the 2017 winning mark from Matt Parziale and Herbie Aikens when the event took place at Haverhill Country Club and Renaissance. No team had ever finished 17-under in this championship.

“I came into the week with no expectations, and it feels pretty surreal,” Harrison said after the victory. “We both felt comfortable as the day went on. Steve was keeping an eye on the score, I was trying to turn a blind eye to it, but he had us sorted out with our scorekeeping.”

Kevin Blaser and Ricky Stimets, made their own late charge up the leaderboard at Hyannisport Club but finished runner-up with a 15-under 128.

In addition to their championship plaques, Tasho and Harrison are guaranteed a spot in the Mass Four-Ball for the next 10 years. The low 30 teams and ties are also guaranteed a spot in next year’s championship (must be the same two individuals to qualify).


When it comes to this win, all roads come back to Brockton’s Thorny Lea Golf Club. Harrison joined the club when he moved to the Bay State two years ago, and Tasho became one of his closest friends. Harrison, who’s originally from Texas and plays winter golf in Florida, has since joined Old Sandwich Golf Club where he works as a part-time caddie.

In addition, Tasho joined his father, Steve Sr., as the past winner of the event. The elder Tasho won this event in 1988 and 1994 with his brother-in-law Bruce Chalas, who coaches Boston University’s women’s golf team.

“It’s really special, and I’m glad I could win something like this,” said Tasho, a former Bryant University standout. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it to all the coaching and preparation [my dad] has given me for these events.”

Steve Tasho and his father can now both lay claim to a Mass Four-Ball title. (David Colt)

Blaser (Fall River Country Club) and Stimets (Worcester Country Club) got themselves back in the lead after Stimets went off for birdies on holes 12-14, followed by a successful eagle putt on the 16th and a difficult downhill birdie putt on the 17th.

However, Harrison and Tasho made the turn at 13-under, and Harrison’s birdies on the 3rd and 5th holes, followed by Tasho’s back-to-back shots on the 6th and 7th gave them a firm grasp on the lead. They said they didn’t feel comfortable until both their tee shots were in play on the final hole.

“The last four holes were a grind; we weren’t taking our foot off the pedal,” Tasho said.

They both said clinching the title at a historic and prestigious venue like Hyannisport made it all the more special.

“I thought Hyannisport was such a beautiful setting to do it,” Harrison said. “It exceeded expectations for sure.”


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  • For the first time since 2010, the entire field played all 36 holes of the competition (no withdrawals or DQs).
  • This year’s field had 113 of the 192 sides finish under-par total, an increase of 80 from the 2022 championship.
  • Ricky Stimets’ grandfather Dick Stimets also finished second in the Mass Four-Ball in 1991, when the event was last contested at Hyannisport. He was teamed with this year’s Official-In-Charge Sandy Dowling, who was serving as president of the Massachusetts Golf Association back in 1991.
  • Morgan and Molly Smith (Vesper Country Club) the first female duo to ever play in the Mass Four-Ball, shot 5-under 67 on Wednesday at Bayberry Hills to finish 4-under overall, good for T68. That score tops their father Phil Smith (Vesper Country Club) who finished even-par both days with his partner Keith Stone (The Tour).
  • The teams of Conor McGovern (Brookmeadow Country Club) & Kyle Buschmann (Granite Links Golf Club) and Mark Fusco (Bayberry Hills) & Ryan Gendron (The Cape Club) each finished with birdies within minutes of each other at Hyannisport and Bayberry Hills, respectively, to give their respective sides a temporary share of the lead at 13-under. WATCH >
  • Dustin Dube (Beverly Golf & Tennis Club) & Kevin Dyer (Bass Rocks Golf Club) had the biggest turnaround from Round 1 to Round 2, as they started with an even-par 72 at Bayberry Hills Golf Course on Tuesday, followed by an 8-under 63 on Wednesday.
  • A handful of players in the field will now advance to the U.S. Four-Ball, taking place May 20-24 at Kiawah Island Club. Among them are Ben Grant & Michael Pyne, of Foxborough CC, who finished 1-over 144, and Herbie Aikens (Old Sandwich Golf Club) will play with Matt Parziale, who is in Florida currently to compete in the Coleman Invitational at Seminole Golf Club. Aiken and George Zolotas (Tedesco Country Club) finished 1-under 142.
  • Registration for the 2024 U.S. Four-Ball opened Wednesday. Qualifying in Massachusetts will take place August 29 at Bayberry Hills, followed by October 3 at Country Club of Wilbraham. Registration Info >


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