BROCKTON – Steve Tasho joined an exclusive and distinguished group of players after winning his second State Amateur title in 1985 at Myopia Hunt Club, notching his first Mass Am victory at Taconic in 1981. Those prestigious trophies are among dozens on display in the Tasho family trophy room in Easton, and a constant reminder to 17-year old Steven Jr. that his dad was a damn good player in his day.
In fact, stretching over 30-plus years of competitive amateur golf, Steve Sr., now 56, has won 25 individual tournaments including seven Brockton City Open’s, seven Thorny Lea club championships, three Hornblowers, three Norfolk County Classics and the list goes on. Throughout those years, when he finds a decent partner for fourball events – such as brother-in-law Bruce Chalas, Matt Parziale or John Hadges, Tasho’s record soars to over 50 wins ranging from state, regional and city competitions.
Even though Tasho calls 1981 his best year ever, the 2015 season has been very special for both father and son, especially a span of five weeks in late summer in which they claimed first-place in three events. On August 12 the duo teamed up to win the MGA Father/Son tournament at Fall River County Club firing a 3-under, 67. On August 30, they teamed up to win the Thorny Lea GC father/son shooting 1-under 69, both victories earned in selected drive, alternate shot formats. Then over Labor Day weekend, with Steve Sr. playing in the seeded division, and Steve Jr. entered in the unseeded field, each won their respective division in the 65th edition of the Brockton City Open. Dad shot 67-69-73-209 to edge clubmate Matt Parziale. With the three-day stroke play tournament played at D.W Field, Brockton CC and Thorny Lea Steve Jr. shot 75-72-74-221 to dust Mike Nye by ten shots.
“I have won a lot of big tournament but winning with my son as a partner is extra special,” said the elder Tasho, currently employed as a manufacturing rep for an office supply company, while still finding time to coach the Boston University men’s golf team. “We played in the MGA father/son last year and finished second, but I did not play well. So this year I was motivated and we both played well enough to win. He was hitting the drives and I was hitting the irons and we ended up with four birdies and one bogey on No. 18. It’s much more fun to win with your son.”
With help from dad, golf guru Tom Cavicchi (Harmon Club) and Thorny Lea head pro Peter Norton, Steve Jr. has stamped himself as a player to watch. The Oliver Ames High School senior expects a high finish in the state finals scheduled Oct. 28 after an impressive match play record the past three seasons. He recently finished seventh in the Southeast Amateur, with dad serving as caddy.
“I like playing competitive golf and this year has been my best, “said the younger Tasho, who is eyeing Bryant University or Springfield College next September. “It seems every tournament I enter my father has won it. The doesn’t put added pressure on me but motivates me to try to win. I’m hungry to improve my game and know it will take a lot of practice to follow in my father’s footsteps. His help has been invaluable so far.”
So in a friendly match does dad always beat son? “No way. I finally beat him last November in stroke play 78 – 76,” said Steve Jr. who dropped his handicap from 13 to 3 in three years. “I was pumped when that happened and I’ve beaten him a few times since. Before the final round of the city open his advice to me was to think that I’m playing just another round of golf, and I should just play the course and not worry about anyone else. It worked out great!”
No one will dispute that father knows best in the Tasho family. With a few more top-5 finishes in Challenge Cup events and the taste of victory in MGA and local competition, Steve Tasho Jr. says “there’s always room” for more hardware in the expanding Tasho trophy room – which shape comes in all forms – glass, silver, bronze, brass or wood engravement. Winning never gets old in the Tasho family. And winning together as father and son is extra special for the two Steve’s!