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For the second straight year, longtime Haverhill golfer Jim Grant captured the Crystal Springs Golf Club Championship. Grant followed that up with a fourth-place finish at the North Shore Amateur.

Over four decades after picking up his first putter, Jim Grant is playing the best golf of his life.

Grant, 49, a fixture on the local golf scene and the annual Haverhill Gazette Santa Fund Hole-in-One contest, won the Crystal Springs Golf Club Championship for the second straight year and third time in his career.

Grant fired rounds of 70 and 73 (143) to defeat Jim Drohen and Glen Harwood, who each shot 144, and capture the crown. Last year Grant dedicated his Crystal Springs Golf Club Championship to the club’s former longtime owner George Gelt, who passed away last August at age 89 and was a mentor to Grant.

“After growing up only dreaming of winning the (club) championship,” said Grant, “I am getting better with experience, wisdom and persistence.”

Grant is also improving because he’s working hard at his golf game, namely his “short game,” which includes chipping and putting.

“I am practicing more than I am playing (regular rounds and tournaments), probably 90 minutes per day,” said Grant, a Haverhill High School graduate, who learned to play golf at Murphy’s Par 3 Garrison Golf Center and has been a longtime member at Crystal Springs. “I am staying focused and getting it done.”

After capturing the Crystal Springs Golf Club Championship, Grant got it done at the North Shore Amateur, a two-day tournament at Far Corners Golf Course in Boxford. The field included the top two players from each respective club on the North Shore.

During the tourney’s first round, Grant experienced what he called a “Tigeresque golf streak” as he birdied five consecutive holes.

“My previous best (for consecutive birdies) was four (holes),” said Grant. “It is a great feeling.”

Grant’s North Shore Amateur experience consisted of far more than five Tiger-like holes as he fired a first-round total of 70, which left him two shots behind the leader, Brian Cawley, entering the final round.

Through nine holes on the final day, the match was close, said Grant, until the 24-year-old Cawley broke the match open with a birdie spree of his own, firing a spectacular 31 on the back nine to seal the victory with a 138. Grant finished in a four-way tie for fourth place with a 147.

In addition to his extra pitching, putting and chipping, Grant — who has potted three aces over the years at the annual Haverhill Gazette Santa Fund Hole-in-One, including two in one year — said Crystal Springs Golf Club pro Ed Tompkins has been instrumental in helping him improve his game.

“There’s always something to work on,” said Grant, who recently fired a 3-under-par 66 at Crystal Springs. “But I am playing with a lot of confidence and feel like I am playing some of my best golf ever.”

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