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Humble Luthra rolls on

Raman Luthra took some good-natured grief from his foursome on the 17th tee at Park Country Club on Tuesday.

He finally had earned honors among his playing partners.

"There are a lot of guys that are a lot better than me," he said after his round.

Not playing amateur golf in Western New York lately, there aren't.

Luthra won his second Buffalo District Golf Association title of the season Tuesday, carding an even-par 71 at wind-swept Park to win the BDGA Mid-Amateur Tournament. The title comes on the heels of his BDGA Match Play championship May 18.

"Slow and steady is really what's worked out for me," Luthra said. "I got on the range [Tuesday] and [the wind] was howling. It was one of those days you weren't going to be able to get it close to the hole.

The tournament wasn't decided until the 18th hole. Luthra was tied with playing partner Marc Scherrer at 1-over par on the final tee. Scherrer's approach shot found the sand, while Luthra blasted a 9-iron from 148 yards out of the rough to within 2 feet for an easy birdie. Scherrer wasn't able to save par and finished at 2-over 73 -- making bogey on four of the final five holes -- tied for second with John Edwards and Nicklaus Ambrose.

Luthratrailed by three shots after making bogey on the10th hole, but was able to par in until his birdie on the 18th.

"I truly believe this: On a given day, there's a lot of really good players, and anybody can win," Luthra said. "I've been very fortunate to win the last two events we've had."

Don't be fooled by Luthra's humility, though. Player after player in the field of 70 golfers remarked what a good score even par was on the 6,908-yard layout, considering the two-club wind.

"The wind was very tough to judge," said Ambrose, a Cheektowaga resident playing in his first BDGA event. "You had to play steady and keep out of trouble."

That's the name of Luthra's game: he hit 16 of 18 fairways and didn't once three-putt.

Edwards, on the other hand, had more of an adventurous round, one that included two double bogeys and an eagle. That came on the par-4 15th, when he drove the green on the 368-yard par 4, then sank a 70-foot putt.

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