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O'NEILL'S BIRDIE RUN VAULTS HIM TO TITLE

Dan O'Neill birdied three of the last seven holes Monday to overtake Rob Horak and Tim Fries and earn the $2,000 first prize at the Locust Hill Pro Am and Open.

O'Neill, of Jamestown's Creekside Family Golf World, started the day four shots behind Horak, of Clifton Springs Country Club, who opened the 36-hole Western New York PGA event with a 4-under 68. O'Neill followed his opening-round 72 with a 70 to win by one shot.

Horak, who earned $1,700 for finishing second, shot 3-over on the front nine and had fallen behind a surging Fries by the 11th hole. Fries, of Transit Valley, was 3-under through 11 holes, but double bogeyed the 17th to finish 73-145, tied for fourth with Penfield Country Club's Denny Ferstler.

Horak finished one shot ahead of Crag Burn's Lon Nielsen, who finished third with a 74-70-144.

Dennis Bradley of the Webster Golf Club was the low senior pro with a 153.

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