Lonnie Nielsen of Orchard Park earned his first victory on the Sunbelt Senior Tour on Wednesday. Nielsen’s birdie-3 on the second playoff hole defeated Roger Rowland of Jacksonville, Fla., for the Cleveland Senior Open. Over 54 holes, Nielsen had 12 birdies and nine bogeys, earning $10,000 from the purse of $32,900. He shot 3-under 67 in his final round.
Rowland, who shot 68 on Wednesday, has won 15 Sunbelt Tour tournaments over the last six seasons.
The Sunbelt Senior Tour next plays Sunday and Monday in the Seneca Cup at Hickory Stick Golf Club in Lewiston with a pro-am scheduled for Saturday. For information on entering the pro-am contact the Hickory Stick pro shop.