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Kenmore's Creighton loses in seven-man playoff for LECOM Challenge berth

Peter Creighton of Kenmore shot a 6-under par 66 at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk on Monday,  but didn't survive a playoff  for the final two berths in the LECOM Health Challenge on the Tour. The LECOM Challenge will get under way on Thursday at the Peak'n Peek Resort course in Findley Lake.

Creighton, 27, a former Canisius High hockey player and All-Catholic golfer who played at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., started his qualifying round with an eagle on the 523-yard 10th hole and had five birdies and one bogey on the 6,709 layout on the shore of Lake Erie.

Creighton teed off in the next-to-last groupings and by the time he completed his round five other golfers were already in with 66s. Alex Blickle, playing in Creighton’s threesome also shot 66.

In the seven-man playoff, Mark Schall of Charlotte, N.C. and Charley Wang of Bradenton, Fla., birdied the hole to move on to the tournament proper.

Former Oklahoma State golfer Brad Gehl of Carmel, Ind., Australian David Lutterus playing out of Wexford, Pa., and Brian Richey, another former Florida Southern golfer, each shot 9-under 63 to lead the qualifying. Next were Zach Zaback of Cromwell, Conn., and Brandon Matthews of Dupont, Pa., at 64. Five more golfers shot 65s.

Just missing the playoff was Rob Krajewski of Williamsville who plays out of the Orchard Park CC. Krajewski shot 67. Austin Nowak of Lancaster and Ben Reichert (River Oaks) shot 70s. Danny Yustin (East Amherst) and Kevin Kaszuba (Shorewood) were at 72, James Blackwell (River Oaks) and Joshua Harrington (Shorewood) came in at 74. Other local scores: Billy Gaffney (Crag Burn) 76, Nolan Swanson (Pinehurst) 77, Daniel Weimer (Tri-County) 78, and Steve Wintersteen (Cassadaga) 82.

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