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Fries wins WNYPGA pros title

Dwayne Randall of Peek'n Peak and Jeff Urzetta of Oak Hill tied the Arrowhead Golf Course record with 66 rounds Tuesday, but Tim Fries of Transit Valley walked away with the winner's trophy in the Western New York PGA Professional Championship. Fries shot 136 for the tournament, two in front of Urzetta and three better than Randall and Rob Krajewski (Orchard Park).

Playing in the last threesome with first-day leader and defending champion Kirk Stauffer of Pine Acres CC in Bradford, Pa., the 53-year-old Fries roared down the stretch with birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16 then parred the last two holes to win the championship for club pros for the seventh time. He was 5 under 31 on the back nine in his round of 67. He played the front nine in even-par 36 before his surge coming home.

Urzetta, a member of a well-known Rochester golfing family and the director of instruction at Oak Hill, had a shot at setting a course record but had a bogey-5 on the final hole.

Randall played the first six holes with pars, then birdied six of the next 10 in his round of 34-32-66.

Stauffer seeking his sixth title in the tournament, shot 74 on Tuesday and finished fifth at 142. He birdied three of his last four holes to get his 74 after shooting 4-under 68 on Monday.

Fries, Randall and Urzetta qualified for the 2018 PGA Professional Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif. next June.

 

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