Taking full advantage of his familiarity with his home course, 40-year-old Patrick Nealon matched the low round of the tournament with a 69 and wrapped up the Buffalo District Golf Association Men’s Individual championship with a 54-hole total of 213, 3 under par, on Saturday at the Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg.
It was the first win in the tournament for Nealon and the first by a Brierwood member since David Patronik won in 2004 and 2005. However, Nealon won his second BDGA Mid-Amateur earlier this season. He also won in 2017.
Nealon’s 3-under round on Saturday matched the 69 shot on Friday by Evan Clarke of the Stafford CC.
A Buffalo native, Nealon returned to Western New York six years ago working as a field manager for SAP Fieldglass. He won four club championships at Brierwood from 2011-14.
The former Jacksonville University player shot a 72 on Friday for a three-way tie with two-time former champion Jacob Katz (Brookfield) and junior player Luke Stanley (Byrncliff).
Katz was the first-day leader with a 72. He finished 10th after an 81 on Saturday. Stanley shot 76 to end up sixth at 220.
Nealon clinched the championship with solid golf over the last 27 holes when he had only one bogey. That was on the par-3 15th hole on Saturday.
Nealon had 11 birdies and eight bogeys in the tournament, none of which were on the same holes the entire tournament.
Adrian Norford (Willowbrook) shot a final 70 for a 217 to finish second, one stroke in front of Andrew Romano (Lancaster CC) at 73-218.
Aside from Nealon, perhaps the biggest happening on Saturday was the performance 14-year-old Charlie Fischer of East Aurora CC.
Fischer, the NYGA Sub-Junior Champion, shot a final-round 71 for fifth place. His 219 total tied BDGA Junior Match Play champion Anthony Delisanti (Willowbrook), who was fourth on a match of cards.