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Perry Hangs On

June 12th, 2010

Kyle Perry of Bloomington held on to his lead with a final round 69 at Stony Creek GC to win his first Public Links Championship Saturday. After an opening round 10-under-par 61 (a new course record) and a six-shot lead over the field, the pressure and focus was on him to take the win. Once he opened with three birdies by hitting fairways and greens and making significant length birdie putts, it was convincing he could repeat his first round performance.

Until at the fifth hole he hit his first errant shot, pulling his tee shot behind a tree and leaving himself a difficult approach. He managed to save par, but let his emotions show. Despite visible frustration with less than solid shots, Perry saved a string of pars and converted another birdie at the 10th. A lip-out at the 14th caused his first bogey of the tournament, and a missed 3-foot putt at the 16th forced the other. But his comfortable two shot lead heading into 17 and 18 was only made more comfortable when runner-up Brodie Williams of Lapel pushed his second shot at the par 5, 18th hole into a pine tree and had to take an unplayable. Williams finished with a bogey and three strokes back at 67-66=133.

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