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Final Round Canceled, McMillen Wins Public Links Playoff

June 10th, 2011

More rain plagued northern Indiana Friday, causing the final round of the Public Links Championship at Rozella Ford to be canceled. The three players who fired 70's during the first round - John McMillen, Brooks Snyder and Randy Nichols, waited for the skies to clear and headed out for a playoff to decide the winner.

All three players were on the green in two at the par-4, 18th, but Snyder stuck his approach to four feet for the advantage over the others who left themselves long putts. Nichols two-putted, and then it was McMillen's turn. With a stroke of confidence he sunk his 18-footer and put the pressure on Snyder. Snyder couldn't convert the birdie to continue the playoff, and McMillen got his first IGA tournament win. "That was fun and kind of exciting!" said McMillen, who will be a senior at IPFW this fall. "Mr. Nichols and Mr. Snyder are awesome players. People know their names, so I was just happy to be in it."

McMillen lives a short drive away from Warsaw in Peru, so he has played in many State Open qualifiers at the course, but his success hasn't been the same in those events. "I usually play in the Open qualifier here and never get out. I'm just glad to not shoot 80 here," explained McMillen, who actually chose a different qualifying site this year, but still has respect and fondness for Rozella. "It is in great hape for how much rain they have gotten and the staff always does a nice job."

Tied in third were Ryan Myers, Tracy Miller and Brian Green at 71.

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