Joey Sindelar wrapped up the $400,000 B.C. Open title with a final-round 2-under-par 69 yesterday in Endicott, N.Y., becoming the first two-time champion in the tournament's 16-year history.
The four-stroke victory, good for $72,000, was Sindelar's first on the PGA Tour since he won the B.C. Open two years ago by one stroke. He failed to make the cut last year.
Sindelar, who lives in nearby Horseheads, N.Y., built a commanding lead in the opening rounds and sailed to an easy triumph despite a late charge by fellow New Yorker, Jeff Sluman, of Rochester.
Sindelar finished at 18-under-par 266, and for a while was at 19 under, threatening to match the previous best 72-hole total over the En-Joie Golf Club course that was set by Calvin Peete, who carded a four-round total of 265 on the way to the 1982 B.C. Open title.
Sluman, who made a gallant effort at trying to overcome the eight-stroke advantage Sindelar held after three rounds, shot a final-round 65.
The four strokes was the closest anyone got to Sindelar, who built a seven-stroke lead after two days following rounds of 65 and 63.
Bruce Crampton, who played record golf the first two rounds, shot a par 70 to hold on for a six-stroke victory in the $225,000 Bank One Classic in Lexington, Ky. He had posted rounds of 63-64 the first two days.
He won $33,750.
Rosie Jones shot 3-under-par 69 to take sole possession of the second-round lead in the $200,000 Rail Charity Classic in Springfield, Ill., which concludes today.
Jones matched her opening-round score in the 54-hole tournament as she registered five birdies for a one-stroke lead over Mary Beth Zimmerman, Nancy Lopez and Kathy Postlewait.