Reuben Prillaman has been near the top of the leader board at the Wyoming County Open many times.
On Sunday, at long last, he he finished in the top spot at Clearfork Valley.
“I’ve been coming here for years and finished second three or four times,” said Prillaman, whose two-day total of 129 gave him the win.
“I just played solid,” he stated.”The course was in the best shape I’ve ever seen it, and I’ve been coming here for 25 years.”
He finished two strokes ahead of Tim Boggs, whose 61 on Sunday was the best round of the tournament.
Evan Muscari, a former state high school champion and currently a member of the Concord golf team, took third with a 134.
Prillaman said there were a couple of key holes which contributed to the win.
“Yesterday (Saturday) I had a bogey on 14 and then came back and got a birdie on the long par 15th,” he explained. “That sort of got me going. And today, I had an eagle on No. 5.”
He had seven birdies in shooting 64 in the first round. He had five birdies and an eagle in his second round of 65.
“I just love the competition,” Prillaman stated. “I love to play golf.”
This year’s field totaled 157, the highest number in years, according to Toney Bowles of Clearfork Valley. “Everything went real good,” Bowles commented. “It’s still one of the biggest tournaments in the area. Everybody loves to come and play.”
A mild winter and warm spring contributed to excellent course conditions, he reported. “Our volunteers take a lot of pride in our course,” Bowles said.
He thanked the ladies who prepare the meals and the other volunteers and board of directors who make the event possible.
Tourney notes: There were two championship divisions this year. Topping the second division were former Wyoming East star Derek Brooks, veteran Leigh Smith and Westside golfer Hunter Owens … 12-year-old Colin Bowles took sixth in the championship flight. “He wanted to break the record for the youngest winner,” Toney Bowles remarked. “Benny Bowles won it when he was 13. But Colin couldn’t get his putts to drop today.”