ORE HILL - The team of Artie Fink Jr. and Todd Homan fired a final round 66 to hold off Ken Love and Wally Clapper and take home the title at the Iron Masters Classic on Sunday afternoon. It is the second consecutive tournament victory for the pair as they also teamed to win the Park Hills Classic a week ago.
"Any win is a good win but it's great to be on a little roll and win two weeks in a row," Fink said.
The pair, which has won three Park Hills titles together, was playing for the first time as teammates in the Iron Masters event. Fink has personally won the Iron Masters Classic six other times, but those came with different partners. Homan was playing the event for just the second time.
"It's great to win a tournament that I don't have too much experience with," Homan said. "Artie and I have been playing well together and it feels good to get another win."
Last week at Park Hills it was the play of Homan that carried the duo to victory, but this week Fink was also back in top form.
"Todd carried us last week so it felt good for me to hold up my end this time around," Fink said. "Both of us played solid this week, we only made one bogey over the three rounds and that was the difference."
"Artie was the catalyst this week," Homan remarked. "He got us going today with an eagle on the fourth hole after we opened with three pars. That hole really got it going for us."
The team of Love and Clapper tried to make things interesting by converting birdies on three of the final four holes, but in the end it wasn't enough to catch the champions. Fink and Homan will now focus their attention on going for a third straight tournament win next week at The Summit Country Club in Cresson. The pair finished third in that tournament last summer.
"We are playing well and it's exciting to have a shot at three straight wins," Homan said. "Last year we had a chance to win at The Summit but we didn't convert over the last few holes."
"Hopefully we can keep this thing rolling for another week. The Summit puts on a great tournament and we are looking forward to another challenging weekend," Fink said.
Both players made sure to point out the great conditions at Iron Masters this weekend. Beautiful weather Sunday certainly helped out the cause.
"We just want to thank Tom Koehle and everyone out here for putting on such a great event. The course was fantastic this weekend and the greens were really in great condition," Homan said.
Other flight winners on the day included Gary Geiger and Andrew Nichol in the seventh flight, Steve Gorman and Chuck Meyers in the sixth flight, Dave Wertz and Kyle Hine in the fifth flight, Duane Geisler and Dave Bailey in the fourth flight, Rob Galloway and Doug Grissiner in the third flight, Robbie Keith and Brian Yarnell in the second flight, and Andrew Ferguson and Shaun Foor in the first flight.
1, Artie Fink Jr. - Todd Homan, 199; 2, Ken Love - Wally Clapper, 201; 3, Dan Ott - Cameron Sprowles, 202
1, Andrew Ferguson - Shaun Foor, 206; 2, Andy Fouse - Kyle Kyper, 210; 3, Adam Ritchey - John Bankes, 211
1, Robbie Keith - Brian Yarnell, 213; 2, Gene Snyder - Matt Snyder, 216; 3, David DeGol - Mac Rosenbaum, 217
1, Rob Galloway - Doug Grissinger, 219; 2, John Crowe - Mark Melmed, 223; 3, Dave Hummel - Curt Whitesel, 225
1, Duane Geisler - Dave Bailey, 222; 2, Bill Burket - Mark Guyer, 224
1, Dave Wertz - Kyle Hine, 212; 2, John Shaffer - Randy Ritchey, 218
1, Steve Gorman - Chuck Meyers, 227; T-2, Tudor Trifan - Joe Pyzowski, 231; T-2, Joe Piotti - Jeff Bickel, 231
1, Gary Geiger - Andrew Nicol, 225; 2, Larry Knowles - Dick Knowles, 233; 3, Joel Gardner - Ray McMullen, 236