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Champion repeats Crown at 2018 TCGA Tournament

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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -

After three rounds and three days, the field of 53 golfers from the 2018 Triple Cities Golf Association Tournament were whittled down to a single champion, Nick Barney, who won his second straight title, Sunday.

Coming off the first round on Friday, Barney sat as the leader. But it was Brian Burns who came out of the second day of the tournament as the new TCGA leader.

Today, the Binghamton Country Club was the grounds of the TCGA final round, while Barney and Burns were joined by Keith Chesk to round out the leaderboard.

Brian Burns held a respectable 142 after a couple days, and with Barney and Chesk close behind him, his shots had to remain near perfect. Still in the lead with a -3 after walking through the front nine holes, Burns could only watch as Barney continued to birdie to bring him at a tie as they finished the 18th hole.

The two golfers continued to match each other in the playoffs, shot for shot, heading into the 4th hole.

First to tee off on the par 5, 4th hole, Burns had a tricky up and down. Finding himself low on the fairway, Burns witnessed Barney take the high side and remained within a few yards closer to the green.

On his second shot, Burns laid up just short of the green and slid into the nearby bunker. Barney, on the other hand, drove a deep shot that landed on the fringe of the green, within ten yards of the hole.

Brian Burns could only watch as his championship dreams came to an end as Nick Barney chipped in a birdie to win his second-straight amateur title.

"I didn't get off to a good start today, but I just kept fighting and grinding and the putts started to fall," said Nick Barney.

According to Barney, winning the TCGA Championship he earned an exemption to qualify for the New York State Men's Amateur Championship, August 7-9, 2018.

When asked if he will be seeking a three-peat in 2019, Barney said, "We'll see." He also added how much he respected Brian Burns' play, and hopes to match up with Burns in another playoff scenario, next year.