Two-hole playoff decides Falling Rock Classic

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FARMINGTON, Pa. — There were times the past two days when it seemed as if playing golf was the last thing a person would want to do.

During the first round Monday of the Falling Rock Classic, ominous skies eventually led to about a half-hour rain delay.

The final round Tuesday at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Mystic Rock brought much of the same: heavy clouds, erratic winds and occasional rain. But the sky eventually cleared in time to bring something other than sun — the winner.

John Aber of Allegheny Country Club became the 2014 champion after beating Joe Boros of Treesdale Golf and Country Club in the second hole of a playoff.

“I’m pretty excited,” Aber said. “It’s always fun to win.

“That’s my good friend, Joe Boros. I hate to see him lose, but somebody had to win. It was fun.”

Aber followed his first round 3-under par 69 with a 2-under par 70 to overtake first-round co-leaders Adam Corson of Dick’s Sporting Goods and Jonathon Clark of Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane, W.Va.

The victory was decided by just a few inches. After they tied the first playoff hole, they then hit their second shots just off the green. Aber then proved to have the better short game.

Boros chipped to within about 10 feet of the cup while Aber putted his third shot from off the green to within in a foot of the cup.

From there, Aber tapped in and then watched as Boros’ putt to extend the playoff fell just short.

After only eight golfers shot under par in the first round, the going was just as tough Tuesday, when nine golfers broke the threshold. It was no fluke to come out on top in a situation like what occurred.

Corson fell after shooting 1-over par in his final round. Clark, though, had to be the most disappointed after shooting 10 strokes higher with a 6-over par 78 to eliminate his chances.

Aber is the second person in the past 10 Classics to win it twice. His first win was in 2011. Rob McClellan, the other two-time winner, made a push for his third title, but finished 1-under par this year.

The winner of the tournament earned $6,000, but Aber might not even be able to enjoy his prize.

“Well, it’s always fun to bring my family up here, so we’ve spent some of that money,” he said with a laugh.


RJ Schaffer rschaffer@post-gazette.com Twitter @rjschaffer.

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