Edmond’s Rust wins Buffalo Run – Prairie Sun and Moon Casinos Classic at Peoria Ridge

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By Jim Ellis

MIAMI, Okla. – A solid start meant a big payday for Dillon Rust.

Rust used five birdies to counter his only bogey on his way to a 4-under par 68 and a one-stroke victory in the Buffalo Run-Prairie Sun and Prairie Moon Casinos Classic Saturday at Peoria Ridge Golf Course.

"It was a struggle out there with the wind, but I got off to a solid start and kept my mistakes to a minimum," said Rust, who finished the tournament at 17-under par 271.

The win was his first as a professional and came exactly a year from the time he made his pro debut here.

"That was one of the goals I had set at the beginning of the year," Rust said. "Now that I have won this one, I want to win the next one. It’s feels good to know that the work I have done has paid off and all the prayers and everything from my family are being heard."

Trey Herring from Austin, Texas, and Derek Tolan from Highlands Ranch, Colo., tied for second at 16-under 272. Each wrapped up play with 2-under 70s.

"I thought I needed to get to 18 to win or be in a playoff," Rust said. "My goal at the beginning of the week was to get to 20. It ended up that 17 held up � and I couldn’t be happier."

Toni Hakula from Espoo, Finland, placed fourth a stroke behind at 273.

Amateur Payne Gniewek from Austin had the best showing ever for an amateur, placing in three-way tie for fifth with Joseph Kinney from Antioch, Ill., and Zack Reeves from Arlington, Texas, at 13-under 275.

The win by Rust meant that the Miami tournament has yet to have a repeat winner.
Mark Walker, who won the tournament in its first year as an Adams Pro Tour event, finished in a tie for ninth at 12-under 276 with Oklahomans Sam Powell from Tulsa and Cameron Meyers from Edmond and Joseph McLister from Overland Park, Kan.

It also marked the eighth different winner this season on the APT.

Third round leader Lance Lopez from Richmond, Texas, struggled Saturday. After logging a tournament low 64 on Friday, he saw his score balloon to 5-over 77. He finished in a three-way tie for 16th with Shawn Jasper from Foristell, Mo., and William Kropp from Edmond.

"The key today was just hitting it solid," Rust said.

His lone bogey came on the par-3 No. 11 when he three-putted.

"On a day like this, I will take it," said Rust, who had hoped to be able to finish at 20-under par for the week. "I didn’t really watch the leaderboard, but did see I was tied once."

Over four days, Rust had 22 birdies and only five bogeys. Four of those came during Friday’s 72, which left him in a tie for sixth with McKinney and Reeves.

The win propelled Rust into second place in the money standings with $25,231,04. He is only $3,257.71 behind frontrunner Kelvin Day from Surrey, England.

The Adams Pro Tour remains in Oklahoma next week with the OK Kids Korral Championship at the Belmar Golf Course in Norman.

 Adams Pro Tour  – Buffalo Run – Prairie Sun and Moon Casinos Classic Results
Peoria Ridge Golf Course, Miami
Par: 72 Distance: 6960

 1    Dillon Rust             Edmond, OK             67-64-72-68–271 -17 $15,150.00
 T2   Trey Herring            Austin, TX             70-64-68-70–272 -16 $7,425.00
 T2   Derek Tolan             Highlands Ranch, CO    68-66-68-70–272 -16 $7,425.00
 4    Toni Hakula             Espoo, Finland         67-69-68-69–273 -15 $5,500.00
 T5   Mark Stevens            Concord, NH            70-70-69-66–275 -13 $4,073.33
 T5   Payne Gniewek (AM)      Austin, TX             67-67-70-71–275 -13
 T5   Joseph Kinney           Antioch, IL            69-70-64-72–275 -13 $4,073.33
 T5   Zack Reeves             Arlington, TX          67-70-66-72–275 -13 $4,073.33
 T9   Mark Walker             Hurst, TX              70-69-69-68–276 -12 $2,702.50
 T9   Sam Powell              Tulsa, OK              73-67-68-68–276 -12 $2,702.50
 T9   Cameron Meyers          Edmond, OK             70-66-70-70–276 -12 $2,702.50

 T9   Joseph McLister         Overland Park, KS      68-69-67-72–276 -12 $2,702.50
 T13  Greg Mason              Tulsa, OK              71-68-68-70–277 -11 $2,008.33
 T13  Brad Gehl               Carmel, IN             70-65-70-72–277 -11 $2,008.33
 T13  Blake Trimble           Houston, TX            67-67-68-75–277 -11 $2,008.33
 T16  Shawn Jasper            Foristell, MO          69-69-69-71–278 -10 $1,796.67
 T16  William Kropp           Edmond, OK             69-71-69-69–278 -10 $1,796.67
 T16  Lance Lopez             Richmond, TX           68-70-63-77–278 -10 $1,796.67
 T19  Jace Long               Dixon, MO              66-72-70-71–279 -9  $1,587.50
 T19  Trent Whitekiller       Sallisaw, Ok           67-69-70-73–279 -9  $1,587.50
 T19  Cameron Bishop          Tulsa, OK              70-68-72-69–279 -9  $1,587.50

 T19  Nathan Anderson         Arlington, TX          66-69-69-75–279 -9  $1,587.50
 T23  Ryan O’Rear             Belton, TX             66-70-71-73–280 -8  $1,308.33
 T23  Fergal Rafferty         Carrickmore, Ireland   69-70-68-73–280 -8  $1,308.33
 T23  Chris Naegel            Chesterfield, MO       67-69-72-72–280 -8  $1,308.33
 T23  Blake Redmond           Sugar Land, TX         70-69-67-74–280 -8  $1,308.33
 T23  Chris Ward              McKinney, TX           68-68-69-75–280 -8  $1,308.33
 T23  Will Dusenbury          League City, TX        71-70-68-71–280 -8  $1,308.33
 T29  James Marshall          Fayetteville, AR       69-69-70-73–281 -7  $1,040.83
 T29  Derek Smith             Rogers, AR             67-69-71-74–281 -7  $1,040.83
 T29  Sam Fidone              Lufkin, TX             66-70-69-76–281 -7  $1,040.83
 T29  Freddie Janneck         Fort Worth, TX         72-65-73-71–281 -7  $1,040.83
 T29  Christopher E. Brown    Trophy Club, TX        70-69-71-71–281 -7  $1,040.83
 T29  Drew Laning             Little Rock, AR        68-67-67-79–281 -7  $1,040.83
 T35  Scott Roudebush         Dallas, TX             69-68-72-73–282 -6  $906.67
 T35  Peter McGibney          Dublin, Ireland        71-68-70-73–282 -6  $906.67
 T35  Wes Worster             Durban, South Africa   67-70-74-71–282 -6  $906.67
 T38  Mack Duke               Loxley, AL             70-70-70-73–283 -5  $821.67
 T38  Chris Gilbert           Mckinney, TX           68-71-73-71–283 -5  $821.67
 T38  Mitchell Gregson        Waterloo, IL           70-71-71-71–283 -5  $821.67
 T41  Justin Bryant           St. Louis, MO          71-67-69-77–284 -4  $755.00
 T41  Chad Ginn               Gulfport, MS           69-70-70-75–284 -4  $755.00
 T43  Jason Meece             Ardmore, OK            69-69-72-75–285 -3  $697.50
 T43  Curtis Donahoe          League City, TX        70-70-72-73–285 -3  $697.50
 45   Rhein Gibson            Edmond, OK             66-72-72-76–286 -2  $660.00
 46   Craig McCoy             Plano, TX              70-67-74-76–287 -1  $640.00
 T47  Vilhelm Bogstrand       Oslo, Norway           69-69-75-77–290 +2  $610.00
 T47  Tyler Gann              Tomball, TX            73-67-73-77–290 +2  $610.00

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