Consistency paid off big for Matt Harmon.
Posting the second lowest score in tournament history, Harmon rolled to a win Sunday in the Buffalo Run Casino Classic.
Harmon, a former Michigan State standout from Grand Rapids, had a final-round 69 and finished with a four-day total of 263.
Jeff Corr of Longwood, Fla., owns the record, a 30-under 258 in 2008.
"I was pretty consistent, especially on the par-5s," Harmon said. "I think I played them 14-under par for the week. That really helps."
Harmon sandwiched a 62 on Friday around a pair of 66s to give him a six-stroke lead under heading into the final round.
"It (the 62) gave me a big lead where I didnít have to play perfect golf," Harmon said. "I could play a little bit more conservative, just not making mistakes. Those guys (Kyle Ellis and former Jenks standout Will Dodson, who were in second and third place, respectively, at the start of play Sunday) had pressure on them to do well. That played into my favor."
Ellis, of Senatobia, Miss., finished as runner-up with a 20-under 268.
Phillip Pettit Jr., of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Daniel Wax, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., shared third place at 19-under 269.
Pettitt had the dayís low round, a 64. That moved him from a tie for 13th into the tie for third with Wax.
A 73 on Sunday dropped Dodson into a tie for 20th.
Defending champ Ted Potter of Silver Springs, Fla., finished in a tie for 10th at 15-under 273.
Jeff Corr of Longwood, Fla., the 2008 BRCC winner, tied for 20th at 13-under 275.
Harmon "only" had four birdies during Sundayís play after rolling up 20 in the first three rounds.
He also had his first bogey of the tournament.
With heavy rains soaking the course early in the week, NGA Hooters Tour officials played preferred lies for the first three days but conditions were better and preferred lies was taken out for the final round.
"I told myself on the first two holes of the round not to pick up my ball but on the third hole I got a mud ball and I wasnít thinking and just picked it up," Harmon said. "It was a bonehead mistake but lucky for me it didnít cost me."
Harmon felt the par-5 No. 15 was the key hole of the day.
Ellis three-putted for par and Harmon got a birdie to move to 3-under on the day.
"After that, it was done," Harmon said.
After pulling his second shot to the right, he drained a 40-foot putt on No. 17 to save par. At the same time, Ellis took a bogey-5 fell behind by five strokes.
The win was Harmonís second of the season and the fourth in three seasons on the NGA Hooters Tour.
He joins some elite company, including PGA Tour members Zach Johnson and Vaughn Taylor. They and Franklin Langham, Craig Perks, Zoran Zorkic and Vance Veazey have four wins to their credit.
"Since about mid-April, Iíve been on a nice roll and have had an opportunity to win a couple more," Harmon said. "You just have to keep it (the game of golf) in perspective. As soon as you get a little overconfident it humbles you."
The victory moves Harmon into the lead on the tourís money list with $79,765.
He moved past Mark Blakefield of Maysville, Ky., who finished in a tie for 30th at 11-under 277.
More importantly, he takes the lead for the Race for the PHS Wichita Open Nationwide Exemption.
The Race For The PHS Wichita Open Exemption will be given to the tour member that accumulates the most money in the Bentonville, Ark., Miami, Pearland, Texas, and Victoria, Texas, events.
At the halfway point, Harmon has earned $31,523 compared to $30,000 for Michael Lavery, who missed the cut at the Nationwide Tour Fort Smith (Ark.) Classic.