Jamie Young entered the 18th hole of Friday's final round in the 21st annual Senior Men's County Open at Spring Valley Country Club with a two-shot lead on Mark Kuyawa.
Young figured he'd use as many strokes as he needed.
Despite a three-putt bogey on the par-4 finishing hole, Kuyawa made par, and Young was able to capture his second consecutive Senior County Open title and third overall, including his win in 2015.
"I had a shot to waste," the 55-year-old Young joked. "I wasted it."
With a two-day total of 6-over-par 146 (74-72), Young won by a stroke over the 64-year-old Kuyawa, who finished at 7-over 147 (71-76).
"I'm pleased that somehow I won," said Young, who captured the Men's County Open in 1990 and 1992. "I haven't been hitting the ball all that great, but I got around and was fortunate to come out one shot ahead."
Young and Kuyawa also finished one-two last year, and Friday's round turned into another duel between the two by the back nine.
Kuyawa entered the day tied for first with Gary Brooks after each carded a 1-over 71 in Thursday's first round. Dave Archibald was in third after a 73, while Young sat alone in fourth, three strokes back after an opening-round 74.
Brooks made an eight on the fourth hole Friday en route to a front-nine 41, while Archibald carded 7s on the fourth and eighth holes on his way to a front-nine 42.
Meanwhile, Young had tied Kuyawa atop the leaderboard after he fired a 34 on the front nine and Kuyawa shot a 37. They went back and forth from there.
Young held on to a one-shot lead going into the difficult par-4 15th when a big two-shot swing happened. Young made a bogey, and Kuyawa chipped in for a birdie and a one-stroke lead with three holes left.
"It was a really good birdie," Young said of Kuyawa's chip-in.
Young got even again on the 16th, however, with a par to Kuyawa's bogey, then the biggest hole of the tournament was next.
Kuyawa found trouble on the par-3 17th and made double bogey. Young notched a par, suddenly giving him the two-shot cushion he needed with one hole left.
Young, who qualified for the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship earlier this summer, will play in the Wisconsin Senior Amateur Championship from Aug. 26-27 at Oconomowoc Golf Club. At 55, this was the first year Young was eligible for the event.
An avid speed golfer, Young will also compete in the United States Speedgolf Championships from Sept. 29-30 at Blackhorse Golf Course South in Houston.
Finishing third behind Young and Kuyawa was Brooks at 151 (71-80). Brooks tied for third last year. Mike Smolinski turned in another impressive tournament at 80 years old, tying for fourth at 152 (78-74) with Archibald (73-79).
Pete Onosko (79-76) and Jack Munnelly (76-79) tied for sixth at 155.
The tournament was played with some heavy hearts, though.
Bob Capoun, who won an incredible 10 titles in 11 years before not competing last year, died unexpectedly on March 25 at age 61
"Some of the different players, we talked about it," Young said. "It's been a tough summer. Not so much last year, but in years past Bobby played out here three days a week.
"I sure miss him."
By age groups, Young had the top score among 50-59-year-olds, Kuyawa was first among 60-69-year-olds, Mark Olsen (82-83) and Larry Crum (84-81) tied for first among 70-79-year-olds at 165 and Smolinski was first among those 80 and over.
The oldest player in the field was 90-year-old Lloyd Glaser, who fired a 180 (88-92).
For complete scores and a print version of this story, see Sunday's edition of the News.