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MLGT: Miami Beach’s Buttacavoli Wins Playoff

Miami Beach's Matthew Buttacavoli birdied the fourth extra hole Tuesday, Feb. 9 to claim his fifth victory on the Minor League Golf Tour. Buttacavoli outlasted Jimmy Hervol of Hopkinton, Mass., after they tied on 6-under-par 136 at Melreese Country Club in Miami.

Buttacavoli scored 67-69 in regulation on nine birdies and three bogeys.

In the playoff, both birdied the first extra hole, the par-3 second, Hervol from 6 feet, Buttacavoli from 3. They halved the third hole with par-4s, the fourth with two-putt birdie-4s. At the par-3 fifth, Buttacavoli sank a 15-foot birdie putt for the victory. Hervol was short of the green off the tee, pitched to tap-in range and finished with par.

Buttacavoli earned $2,500 from the $18,490 purse plus $450 from an optional bonus pool for a total of $2,950. He was among a trio of first round leaders, joined by Dan McCarthy of Syracuse, N.Y., and Daniel Obremski of Pittsburgh.

Hervol missed out on his first MLGT victory despite carding 70-66 with an eagle, seven birdies, a bogey and a double bogey. He received $2,550 with $1,700 from the main purse, $450 from the bonus pool and $400 in the skins game.

Third at 138 was Italian Domenico Geminiani, who did not make a bogey the final round in scoring 71-67—138.

Eric Dietrich of Cheshire, Conn., won a second-day shootout Tuesday among players who scored 74 or higher Monday. After opening with 78, Dietrich closed with 68 and earned $232. Overall, he tied for 27th, last money, another $62.

Matthew Buttacavoli, Miami Beach, $2,950             67-69—136
Jimmy Hervol, Hopkinton, MA, $2,550                             70-66—136
Domenico Geminiani, Lugo, Italy, $1,900                        71-67—138
Dan McCarthy, Syracuse, NY, $1,550                             67-72—139
Jorge Garcia, Miami, $1,550                                       70-69—139
Chase Koepka, West Palm Beach, $1,283.50         70-70—140
Eric Beringer, Philadelphia, PA, $1,283.50                     71-69—140
Ryan Linton, Lake Forest, IL, $916.50                             70-71—141
Bradley Lankler, Westfield, NJ, $ 700                              70-71—141
Eric Cole, Orlando, $916.50                                         71-70—141
Mario Beltran, Valencia, Spain, $643-34                         71-71—142
Mike Anderson, Parkland,, $643.34                            73-69—142
James Driscoll, Brookline, MA, $643.34                          73-69—142
Daniel Obremski, Pittsburgh, Pam $416                          67-76—143
Blair Bursey, Gander, Newfoundland, $416                    70-73—143
Billy Walthouse, Longmeadow, MA, $416                       73-70—143
Camilo Aguado, Miami, $416                                      73-70—143
Donnie Trosper, Canton, MI, $416                                   73-70—143
Leandro Marelli, Casilda, Argentina, $315                      72-72—144
Sean Busch, West Lafayette, IN, $715                            72-72—144
Bennett Buch, Sykesville, MD, $208                                71-74—145
Jonathan Yates, Dublin, Ireland, $474.67                       71-74—145
Erik Compton, Miami, $208                                         75-70—145
Tim Hegarty, Briarcliff Manor, NY, $208                          75-70—145
Chris Wiatr, Woodbury, CT, $208                                     76-69—145
Matt Harris, Lexington, KY, $328.67                                 71-75—146
Philip Ritchie, Aventura, $62                                       73-73—146
Hunter O’Mahony, Tequesta, $62                              75-71—146
Michael Davan, Zionsville, IN, $62                                   77-69—146
Eric Dietrich, Cheshire, CT, $62                                        78-68—146

Second day shootout
Eric Dietrich, Cheshire, CT, $232                                     33-35–68
Joaquin Lolas, Juno Beach, $170.50                        33-36–69
Michael Davan, Zionsville, IN, $170.50                            35-34–69
Michael McGowan, Southern Pines, NC, $88.50           35-35–70
Tim Hegarty, Briarcliff Manor, NY, $88.50                       34-36—70

Training Division. Feb. 8
a-Manuel Romero, Miami, $75                                   35-43—78
a-Mark DuQuette, Negaunee, MI, $25                             42-41—83

Training Division, Feb. 9
a-Felipe Hasson, Curitiba, PR, Brazil, $100                   40-36—76
a-Rodrigo Sol, El Salvador, $25                                       36-43—79
a-Connor Tierney, Woodbridgde, IL, $25                        42-37—79
Michael Capolongo, White Plains, NY, $25                     40-39—79

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