Nielsen ready to defend title at En-Joie


Champions TourENDICOTT, N.Y. – Lonnie Nielsen is back to defend his title at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Now in its fourth year, the Champions Tour event at the En-Joie (EN-joy) Golf Club in Endicott has yet to have a repeat champion.

Nielsen opened the final round a year ago with birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie to quickly erase Fred Funk’s three-shot lead and went on to beat Funk and Ronnie Black by three shots with a 21-under total of 195. It was the lowest 54-hole score by a winner on the Champions Tour last year, and his 9-under 63 also was the lowest final-round score by a winner.

Mark Calcavecchia, who turned 50 earlier this month, will be making his Champions Tour debut.