Gangluff Wins Canadian Tour Title


Canadian Tour-LargeWINTERGREEN, Va. -- Stephen Gangluff carded a 3-under 69 on Sunday to cruise to victory at the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship. He finished at 13-under-par 275 and won by four shots.
His first victory on the Canadian Tour came in his first start. Gangluff became the second consecutive winner of this event who got in thanks to a sponsor's exemption.
This win is also special for Gangluff because of the name on the trophy. Gangluff and Chitengwa played a practice round together a few days before Chitengwa's untimely death.
'It means the world to me to be a champion here,' said Gangluff. 'Lewis was such a great man and a great talent, and we all wish he was still here with us. It really makes you appreciate how thankful we should be to play golf for a living. It's a game. It was very special having Lewis' family congratulate me, but they are the ones who should be congratulated.'
Dirk Ayers (73), Erik Compton (72), Wes Heffernan (68), Rob Labritz (68) and Chris Wollmann (72) shared second place at 9-under-par 279.
Gangluff, who calls the Stoney Creek Course at Wintergreen his home course, opened a three-shot edge over Ayers and Compton on the back nine, but the duo cut the lead to one. Both players fell apart down the stretch allowing Gangluff the comfortable win.
'It feels great to win a tournament again,' said Gangluff, who has conditional status on the Nationwide Tour. 'Of course, it's always fun to win, but it's better when everyone is playing well. Dirk is a solid player, and he'll be back. I felt bad for him. There are a lot of great players out here, so it boosts the confidence knowing you can win.'
Paul Danielson (71), Brian Nosler (71) and Steve Schneiter (67) tied for seventh place at 8-under-par 280. Anders Hultman took 10th at 7-under-par 281.
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