Lonnie Nielsen had competed in 229 PGA Tour-sanctioned events without a win. However, Nielsen moved into the lead during the second round and would not give up the lead.
Not only did Nielsen wait that long for his first win he played 169 events before posting his first top-three finish back in 2005. Since then, he only has four other top-three finishes to his credit.
Nielsen became the third straight victor at this event to earn his first title on the Champions Tour. Nielsen followed John Harris, who won for the first time as a professional, and Ron Streck, who became the first player to own titles on the PGA, Champions and Nationwide Tours.
Eisenhower Park's Red Course has played host to this event since 2003. The prior 15 years were at Meadow Brook Club.
The GOLF CHANNEL has two hours of coverage on Friday, then three hours of action on the weekend.
The tour moves to Endicott, New York next week for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, where R.W. Eaks won last year.