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Unk captures second career Seaforth Country Classic Add to ...

Brian Unk won the Canadian Tour's Seaforth Country Classic for the second time in three years on Sunday.

The 37-year-old American and former Nationwide Tour player didn't quite match his record-setting score from 2009 of 28-under 252 at Seaforth Golf and Country Club, but he reached 20 under Sunday to post a one-shot victory over four-time tour winner Wes Heffernan of Calgary.

Both Unk, who lives in the Columbus area, and Heffernan carded 65s Sunday at the tight and tiny course (6,200 yards) in tiny Seaforth, Ont.

Ryan Williams of Surrey, B.C., and Andrew Parr of London, Ont., shared third place at 16 under. For both of them, it was their best finishes of the season.

Canada's top-ranked male golfer, Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., tied for 14th spot at 12 under in his return to his home tour.

Unk carded just one bogey for the entire tournament, which came in his opening round. The 2000 Eagle Creek Classic winner, however, admitted that he battled his nerves for the better part of the day, spurned on by the fact that a number of accomplished players were nipping at his heels.

"There are so many great players out here and any one of them has the talent to shoot in the low 60's," explained Unk. "I was nervous out there but I really tried to keep my head down and play my own game and not to worry about what the other guys were doing."

Heffernan earned $9,600 for his efforts and a renewed sense of confidence after skipping The Players Cup to work with his coach and sharpen his game.

"I have worked my butt off in the last month and it's a pretty cool feeling to know it has paid off," said Heffernan, who has battled with consistency this season. "I played really well this week especially on the weekend and I'm excited about where my game is headed."

The round of the day belonged to Comox, B.C. native Riley Wheeldon who posted the first top 10 result of his rookie campaign, which all but guarantees his playing privileges on the Canadian Tour for 2012.

Unk and Kent Eger of Regina have now alternated titles in the event's four-year history. Eger, who didn't play this year, lifted the winner's plate in 2008 and 2010.

With a first-place cheque for $16,000, Unk moved to 16th on the developmental circuit's 2011 money list. Money leader Jose de Jesus Rodriguez, a two-time winner this year from Mexico, shared 42nd place Sunday.

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