Matthew Jaynes defeated amateur Brett Cunningham in a two-hole playoff to win the 42nd annual Emmett Kelly Masters at the Cavalry Club Aug. 11.
Both Cunningham and Jaynes (Corning Country Club) finished tied at 4-under-par 68 on a breezy day at Cavalry. Jaynes carded birdies on 17 and 18 in regulation to pull into a tie with Cunningham to force a playoff.
“The wind was tricky, I played six holes into the wind,” Jaynes said. “I was lucky enough to hit some greens and make a few putts especially coming down the stretch.”
Cunningham and Jaynes needed two playoff holes to determine the overall winner.
“I got a perfect number on the second playoff hole with a much better angle than any other attempts,” Jaynes said. “I was lucky enough to hit a good one and win.”
Jaynes carded seven birdies against three bogeys in regulation while Cunningham, of Clay, had five birdies and one bogey.
Jaynes also finished first in the professional division and earned $950. Cunningham was first in the amateur division.
Four-time Emmett Kelly Masters champion Jim Roy (p) finished tied for third with amateur Andrew Brunozzi at 3-under 69. Roy won the event in 1981, 1982, 1985 and 1987.
A field of 51 amateur golfers and Central New York PGA players competed in the annual tournament. The event was originally slated for July 24 but was postponed because of weather.