“I really hadn’t made a thing all day, and I felt I was due,” Ailes said. “I started well today (Sunday) with a couple of birdies - I was cruising along kind of nicely - and then I kind of stalled out. I was hitting greens, but not making anything. I wasn’t hitting the ball that close, and I had a lot of two putts. I finally made an eight-footer on 15 and then a nice one on 18.” Ailes opened the tournament with a one-shot lead over Michael Davan with a round of 65 to Davan’s 66. Cochran sat in a tie for third with Kevin Kring at 69.
“I was very stale on the front,” Ailes said of his first round. “On the back I birdied six of my last eight holes. I putted very well yesterday (Saturday). I kind of used them all up.” Cochran set the pace Sunday with a 66 to Ailes’ 69, but the final round from the two players left Ailes one-stroke up.
Davan shot 71 the second day to end in a tie for third at 137 with Brian Eaton who fired rounds of 70-67. Kevin Kring shot 69-70 for 139 and fifth.
The win was the second for Ailes at the Classic.
Oddly enough he won with an eagle on the final hole in his first victory in 2007.
“I was tied last time, and I knew that,” Ailes said. “I made it. I was kind of trying to just get it close, and it went it. I’ll take those at any time.” “We’ve got the Ohio Open next week, and I’ll be playing that,” Ailes said.
“After that, I head for the Dakotas Tour which lasts for eight or nine weeks.”