104 golfers descended on ArrowCreek Country Club this week with the dream of earning a spot in this year's Reno-Tahoe Open. For one man, that dream is now a reality.
Henderson's Craig Barlow recorded 12 birdies on 19 holes, including this one on the first playoff hole, to finish off a tremendous comeback victory.
"It was just an awesome day," said Barlow. "I wanted to give myself a chance (to win) and I thought 7-under, which would have been short, but that was kind of my goal was to shoot 7-under. Obviously I'm happy I beat it because if I would have shot seven, I wouldn't have had enough."
Barlow is no stranger to the Reno-Tahoe Open. The longtime PGA tour member has played the tournament several times in his career, but that doesn't make this one any less exciting.
"It's one of my favorite tournaments on tour," he said. "I played on tour from (1998 to 2008) and I'm a veteran member, so I've played in it - I didn't play in it last year, but I've played like thirteen years in a row, so being I didn't play it last year, I'm happy to be back."
"Having that winner get the exemption at the end of the week is really the key, and really what these guys strive to do," said ArrowCreek Open Tournament Director Michael O'Leary. "It gives them their one shot. It's the one person, one dream, and ultimately they want to vault themselves to be there every week."
Reno's Trent Virden and Fallon's Scott Smith led the way among local golfers in the field. Virden finished tied for 33rd at 1-under. Smith tied for 35th at even par.