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Late charge makes Cole a winner at Nemadji Invitational

Heading into the second and final day of the 79th Bill Law Nemadji Invitational, Larry Cole was struggling to find his golf game. "I haven't been under par all year, I don't think," Cole said. He sure picked an ideal time to break through. Cole w...

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Topher Baron of Minnetonka, Minn., puts during the final round of the 79th Bill Law Nemadji Invitational on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Nemadji Golf Course. Baron finished second to Larry Cole. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Heading into the second and final day of the 79th Bill Law Nemadji Invitational, Larry Cole was struggling to find his golf game.

"I haven't been under par all year, I don't think," Cole said.

He sure picked an ideal time to break through.

Cole went low Sunday, firing a second-round 68 that set up a playoff with first-round leader Topher Baron, which Cole promptly won on the first extra hole for his fourth Nemadji Invitational title.

Baron (67-74--141) blistered the field with a 5-under 67 Saturday on Nemadji's East-West course. And he held a commanding front-nine lead on the North-South layout Sunday before faltering, which coincided with Cole's late charge.

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Cole (73-68--141), who entered Sunday six shots back, rolled in a 12-foot putt on 18 that forced the playoff. Moments later, on a damp, wet afternoon, he wrapped up his fourth Nemadji Invitational crown, and his first in 11 years.

Not bad for the 63-year-old, who coached high school golf in Superior for 12 years.

"At 63 and playing against these young guys, you really don't have high expectations of winning, but I played pretty solid all weekend," he said.

Casey Hill, a former Virginia High School golfer, shot 72-70--142 to finish a stroke back and in third place.

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