As Mike Lesch lined up his final putt Sunday, he knew that he would be the winner of the Cayuga County Cayuga County Men's District Golf Tournament. He entered play that day with a 10-shot lead and that advantage had grown much larger by the 18th hole.
But the 8-foot putt at Highland Park Golf Club in Sennett still packed some pressure because a personal goal was at stake for the seven-time winner of the tournament.
If he sank the shot and made birdie, he would break 200 for the tournament, his best showing ever in the event. True to form, Lesch made the putt and secured his seventh title and a three-day total of 199, or 13 under par.
"This one was special," Lesch said in an interview Monday.
Lesch finished the tournament 20 strokes better than second-place finisher Brian Hoey. The same pair finished first and second a year ago, when Lesch reclaimed the title that Hoey had captured in 2016.
For the 2018 tourney, Hoey was followed by Matt Steigerwalk and Roger Anthony, who both fired 221 over three days.
The tournament concluded Sunday at Highland, after being hosted Saturday by Dutch Hollow Country Club and Friday by Lakeview Golf & Country Club.
Lesch said all aspects of his game were working well throughout the tournament, and he got off to strong starts each day.
"I started out trying to be patient, and then be aggressive when opportunities presented themselves," he said.
Although winning the district has become a common occurrence for Lesch, a certified public accountant in Auburn, he didn't hesitate to say he'll keep coming back to the annual tournament.
"I love competing and there's a lot of other guys who are really great competitors," he said. "I just had a special weekend."