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Gleaton, Dennis match records in Nike St. Louis Classic

July 21, 1997

WELDON SPRING, Mo. (AP) _ Todd Gleaton matched the Nike Tour’s 72-hole scoring record with a 23-under-par 261 in the St. Louis Classic on Sunday, while Clark Dennis tied the 18-hole mark with an 11-under 60.

Gleaton, a former North Carolina State player, closed with consecutive 7-under 64s on the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club course. He played 27 holes Sunday with temperatures in the high 90s after rain and lightning forced the suspension of third-round play Saturday.

``The extra holes didn’t bother me that much,″ said Gleaton, who earned $36,000 for his first tour title. ``You don’t think about the heat when you’re trying to win a golf tournament.″

Gleaton tied the tour record set by Tim Conley in the 1993 Knoxville Open, played on the par-71 Willow Creek Golf Club course.

Canada’s Arden Knoll closed with rounds of 67 and 65 to finish second.

Dennis, who finished third at 265, had a 25-foot birdie putt for a 59 on the final hole, but came up short. He matched the tour record set by Jeff Woodland on a par-72 course in the 1991 Dakota Dunes Open.

``There wasn’t any way you can be more nervous than I was standing over that putt,″ said Dennis, a former Arkansas player. ``It was the worst kind of putt you can have when you’re nervous. You tend to leave those short.″

Rocky Walcher (66-70) finished third at 266, and Barry Cheesman (65-65) and Jeff Barlow (66-66) followed at 267.

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