(Bella Vista, AR) – The final round of the Cooper Communities at Bella Vista Country Club is complete, and a champion has been crowned. The day started with three hours of delays due to weather, but that didn’t stop the 53 players who made the cut in competing for the title at this prestigious event.
Throughout the four rounds, James Nitties (Newcastle, Australia) played consistent golf posting (64/69/67/67) a total of 267 (-21) carding 26 birdies, 1 eagle, and just 7 bogeys to claim the title. Nitties came into the final round trailing pairing partner Rylee Reinertson (Gibbon, NE) by one stroke.
Reinertson led throughout the first three rounds and through the turn in the final round. On the par-four 11th, Nitties birdied to tie Reinertson at 19-under. A hiccup for Nitties came on the 13-hole as he bogeyed and Reinertson birdied, giving Reinertson a 2-stroke lead with five holes left to play. The door opened for Nitties when Reinertson missed a birdie putt on the par-5 16th. After a magnificent tee shot on the final hole, Nitties sank a 12-foot birdie putt for the win.
The All Pro Tour staff would like to give a special thanks to Director of Golf, Darrel Muldoon, and his staff at Bella Vista Country Club for allowing us to host the Copper Communities NWA Charity Classic at their facility and for their tremendous hospitality. We would also like to extend a special thank you to volunteer coordinator Ruth Hatcher and the members who provide players housing. We look forward to coming back to Bella Vista for years to come.