Heiting repeat champion in NC7 Senior Men's Classic

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WAUSAU, WIS. (WSAW) -- For the first time in the short 11 year history of the Senior Men's Classic, we have a back to back champion as Mark Heiting repeats.

Heiting rallied from three shots back, shot a 72 Friday and won by two over the rest of the field.

"I always have trouble on the front nine but I figure if I shoot a 35 or 34, put it on the board so they're looking out at it. They may try and do something they shouldn't do. And try to shoot even par today," Heiting said.

Coming in 2nd place was Joe Mertens who teed off from the wrong area on the 18th hole and got a two-stroke penalty.

"There's a variety of colors. Silver, green and they're all mixed up sometimes. I just thought I was in the right spot, I just set up, hit away. And the guys told me I was on the wrong spot. I really felt like I could win this year. I felt like I was playing good enough and I was right there," Mertens said.

Heiting joins Rick Miller as the only two gentlemen to have their name etched into that Mark Zelich Award three times in its young history.