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NORTH RIVERSIDE — Defending champion Tom Kearfott of El Paso shot a final-round 81 and finished in a tie for sixth in the 32nd Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship on Friday at Riverside Golf Club.

Tim Sheppard of East Peoria earned the title in a three-hole aggregate playoff against Ted Pecora of Winnetka. 

Pecora made up four strokes in the final round by firing a 2-over-par 73 while second-round leader Sheppard had a 77. They finished well ahead of the pack at 221.

Donald Langland of Cary (75), Mark Esposito of Elgin (75) and John Finnin of Mokena (73) tied for third at 229. Kearfott was among a five-man group at 230. 

The tourney is for golfers 55 years and older.

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