Bill Brenner is shown with the York County Amateur Golf Association Senior Championship Trophy on Monday at Hanover Country Club.
Bill Brenner is shown with the York County Amateur Golf Association Senior Championship Trophy on Monday at Hanover Country Club. (RYAN VANDERSLOOT PHOTO)

ABBOTTSTOWN — It was over. Or at least that's what Bill Brenner thought.

The legendary York County golfer was ready to take off his cap and congratulate Jay Kostenbauder on his victory during the McClarin Plastics York County Amateur Golf Association Senior Open at Hanover Country Club Monday afternoon.

Brenner, however, never got the chance to offer his congratulations.

After both he and Kostenbauder shot identical even-par 71s after 18 holes, the two were forced to go into a playoff to decide the championship.

All Kostenbauder had to do was sink a relatively short birdie putt on No. 1 to claim the title. But after Kostenbauder missed the putt, Brenner had a second life.

Re-energized, the seven-time senior champion hit the green on No. 2 with his tee shot and two-putted to victory to claim his eighth senior crown.

"Eight is great," said the 69 year-old Brenner. "But I thought (Jay) had it. I was ready to take my hat off and shake his hand."

Brenner, who birdied No. 1 to get his day off to a fast start, was unable to repeat his effort during the playoff on the par-5 hole. He smacked his tee shot past the pin and had to rally to save par.

Kostenbauder, however, was on the green and about six feet from a birdie and a would-be title.

The "Local Legend," as Brenner was dubbed recently by Golfweek, had to endure a bit of a wait between the end of his round and the start of the playoff. Battling a nagging back injury, Brenner was able to take some medication and get in a few practice shots on the putting greens.


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"I didn't think I'd win," Brenner said. "Sitting around ... my back tightened up. But then I took two Aleve and I was OK."

On the second playoff hole, a downhill par 3, Brenner and Kostenbauder were left with par putts that were about equal distance. The Briarwood golfer, however, made his putt while Kostenbauder, out of Cool Creek, missed.

"I was on the green (with my tee shot) and he was just off the green," Brenner said. "I putted it up to about (five feet) and he did too. But I made it and he missed."

Both Brenner and Kostenbauder were awaiting updates from the final foursome on the course, which included Red Lion girls' basketball coach Don Dimoff. Dimoff was just a shot back after nine holes, but fell out of contention late to finish in a tie for fifth place at 6-over par.

A former pro at Regents' Glen Country Club for 11 years, Dimoff wasn't able to compete in an amateur event until this past April. That's because he had to wait two full years before he could reclaim his amateur status.

"My last professional event that I played in was April 1, 2012," he said. "So I had to wait and couldn't play in anything competitively. I played around, but I didn't play in anything big. So I played Grandview a couple weeks ago and this was probably my first individual tournament since October 2011."

John Lowder Jr. of Cool Creek finished alone in third at 3-over-par 74.

Alex Yalch shot a 3-over 74 to win the Super Seniors title, which was for golfers over the age of 60.