CALGARY, Alberta — Former Southeastern Louisiana University golfer Hugo Leon claimed his first professional victory on the Canadian Tour on Sunday when he won the ATB Financial Classic with a one-stoke victory at Bearspaw Country Club.
Leon, a four-year letter-winner and a three-time All-Southland Conference performer at SLU from 2003-07, had a 13 under 271 in edging Jose Rodriguez of Mexico in the final round that was played in blustery conditions.
Leon, who opened the event with rounds of 66, 68 and 66, fired an even-par 71 in the final round to post his second top-10 finish in six events.
“Fortunately, I live in Florida and play in very windy conditions all the time,” said Leon in a release on CanTour.com. “From experience, I know that if I hit a good shot the wind doesn’t really matter, and that’s what we tried to focus on today.”
Leon earned $32,000 for the victory and is in second place on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit. The 26-year-old native of Chile has made the cut in all six tournaments he has played in 2011.