Being a newcomer among a field of veterans in the Homer Profitt Invitational Tournament apparently had little affect on first-time participant Corey Richmond.

Richmond, a standout player at Northern Kentucky University who had tied with Kevin Lawson of Mt. Sterling at a 4-under-par 138 for the 36-hole tournament, claimed his first Profitt title in a playoff Sunday by parring the par 4 No. 2 at Dix River Golf Course in Stanford.

The West Union, Ohio golfer got off to a good start, shooting a 4-under par 67 on Saturday for a two-stroke lead over defending champion Eric King of Somerset, and was holding to a two-stroke lead over Lawson, a three-time champion, as he approached the 18th green Sunday. 

Richmond needed only to two-putt No, 18 to secure the win but wound up three-putting from 6-feet out to force a playoff with Lawson.

“I guess I was just a little anxious. I just wanted the gallery, I guess,” joked Richmond, who learned of the tournament through his NKU roommate Coty Cantrell of Lancaster,. “I played pretty good and made some good putts, but I just had that mess up on the last hole. The pins today were pretty rough. They were on slopes a lot and were pretty undulating greens.” 

Lawson, who was playing in the foursome ahead of Richmond, put himself in position to play for the title by rebounding from a 1-over par 72 on Saturday to fire a 5-under 66 to also put him at 138.

It took just two playoff holes to break the tie.  Both players birdied the first hole of the playoff, but Lawson ran into trouble on the second hole when he was forced to take a penalty stroke after hitting into a hazard right of the fairway. Richmond laid his drive right in the middle of the No. 2 fairway.

Lawson would not recover from the penalty stroke, with Richmond parring out to collect the win.

“My playing competitor hit it off into the weeds on the second playoff hole and he had to take a drop, and that changed the way I played the hole,” said Richmond. “I just played a safe shot on the green and two-putted and it worked out for the win.”

Richmond, who had tried to play in the 2011 Profitt tourney before rain postponed the event, said he was pleased with the competition level. Three former Profitt Invitational champions joined Richmond in the first flight, with six-time champ Marty Anderson, Lawson and King playing together for another shot at the title. 

“I expected it to be just like it was. There were a lot of good players out here,” he said. “The guys I played with today were all good, they just had a couple bad holes.”

With one Profitt championship under his belt, will Richmond venture back to Stanford to defend his title?

“Definitely,” he said. “The competition was great and I’ll be back next year.”

King finished third in the tournament with a two-day total of 140 (69-71). Anderson, formerly of Stanford, claimed fourth by posting a 143 (70-73). Jeremy Boyle of Hustonville placed fifth with a two-day total of 145 (72-73) and Chris Cornelius of Stanford was sixth with a 146 (70-76).