Kessling had previously made the finals of the tournament three times.
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Kessling topped the leaderboard in the 36-hole stroke play final with rounds of 72 and 71 for a 3-over-par 143 total.
Paul Huber, last year’s champion, finished second with 73-72-145 on his card.
Kessling said the conditions were very windy and wet especially Thursday during the final rounds of the tournament. Through the wind and damp conditions, Kessling said the club did a great job of making the course playable.
According to Kessling, the greens, as usual, were great.
Kessling was one of four golfers who survived two earlier rounds of match play to advance to Thursday’s 36-hole championship final.
The three other golfers in the tournament final were Huber, Matt Bowlin and Tyler Lippert.
Kessling said his shot on the 17th hole was a pivotal point in the tournament and ultimately his win.
"The shot I hit on 17 was huge," Kessling said. "It was a par 3 and I stuffed the shot within like two feet. I made the birdie putt to go up two."
Kessling played golf at Northern Kentucky University and previously won the Highland Country Club Championship three times.
Kessling said he wanted to thank his caddie, Zach Wright, for his help throughout the tournament.