Okeson is Eskimo Emperor at Stroke Play #6

Whew, it was cold! But that didn’t stop the field at the April 1st, 2017 playing of the Northeast Ohio Golf Stroke Play #6 at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links.

Clearly, Greater Cleveland’s tournament players are a committed bunch. How so? 44 players registered in advance of the event, when the forecast showed partly sunny and 52. And 44 players showed up to play on Saturday at noon, even though the starting temperature read 37. Credit given.

Those players had every reason to stay home, too: the sky was solid gray, the northern wind had a bite to it, the ground and air were damp from Friday’s non-stop rain, and the temperature never made it past 39 degrees. Brrr.

But given all that, nothing seemed to bother Chris Okeson of Cleveland. He seemed to be in mid-season form — or maybe it was Leah tagging along that kept him mentally toasty.

Chris birdied the tough par-3 second hole right out of the gate, good for a skin. He made just one bogey on the third, and turned at even-par 36. Then he scorched the back nine in 33 shots to shoot a nifty round of 2-under 69 and win going away.

Okeson’s score was three shots ahead of a trio of second place finishers:

Fred Miller

– wily veteran Fred Miller of Aurora;

John Zitkovic

– the equally wily veteran John Zitkovic of Findlay;

Brian Polick

– and the always solid Brian Polick of of Middleburg Heights.

Jack Garswood of Cleveland finished alone in fifth place, one shot behind that, coming back from a tough front nine of 40 by matching Okeson’s back nine 33.

The shot of the day came from Zach Drukenbrod, who holed a 130-yard pitching wedge on the par-4 11th hole, good for an eagle skin. His was one of seven skins won on the day.

Thanks to pro Mike Thiron and the staff at Turkeyfoot: the golf course was in fantastic shape for April 1st and the event went smoothly.

The next event is the Stroke Play #7 at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Canton on Saturday, April 22nd beginning at 10 a.m.

Stroke Play #6 Photo Gallery Here >

Mark Borlin
Solon’s Mark Borlin rolls home this 45-footer for birdie on the par-3 13th hole to nab a skin in Stroke Play #6.

 

FINAL RESULTS:
NEOHgolf.com Stroke Play #6

Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links, Akron, Ohio
Saturday, April 1, 2017
 

Chris Okeson3633=69$530
Fred Miller3636=72$283
John Zitkovic3636=72$283
Brian Polick3537=72$283
Jack Garswood4033=73$120
Mike Simpson3539=74$90
Zack Koinis3935=74$90
Kent Monas4135=76$53
Rob Loomis3937=76$53
Mark Schneider3838=76$53
John Topeka3839=77 
Mark Borlin4137=78 
Brian Smith4137=78 
Zach Drukenbrod4236=78 
Bob Berkheimer4236=78 
Adam Arman4137=78 
Jeff Dean3840=78 
Mark Thomas4237=79 
Shayne Bishop4336=79 
Tom Stack4138=79 
Jim Cea4039=79 
Steve Blackburn Jr4040=80 
Jade Waligura4238=80 
Shannon Bartruff4436=80 
Taylor Rising4337=80 
Tim Heavner3942=81 
Yanni Velios4338=81 
Ty Kovach4438=82 
Dean Cutlip4438=82 
Tommy Li4537=82 
Mike Dota4241=83 
Ryan Augustitus4341=84 
Oliver Byers4441=85 
Randy Turner4144=85 
Kory Hull4145=86 
Zoran Karic3947=86 
Dan Terry4343=86 
Joshua Prok4941=90 
Joshua Smith5545=100 
Craig P. Erwin5656=112 
Bobby Harmon    NC 
Brian Beebe    Skins 
Troy Luckenbaugh    Skins 
Dennis Carmody    Skins 

 
SKINS: $130 ea
Chris Okeson Birdie 2 Hole #2
Zach Drukenbrod Eagle 2 Hole #11
Mark Borlin Birdie 2 Hole #13
Zack Kionis Birdie 2 Hole #15
Mike Simpson Eagle 3 Hole #16
Jack Garswood Birdie 2 Hole #17
Taylor Rising Birdie 4 Hole #18

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