Ross Beal Beats Tommy Li in a Playoff for 2010 Turkeyfoot Course Championship


2010 Turkeyfoot Championship
Ross Beal holes his birdie putt for a playoff win over Tommy Li in the Turkeyfoot Championship

Turkeyfoot Lake Golf LinksRoss Beal and Tommy Li battled back and forth throughout the two-day Turkeyfoot Golf Links Course Championship in Akron this weekend.

With firm greens, tough hole locations, and a windy, rainy and chilly day on Saturday, Beal led with a first round score of 73 to Li’s 75.

But on Sunday the weather improved and the momentum turned, and Li posted a sizzling 32 on the front nine to Beal’s 39, taking a five shot lead into the final nine holes. It looked like Tommy Li might cruise to the championship.

But the firm conditions made the back nine tough, and Li made bogeys on 10, 11 and 14 to let Beal back into the race. Then Beal closed the gap completely with a timely eagle on the par-5 16th, and the two players were tied going into the last two holes. But both players failed to close the deal as each player bogeyed both 17 and 18, and so it was off to a playoff.

Ross Beal 2010 Turkeyfoot Championship
Ross Beal pitches his second shot to the par-4 14th hole in Sunday's round.

The playoff began on Turkeyfoot’s first hole, and was mostly decided right after the tee shots. Beal drove the green with a fairway wood downwind to about 35 feet left, and Li missed his tee shot right and short. Li then pitched his second shot across the right-to-left swooping green, right next to Beals tee shot. Beal then putted up the hill to within 2 feet on his eagle attempt. Li missed his birdie effort, sealing the win for Beal.

Tommy Li 2010 Turkeyfoot Championship
Tommy Li sends his birdie effort across the green in the Turkeyfoot playoff.

Mike Simpson finished alone in third place at 151 after posting the low round of the tournament, a 1-under par 70 on Sunday.

In the Senior Divison, Dave Woodrum edged Jim Tarter by a single shot. Complete results below.

FINAL RESULTS: 2010 Turkeyfoot Course Championship
Turkeyfoot Golf Links, Akron, Ohio – Par 71 -September 4-5

PLAYER RD1 RD2 TOTAL
Ross Beal 73 74 147 *
Tommy Li 75 72 147
Mike Simpson 81 70 151
Joe Hedrick 79 75 154
Cari Hetler 76 79 155
Chris Okeson 79 76 155
Alan Keshock 77 80 157
Rob Loomis 81 76 157
Jim Niskanen 78 79 157
Dave Woodrum 80 77 157 SR
Pat Feeney 76 82 158
Joe Pappareone 78 80 158
Jim Tarter 80 78 158 SR
Tim Davis 80 79 159
Bob DeJulius 80 79 159 SR
Kelcey Eberly 81 80 161
Nate Sargent 81 80 161
Chris Helaney 78 84 162
Jeff Tritt 81 81 162
Ben Roberts 80 83 163
Steve Wilson 85 78 163 SR
Dan Marr 78 86 164
Mike Mozingo 82 82 164
Joe Sutter 84 80 164
John Donofrio 83 81 164 SR
Ron Sonedecker 84 80 164 SR
Bob Harmon 86 79 165
Terry Szwast 80 85 165
Ernest Johnson 86 79 165 SR
Steve Junsib 81 86 167
Drew Thompson 82 85 167
Dennis Berkheimer 82 86 168
Tom Markham 82 86 168
Fred Martin 82 87 169
Tom Stack 81 88 169
Kevin Zheng 86 83 169
John Kern 90 80 170 SR
Mychal Agarenzo 86 85 171
Mike Hiller 85 86 171 SR
JJ Grabowski 86 86 172
Russ Rybka 86 86 172
Doug Fleming 87 86 173
Dan McElwain 85 89 174
Steve Strasser 87 87 174
Doug Yarnum 94 80 174
Mike Yaich 91 83 174
Bob Minno 89 85 174 SR
Charlie Mozingo 91 84 175 SR
Andy Pataki 83 92 175 SR
Jeff Hetler 84 92 176
Robert Titus 93 85 178
Oliver Palmer 85 94 179
Jeff Lock 89 90 179 SR
Chance Phifer 91 90 181
Jim Marrone 93 89 182
Dan Schlue 93 91 184
Ryan Westren 93 91 184
Tommy Hinkle 94 91 185
Ed Mozingo 93 93 186
Jonathon Larabee 95 93 188
Doug Hull 98 94 192
Jim Rowe 103 95 198 SR
Robert Hale 92 DNS DQ
Kevin Larizza 88 DNS DQ
Adam Neate 88 DNS DQ
Brad Stewart 87 DNS DQ
John Snively 90 DNS DQ SR
Tony Casalinoya 94 NC NC
Scott Coats 87 NC NC
Aaron Czetli 94 NC NC
* – WON IN PLAYOFF
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