Bailey Wins NEO Am in a Shocker


Andrew Bailey 2014 NEO Am Champion
Michael Balcar and Andrew Bailey separated themselves from the rest of the field in the 2014 Northeast Ohio Amateur.
Michael Balcar and Andrew Bailey separated themselves from the rest of the field in the 2014 Northeast Ohio Amateur.

 
Rocky River resident and Cleveland State player Andrew Bailey posted two strong scores in rounds 3 and 4 at The Country Club in Pepper Pike to win the 2014 Northeast Ohio Amateur Invitational by a tidy four shots with a four-round total of 7-under par.

But it’s the way it happened that shocked everyone watching.

Michael Balcar, another Cleveland State player who hails from Toledo, led most of the way for the 2014 NEO Am. Both he and Bailey separated themselves from the rest of the field with second round scores of 66 at Madison Country Club, turning the final 36 holes into a two player race.

In Round 3 in the morning at Country, Balcar posted a 71 to Bailey’s 74 to go up five shots . Balcar had a 9-under par total after 54 holes.

Michael Balcar tees off at The Country Club in the final round of the 2014 Northeast Ohio Am.
Michael Balcar tees off at The Country Club in the final round of the 2014 Northeast Ohio Am.

Bailey birdied the first two holes of the afternoon round to close the gap. Balcar bogeyed holes 3 and 5 before making birdie at 6 to right the ship. Both players bogeyed 7, and Balcar bogeyed 10 to lead by just one shot with 8 holes to play.

But then Balcar birdied the 11th and 12th holes to go 3 shots up, and looked to have the championship well in hand. Until it wasn’t.

On 17, Balcar drove it in the middle of the fairway, and from there hit into the greenside bunker. He left his first bunker shot in the bunker, then bladed the next one over the green into high grass. He hacked out of the high grass then chipped on the green and two-putted for a quad 8. Then he bogeyed 18 as well.

Jim DurrMeanwhile, Bailey birdied 16 and 17 and made par at the last to win the tournament in a stunning turn-around. His strong finish gave him a total score of 7-under par 280.

 
In the Senior Division, Jim Durr of Silver Lake (shown at right) won by a single shot with a score of 5-over par 220, outlasting Mike Cassell and Marc Fried.

Complete results from both divisions are listed below.

 

Northern Ohio Golf Association
FINAL RESULTS: Northern Ohio Golf Association’s
2014 Northeast Ohio Amateur Invitational

Round 1 at Silver Lake Country Club on Monday, June 16
Round 2 at Madison Golf Club on Wednesday, June 18
Rounds 3 and 4 at The Country Club on Monday, June 23

 

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION

Pos Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To Par
1 Andrew Bailey 71 66 74 69 280 -7
2 Michael Balcar 69 66 71 78 284 -3
3 Dennis Holub Jr 73 79 73 71 296 9
T4 Charlly Pak 78 69 75 75 297 10
T4 Doug Barber 73 71 78 75 297 10
T4 Brian Smith 72 72 77 76 297 10
7 Tristan Lewis 70 74 73 81 298 11
T8 Dan Grincewicz 76 74 75 76 301 14
T8 Joe Tornabene 80 68 76 77 301 14
T10 Bud Radis 78 70 78 76 302 15
T10 Anthony Yacovazzi 75 73 78 76 302 15
12 Dan Winar 74 78 78 75 305 18
T13 Austin Schreiber 77 75 79 75 306 19
T13 Kory Oslie 79 77 74 76 306 19
T13 Mark Olbrych 76 81 70 79 306 19
T13 Steve Hiltebrant 75 71 80 80 306 19
17 Paul Minko 74 76 77 80 307 20
18 Saumil Jhaveri 73 75 80 80 308 21
T19 Mark Borlin 77 76 78 78 309 22
T19 Ian Hardesty 75 75 80 79 309 22
T19 Thomas Lydic 73 77 76 83 309 22
22 Blake Sword 81 75 82 73 311 24
T23 Robert Schustrich 74 83 79 76 312 25
T23 Mike Bishop 76 79 80 77 312 25
T23 Nicholas Paxos 77 78 78 79 312 25
26 Jimmy Wild 76 78 77 82 313 26
27 Scott McRill 80 77 80 80 317 30
T28 Greg Kencson 81 80 76 81 318 31
T28 Evan Lerner 77 79 81 81 318 31
T30 Bryn Irvine 76 80 86 80 322 35
T30 Mark Hach 78 83 81 80 322 35
32 Peter Joyce 79 77 82 86 324 37
33 Alex Talbott 85 72 89 82 328 41
34 Alex Loftin 79 86 81 83 329 42
35 Joe Ribelli 79 77 85 90 331 44
36 Seth Pech 80 81 87 84 332 45
37 Kyle Matus 87 80 81 87 335 48
38 Brennan Brooker 83 80 88 85 336 49
39 Jim Grosso 79 80 91 87 337 50
40 Joe Bojc 78 81 85 95 339 52
41 Mark Telerico 84 80 77 NC

 

SENIOR DIVISION

Pos Player R1 R2 R3 Total To Par
1 Jim Durr 70 71 79 220 5
T2 Mike Cassell 74 73 74 221 6
T2 Marc Fried 72 76 73 221 6
4 Rick Areddy 74 79 73 226 11
T5 Monty Guest 74 79 74 227 12
T5 Jeffrey Knox 74 74 79 227 12
7 Norton Brick 73 78 78 229 14
8 Rick Merrow 74 82 74 230 15
T9 Bryan Warnica 73 76 83 232 17
T9 Jim Harless 72 83 77 232 17
T11 Tom Cawley 74 77 82 233 18
T11 Keith Pluto 77 74 82 233 18
T13 Joe Roller 75 78 81 234 19
T13 Larry Lahnan 77 79 78 234 19
15 Scott Heran 78 77 81 236 21
16 Tim Baker 80 79 78 237 22
T17 Steve Bedell 79 77 83 239 24
T17 David Devault 79 75 85 239 24
19 Jim Corcoran 79 79 85 243 28
T20 John Dmytriw 79 81 85 245 30
T20 George Papas 77 84 84 245 30
22 Ron Miller 81 81 86 248 33
23 Hugh Morgan 84 81 84 249 34
24 Dennis Cendrowski 83 82 89 254 39
25 Phil Howren 79 89 88 256 41
26 Pete Manuguerra 88 90 92 270 55
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