Brad Steven Wins His Fourth Cleveland Amateur


Brad Steven hits his second shot into the par-4 17th at Sleepy Hollow on his way to victory in the 2013 Cleveland Am.
Brad Steven hits his second shot into the par-4 17th at Sleepy Hollow on his way to victory in the 2013 Cleveland Am.

Brad Steven of Concord is now the only player to win the Greater Cleveland Amateur Championship four different times.

Prior to today’s victory, he was tied at three wins with Norton Brick of Elyria.

Perhaps most impressively, Steven had to go through defending champion, University of Rochester player, and 2013 Monroe Invitational winner Nick Palladino to notch that fourth championship.

Steven and Palladino separated themselves from the field heading into the back nine at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Brecksville in Sunday’s final round.

It wasn’t smooth sailing from there, however; in fact, see-saw may be a better description.

Palladino three putted the ninth hole to fall two shots back, but Steven returned the favor immediately, doing the same on 10.

Then Palladino stuffed his second shot on the tough par-4 11th and made birdie, so after 47 holes the leaders were knotted heading into the scoring holes at Sleepy.

Pars were tied on the par-3 12th (while the third player in the final group, Dave Sotka of Chardon, nearly aced his tee shot!).

Derek Duda and Chris Davis
Two great caddies help their players in the final round: Derek Duda (left top) and Chris Davis (far right).

Then Palladino blinked first with a three putt on the 13th from about 20 feet (after watching Sotka run his birdie putt 12 feet past along the same line).

But the tournament took an unexpected turn on the par-5 14th hole, when Steven’s birdie look from the front fringe from just 15 feet away turned into a three-putt after he missed a 2 1/2 footer for par. In between, Palladino nailed his birdie putt from 6 feet, and the two-shot swing put Palladino back in the lead.

But Steven recovered immediately, making birdie at the devilish par-4 15th hole because he kept his pitch dead below the hole, while Palladino went just a bit past and left. Palladino was forced to lag his 6-foot birdie putt because it also had 6-feet of right-hand break:

The two leaders traded pars at 16 and 17, and they headed to the 18th tee all tied after 53 holes.

Steven blistered his driver off the 18th to just 80 yards from the green dead in the fairway, while Palladino made a strategic play by hitting iron off the tee to 150 yards. Because of the front hole location, both players erred on the side of caution and both left their second shots just a few feet apart, short on the front fringe.

From there, we’ll let the video tell the tale of the finish:

It was a disappointing way for Palladino to lose, but it also was an impressive title defense.

Jonathan RiemerJonathan Riemer (left) finished alone in third place after a final round 70.

Steven-Palladino-TrophyDave Sotka grabbed solo fourth place another stroke back.

The top ten finishers are exempt for the 2014 Greater Cleveland Amateur at Manakiki Golf Course.

Phil Latsko shot the low round of the tournament on Sunday, posting a solid 3-under par 68. “The Show finally showed,” Latsko said.

 

Greater Cleveland Amateur Golf ChampionshipsFINAL RESULTS:
2013 Greater Cleveland Amateur Golf Championship

Sleepy Hollow Golf Course
Brecksville, Ohio | Par 71
August 9 – 11, 2013

 

POS PLAYER RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL
1 Brad Steven 72 71 71 214
2 Nick Palladino 69 74 72 215
3 Jonathan Riemer 76 72 70 218
4 David Sotka 70 75 74 219
T5 Dan Metzendorf 73 74 75 222
T5 Phil Latsko 77 77 68 222
7 Doug Barber 74 74 75 223
8 Bill Schaefer 72 76 76 224
T9 Matt Frey 73 74 78 225
T9 Andrew Jendre 78 72 75 225
T11 Kory Oslie 75 72 79 226
T11 Chris Okeson 76 74 76 226
T11 Matt Heestand 78 72 76 226
T11 Mike Witmer 75 77 74 226
T15 Robert Schustrich Jr. 74 75 78 227
T15 Ian Marek 76 73 78 227
T15 Monty Guest 77 74 76 227
T15 Steve Blackburn Jr. 77 75 75 227
T15 Brendan Byrne 78 74 75 227
20 Marc Fried 78 76 74 228
21 Mark Borlin 74 83 73 230
22 Jason Dickey 74 80 77 231
23 Scott Saari 76 78 78 232
T24 Joe Zabukovec 74 77 82 233
T24 Kevin Pruitt 75 78 80 233
T24 Clint Paxson 83 72 78 233
T24 A.J. Borisa 73 82 78 233
T24 Steve Schniegenberg 80 76 77 233
T29 Bryan Yeo 80 72 82 234
T29 Cary Slabaugh 76 81 77 234
31 Jerry Miller 81 77 77 235
T32 Kevin Hamori 76 79 83 238
T32 Paul Minko 78 80 80 238
34 Anthony Yacovazzi 76 79 84 239
T35 Phil Bojc 79 75 87 241
T35 John Iosue 75 83 83 241
T35 Tyler McHugh 84 74 83 241
38 Chris Horne 78 80 85 243
Mark Thomas 80 78 WD 158
CUT
Paul Woznicki 80 79 159
David Stover 78 81 159
Mark Foss 79 80 159
Erik Gudenas 82 77 159
Ben Rudy 79 80 159
Jon Bartuccio 79 80 159
Brian Miller 82 78 160
Jimmy Wild 78 82 160
Tim Moore 78 82 160
Mark Ciccarello 79 82 161
Adam Stiffler 79 83 162
Jim Barber 81 82 163
Nick Moody 79 84 163
Scott Heran 80 83 163
Tony Briggs 87 76 163
Nicholas Anagnost 84 80 164
Steve Blackburn Sr. 81 83 164
John Furlong 75 89 164
David Young 80 84 164
Mike Angie 83 82 165
John Neidzialek 86 80 166
Sam Corabi 86 80 166
Matt Kanegkasikorn 85 81 166
Doug Brooks 83 84 167
Tim Hahn 88 81 169
Casey Wolf 90 79 169
William Reitan 84 86 170
Chad Scott 71 WD
Brian Smith 75 WD
Erik Shoger 79 WD
Tim Cebula 80 WD
Ray Prokop 80 WD
Keith Pluto 83 WD
Ryan Workman 87 WD
Kevin Richardson WD
Shorne Mitchell WD
Mike Guarino WD
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