Kyle Cobb Wins 2008 Cleveland Amateur Golf Championship in Four-Way Playoff


Cleveland Metroparks Golf

Cleveland Amatuer ChampionshipsFor 71 holes, David Griffith of Broadview Heights played the steadiest of every competitor in the 2008 Greater Cleveland Amateur Championship field. But on the 72nd hole, one swing opened the door to three other players, and Kyle Cobb of Strongsville took advantage.

Dave Griffith chips to the 16th greenGriffith came to the final hole at Manakiki at 1-under par for the tournament and two shots in the lead after playing solid golf on a chilly, windy and occasionally wet day. But Griffith pulled his tee shot into the trees along the left of the 18th fairway and lost his ball in the ground cover. He had to return to the tee and suffered a double-bogey at the last, finishing the tournament at 1-over par 217.

Nick Latimer wedges to 3-feet on 182008 Sleepy Hollow course champion Nick Latimer from Kent, playing along side Griffith in the final group, launched his tee shot high and to the right into the trees, and it appeared he suffered the same fate as Griffith. But a marshal spotted his ball high up on the hill, and Latimer slashed it out of the scrub, across the cart path and into the fairway, inside 100 yards. From there he hit a great wedge shot to 3 feet and made the putt for an improbable par, to finish at 217 as well.

Brad Steven putts in the playoffIn the groups ahead, Cobb and two-time Cleveland Am champ Brad Steven of Concord tied for the low round of the day, each shooting 2-under par 70. Both players made the turn at 1-over par 37 for the front nine, but then both started a run.

Steven made birdie at the difficult tenth hole, then made eagle at the par-5 12th. Cobb, a junior-to-be at Cleveland State, birdied both of the back-to-back par fives at 12 and 13, then had the break of the tournament: a birdie at the par-3 15th from a tee shot that flew well into the wooded hillside left of the green, bounced out, and rolled to just a few inches for a tap-in. Both Steven and Cobb shot 3-under par 33 on the final nine, and a 217 total.

As the four-man playoff started, it began to rain and quickly turned into a downpour. All four players hit their tee shots to the 10th fairway in a deluge. Griffith and Steven went left behind a mound that blocks the green, while Latimer and Cobb found the right rough, but with an open shot. Then play was suspended due to lightning.

Kyle Cobb makes winning putt in 2008 Cleveland AmateurAfter an hour delay, the foursome returned to the 10th fairway, where Griffith and Steven laid up to just outside of 100 yards. Latimer hit his second in the right fringe just above the hole, then Cobb hit a solid shot to the center of the green, about 15 feet left of the hole and straight up the hill.

After misses by the other players, Cobb center-cut his birdie putt and made a small fist pump to claim the 2008 Greater Cleveland Amateur Championship.

A special congratulations to Tom Kochensparger and Mike Raby for conducting a great tournament, and to the Manakiki golf course maintenance staff for the incredible conditioning. The greens were the talk of the players, as they were smooth, rolled close to 11 on the stimp and were in “country club condition”.

The 9th hole at Manakiki

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2008 GREATER CLEVELAND AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL RESULTS, AUGUST 8 – 10

Manakiki Golf Course, Willoughby Hills, Ohio
6,625 Yards, Par 72

Pos Player Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 TOTAL
1 Cobb, Kyle
75 72 70 217
2 Steven, Brad 73 74 70 217
2 Latimer, Nick 72 72 73 217
2 Griffith, David 71 71 75 217
5 Heestand, Matt 71 73 74 218
6 Blackburn, Steve 78 69 72 219
7 Stefanski, Ryan 73 73 74 220
7 Scott, Jacob 75 70 75 220
7 Glassman, Zach 70 72 78 220
10 Saari, Scott 71 77 74 222
11 Elber, Patrick 73 76 74 223
12 Smith, Brian 74 76 74 224
13 Yacovazzi, Anthony 76 78 71 225
13 Borlin, Mark 77 75 73 225
13 Monas, Kent 72 79 74 225
16 Barber, Doug 81 72 73 226
16 Metzendorf, Dan 80 72 74 226
18 Marino, Matt 77 73 77 227
18 Skirpstas, Peter 77 71 79 227
20 Gould, Brett 74 81 73 228
20 Okeson, Chris 74 77 77 228
20 Jastromb, Kyle 75 75 78 228
20 Latsko, Phil 74 73 81 228
24 Williams, Jonathan 78 77 74 229
24 Alshouse, Tom 83 71 75 229
24 Tournoux, Kevin 72 78 79 229
27 Lanier, Lorenzo 78 76 76 230
27 Higgins, Patrick 74 76 80 230
29 Grasso, Mike 76 78 77 231
29 Tuscano, Frank 74 79 78 231
29 Elber, Jack 74 77 80 231
32 Brinkman, Alex 79 76 77 232
32 Bowser, Michael 79 76 77 232
32 Grincewicz, Dan 76 78 78 232
32 Fritz, Eric 76 78 78 232
36 Foss, Mark 78 77 79 234
36 Madden, Danny 78 75 81 234
36 Semethy, Alan 75 77 82 234
39 Bailey, Andrew 79 74 82 235
40 Veverka, Brandon 77 78 81 236
41 Abercrombie, Scott 78 74 85 237
42 Thompson, Drew 80 74 NC NC


— Allen Freeman

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