Crewse Sails to a Four Shot Victory at the 2011 Chippewa Championship


Final Foursome at the 2011 Chippewa Championship
Aaron Crewse putts out at 18 as Matt Heestand, Kurt Peterson and Mike Simpson look on.

Chippewa ChampionshipWith scores for the vast majority of the field soaring with the increasing winds, the rising temperatures and the infamous tournament hole locations, Aaron Crewse of Green, Ohio calmly and coolly went about his business, leaving his ball in just the right spot hole after hole.

Taking a two shot lead into the final round, Crewse played steady, solid golf, posting a 2-over par 73 on Sunday — the second lowest round of the day — and earned a four shot victory in the 2011 Chippewa Championship with an impressive even par total of 142, his first win in the event.

Aaron Crewse on Sunday at Chippewa
Crewse sends a hybrid second shot toward the green at the monstrous 510-yard par-4 18th hole.

(If you’ve never played in the Chippewa Championship, know that the hole locations used for both rounds — but especially the second round — could be considered ‘ironman scramble’ locations: holes are cut close to the edges of the greens, behind bunkers, and on every mound and run-away downslope that can be found at Chippewa, of which there are many. And the back of the back tees are used as well, including the top-of-the-world 18th tee that stretches the hole to a 510-yard par-4. So there are no easy pars to be had in any of the 36 holes in play for this tournament. Every single hole is hard work. But really, that’s why it’s fun. And maddening.)

Matt Heestand of Cleveland held on to the second place position from where he started the day, shooting a solid 75 that included a 360-degree lip-out on the final hole. It was Heestand’s first attempt at ‘The Insanity at Chippewa’, and a second place finish having never seen the golf course set up in its championship format is a commendable feat.

Quinn Parker of Massillon grabbed third place in the Championship thanks to a solid Sunday round of 1-over par 72, the low round of the finale, while recently crowned Cleveland Am champ Pete Skirpstas finished fourth.

The shot of the week belonged to Danny Marr of Akron, who made an albatross-2 on the 475-yard par-5 11th hole with a drive and a backed-up 7-iron from 162 yards. (Yes, it was good for a skin.)

Crewse and Larizza with the Trophy
Chippewa Golf Course Owner Kevin Larizza presents the 2011 trophy to Crewse

Kudos to Kevin Larizza, Don Olney and Eric McKinney for another well-run championship, to Brad Stewart and staff for a golf course that was in great condition especially given all the challenging weather the area has faced this year, and to Dave Chapple and Jeff Jenkins for the scoring.

Check out the photos from Sunday’s second round that have been added to the 2011 Chippewa Championship Photo Gallery.


FINAL RESULTS: 2011 Chippewa Championship
Chippewa Golf Club, Doylestown, Ohio – Par 71
Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st:

Pos PLAYER RD1 RD2 TOTAL
1 Crewse, Aaron 69 73 142
2 Heestand, Matt 71 75 146
3 Parker, Quinn 75 72 147
4 Skirpstas, Pete 75 74 149
5 Kabasky, John 75 76 151
5 Simpson, Mike 74 77 151
7 Peterson, Kurt 74 78 152
8 Oates, Dave 75 79 154
9 Markham, Tom 75 80 155
10 Koprivec, Kenny 77 79 156
11 Beal, Ross 79 78 157
11 Heran, Scott 79 78 157
11 Crute, Mike 77 80 157
11 Hunka, Sean 77 80 157
15 Davis, Tim 81 77 158
15 Cutlip, Dean 77 81 158
15 Thomas, Mark 75 83 158
18 Duda, Derek 82 77 159
18 Huntley, Brian 79 80 159
18 Spino, Bob 75 84 159
21 Grosso, Jim 79 81 160
21 Thompson, Drew 79 81 160
23 Flossie, Joe 83 78 161
23 Kracker, Mike 77 84 161
25 Li, Tom 82 80 162
25 Schneider, Mark 79 83 162
27 Kovach, Ty 80 83 163
28 Tomabene, Joe 80 84 164
28 Krivanek, Jim 75 89 164
30 Marr, Dan 85 80 165
30 Witmer, Mike 81 84 165
32 Bartow, Nate 81 85 166
32 Lewis, Allen 81 85 166
32 Freeman, Allen 77 89 166
35 Sargent, Nathan 85 82 167
35 Smith, Rick 80 87 167
37 Thompson, Tom 79 88 167
38 Chadima, Jason 86 82 168
38 Skorman, Randy 83 85 168
38 Kohler, Chris 79 89 168
41 Okeson, Chris 87 82 169
41 Jenkins, Jeff 80 89 169
41 Loomis, Rob 79 90 169
45 Brooker, Jerry 86 84 170
45 Hamilton, Mike 83 87 170
45 Hedrick, Joe 81 89 170
45 Vay, Mike 80 90 170
49 Breen, Tim 84 87 171
49 McCoy, Ron 83 88 171
49 Armour, Mike 75 96 171
52 Fleming, Doug 80 92 172
53 Hetler, Jeff 86 87 173
53 Rybka, Russ 86 87 173
55 Nemeth, Joe 83 90 173
56 Plute, Chris 87 87 174
57 Carpenter, Jay 85 90 175
58 Kimson, Steve 90 86 176
58 Barbas, Jeff 88 88 176
60 Larizza, Kevin 86 92 178
60 Gorka, John 83 95 178
62 Wilgues, Kurt 89 90 179
62 Feist, Steve 85 94 179
62 Boni, Chris 81 98 179
62 Coventry, Jimmy 87 92 179
66 Harmon, Bobby 90 90 180
66 Cornelius, Bob 87 93 180
68 Troutman, Ken 88 93 181
68 Palay, Landon 85 96 181
71 Mendoza, Raul 91 92 183
71 Wilson, Steve 90 93 183
73 Zheng, Kevin 88 98 186
74 Wilson, Josh 91 96 187
75 Lynch, Michael 92 96 188
76 Stewart, Brad 90 99 189
77 Gainer, Jeff 96 97 193
78 Kounts, Johnathan 99 95 194
79 Smargiasso, Heath 95 100 195
80 Okonek, Phil 100 98 198
81 Byler, Sean 94 104 198
82 Chapman, Rob 96 106 202
83 Laubscher, Rocky 109 99 208
84 Mendoza, Andrew 110 117 227
WD Crider, Randy 78 WD WD
WD Bojc, Phil 80 WD WD
WD Berkheimer, Dennis 80 WD WD
WD Niskanen, Jim 83 WD WD
WD Berkheimer, Bob 84 WD WD
WD Andy Fertal 83 WD WD
WD Mark Bruhn 94 WD WD
WD Jim Tarter 90 WD WD

 

GIFT CERTIFICATE PAYOUT:
1st – Aaron Crewse $350
2nd – Matt Heestad $300
3rd – Quinn Parker $250
4th – Pete Skripstas $175
T5th – John Kabasky $50
T5th – Mike Simpson $50
36-HOLE BIG SKINS GAME RESULTS:

Saturday Skins – $635 ea
Nate Sargent #3 (3)
Mike Crute #11 (3)
Jim Grosso #12 (2)
Aaron Crewse #18 (3)

Saturday Senior Skins – $55 ea
Scott Heran #2 (2)
Jim Niskanen #4 (3)
Mike Crute #11 (3)
Bob Cornelious #15 (3)

Sunday Skins – $635 ea
Chris Okeson #2 (2)
Joe Nemeth #5 (3)
Dan Marr #11 (2)

Sunday Senior Skins – $55 ea
Mike Crute #7 (3)
Mike Crute #9 (3)
Tim Davis #10 (4)
Scott Heran #11 (3)

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