In Friday’s second round of the 2010 Senior Cleveland Amateur Championship at Big Met, many expected newly-crowned Senior Northeast Ohio Am champ Norton Brick to run out to another win.
But it was Randy Crider who did the early running, and Brick had to play catch up.
Playing three groups ahead of the leaders, Crider raced out to a 3-under par 33 front nine and caught Brick and his first round co-leader John Iosue at the turn, as both players struggled to 39 on the front side.
Crider then took the lead in the championship with a huge birdie-2 on the 201-yard par-three 12th hole, unbeknownst to Brick and Iousu.
Brick pulled into a tie on the 14th when both Crider and Iosue made bogey, but he gave the lead right right back with a bogey of his own on the 15th. Crider held on to that one-shot lead after he and Brick both birdied the 16th hole, while Iosue fell further back with a par on the par-5.
But the strong run by Crider ended when he made bogey the short par-4 17th hole against Brick’s birdie, and that two shot swing made the final difference in the tournament.
A bogey on 18 by Crider put him into a tie with Iosue for second place, two shots behind winner Norton Brick.
In the Super Senior Division (ages 60-69), Tom Flanigan won by three shots with a score of 3-over par 147, while Jimmy Rockow took the Super Senior Gold Division (ages 70+) by five shots.
Because Brick is already exempt into the 2010 Cleveland Amateur at Manakiki in three weeks, the next five finishers in the Senior Am earned an exemption into that field: Iosue, Crider, Scott Heran, Ray Prokop and Steve Blackburn Sr.
FINAL RESULTS: 2010 SENIOR CLEVELAND AMATEUR
Big Met Golf Course, Fairview Park, Ohio – Par 72 – July 15-16th
|Steve Blackburn Sr.||74||71||145|
|Super Senior Division: Age 60-69 (top finishers)|
|Super Senior Gold Division, 70 years+|