Oates Goes Back-to-Back at the 2011 Summit County Amateur; Wins the Event for the Fifth Time


Aaron Crewse - 2011 Summit Co Am
Crewse makes his tournament-tying effort on the final hole at the 2011 Summit County Am.

Summit County Amateur Golf ChampionshipDefending champion Dave Oates started the second round of the 2011 Summit County Amateur Golf Championship making bogey, then double-bogey.

Yup, three over par after the first two holes. Chili-choppin’ hacker stuff. Two shots back at the start of the day, now five shots back after just two holes.

It didn’t matter.

Dave Oates 2011 Summit Co Am

Oates rallied with four birdies on that same nine (the back nine at Good Park, where all the leaders start) and finished the day with a 2-under par score of 69 and a 1-under par 141 total to win his second consecutive Summit County Amateur title — amazingly, his fifth career win in the event.

But it’s not like Oates won going away, and that the day didn’t have it’s drama. Because it did, especially coming down to the final few holes.

33 players started Sunday’s round within five shots of the lead, but not many players in that big group made the heroic push. Pete Skirpstas of Medina posted the low round of the day, a 4-under par 67, but he started the final round six-over par and was too far back to rally. Ross Beal also made some incredible shots, including drives that came close to the greens on holes 15 and 17, but his roller-coaster round of 71 left him at 1-over par for the finale, yet another near miss. Drew Hanzel and Nathan Tartar played even par golf in round two, but couldn’t get their finishing totals under par.

First round leader Nick Lambos and past Summit County Am champion Aaron Crewse both played solid first rounds and then well enough throughout Sunday to have a great chance coming in to the final hole, the 214-yard par-3 ninth. (The final round leaders finish at the ninth hole because the back deck of Good Park serves as a fantastic set of bleachers for the crowd at the event.) Standing on that final tee, both players knew that Oates was in the clubhouse at 1-under par for the tournament, while both players were only at even par.

After sending their tee shots toward the final green, Lambos left himself with a swinging 40-foot putt from the left fringe, while Crewse’ solid hybrid over the front-right bunker gave him a 20-footer from just below the hole.

Nick Lambos 2011 Summit Co AmDrama time.

Lambos’ ball was a bit tight against the left collar and because of the distraction he didn’t pull off his best effort, leaving his birdie putt about five feet short.

One done, with only one more player to go.

After sizing it up, Crewse sent his twenty-footer towards the hole in stroke built of great tempo, and the crowd started rooting as the putt looked like it had a solid chance. But the ball curled away from the cup with just a couple of inches to go, and Crewse was nearly on his knees when the ball stopped because he couldn’t believe he left it short.

Oates had won again.

Five times winning a single event — any event, let alone one with the quality of field at the Summit County Am — is an impressive feat. No other player may ever match Dave Oates’ record in the Summit County Am. But even more impressive is the character of the gentlemen who play, as the three top finishers made a grand gesture: Oates, Lambos and Crewse all decided to donate their gift certificate winnings to the 2012 Good Park Junior Tournament in memory of Dave Barnes, the former Good Park staffer who passed away last year and is now memorialized through the event. Barnes always put great effort into running the Junior Tournament, and the three top players decided to make the donation in his memory. That gesture, made by the during the trophy presentation, broke the voice of long-time tournament director Larry Zimmerman; a truly nice moment.
 

FINAL RESULTS: 2011 Summit County Amateur Golf Championship
Good Park Golf Course, Akron Ohio – Par 71
August 6th – 7th, 2011:
 

Player Rd 1 Rd 2 Total Prize
David Oates 72 69 141 $ 750.00
         
Aaron Crewse 71 71 142 $ 600.00
         
Nick Lambos 69 74 143 $ 525.00
Ross Beal 72 71 143 $ 525.00
Drew Hanzel 72 71 143 $ 525.00
         
Nathan Tarter 73 71 144 $ 437.50
Pete Skirpstas 77 67 144 $ 437.50
Bob Henighan 72 72 144 $ 437.50
John Furlong 71 73 144 $ 437.50
         
Matt Mullen 72 73 145 $ 362.50
Robert Schustrich 71 74 145 $ 362.50
         
Brian Lisic 74 73 147 $ 275.00
Rick Bryson 74 73 147 $ 275.00
David Pulk 73 74 147 $ 275.00
David Griffith 75 72 147 $ 275.00
Richie Schembechler 76 71 147 $ 275.00
         
Kurt Peterson 72 76 148 $ 156.25
Jake Wetzel 74 74 148 $ 156.25
Tyler Maranville 73 75 148 $ 156.25
Brendan Byrne 73 75 148 $ 156.25
         
Mark Guadagni 73 76 149 $ 100.00
Steve Fricker 76 73 149 $ 100.00
Connor McCaulley 74 75 149 $ 100.00
Mike Simpson 71 78 149 $ 100.00
Stephen Spalding 74 75 149 $ 100.00
         
Mike King 76 74 150 $ 100.00
David Archer II 77 73 150 $ 100.00
Steve Bednar 73 77 150 $ 100.00
Mark Thomas 76 74 150 $ 100.00
Al Freeman 76 74 150 $ 100.00
         
Josh Anderson 76 75 151  
Isaac Charette 74 77 151  
Rob Yanko 74 77 151  
Jonathan Riemer 75 76 151  
Steve Blackburn Jr. 73 78 151  
Rick Kies 76 75 151  
         
         
Dean Cutlip 74 78 152  
Brad Trice 77 75 152  
Joe Hedrick 73 79 152  
William Schaefer 74 78 152  
Anthony Yacovazzi 78 74 152  
Tom Baugh 73 79 152  
Scott Coe 79 73 152  
         
Joe Ungvary Jr. 76 77 153  
Phil Bojc 77 76 153  
Jim Cea 74 79 153  
Howard Clendenin 76 77 153  
Bryan Mitchell 71 82 153  
Lonnie Kammer 75 78 153  
David Trier 77 76 153  
Matt Timmons 76 77 153  
Chris Minear 75 78 153  
Jim Schaefer 75 78 153  
         
Matt Heestand 77 77 154  
Jerry Moore 77 77 154  
Jason Chadima 76 78 154  
Alan Keshock 80 74 154  
Jordan Grubb 80 74 154  
Mike Armour 76 78 154  
Ron Bell 79 75 154  
Brian McPherran 75 79 154  
         
Rob Balca 78 77 155  
Tom Thompson 76 79 155  
Michael Mastran 76 79 155  
Cody Cutright 77 78 155  
Shaun Kloetzer 79 76 155  
Ryan Oldfield 75 80 155  
Jim Krivanek 73 82 155  
         
Tom Arison 82 74 156  
Mike Witmer 80 76 156  
Tom Stack 79 77 156  
Tommy Li 81 75 156  
Dan Marr 79 77 156  
Jason Zachardy 80 76 156  
Dan Mosholder 74 82 156  
Ray Prokop 75 81 156  
Rich Lowry 76 80 156  
         
         
John Kabasky 76 81 157  
Ryan Maxwell 78 79 157  
Doug Fleming 75 82 157  
Jeff Campbell 80 77 157  
David Chapple 79 78 157  
Billy Barbour 79 78 157  
Kyle Danals 81 76 157  
         
Tom Markham 79 79 158  
Joe Dazey 80 78 158  
Sean Bowers 77 81 158  
Sean Hunka 80 78 158  
Bobby Spino 79 79 158  
Tanner Kirby 82 76 158  
Tom Seever 81 77 158  
         
Fred Miller 79 80 159  
Brian Vincelette 76 83 159  
Jim Niskanem 79 80 159  
Kyle Sutter 83 76 159  
Jason Stevenson 83 76 159  
Jeff Basinger 77 82 159  
Matt Warren 81 78 159  
         
Jim Tarter 79 81 160  
Nevada Lemon 80 80 160  
Frank Livak 82 78 160  
John Stefanik 80 80 160  
         
Brandon Giaimo 84 77 161  
Rob Loomis 83 78 161  
Ron McCoy 82 79 161  
         
Mark Ciccarello 86 76 162  
Mark White 80 82 162  
Mike Crute 82 80 162  
Dan Bania 82 80 162  
Kenny Chuparkoff 79 83 162  
         
Landon Palay 84 79 163  
Brian Chadima 80 83 163  
David Sattler 84 79 163  
Jay Carpenter 83 80 163  
Alan Lewis 83 80 163  
Lee Hatch 79 84 163  
John Baranek 85 78 163  
         
         
Scott Mullen 82 82 164  
Noah Hobarth 82 82 164  
Mychal Agarenzo 87 77 164  
Rocco Cona 81 83 164  
Jim Grosso 80 84 164  
Brian Sovak 80 84 164  
Tyler Elton 77 87 164  
         
Patrick Coughlin 83 82 165  
Chris Plute 84 81 165  
Tom Ward 84 81 165  
Sam Scala 80 85 165  
         
Andrew Bryant 83 83 166  
David Marshall 84 82 166  
Scott Coats 79 87 166  
         
Dustin Alcorn 83 84 167  
Derek Duda 85 82 167  
Brandon Isobe 84 83 167  
Matt Gillingham 83 84 167  
Denny Krill 86 81 167  
         
Will Ellison 79 89 168  
Pat Feeney 83 85 168  
Greg Brozeit 84 84 168  
         
Dieken Reed 84 85 169  
Chet Shedloski 85 84 169  
         
Daniel Walker 84 86 170  
Alex Griffiths 82 88 170  
Dan Horrigan 85 85 170  
         
Raul Mendoza 82 89 171  
Jeff Barbas 84 87 171  
         
Brandon Buchanan 87 85 172  
Mike Angie 84 88 172  
         
David Barry 78 95 173  
         
Mike Hamilton 85 89 174  
         
Steve Wilson 80 95 175  
         
Bruce Bailey 88 90 178  
         
Dave Jursak 92 87 179  
         
         
Ryan Erickson 90 91 181  
         
John Walker 89 93 182  
         
Rocky Laubscher 94 93 187  
         
Josh Kaluzne 81 DQ DQ  
         
Josh Dewees 77 WD WD  
Anthony Stallsmith 80 WD WD  
Rick Merrow 82 WD WD  
Tim Heavner 83 WD WD  
Ron Miller 84 WD WD  
Chris Sherwin 85 WD WD  
John Winpisinger 86 WD WD  
Larry Lahnan 78 WD WD  
Tim Davis 74 WD WD  

 
Gift certificate prizes will be available at Chippewa GC.
 

SKINS:
RD1 Tim Davis – Eagle #12 $700
RD1 Jim Krivanek – Eagle #14 $700
RD2 John Furlong – Eagle #14 $1,400

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