Crewse Makes a Charge But Tarter Holds Steady to Win the 2012 Chippewa Championship


Nathan Tarter and Kevin Larizza with the 2012 Chippewa Championship Trophy
Nathan Tarter wins the 2012 Chippewa Championship Trophy, presented by Kevin Larizza

Chippewa ChampionshipPlaying a group ahead of the first-round leader Nathan Tarter, Aaron Crewse made an absurd birdie on the 540-yard par-4 18th hole Sunday with a driver-hybrid-15-foot-curler to finish the day at 2-under par 69 and put some real heat on the front-runner from Mogador.

That unlikely birdie-3 finish by Crewse forced the first-round leader to make at least a score of five on the final hole from the monster back tee, and the field average score on that hole for the day was 5.2. So it was no easy task in front of Tarter, and the murmur of a potential playoff went through the crowd as he set himself to hit his second shot from about 245-yards away.

Tarter’s hybrid second finished well short and in line with the left greenside bunker, leaving a testy 25-yard pitch for his third. But as he had done all week, the Malone player showed some short game prowess by lofting his wedge to 8-feet above the hole then gently sending the par putt to the bottom of the cup for a two-shot victory.

The finishing par by Tarter meant that for the first time in quite a long while, the winning total for the 36-hole Chippewa Championship was under par: a 1-under par score of 141. Kevin Larizza and Brad Stewart lived up to their word to make the golf course setup as challenging as possible while still being eminently fair; clearly, mission accomplished.

That’s certainly not to say the course was set up ‘normal’ or ‘easy’ by any stretch of the imagination, as the 13+ green speeds and sloping hole locations meant that any mediocre shot hit from the wrong side still traveled far from the hole for most of the weekend. (See the Video Gallery from Sunday’s round for documented proof.) But if a shot was played to the correct spot and the putt hit with care, a par could be had on any hole while still providing a fair chance at birdie for the brave. As it should be.

After Tarter at 141 and Crewse at 143, the next best score was a trio of players seven shots removed at 8-over par 150: John Kabasky, Mike Simpson, and 2010 champion Ty Kovach.

Allen Freeman followed another shot behind that in solo sixth, while 10-over par 152 rounded out the top-9, earned by Pete Skirpstas, Ryan Stefanski, and Nate Petry.

As always, the players send a hearty thank you to Kevin Larizza, Brad Stewart, Eric, Don and the rest of the Chippewa Golf Club staff for the 24th playing of what has become a annual must-enter tournament. We look forward to the Silver Anniversary tournament next season!

Complete results below.

 
FINAL RESULTS: 2012 Chippewa Championship
Chippewa Golf Club, Doylestown, Ohio
Saturday & Sunday, August 25-26, 2012
Par 71

Nathan Tarter 69 72 = 141
Aaron Crewse 74 69 = 143
John Kabasky 74 76 = 150
Mike Simpson 75 75 = 150
Ty Kovach 76 74 = 150
Allen Freeman 77 74 = 151
Pete Skirpstas 80 72 = 152
Ryan Stefanski 76 76 = 152
Nate Petry 77 75 = 152
Joe Hedrick 79 74 = 153
Quinn Parker 76 77 = 153
Tim Cebula 74 79 = 153
Drew Thompson 76 78 = 154
John Clark 78 76 = 154
Matt Heestand 75 79 = 154
Dan Marr 78 77 = 155
Mark Thomas 79 77 = 156
Russ Rybka 73 83 = 156
Chris Okeson 85 71 = 156
Kenny Koprivec 80 77 = 157
Larry Lahnan 80 77 = 157
Rob Schustrich 77 80 = 157
Dave Trier 76 81 = 157
Charlie Schrader 80 77 = 157
Jeff Wenger 78 80 = 158
Scott Heran 81 78 = 159
Tommy Li 83 76 = 159
Richie Schembechler 79 82 = 161
Dennis Berkheimer 79 83 = 162
Ryan Burrows 85 77 = 162
Tom Stiller 81 81 = 162
Fred Miller 81 81 = 162
Mark Johnson 77 85 = 162
Steve Feist 78 85 = 163
Jeff Leonard 83 80 = 163
Brandon Bell 84 80 = 164
John Jadgchew 82 82 = 164
Nate Bartow 85 80 = 165
Chris Plute 86 79 = 165
Ken Troutman 81 84 = 165
Jeff Hetler 87 79 = 166
Brian Lemasters 82 84 = 166
Dave Snell 81 86 = 167
Mike Brooks 82 86 = 168
Dan Fearer 85 83 = 168
Jim Niskanen 86 83 = 169
Mike Hose 82 87 = 169
Steve Kimson 81 89 = 170
Tom Markham 78 92 = 170
Jason Chadima 83 87 = 170
Larry Russel 90 81 = 171
Tim Hazel 82 90 = 172
Kevin Larizza 91 83 = 174
Justin Morton 88 87 = 175
Brad Stewart 84 91 = 175
Derek Duda 86 90 = 176
Bob Cornelious 88 88 = 176
Kurt Wilgues 85 91 = 176
Mark Schneider 85 92 = 177
Josh Wilson 90 88 = 178
Chris Boni 94 86 = 180
Mike Armour 91 90 = 181
Landon Palay 89 93 = 182
Jerry Brooker 85 97 = 182
Kevin Zengh 90 95 = 185
Jay Carpenter 93 96 = 189
Jeff Gainer 96 96 = 192
Mike Potaski 91 104 = 195
Richard Martin 99 98 = 197
Cliff Griffith 104 96 = 200
Randy Skorman 87 DNS
Kevin Breen 91 NC
Jimmy Krivanek 85 DNS

 
 

36-HOLE $50 BIG SKINS GAME:
Saturday Skins
Justin Morton #3 $320 (Eagle)
Kenny Koprivec #5 $320
Charlie Schrader #14 $320

Sunday Skins
# 3 Allen Freeman $320 (Eagle)
#9 Derek Duda $320
#10 Aaron Crewse $320 (Eagle)
#11 Dave Trier $320 (Eagle)
#12 Larry Russel $320
#14 Chris Okeson $320
#16 Mike Armour $320

 

$20 2-DAY SKINS GAME
#9 Mike Hose $500
#10 Aaron Crewse $500 (Eagle)

Wager sheet results to be confirmed and posted Monday evening.

1 Comment

  1. August 27, 2012

    Great play and congrats Nate…noble run and great 3 on 18 AC….2 horse race!

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