Schustrich Wins Chippewa Championship in Playoff


Rob Schustrich 2013 Chippewa Champion
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Rob Schustrich holds the crystal and host Kevin Larizza after winning the 2013 Chippewa Championship in a playoff.

Jon ClarkIt was an unexpected result.

With just a few holes to play, it looked like Malone player Jon Clark from Clinton (shown at right) would cruise to his first Chippewa Championship victory in a walk.

Playing in the penultimate group, Clark was three under par for the day through 12 holes, including eagle-birdie on 10 and 11.

The players in the final few groups knew what Clark was doing, they knew that he has been playing incredibly solid golf all season long, and they had resigned themselves to playing for second place.

But that’s why The Chippewa Championship has earned the reputation that it holds. Because while every hole holds a chance at birdie (or eagle or albatross, which is another story for later!), each hole is also a disaster-in-wait.

And unfortunately for Clark, those disasters took place right at the very end.

After playing spectacularly for 12 holes on Sunday, Clark finished the final six holes bogey-bogey-par-bogey-bogey-triple. Of course the triple at the end was most unexpected of all, and it totaled to a final round 75 that put him at 8-over par 150 for the tournament.

So which players were suddenly back in the hunt after Clark’s missteps?

Oh, how about a defending champion who shot 79 in the first round, and a 48-year-old guy using a long putter against the college kids.

Playing in the group ahead of Clark, 2012 champion Nathan Tarter of Mogadore and another Malone player posted a Sunday round of 2-under par 69 — the best score of the day by five shots! — to finish at 6-over par 148.

Then in the day’s final group, Rob Schustrich from Windham cruised home with a respectable 75, nothing spectacular but solid given the situation. Paired with a first round 73, he also finish at the 148 mark.

It took everyone in attendance a few minutes to figure it out, but yes, those two 148s were the low 36-hole scores, and the two unlikely beneficiaries of Clark’s tough finish were headed to a playoff on the lengthened par-4 18th hole.

Neither tee shot in the playoff was spectacular: Schustrich went way right into the 10th fairway, Tarter hit a tree and dropped straight down in the right rough. Tarter advanced his second shot only 140 yards from a cabbage lie, and Schustrich whacked a long iron to short-left of the green. Then Tarter hit his third shot from 140 yards out to the front edge of the green.

From there, the video tells the story:

Schustrich holed the putts that needed to be holed, played steady golf in an event that requires steady golf, and ended up the 2013 Chippewa Champion.

 
The shot of the tournament came from Jon Jadgchew, who made an albatross-2 on the 508-yard par-5 third hole. Jadgchew hit three wood off the tee (he hit a poor driver in the first round so he revised his strategy for round two), then he holed that same 3-wood from 245 yards on the second shote! None of his fellow players saw it go in for sure, but they all knew it was dead on line. Only when they reached the green and couldn’t find the ball did they check the cup and confirm the double-eagle. Oddly, while Jadgchew has never made a hole-in-one, this was his second albatross!

Complete list of final results and skin winners below. Also check out the Round 2 Photo Gallery.

As always, the players greatly thank tournament director and Chippewa Golf Club owner Kevin Larizza for the spectacular event that he puts on year-after-year. In this his 25th Anniversary event, Kevin and his staff combined a well-conditioned golf course, a challenging but fair test of tournament golf, and an incredible food and beverage spread on both days. Amateur players in Northeast Ohio who miss this event miss out on a lot. Thank you Kevin, Jim, Don, Sean and Brad!

 

Chippewa ChampionshipFINAL RESULTS:
2013 Chippewa Championship

Chippewa Golf Club, Doylestown, Ohio
August 24-25, 2013
Par 71

 

PLAYER RD1 RD2 TOTAL
Schustrich, Rob 73 75 148
Tarter, Nathan 79 69 148
Clark, Jon 75 75 150
Crewse, Aaron 72 79 151
Kopriveck, Kenny 77 75 152
Okeson, Chris 76 77 153
Feith, Taylor 75 79 154
Freeman, Al 77 77 154
Simpson, Mike 73 81 154
Clendenin, Howard 81 77 158
Cutlip, Dean 79 79 158
Lahnan, Larry 80 78 158
Smith, Brian 81 77 158
Chadima, Jason 85 74 159
Parker, Quinn 82 77 159
Kabasky, John 81 79 160
Maxwell, Ryan 75 85 160
Anderson, Josh 83 78 161
Kovach, Ty 77 84 161
Levethal, Corey 82 79 161
Jadgchew, John 83 79 162
Marr, Dan 80 82 162
Schneider, Mark 80 82 162
Snell, Dave 82 80 162
Stasiulewicz, Jacob 81 81 162
Trier, Dave 77 86 163
Miller, Fred 80 84 164
Petry, Nate 85 79 164
Topeka, John 79 85 164
Bryson, Rick 86 79 165
Grosso, Jim 78 87 165
Yacovazzi, Anthony 85 80 165
Berkheimer, Dennis 81 85 166
Niskanen, Jim 83 83 166
Breen, Kevin 87 80 167
Davis, Tim 79 88 167
Flossie, Joe 84 84 168
LeMasters, Brian 85 84 169
Wilson, Steve 85 84 169
Chupek, Bernie 86 84 170
Slates, Chris 83 87 170
Boni, Chris 87 84 171
Loomis, Rob 86 85 171
Larizza, Kevin 84 88 172
Lenartowicz, Michael 91 81 172
Wenger, Jeff 88 84 172
Hose, Mike 85 88 173
Berkheimer, Bob 86 88 174
Feist, Steve 94 80 174
McCoy, Ron 86 89 175
Hazel, Tim 87 89 176
Thomas, Mark 87 79 176
Armour, Mike 89 88 177
McKenzie, Joe 88 89 177
Hamilton, Mike 95 83 178
Rybka, Russ 89 89 178
Smith, Ricky 92 86 178
Willgues, Kurt 93 85 178
Hach, Mark 92 87 179
Plute, Chris 93 86 179
Hinkle, Tom 93 87 180
Markham, Tom 88 92 180
Nemeth, Joe 94 86 180
Troutman, Ken 103 78 181
Kimson, Steve 91 91 182
Cornelius, Bob 96 87 183
Feeney, Pat 87 97 184
Cardinali, Michael 89 96 185
Roth, Bryan 85 100 185
Jessup, Brett 94 92 186
Kenney, Brandon 95 91 186
Ream, Tom 91 95 186
Brooker, Jerry 95 92 187
Palay, Landon 93 97 190
Helaney, Chris 96 95 191
Hetler, Jeff 99 93 192
Schwendiman, Matt 98 94 192
Collins, Scott 102 91 193
Backus, Mike 96 99 195
Mikesell, Troy 102 93 195
Martin, Rich 98 99 197
Savage, Ben 101 96 197
Coughenhour, Pat 105 94 199
Page, Chris 97 107 204
Potosky, Mike 95 109 204
Lewis, Jake 115 107 222
Beck, Bob 85 WD WD
Foy, Jason 97 WD WD
Gainer, Jeff 90 WD WD
Petracca, Dave 97 WD WD
Johnson, Scott 82 NC NC

 

SKINS:

$50 36-Hole Big Skins Game: $363 ea
Rob Schustrich #5 ““ Birdie
Nate Petry #13 ““ Birdie
Dan Marr #15 ““ Birdie
Mike Hamilton – #17 ““ Birdie
Nate Petry – #18 ““ Birdie
Jason Chadima – #21 ““ Eagle
Ron McCoy – #27 ““ Birdie
Jon Clark – #28 ““ Eagle
Chris Slates – #29 ““ Eagle
Brian Smith – #31 ““ Birdie
Rob Schustrich – #34 ““ Birdie

$20 18-Hole Double-Play Skins Game: $370 ea.
John Jadchew #3 ““ Albatross
Rob Shustrich – #5 ““Birdie
Jon Clark #10 – Eagle
Mike Hamilton – #17 ““ Birdie

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