FINAL RESULTS: 2015 ADGA Golfer of the Year


Aaron Crewse and Brian Smith
Aaron Crewse
Aaron Crewse rolls home a 15-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the 2015 ADGA Golfer of the Year.

ADGABarn-burners, both.

The Championship Division title of the 2015 ADGA Golfer of the Year Tournament was decided in a playoff, and the Senior Division turned into a nail-biter that featured some big Sunday comebacks.

In the Championship Division, Aaron Crewse of Cuyahoga Falls and Brian Smith of Amherst finished tied at even par 144 after 36 holes at Shady Hollow Country Club in Massillon, and the two men headed to a playoff.

On the first hole, both players found the fairway from the tee.

Brian Smith
Brian Smith hits his second shot on the first playoff hole at Shady Hollow.

But both players then hit less than stellar second shots from the fairway.

From 130 yards in the center of the fairway, Smith came up short right — and in a bad break the ball rolled back down the hill.

Crewse had a tough baseball stance shot along the left edge of the fairway from about 80 yards out, and he pulled it short and left into the greenside bunker.

Aaron Crewse
Aaron Crewse hits his third shot from the bunker on the first playoff hole.

Both players had difficult third shots, and both players hit spectacular recoveries to inside five feet. Then both players rolled home their tricky par putts to continue.

On the par-3 second hole, Crewse went first and hit a beauty from 167-yards to 15-feet above the hole.

Aaron Crewse and Brian SmithSmith hit his tee shot a bit heavy and it came up just short of the green.

From a scrubby lie, Smith pitched up to 3 feet below the hole and looked to have a sure par. But Brian didn’t get a chance to make it.

Crewse took advantage of his ‘putt to win’ opportunity and rolled it directly in the center, taking the 2015 Golfer of the Year Tournament title.

(See more photos from the Championship Division playoff in the 2015 ADGA GOY Photo Gallery here.)

 

In the Senior Division, it was a three horse race — and the lead horse held on to take the win.

Bill Downing
ADGA Director Tim Davis congratulates Bill Downing for his 2015 Senior Golfer of the Year victory.

Bill Downing was the first-round leader after shooting a sizzling 69 on Saturday.

But Tom Laubacher and Rick Bryson pushed Downing right up until the end on Sunday.

With some solid final round play, Laubacher shot a 3-under par 69 of his own in the group in front of Downing. Playing along side Downing, Bryson birdied three of his last four holes to really turn up the heat — but had a 3-putt bogey on 17 and finished with 71.

That allowed Downing to get in the house with a final round gut-check 74 and win by a single shot!

 

The Golfer of the Year Tournament is likely to return to Shady Hollow Country Club for a third year in 2016. The players of the ADGA appreciate the hospitality and great golf course conditions the club provides for the season’s final event!

 

Tire SourceFINAL RESULTS:
2015 Akron District Golf Association
Golfer of the Year Tournament

Shady Hollow Country Club, Massillon
September 19 – 20, 2015

 

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION

Crewse7074144$400.00
Smith6876144$300.00
Sherer7576151$175.00
Trier7675151$175.00
Kloetzer7774151$175.00
Simpson8074154
Spino7680156
Topeka7779156
Freeman7978157
Warren8077157
Marr8176157
Schrader7980159
Vincelette8376159
Plute8278160
Watkins7982161
Karamas7983162
Armour8677163

 
CHAMPIONSHIP SKINS: $45 ea
#3 Simpson
#5 Topeka
#7 Smith
#11 Vincelette

 

SENIOR DIVISION

Downing6974143$400.00
Bryson7371144$265.00
Laubacher7569144$265.00
Thomas7474148$175.00
Bell7772149$125.00
Cutlip7377150
Cea7377150
Yanko7479153
Baugh7578153
Martin7875153
Hedrick7875153
Lahnan8073153
Dean7879157
Ciccarello7980159
Stack8178159
Skidmore8083163
Seever8086166
Swartz8383166
DiFrancesco8186167
MendozaNC75NC
TarterNC

 
SENIOR SKINS: $50 EA
#2 Bryson
#8 Bell
#14 Laubacher
#18 Bryson

 

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