JIM TROY WINS NOPGA’S MITCHELL-HASKELL TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP; GARY RUSNAK PREVAILS IN SENIORS

Strongsville’s Jim Troy survived a precarious finish and Painesville’s Gary Rusnak finished strong to win individual titles in the Mitchell-Haskell Tour Championship on Tuesday at The Country Club in Pepper Pike. The event was conducted by the Northern Ohio Section of the Professional Golfers Association of America.

Troy, former Assistant Professional at Mt. Vernon Country Club now affiliated with Honma Golf USA, led wire-to-wire with rounds of 68-75 for a one-under par 143. That total was good for a four-shot victory over Fox Den Golf Course’s Tyler McHugh (77-70) and Elyria Country Club Assistant Golf Professional Jake Scott (73-74).

Gary Rusnak, 2020 NOPGA Mitchell-Haskell Senior champion
Gary Rusnak, 2020 NOPGA Mitchell-Haskell Senior Champion.

Rusnak also led wire-to-wire to win the Senior Division with rounds of 70-75 for a one-over par 145 and a four-shot victory over Portage Country Club Head Golf Professional Steve Parker (73-76).

The combined field of 49 players found Country’s 7,129 yards a challenge thanks to soft fairways and firm greens. Just three players – Troy, Rusnak and McHugh – were able to break par-72 in a round over the two days.

Troy, who opened with a 4-under par 68 for a five-shot lead over Scott, was well on his way to a stress-free victory as he stood at 5-under for the tournament through 32 holes. Near-disaster struck as he bogeyed the final four holes, but no one was able to take advantage. Troy, who tied for second in the NOPGA’s Professional Championship at Mansfield’s Westbrook Country Club in late August, earned $1,200 for the win and remained in strong contention for NOPGA Player of the Year honors.

Rusnak began the day with a three-shot lead and birdied the first two holes to get to 4-under par. But he took a quadruple-8 on the third hole to bring both Parker, Club Walden’s Mitch Camp and Salem Golf Club’s Tom Atchison back into the picture. Rusnak recovered, however, and got hot down the stretch with three birdies on his final five holes, including a magnificent chip-in birdie from about 60-feet on the closing hole. He earned $750 for the win.

 
Northern Ohio PGAFINAL RESULTS: Northern Ohio PGA
2020 Mitchell-Haskell Tour Championship

The Country Club, Pepper Pike, Ohio
Mon/Tue, Sep 21-22, 2020

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION:

1 Jim Troy Honma Golf USA 68-75–143 -1 $1,200.00
T2 Tyler McHugh Fox Den GC 77-70–147 +3 $850.00
T2 Jake Scott Elyria 73-74–147 +3 $850.00
4 Michael Balcar Brandywine CC 75-73–148 +4 $700.00
T5 Randy Dietz Windmill Golf Center​ 75-76–151 +7 $500.00
T5 Kyle Kellogg Mt. Vernon CC 76-75–151 +7 $500.00
T5 Mark Evans Mayfield SRC – Mayfield 74-77–151 +7 $500.00
T8 Rob Moss Pepper Pike Club, The 78-74–152 +8 $250.00
T8 Jon Jones Youngstown 76-76–152 +8 $250.00
T8 Nick Paez GolfTEC – Cleveland West 75-77–152 +8 $250.00
11 Mark Sierak Barrington 79-74–153 +9 $150.00

Out of the Money:
12 Nicholas Myers  Highland Meadows GC 77 – 77 = 154
13 Jaysen Hansen  Beechmont 74 – 81 = 155
T14 Patrick Milkovich  Canterbury 80 – 76 = 156
T14 Jordan Paolini  Shaker Heights 79 – 77 = 156
T16 Joe Meglen  GolfTEC-Stonebrook 78 – 79 = 157
T16 Steve Bordner  The Country Club 78 – 79 = 157
T18 Cory Kumpf  Brookside 83 – 75 = 158
T18 David Dinan  Windmill Golf Center​ 80 – 78 = 158
T18 Sean McGuire  Pepper Pike Club, The 77 – 81 = 158
T21 John Powers  Bowling Green State Unive 80 – 79 = 159
T21 Adam Lewicki  Portage 79 – 80 = 159
T21 Nick Gustin  Erie Shores GC 78 – 81 = 159
T24 Darin de Lelys  Westfield Group CC 79 – 81 = 160
T24 Drew Pierson  Shaker Heights 80 – 80 = 160
T26 Derek Smith  Red Tail 84 – 80 = 164
T26 Daniel Terry  Chippewa GC 82 – 82 = 164
T26 William McKinley  Canterbury 81 – 83 = 164
29 Steven Weir  Cleveland State Universit 80 – 85 = 165
30 Nick Orr  Canterbury 81 – 85 = 166
31 Tim Heffelfinger  Northstar GC 87 – 81 = 168
T32 Jason Nussbaum  Congress Lake 90 – 82 = 172
T32 Mark Scott Jr.  Westfield Group CC 85 – 87 = 172
34 Trent Maxwell  Windmill Golf Center​ 86 – 90 = 176
35 Adam Stinogle  Beechmont 94 – 85 = 179
WD Brett Coluccio  Northern Ohio PGA      

Senior Division

1 Gary Rusnak Northern Ohio PGA 70-75–145 +1 $750.00
2 Steve Parker Portage 73-76–149 +5 $600.00
T3 Mitchell Camp Club Walden 75-75–150 +6 $450.00
T3 Tom Atchison Salem GC 73-77–150 +6 $450.00
5 Gary Robison Brookside 77-74–151 +7 $300.00

Out of the Money:
T6 Rob Moss  Pepper Pike Club 78 – 74 = 152
T6 Steve Stone  Maumee Golf Center 74 – 78 = 152
T6 Gary Trivisonno  PGA Of America Life Member 76 – 76 = 152
T6 Jon Jones  Youngstown 76 – 76 = 152
10 Kevin Sullivan  GolfTEC – Brecksville 82 – 75 = 157
T11 Tony Adcock  Seven Hills CC 81 – 78 = 159
T11 Tom Waitrovich  Lakewood 81 – 78 = 159
13 Scott Pollack  1899 Golf, CLE East 81 – 81 = 162
14 Andy Santor  The Country Club 79 – 84 = 163
15 Daniel Terry  Chippewa GC 82 – 82 = 164
16 Tony Milam  North Coast Jr Tour 81 – 84 = 165

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