PERRYSBURG’S MIKE STONE TAKES 1-SHOT LEAD OVER TWO PLAYERS INTO WEDNESDAY FINALE
Belmont Country Club pro Mike Stone will take a one-shot lead into Wednesday’s final round of the Northern Ohio PGA Professional Championship at stoic Portage Country Club.
Stone, of Perrysburg, shot a second-round 70 on Tuesday for a 36-hole total of 2-under 138 for a one-shot lead over former champion Mitch Camp (Club Walden) and Mount Vernon Country Club’s Jim Troy. Four-time champion Gary Robison (Canton Brookside Country Club) is alone in fourth place at even-140 as he attempts to join Rob Moss as the only players with five Section titles on their resumes.
Camp, a two-time champion, shot the day’s lowest round at 3-under 67 to climb into contention for his first Section title since 1993.
The top five finishers, plus four alternates, will qualify for the 53d annual PGA Professional Championship, April 26-29, at the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas.
Stone, 47, is seeking his second straight trip to the Nationals after finishing in a tie for second in last year’s Section play.
“There is a lot of golf left to play and you don’t want to think too far ahead,” said Stone, a graduate of Toledo St. John’s High and the University of Toledo. “But, it would be nice to get back to the National.”
After sharing the first-round lead with Troy and Mayfield Sand Ridge pro Mark Evans at 2-under 68, Stone birdied the difficult 366-yard 18th by making a 5-foot putt from below the hole on a green that slopes severely from back to front.
“That putt had some pace to it and about four-to-five inches of break,” said Stone.
Stone also birdied the first hole by making a 20-footer and followed with seven pars before another birdie on the 552-yard ninth.
Camp, the champion in 1989 and 1993, made nine consecutive pars on holes eight through 16 and needed 33 putts to get in contention. He birdied three holes on the front to go out in 3-under 32, then had a birdie and a bogey coming in.
The field of nearly 60 players was trimmed to the low 25 scores and ties for Wednesday’s final round. A total of 26 players advanced with scores of 147 (7-over) or better.
ROUND 2 RESULTS:
2019 NOPGA Professional Championship
Portage Country Club, Akron | Par: 70
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
1 Mike Stone Belmont CC 68-70–138 -2
T2 Mitchell Camp Club Walden 72-67–139 -1
T2 Jim Troy Mt. Vernon CC 68-71–139 -1
4 Gary Robison Brookside 69-71–140 E
T5 Randy Dietz Windmill Golf Center 72-69–141 +1
T5 Mark Evans Mayfield Sand Ridge Club 68-73–141 +1
T7 Milton Carswell Stone Oak CC 73-69–142 +2
T7 William McKinley Canterbury 72-70–142 +2
T7 Mark Sierak Barrington 72-70–142 +2
10 David Champagne Firestone CC 69-74–143 +3
T11 Craig Goldsberry Bent Tree GC 73-71–144 +4
T11 David Morgan Eagle Creek GC 72-72–144 +4
T13 Tom Atchison Salem GC 72-73–145 +5
T13 Douglas Brown Alliance 71-74–145 +5
T13 Cory Kumpf Brookside 71-74–145 +5
T13 Nicholas Myers Highland Meadows GC 72-73–145 +5
T13 Jason Nussbaum Congress Lake 76-69–145 +5
T18 Glenn Cunningham Silver Lake 74-72–146 +6
T18 Jon Jones Youngstown 75-71–146 +6
T18 Joe Meglen GolfTEC-Stonebrook 73-73–146 +6
T18 Steve Mulcahy Shawnee CC 72-74–146 +6
T22 Nick Gustin Erie Shores GC 77-70–147 +7
T22 Adam Lewicki Portage 73-74–147 +7
T22 Nick Paez GolfTEC – Cleveland West 72-75–147 +7
T22 Steve Parker Portage 75-72–147 +7
T22 Tom Waitrovich Lakewood 75-72–147 +7
– – – – CUT – – – –
MC Trent Maxwell Windmill Golf Center 77-71–148 +8
MC Nick Szymanski South Toledo GC 76-72–148 +8
MC Tim Heffelfinger Northstar GC 75-73–148 +8
MC Tony Adcock Seven Hills CC 76-72–148 +8
MC Kirk Stucke Mercer County Elks CC 74-74–148 +8
MC Steve Stone Brandywine CC 77-72–149 +9
MC Jaysen Hansen Beechmont 77-72–149 +9
MC Trevor Thomas The Delphos 74-75–149 +9
MC Mark Bixler Kirtland 77-73–150 +10
MC Matthew Creech Mayfield Sand Ridge Club 75-76–151 +11
MC Mary Suitca Tannenhauf GC 78-74–152 +12
MC Brett Coluccio The Toledo CC 77-75–152 +12
MC Eric Morgan Plum Brook CC 77-75–152 +12
MC David Dinan Windmill Golf Center 77-75–152 +12
MC Daniel Terry Dick’s Sporting Goods 73-79–152 +12
MC Kevin Sullivan GolfTEC – Brecksville 79-74–153 +13
MC Justin Long Windmill Lakes GC 75-78–153 +13
MC Andy Santor Mill Creek GC 74-79–153 +13
MC Kelcey Eberle Congress Lake 73-80–153 +13
MC Scott Pollack 1899 Golf, CLE East 80-74–154 +14
MC Mike Rankin Westbrook CC 78-77–155 +15
MC Blake Nienhuis Canterbury 76-79–155 +15
MC Ian Miller Ohio Wesleyan University 79-77–156 +16
MC Tony Milam North Coast Jr Tour 77-79–156 +16
MC Dan Dauk Firestone G.C., Raymond C 82-75–157 +17
MC Joseph Leenheer JEL 79-78–157 +17
MC Gary Trivisonno PGA Of America Life Membe 78-79–157 +17
MC Greg Andrego Ellsworth Meadows 82-76–158 +18
MC Shawn Tompkins Chagrin Valley 79-79–158 +18
MC Rob Smyser Fox Meadow Country 77-81–158 +18
MC Collin McEndree Portage 85-76–161 +21
MC Scott Galayde Windmill Golf Center 87-77–164 +24
MC Doug Lemons Ohio Junior Golf Academy 78-86–164 +24