ADGA: Clay Roars Back on Oates; Cea Survives Playoff with Lahnan


Josh Clay 2013 ADGA Stroke Play Champion
Josh Clay 2013 ADGA Stroke Play
Josh Clay hits his eagle pitch on the par-5 18th hole at Rosemont CC Sunday in the finale of the ADGA Stroke Play

ADGAAfter the first round at Seven Hills Country Club in Hartville, Canton’s Dave Oates looked like he would be impossible to catch.

On a course setup that was ‘one pace from the back’ on every tee box, trees that crowd the fairways from every direction, and tough-to-find hole locations, a first round score of 2-under par 70 on a firm and fast track with windy conditions and club-grabbing rough was a field-lapper. A ‘wow’ when seeing it on the scoreboard.

Starting Sunday at Rosemont with a three shot lead, Oates did nothing through the first 14 holes to make anyone think that he wasn’t on his way to a big-and-easy victory, tossing in an eagle-bomb at the par-5 ninth and making pars and birdies along the way.

Oates had amassed a six shot lead with just four holes to play. The coronation walk was on.

But the ADGA makes even six-shot leaders finish all 36 holes, and what happened on the last four was a complete shocker.

Canton resident and Coker College senior-to-be Josh Clay birdied the short par-4 15th, getting two strokes back right there as Oates bogeyed.

Then Clay made eagle on the twisting par-5 16th with a driver/5-iron. Oates bogeyed once again, and Clay picked up three more shots just like that.

The lead was down to one.

Both players bogeyed the tough par-3 17th, so as they headed to the par-5 18th, Oates was still up by a shot.

Dave Oates 2013 ADGA Stroke Play
Dave Oates pitches back from behind 18

Oates found the right trees, then the left fairway bunker in two.

Clay piped a tee shot then hit a solid second shot pin-high left.

Oates hit a skinny fairway bunker shot over the green then whacked at the hard-pack in the bunker with his wedge, visibly upset. But he went about his business and solidly chipped back from a tough downhill lie to 10 feet for par.

Clay ran his eagle attempt to 4 feet right of the hole.

But then Oates missed the 10-foot par putt, and Clay had a chance to win it outright.

Clay took his time and holed the birdie putt: a two shot swing, a one-stroke victory. Stunned silence from all until Oates extended his hand, looked Clay in the eye and said sincerely, “Great comeback, Josh.”

The four-bogey finish from Oates was completely unexpected. The class and sportsmanship was not; it’s what we see from him all the time.

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On the Senior Division side, an equally shocking finish, but this bit of “Are you kidding me?” came in a playoff between Aurora’s Larry Lahnan and Tallmadge resident Jim Cea.

The pair finished in a tie at 149, and both players headed to the 18th for a playoff.

Cea botched the par-five hole from tee to green, whacking it in the rough, then into a bunker, then long over the green, and finally running his fourth shot from the hillside behind back across the green to the front right rough.

While all that was happening, Lahnan had methodically hit the fairway, his layup shot, and then an iron into the green, and had about a 15-footer for birdie.

The playoff looked to be over as Cea stood over his par chip. Only he ran it in the hole!

A miss of the birdie try by Lahnan and the twosome was off to the first hole to continue the playoff.

You guessed it: Cea regained his composure, both players hit the green in two, and after Lahnan missed his birdie effort from about 25 feet, Cea rolled home a 15-foot birdie putt to win.

A fitting ending to two stories of unlikely victory.

 
Lannings RestaurantFINAL RESULTS: Akron District Golf Association
2013 Lanning’s Stroke Play Tournament

Seven Hills Country Club, Hartville, Saturday, June 22
Rosemont Country Club, Fairlawn, Sunday, June 23

 
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION:

Pos Player Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Total Prize
1 Clay, Josh 73 71 144 $500.00
2 Oates, Dave 70 75 145 $425.00
3 Schustrich, Rob 76 73 149 $350.00
4 Smith, Brian 78 73 151 $300.00
5 Marr, Dan 76 76 152 $250.00
6 Peterson, Kurt 78 76 154 $225.00
T7 Padgett III, Don 80 75 155 $130.00
Osborn, Pat 79 76 155 $130.00
Crewse, Aaron 79 76 155 $130.00
Spino, Bobby 76 79 155 $130.00
11 Yacovazzi, Anthony 80 77 157
T12 Kloetzer, Matt 81 77 158
Vincelette, Brian 77 81 158
T14 Parker, Quinn 79 81 160
Burkheimer, Dennis 78 82 160
Freeman, Allen 76 84 160
T17 Bishop, Shayne 80 81 161
Simpson, Mike 77 84 161
T19 Bailey, Bruce 83 79 162
Kovach, Ty 82 80 162
King, Jeremy 84 78 162
Trier, David 79 83 162
T23 Agarenzo, Mychal 78 85 163
Cutlip, Dean 75 88 163
25 Barbas, Jeff 77 87 164
T26 Kabasky, John 82 83 165
Wenger, Jeff 84 81 165
Lee, Tommy 82 83 165
29 Armour, Mike 82 84 166
30 Basinger, Jeff 90 79 169
31 Loomis, Rob 88 82 170
T32 Plute, Chris 88 84 172
Letson, Chris 84 88 172
Kloetzer, Shaun 85 87 172
35 Johnston, Andrew 79 94 173
36 Zheng, Kevin 87 88 175
37 Andrews, Mark 92 92 184

 

ROUND 2 ROSEMONT SKINS, CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION:
Don Padgett III #3 (3) Birdie $95.00
Pat Osborn #6 (3) Birdie $95.00
Dave Oates #9 (3) Eagle $95.00
Rob Loomis #11 (3) Birdie $95.00
Shaun Kloetzer #13 (3) Birdie $95.00
Aaron Crewse #17 (2) Birdie $95.00

 

SENIOR DIVISION:

Rank Player Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 Cea, Jim 73 76 149 $500.00
2 Lahnan, Larry 72 77 149 $425.00
3 Miller, Fred 72 80 152 $350.00
T4 Merrow, Rick 77 76 153 $260.00
Spino Jr., Sam 76 77 153 $260.00
Cutlip, Dave 75 78 153 $260.00
7 Baugh, Tommy 81 75 156 $200.00
T8 Thomas, Mark 79 78 157 $ 2,255.00
Skorman, Randy 75 82 157
T10 Hedrick, Joe 81 77 158
Marsinek, Ed 73 85 158
12 Jenkins, Jeff 77 82 159
T13 Denk, Joe 83 77 160
Tarter, Jim 79 81 160
Seever, Tom 81 79 160
Wilson, Steve 74 86 160
17 Niskanen, Jim 85 77 162
18 Stack, Tom 82 82 164
T19 Mendoza, Raul 80 86 166
Ciccarello, Mark 77 89 166
21 Martin, Fred 78 90 168
T22 Taber, Ed 84 85 169
Hochschwender, Mike 90 79 169
T24 Szwast, Terry 90 81 171
Yanko, Rob 82 89 171
26 Esposito, Joe 90 89 179
27 Roth, Brian 92 88 180

 

ROUND 2 ROSEMONT SKINS, SENIOR DIVISION:
Baugh, Tommy #6 (3) Birdie $90.00
Miller, Fred #8 (2) Birdie $90.00
Spino Jr., Sam #9 (3) Eagle $90.00
Spino Jr., Sam #13 (3) Birdie $90.00
Marsinek, Ed #15 (3) Birdie $90.00

 

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