Sotka Claims 2007 Cleveland Skins Championship


Greater Cleveland Skins Game

Dave Sotka of Chardon captured the 2007 Greater Cleveland Skins Championship at Pleasant Hills Golf Course. Sotka won $992 with 13 skins for the year, and took the “Thompson Cup”. This was Sotka’s first Greater Cleveland Skins championship.Dave Sotka, 2007 Cleveland Skins Game Champion
 
Sotka, a member at Pleasant Hills stated, “I hit a lot more quality shots this year and capitalized when I needed to.” Sotka also finished tied for fourth in this years’s Greater Cleveland Amateur held at Sleepy Hollow in Brecksville.
 
Rounding out the top 5 for the season were Scott Neill, also of Pleasant Hills; Steve Blackburn, the 2006 Greater Cleveland Skins Champion from Willowick; John Niedzialek, former Greater Cleveland and Canton Amateur Champion from Concord; and Mark Foss, former Lake County Open Amateur Champion.
 
Players from Northeast Ohio competed at four area courses during the year culminating in the season ending event at Pleasant Hills. In 2007, Powderhorn, Pleasant Hills, Fowlers Mill, and Thunderhill hosted the Greater Cleveland Skins Game on Thursdays throughout the summer.

Players interested in competing in next year’s competition starting in April should email John Niedzialek, Tournament Director at jn1920@yahoo.com for details.

2007 Greater Cleveland Skins Game Season-Long Final Results

1Dave Sotka$992
2Scott Neill$795
3Steve Blackburn$485
4John Niedzialek$478
5Mark Foss$406
6Nick Anagnost$353
7Ed Van Hoy$274
8Rob Schustrich$240
9Mike Paolillo$227
10Geoff Nicely$210
11Nick Cerri$197
12Matt White$196
13Tom Evans$183
14Phil Metz$180
15Gary Strong$177
16Bryan Richardson$140
17Bob Sotka$116
18Joe Cybulski$115
19Sam Corabi$114
20Phil Bojc$91
21Dave Dufala$83
22John Zook$80
23Scott Tomko$75
24George Magas$67
25Jim Lebzelter$66
26Clint Paxson$65
27Mike Angie$55
28Gary Zehe$53
29Blaze Tishko$35
30Paul Kish$30
31Pat Tyrrell$30
32Cliff Lawrence$27
33Marty Giel$36
34Howard Joiner$25

 

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