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

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

 

–Allen Freeman

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