Steven Adds a Third Cleveland Amateur Title


Cleveland Metroparks Golf
Sure, trophies are great. But winning hugs from the family are even better!

Brad Steven of Concord played a truly solid round of tournament golf in extremely challenging conditions on Sunday to win his third Greater Cleveland Amateur Golf Championship title.

But Steven’s win wasn’t without some big drama, provided primarily by a hot-putting Doug Barber who shot lights-out early.

At a firm, fast and windy Manakiki, Barber played the front nine in a scorching 3-under par 33. Adding birdies at the reachable par-5 12th and 13th holes put him into the lead at 5-under par for the day and 4-under par for the tournament, an astounding score for the day given the conditions.

A bogey at the 14th put Barber back to 3-under for the tournament but still in the lead.

Doug Barber watches his game-changing tee shot on the par-3 15th at Manakiki

Then an aggressive tee shot by Barber on the downhill 204-yard par-3 15th hole looked great as it covered the flag — but flew about 5 yards too deep, took a big bounce over the back and led to a devastating double-bogey.

Barber recovered and parred the final three holes from there — making par-saving putts from sizable distances on each hole — to post 1-under par for the tournament as leader in the clubhouse.

But Steven played some outstanding golf of his own. A great up-and-down par save from 130-yards out after chipping sideways from the right trees on the tough par-4 8th hole kept the momentum going on his front nine, allowing Steven to turn at even par on the day and 1-under for the tournament.

Birdies through the back-nine par fives pushed him to 3-under for the event, but a bogey on the 14th put him back to two-under total.

A clutch tee shot on the trouble-laden par-3 15th to 25-feet made for a great par, especially after watching Barber make double bogey in front of him. The par allowed Steven to keep his one shot lead.

Two near-misses for birdie by Steven at the 16th and 17th left the one-shot difference between the pair intact going to the tough 18th. Steven laid back off the tee to the 150 yard marker, then rifled his second shot right by the hole, just 10 feet past. From there, Steven rolled his putt down the hill and into the hole for a finishing birdie, giving him a 3-under par total for the tournament and a two shot victory over Barber.

Cleveland Am champ Brad Steven holes his winning birdie putt on the 18th hole.

Steven’s third career Cleveland Am victory ties him with Norton Brick of Elyria for the most in championship history. [Complete history of the Cleveland Am here.]

First and second round leader Dave Sotka of Chardon performed well in the tough conditions all week, shooting a Sunday round of 2-over par 74 to finish at level par for the tournament and a solo third place finish.

Zack Glassman finished in fourth place another shot back after a final round 71, and John Furlong grabbed fifth place, also closing with a 71 and 2-over for the 54 holes.

Special thanks to host pro Tom Kochensparger, and to Metroparks pros Mike Raby, John Fiander and Jeff Staker for the well-run championship. And kudos to superintendent Bill Roeder and all of the golf course maintenance staff for the great greens and course conditions during tournament week!

Plain Dealer story here. Plus, see over 40 pictures of final round action now posted in the 2010 CLEVELAND AM PHOTO GALLERY!
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Cleveland Amateur Golf ChampionshipsFINAL RESULTS: 2010 Greater Cleveland Amateur Golf Championship
Manakiki Golf Course
Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Par 72, 6,741 yards
Sunday, August 8, 2010

POS PLAYER RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL
1 Steven, Brad 74 69 70 213
2 Barber, Doug 74 71 70 215
3 Sotka, David 71 71 74 216
4 Glassman, Zach 74 72 71 217
5 Furlong, John 75 72 71 218
6 Brick, Norton 72 75 73 220
7 Palladino, Nick 76 72 73 221
8 Skirpstas, Pete 76 68 79 223
8 Griffith, David 76 72 75 223
8 Blackburn, Steve Jr. 73 77 73 223
8 Skufca, Tim 75 76 72 223
12 Oyster, John 74 74 76 224
13 Belasic, Mark 72 71 82 225
14 Tarter, Nathan 75 76 75 226
14 Heran, Scott 81 71 74 226
14 Meade, Ryan 76 76 74 226
17 Latsko, Phil 78 78 71 227
18 Zucker, Joe 76 73 79 228
18 Iosue, John 74 80 74 228
18 Smith, Brian 75 78 75 228
21 Saari, Scott 78 74 77 229
22 Stults, Jim 83 69 78 230
22 Grasso, Mike 79 74 77 230
22 Timmons, Matt 74 80 76 230
22 Di Palma, Alex 81 76 73 230
22 Scala, Sam 79 78 73 230
27 Stover, David 74 79 79 232
27 Zabukovec, Joe 81 74 77 232
27 Lahnan, Larry 78 77 77 232
30 Oslie, Kory 76 75 83 234
30 Jackson, Kevin 80 75 79 234
32 Keshock, Alan 78 73 84 235
32 Freeman, Allen 76 77 82 235
34 Wien, David 83 72 81 236
34 Rudy, Ben 87 70 79 236
36 Schaefer, Jim 81 74 83 238
36 Borlin, Mark 83 74 81 238
36 Ciccarello, Mark 74 83 81 238
39 Hahn, Tim 81 76 84 241
Guest, Monty 76 76 WD
Predovic, Dan 75 79 WD
Yaccovazzi, Anthony 81 74 WD
Thompson, Drew 82 75 WD

1 Comment

  1. August 10, 2010

    And yet another Cleveland Am title for the CSU Viking Golf family!! Way to go Brad!!

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