Trier Overcomes Black Cat and 15th to Win 2014 Chippewa Championship


Dave Trier 2014 Chippewa Championship
David Trier (right) and his Dad share in the victory at the 2014 Chippewa Championship on Sunday.
David Trier (right) and his Dad share in the victory at the 2014 Chippewa Championship on Sunday.

Chippewa ChampionshipAfter nine holes on Sunday, David Trier of Stow was fully in command of his game, and fully in command of the 2014 Chippewa Championship.

His front nine score of 2-under par 34 had stretched his lead to a whopping six shots.

He hadn’t missed a shot all day. He was calm and composed. He looked like a walk-away champion.

But then the Black Cat stuff started.

Trier had blown a lead many years ago in this same event when he made a big number at the treacherous 15th hole. Afterwards, his Dad said he was David’s ‘black cat’ for showing up to watch right before the blowup. Even though David has won a number of different events since that time, the nickname (and its derivative, ‘Kitten’) has stuck.

So when David went to hit his birdie putt on the 11th and the ball moved after he addressed it, he took it in stride (and wouldn’t take the suggestion of his playing partners who didn’t see it move). But after replacing it and taking the penalty, he missed the par putt. Bad luck.

Then on the 12th he struggled to a double after hitting his tee shot left.

On the 14th, he made a three-putt bogey.

Suddenly the comfortable lead was down to two shots and he was facing his old nemesis, the dastardly 15th.

A drop-kick pulled tee shot to the left rough made for a tough second shot that hit the green but bounded over the back. A flippy wedge onto the green left 18 feet straight down the hill. An aggressive first putt went further past the hole than where he started. Double bogey. Demons.

Meanwhile, Allen Freeman had pretty much just hung around all day. A bunch of pars surrounded a couple of bogeys and birdies. But suddenly, after all of Trier’s back-nine mojo-mashers, the two were tied. On to 16.

David summoned a great second shot out of the right rough to 4-feet below the hole, a perfect iron that left him with a putt straight up the hill. Freeman answered from the fairway with a gap wedge to 9-feet above. Both players made their birdies. Over to 17.

Allen Freeman hits his tee shot to the 17th green on Sunday at Chippewa.
Allen Freeman hits his tee shot to the 17th green on Sunday at Chippewa.

Freeman hit the green but was 35-feet short-left of the hole. Trier went pin-high left but on the fringe. Freeman rolled his birdie effort to two feet and marked. Then Trier hit his first putt from 30-feet and it went past the hole and rolled out to four-feet. But he center-cut the comeback putt.

That’s when Freeman black-catted himself, talking himself out of the tap-in then missing the four-foot comebacker, too.

Trier and Freeman both made bogey at the stretched-out last, as Trier used his two shot lead to play it smart all the way in. So after dozens of attempts, Trier overcame some bad breaks and mistakes on the back nine to earn his first win in the Chippewa Championship. And earned it was.

Trier finished at 145 for the tournament, three over par.

Mike Simpson tied Freeman for second place, posting a solid 72 on Sunday to finish at 147.

Jon Clark
Jon Clark holes his par at 16.

Malone College grad Jon Clark (right) finished solo fourth one shot behind that at 148, and recent Summit County and Cleveland Am champ Howard Clendenin grabbed fifth place by posting a second round 72 to finish at 149.

It was a lot of fun.

Special thanks as always to tournament host Kevin Larizza, who with his staff once again ran a fantastic event. The golf course was set up exactly as Kevin said it would be: tough but fair. Play moved along well, a worthy champion was crowned, and Bernie’s pork expertly prepared by legend Dave Chapple was a perfect end to the summer tournament season.

kevin larizza(And Kevin, good job on showing that wedge who’s boss, too.)

Sunday Photo Gallery here. Complete scores and skins results below…

 

Chippewa Championship
FINAL RESULTS:
2014 Chippewa Championship

Chippewa Golf Club, Doylestown, Ohio
August 23 – 24, 2014 | Par 71

 

PLAYER RD1 RD2 Total Prize
Dave Trier 69 76 145 $400
Al Freeman 73 74 147 $275
Mike Simpson 75 72 147 $275
Jon Clark 73 75 148 $200
Howard Clendenin 77 72 149 $150
Jim Krivanek 74 76 150 $100
Rob Schustrich 74 76 150 $100
Blake Foutty 75 75 150 $100
Ty Kovach 76 75 151  
Chris Okeson 77 75 152  
Anthony Yacovazzi 77 75 152  
Randy Skorman 73 80 153  
Jason Chadima 75 78 153  
Mark Thomas 77 76 153  
Aaron Crewse 74 79 153  
John Kabasky 75 79 154  
Patrick Shultz 77 77 154  
John Topika 75 79 154  
Tommy Li 77 77 154  
Mark Schneider 74 81 155  
Rick Bryson 77 79 156  
Doug Flemming 79 78 157  
Bob Berkheimer 81 76 157  
Joe Flossie 81 76 157  
Timmy Davis 79 79 158  
Dan Marr 85 73 158  
Brandon Shannon 79 80 159  
Drew Thompson 80 79 159  
Chuck DeRemer 79 81 160  
Mark Hunnicut 84 76 160  
Brandon Bell 74 86 160  
Ryan Maxwell 79 81 160  
Kenny Koprivec 76 85 161  
Shane Bishop 81 80 161  
Dave Snell 82 79 161  
Rob Loomis 81 81 162  
Joe McKenzie 88 74 162  
Steve Feist 84 79 163  
Kevin Sloan 74 89 163  
Mike Armour 81 82 163  
Jim Niskanen 80 83 163  
Raul Mendoza 78 86 164  
Adam Lengyel 82 82 164  
Todd Rohde 81 83 164  
Bernie Chupek 86 80 166  
Rick Smith 87 79 166  
Mark Hach 88 81 169  
Ray McNiece 84 85 169  
Eric Vought 86 84 170  
Ken Troutman 85 85 170  
Chris Helaney 87 83 170  
Justin Rosso 84 86 170  
Kevin Krotky 91 81 172  
Justin McGrath 96 78 174  
Steve Kimson 88 86 174  
Chris Slates 88 86 174  
Kevin Breen 85 91 176  
Steve Wilson 89 89 178  
Justin Huth 86 94 180  
Kevin Larizza 89 92 181  
Ander Farr 91 91 182  
Tom Markham 95 87 182  
Mike Hose 88 96 184  
Rich Martin 93 91 184  
Kurt Wilgues 96 89 185  
Jeff Gainer 91 94 185  
Bob Cornelius 94 92 186  
Bryan Roth 100 106 206  
George Ferguson 107 104 211  
Jeff Wenger 90 DNF DNF  
Russel Rybka 81 NC NC  
Mark Rohde 85 NC NC  
Dennis Berkheimer 87 NC NC  

 

$50 BIG SKINS: Trier-Larizza2014ChippyChamp
John Topeka #2 Sun (2)- $254
Bob Berkheimer #3 Sun (3)- $254
Tommy Li #5 Sun (3)- $254
Chris Helaney #12 Sun (2)- $254
Shane Bishop #14 Sun (3)- $254
Justin McGrath #15 Sun (3)- $254

Dave Trier #7 Sat (2)- $254
Mike Simpson #10 Sat (3)- $254
Dave Trier #11 Sat (3)- $254
Dave Trier #12 Sat (2)- $254
Randy Skorman #16 Sat (3)- $254
Ty Kovach #15 Sat (3)- $254

$20 TWO-DAY SKINS:
Bob Berkheimer #3 (3)- $315
Tommy Li #5 (3)- $315
Mike Simpson #10 (3)- $315
Dave Trier #7 (2)- $315

 

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