Ty Kovach Roars to Impressive Victory in 2010 Chippewa Championship


Ty Kovach 2010 Chippewa Championship 11th
Champion Ty Kovach attempts his birdie putt on the 11th hole at Chippewa Sunday.

Chippewa ChampionshipTy Kovach of Medina played a spectacular round of golf in the most difficult of setups and conditions on Sunday to win the 2010 Chippewa Championship in convincing fashion.

Kovach posted a sterling even par 71 in windy conditions (and with those hole locations!) to win by three shots over perennial champion David Oates of Canton.

Kovach, Oates and Fred Miller of Aurora all turned the front nine at 1-over par 36, and it looked like a shootout would play out on the back nine with Oates one shot in front heading into the 10th hole. First-round leader Kenny Koprivec struggled on the front side and wasn’t a factor after that.

Kovach birdied the par-5 10th to pull into a tie with Oates. All three players made par on 11.

Dave Oates 2010 Chippewa Championship
Dave Oates chips to the 11th green at the 2010 Chippewa Championship

But then the big swing of the tournament took place on the long par-3 12th. Playing 183-yards with the wind howling from the left and the pin tucked into the tiny corner that runs off the right side of the green, Kovach struck a six-iron to eight feet pin-high left of the hole, while Miller and Oates both pulled their shots left of the green to face the run-away chip shot. A couple of tough chips and putts later, and both Miller and Oates made bogey. But Kovach converted the 8-footer for birdie, taking advantage of a huge two shot swing — and a lead that he would never relinquish.

Pars for all three players on the 13th, and it was on to the Chippewa Triangle, where the tournament is always decided.

Oates bogeyed the start of the Triangle at 14, but recovered with two good pars after that.

Miller struggled mightily in the Triangle, in essence shooting himself out of the event with a triple-bogey on 15 and a double-bogey on 16.

But Kovach solidified his lead position with three straight pars in the Triangle, an impressive display of precision and control.

Oates made the finish interesting on the par-3 17th, as he stuck his tee shot to six feet, just on the back right fringe. Kovach was about 20 feet below the hole and made a solid two-putt. But Oates missed the birdie effort, leaving a three shot lead for Kovach going into the stretched-out 18th hole.

Kovach played a solid final hole making a routine bogey-5 on the monster down-hill-and-into-the-wind 543-yard par-4. A solid drive, a three iron short of the green, a simple chip below the hole and two putts, and the Championship was his.

Randy Skorman posted a solid 73 in his second round — which included birdies at 15 and 16 in the Triangle — to make his way into a solo third place finish. Tommy Li finished alone in fourth place, while Dean Cutlip and Jim Cea tied for fifth. 107 players completed the two rounds of play.

Seven Big Skins were won on the tournament worth $671 each:

Saturday:
Dave Oates Birdie #5
John Kabasky Birdie #18

Sunday:
Doug Fleming Birdie #4
Jim Calabria Birdie #5
Chris Trudell Eagle #7
Howard Weaver Birdie #14
Randy Skorman Birdie #15

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Senior Skins were worth $48 ea:

Saturday:
Breen, Kevin #1  Score:  3
Richards, Bill #2  Score:  2
Smith, Rick #3  Score:  3
Brooker, Jerry #9  Score:  3
Beck, Bob #11  Score:  3
Stiller, Tom #16  Score:  3

Sunday:
Richards, Bill #1  Score:  3
Brooker, Jerry #4  Score:  3
Stack, Tom #6  Score:  2
Schultz, Carl #8  Score:  3
Chapple, Dave #9  Score:  3
Skorman, Randy #10  Score:  4
Weaver, Howard #14  Score:  3
Skorman, Randy #15  Score:  3
Smith, Rick #18  Score:  4

As always, a special thank you to Kevin Larizza for the fantastic event, great food, prizes and all the “extras.” And a big thank you to Dave Chapple for the scoreboard and all the outstanding chef work!

2010 Chippewa Championship Crowd
Another big 'cart crowd' was on hand to watch the contenders play the Triangle at Chippewa

FINAL RESULTS: 2010 Chippewa Championship
Chippewa Golf Club, Doylestown, Ohio – Par 71
Saturday and Sunday, August 21 – 22, 2010

PLAYER RD1 RD2 TOTAL
Kovach, Ty 75 71 146
Oates, Dave 74 75 149
Skorman, Randy 78 73 151
Li, Tom 77 76 153
Cea, Jim 76 78 154
Cutlip, Dean 78 76 154
Okeson, Chris 78 77 155
Carney, Chris 77 79 156
Beal, Ross 77 79 156
Koprivec, Kenny 73 84 157
Miller, Fred 75 82 157
Furlong, John 77 80 157
McBride, Tom 79 78 157
Davis, Tim 78 80 158
Thomas, Mark 79 79 158
Simpson, Mike 79 79 158
Berkheimer, Dennis 80 78 158
Cutlip, Dave 78 81 159
Bryson, Rick 79 80 159
Freeman, Al 77 83 160
Stack, Tom 80 80 160
Heran, Scott 81 79 160
Trier, Dave 78 83 161
Brooker, Jerry 80 82 162
Cebula, Tim 78 85 163
Bell, Ron 79 84 163
Kohler, Chris 85 78 163
Kabasky, John 79 85 164
Huntley, Brian 80 84 164
Penrose, Jason 82 82 164
Schonover, Troy 83 81 164
Kracker, Mike 79 86 165
Armour, Mike 80 85 165
Stiller, Mike 81 84 165
Hose, Mike 82 83 165
Hedrick, Joe 83 82 165
Barnett, Chris 84 81 165
Merrow, Rick 80 86 166
Spino, Sam 80 86 166
Coleman, Eric 80 86 166
Loomis, Rob 83 83 166
Wenger, Jeff 84 82 166
Stonkus, Jim 84 82 166
Marr, Dan 84 82 166
Jenkins, Jeff 83 84 167
Krenzer, Jim 84 83 167
Agarenzo, Mike 81 87 168
Yacovazzi, Anthony 81 87 168
Lynch, Michael 83 85 168
Fleming, Doug 83 86 169
Larizza, Kevin 85 84 169
Sargent, Nathan 78 92 170
Hamilton, Mike 83 87 170
Duda, Derek 84 86 170
Weaver, Howard 85 85 170
Markham, Tom 86 84 170
Bartko, Paul 87 83 170
Richards, Bill 83 88 171
Thompson, Drew 86 85 171
Feist, Steve 89 82 171
Lewis, Allen 90 81 171
Thompson, Tom 87 85 172
Barder, Doug 85 88 173
Stiller, Tom 87 86 173
Schultz, Carl 88 85 173
Tayler, Greg 82 92 174
Schlue, Dan 79 96 175
Slates, Chris 84 91 175
Plute, Chris 86 89 175
Finley, Jim 92 83 175
Wilgues, Kurt 86 90 176
Beck, Bob 86 90 176
Marshall, Dave 88 88 176
Rybka, Russ 85 92 177
Morgan, Josh 87 91 178
Cox, Tim 90 88 178
Grosso, Jim 92 86 178
Stewart, Brad 90 89 179
Smith, Ty 91 88 179
Culver, Kevin 85 96 181
Barbas, Jeff 86 95 181
Woodrum, Dave 90 91 181
Hazel, Tim 90 91 181
Trudell, Chris 95 87 182
Smith, Rick 85 98 183
Cornelius, Bob 87 96 183
Wilson, Josh 89 94 183
Wilson, Steve 90 93 183
Stormer, Jeff 92 91 183
Rosetti, Rick 95 88 183
Feeney, Pat 83 101 184
Maxwell, Ryan 94 91 185
Chapple, Dave 98 87 185
Worlow, Don 90 97 187
Schwindeman, Matt 94 93 187
Calabria, Jim 97 90 187
Larabe, Johnathan 93 95 188
Hodge, Bill 93 97 190
Laubscher, Rocky 94 96 190
Tarter, Jim 87 105 192
Goist, Scott 88 106 194
Griffith, Cliff 95 102 197
Diekman, Todd 105 92 197
McDonald, Gary 104 99 203
Coates, Bill 96 111 207
Breen, Kevin 97 112 209
Casady, John 114 111 225

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Ty Kovach accepts the trophy for the 2010 Chippewa Championship from Kevin Larizza
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Kevin Larizza tees off
Host Kevin Larizza tees off in the second round of the 2010 Chippewa Championship

1 Comment

  1. August 23, 2010

    Congratulations, Ty. The only guy ever to win the Chippewa Championship AND strike out Jose Canseco.

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