Canterbury assistant Anthony Panepento wins at Portage
Canterbury Golf Club assistant Anthony Panepento earned his first professional victory on Thursday when he defeated Jim Troy, 6-and-5, to win the 49th Denny Shute Match Play Championship at Portage Country Club.
The victory capped a masterful week for Panepento, as the 24-year-old defeated four of the Northern Ohio PGA’s top players while playing his way to Thursday’s 36-hole finals.
Panepento, a native of Wooster, took control early of his match against Troy, a four-time NOPGA Player-of-the-Year. He was 2-up after the front nine of the first 18 holes and never relinquished the lead for the rest of the day.
A birdie on the final hole of the morning round put Panepento 3-up and he increased his margin to 4-up with a birdie on the 525-yard second hole, thanks to a marvelous approach to two feet to start the final 18 holes. He maintained that 4-hole lead through the turn and birdie putts of 66-feet on the 4897-yard 11th and 22-feet on the 366-yard 13th to close out the match.
In order to reach the finals, Panepento defeated Pepper Pike assistant Sean McGuire, 5-and-4 in the semifinals and defending Shute champion Mark Scott Jr., 3-and-2, handing the Westwood Country Club head professional his first loss at Portage since 2021 in the quarterfinals. Prior to that, he eliminated NOPGA veteran Tom Waitrovich, 2-and-1 and Windmill Golf Center teaching pro Trent Maxwell, 3-and-2, in his first match.
With the victory Panepento, a graduate of Methodist University, earned $1,400.
FINAL RESULTS: Northern Ohio PGA
2023 Denny Shute Match Play Championship
Portage Country Club, Akron, Ohio
Monday – Thursday, October 16-19, 2023
BlueGolf Match Play Bracket >
Round Of 32
Mark Scott Jr. – Bye
Nick Paez – Bye
Randy Dietz – Bye
Jaysen Hansen – Bye
David Morgan – Bye
Nick Gustin vs. Mark Evans – Evans Wins 2&1
Anthony Panepento vs. Trent Maxwell – Panepento Wins 3&2
Tom Waitrovich vs. Mike Pickett – Waitrovich Wins 3&2
Sean McGuire vs. Cory Kumpf – McQuire Wins 20 Holes
Tyler Peterson vs. Tony Adcock – Peterson Wins 19 Holes
Rob Moss vs. Sam Wilding – Moss Wins 4&2
Jordan Paolini vs. David Pfeiffer – Paolini Wins 2&1
Adam Lewicki vs. Josh Diemer – Lewicki Wins 4&3
Jim Troy vs. Brad Ruminski – Troy Wins 2&1
William McKinley vs. Matthew Creech – McKinley Wins 2 Up
Daniel Terry vs. Trevor Thomas – Terry Wins 19 Holes
Round Of 16
Mark Scott Jr. vs. Mark Evans ($150) – Scott Jr. Wins 1 Up
Anthony Panepento vs. Tom Waitrovich ($150) – Panepento Wins 2&1
Nick Paez ($150) vs. Sean McQuire – Sean McQuire Wins 6&4
Randy Dietz vs. Tyler Peterson ($150) – Dietz Wins 1 Up
Jason Hansen vs. Rob Moss ($150) – Hansen Wins 19 Holes
Jordan Paolini ($150) vs. Adam Lewicki – Lewicki Wins 4&3
David Morgan ($150) vs. Jim Troy – Troy Wins 4&3
William McKinley ($150) vs. Dan Terry – Terry Wins 1 Up
Round Of 8
Mark Scott Jr. ($450) vs. Anthony Panepento – Panepento Wins 3&2
Sean McQuire vs. Randy Dietz ($450) – McQuire Wins 3&1
Jason Hansen vs. Adam Lewicki ($450) – Hansen Wins 4&3
Jim Troy vs. Dan Terry ($450) – Troy Wins 5&3
Anthony Panepento vs. Sean McGuire ($600) – Panepento Wins 5&4
Jasen Hansen ($600) vs. Jim Troy – Troy Wins 1 Up
36 Hole Final
Anthony Panepento ($1400) vs. Jim Troy ($1000) – Panepento Wins 6&5