RESULTS: 2021 ADGA Golfer of the Year Tournament

Tom Skidmore 2021 ADGA GOY
Tom Skidmore hits from the 18th tee at the Akron District Golf Association's Golfer of the Year Tournament.

Akron District Golf AssociationThe play in the two Divisions for the Akron District Golf Association’s Golfer of the Year Tournament went in decidedly different directions on Sunday at the beautiful Shady Hollow Country Club in Massillon.

In the Senior Division, Akron attorney Tom Skidmore put on a scoring clinic for most of the day, finishing with a 4-under par 68 in a round that gave back a couple of strokes near the end.

In the Championship Division, Fairlawn’s Shaun Kloetzer and Canton’s Dave Oates played together in the same group and battled all the way down to the wire, with Kloetzer securing a two shot victory.

A Battle to the End

Kloetzer shot a sizzling 32 on the front side to Oates’ solid 34. But the pair both traded roller-coaster bogeys and birdies through 15 holes, leaving them tied. Kloetzer made birdie on the par-4 16th to go one shot up, but then Oates made a double-bogey 6 on the creek-crossing, perched-greened 17th, while Kloetzer was able to secure par on the trickiest hole at Shady Hollow.

But the three shot swing didn’t end the title chase.

Oates bombed his tee shot on 18 past all of the left-side trees, while Kloetzer hit a low-lefter that found the center of those trees further back. He had a small alley to the green, but it was blocked by a bunker in front.

Shaun Kloetzer 2021 ADGA GOY

Kloetzer advanced a low punch shot just to the side of the front bunker, while Oates hit a solid second shot to 12 feet away for birdie. The game was still on.

With his feet in the bunker and his ball in some thick rough just outside of it, Kloetzer hit an acceptable pitch shot to 10 feet below the hole.

Oates had to make his birdie putt for any chance at a playoff. He rolled that effort with perfect pace, but the putt missed just on the low side.

Dave Oates, 2021 ADGA GOY
Dave Oates just misses his birdie effort at the last at Shady Hollow.

With the knowledge that two putts were good for a victory, Kloetzer rolled his par putt up to hole-high then tapped in for the win.

Shaun Kloetzer, 2021 ADGA GOY
Shaun Kloetzer’s par putt at the last, rolled with perfect speed.


As close as the Championship Division finish was, the Senior Division was not nearly as close as the three shot difference displayed on the scoreboard.

At even par after his first eight holes of play, Skidmore went deep into the zone for the next hour-and-a-half: he made two-putt birdie on 9; a short birdie putt on 10; a bomb of a putt for eagle on the par-5 12th; a perfect iron shot setting up birdie on the long uphill par-3 13th; and a stock birdie after a huge drive at the par-5 15th.

That’s six under par in a seven hole stretch.

After making a 10-footer for par to save his 16th hole, Skidmore hit his tee shot on the trouble-filled 17th hole up against the bridge that crosses the winding creek, just inside the hazard line. His drop spot forced him into some thick rough, and his slashing third went over the back of the severely sloping back-to-front green. Skidmore did well to save double-bogey, his only big blemish on a great round.

Aurora’s Larry Lahnan shot a solidly consistent round of 1-under par 71 to finish alone in second place.


In addition to the prizes and skins awarded from the tournament, the winners of the ADGA Golfer of the Year tournament get another valuable benefit: complimentary entry into next year’s Ohio Open and Ohio Senior Open respectively, courtesy of the Northern Ohio PGA. A fantastic bonus for Kloetzer and Skidmore!

Kudos to ADGA Director Tim Davis for a great ADGA season, and thanks to Shady Hollow for access to a fantastic course for the season finale.


Akron District Golf Association
FINAL RESULTS: Akron District Golf Association
2021 ADGA Golfer of the Year Tournament

Shady Hollow Country Club, Massillon
Sunday, August 22, 2021


Shaun Kloetzer 70 $400.00
Dave Oates 72 $280.00
Josh Prok 73 $180.00
Aaron Crewse 74 $45.00
Brian Smith 74 $45.00
Lieser 78
Marozzi 75
Blackburn 75
Frey 76
Jones 78
Schneider 78
Gamble 78
Shisler 80
Stefanski 80
Gasser 80
Trzebuckowski 82
Malkus A. 82
Decheco 83
Vellios 87

Dave Oates – Birdie 3, Hole #1
Mark Schneider – Birdie 3, Hole #6


Tom Skidmore 68 $425.00
Larry Lahnan 71 $325.00
David Trier 72 $175.00
Dave Cutlip 72 $175.00
Rick Bryson 73 5 $100.00
Freeman 74
Bishop 75
Fleming 76
Toth 77
Thomas 77
Cea 78
Miller 78
Vincelette 80
Wadsworth 80
Stack 80
Crider 80
Marsinek 82
Luckenbaugh 83
Malkus 84
Martin 85
Mendoza 86
Armour 86

Randy Crider – Birdie 3, Hole #1
Paul Malkus – Birdie 3, Hole #3
Shayne Bishop – Eagle 2, Hole #4
Shayne Bishop – Birdie 3, Hole #6
Larry Lahnan – Birdie 2, Hole #8
Tom Skidmore – Eagle 3, Hole #12