Ryan Stefanski is Last Man Standing in 2008 Cleveland Shoot-Out

Greater Cleveland Skins Game

John Niedzialek and 2008 Shoot-Out Winner Ryan StefanskiIt wasn’t always pretty and the winning score was 38-38=76, but even in pain Ryan Stefanski of Brunswick got the job done.

Stefanski endured pain from a kidney stone on the 16th hole, waited on the 18th tee bent over and clutching his side, yet somehow finished the round spectacularly, playing the last three holes in 1-under par to win the 2008 Cleveland Shoot-Out at Fowlers Mill.

Stefanski outlasted two players who finished at 78: defending champion Steve Blackburn Jr. of Willowick and Joe Tasca of Concord.

Corey Iacofano of Painesville, Clint Paxson of Ashtabula, and Tom Evans of Perry each shot 79 to tie for fourth.

While the field included a number of very talented players, the setup of the hazard-filled course was a “big number waiting to happen”. In addition to Pete Dye’s highly challenging Fowlers Mill layout, the slow wet greens, a number of truly difficult hole locations, and a 10-12 mph wind elevated the scores for the entire field.

The players in this event qualified by participating at least twice in the traveling Greater Cleveland Skins Game, which still has several events this season [2008 schedule here]. These weekly skins-only events are open to all amateur players, and new players are always welcome.

Greater Cleveland Shoot-Out Results, September 1, 2008

Fowlers Mill Golf Course, Chesterland; Par 72, 7,002 Yards

1) Ryan Stefanski, Brunswick   76   $750
2) Steve Blackburn Jr, Willowick   78   $400
2) Joe Tasca, Concord   78   $400
4) Tom Evans, Perry   79   $150
4) Clint Paxson, Ashtabula   79   $150
4) Corey Iacofano, Painesville   79   $150
7) Al Freeman, Brecksville   80
7) Rob Schustrich, Windham   80
9) John Niedzialek, Concord   81
9) Sam Corabi, Painesville   81
9) Scott Mackar, Chardon   81
9) Phil Bojc, Willoughby   81
13) Mark Foss, Mayfield, Hts.   82
14) Bob Brodnan, Mentor   83
15) Steve Blackburn Sr., Lyndhurst   84
15) Drew Thompson, Avon Lake   84
17) Paul Kish, Painesville Twp.   85
17) Mike Angie, Mayfield Hts.   85
19) Russ Rybka, Solon   86
19) Dave Sotka, Chardon   86
19) Ron Rositani, Willowick   86
19) Pat Tyrrell, Sagamore Hills   86
23) Jim Lebzelter, Jefferson   88
24) Phil Metz, Geneva   89

— John Niedzialek & Allen Freeman

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