Steven Adds a Third Cleveland Amateur Title

Cleveland Metroparks Golf
Sure, trophies are great. But winning hugs from the family are even better!

Brad Steven of Concord played a truly solid round of tournament golf in extremely challenging conditions on Sunday to win his third Greater Cleveland Amateur Golf Championship title.

But Steven’s win wasn’t without some big drama, provided primarily by a hot-putting Doug Barber who shot lights-out early.

At a firm, fast and windy Manakiki, Barber played the front nine in a scorching 3-under par 33. Adding birdies at the reachable par-5 12th and 13th holes put him into the lead at 5-under par for the day and 4-under par for the tournament, an astounding score for the day given the conditions.

A bogey at the 14th put Barber back to 3-under for the tournament but still in the lead.

Doug Barber watches his game-changing tee shot on the par-3 15th at Manakiki

Then an aggressive tee shot by Barber on the downhill 204-yard par-3 15th hole looked great as it covered the flag — but flew about 5 yards too deep, took a big bounce over the back and led to a devastating double-bogey.

Barber recovered and parred the final three holes from there — making par-saving putts from sizable distances on each hole — to post 1-under par for the tournament as leader in the clubhouse.

But Steven played some outstanding golf of his own. A great up-and-down par save from 130-yards out after chipping sideways from the right trees on the tough par-4 8th hole kept the momentum going on his front nine, allowing Steven to turn at even par on the day and 1-under for the tournament.

Birdies through the back-nine par fives pushed him to 3-under for the event, but a bogey on the 14th put him back to two-under total.

A clutch tee shot on the trouble-laden par-3 15th to 25-feet made for a great par, especially after watching Barber make double bogey in front of him. The par allowed Steven to keep his one shot lead.

Two near-misses for birdie by Steven at the 16th and 17th left the one-shot difference between the pair intact going to the tough 18th. Steven laid back off the tee to the 150 yard marker, then rifled his second shot right by the hole, just 10 feet past. From there, Steven rolled his putt down the hill and into the hole for a finishing birdie, giving him a 3-under par total for the tournament and a two shot victory over Barber.

Cleveland Am champ Brad Steven holes his winning birdie putt on the 18th hole.

Steven’s third career Cleveland Am victory ties him with Norton Brick of Elyria for the most in championship history. [Complete history of the Cleveland Am here.]

First and second round leader Dave Sotka of Chardon performed well in the tough conditions all week, shooting a Sunday round of 2-over par 74 to finish at level par for the tournament and a solo third place finish.

Zack Glassman finished in fourth place another shot back after a final round 71, and John Furlong grabbed fifth place, also closing with a 71 and 2-over for the 54 holes.

Special thanks to host pro Tom Kochensparger, and to Metroparks pros Mike Raby, John Fiander and Jeff Staker for the well-run championship. And kudos to superintendent Bill Roeder and all of the golf course maintenance staff for the great greens and course conditions during tournament week!

Plain Dealer story here. Plus, see over 40 pictures of final round action now posted in the 2010 CLEVELAND AM PHOTO GALLERY!

Cleveland Amateur Golf ChampionshipsFINAL RESULTS: 2010 Greater Cleveland Amateur Golf Championship
Manakiki Golf Course
Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Par 72, 6,741 yards
Sunday, August 8, 2010

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2Barber, Doug747170215
3Sotka, David717174216
4Glassman, Zach747271217
5Furlong, John757271218
6Brick, Norton727573220
7Palladino, Nick767273221
8Skirpstas, Pete766879223
8Griffith, David767275223
8Blackburn, Steve Jr.737773223
8Skufca, Tim757672223
12Oyster, John747476224
13Belasic, Mark727182225
14Tarter, Nathan757675226
14Heran, Scott817174226
14Meade, Ryan767674226
17Latsko, Phil787871227
18Zucker, Joe767379228
18Iosue, John748074228
18Smith, Brian757875228
21Saari, Scott787477229
22Stults, Jim836978230
22Grasso, Mike797477230
22Timmons, Matt748076230
22Di Palma, Alex817673230
22Scala, Sam797873230
27Stover, David747979232
27Zabukovec, Joe817477232
27Lahnan, Larry787777232
30Oslie, Kory767583234
30Jackson, Kevin807579234
32Keshock, Alan787384235
32Freeman, Allen767782235
34Wien, David837281236
34Rudy, Ben877079236
36Schaefer, Jim817483238
36Borlin, Mark837481238
36Ciccarello, Mark748381238
39Hahn, Tim817684241
Guest, Monty7676WD
Predovic, Dan7579WD
Yaccovazzi, Anthony8174WD
Thompson, Drew8275WD

1 Comment

  1. August 10, 2010

    And yet another Cleveland Am title for the CSU Viking Golf family!! Way to go Brad!!

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