On the 463-yard, par-4 10th hole of Tam

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On the 463-yard, par-4 10th hole of Tam O'Shanter Golf Club's 6,548-yard Dales Course, the tournament leader missed a 12-foot putt to save par and suffered his first bogey of the three-day tournament.

It turned out to be his only bogey, and the minor miscue did little to derail Moss from rolling to victory, as the 1990 Kent State graduate ran away with his first Ohio Open title in a tournament record total of 19-under-par 191.

"That's as low as I've ever gone in a competitive tournament," said Moss, who finished seven strokes ahead of runner-up Dan Olsen of Columbus. "It's a very good feeling. I drove the ball really well all week, and when I did hit the ball off line, I was able to recover. I was really on top of my game from 100 yards in."

In eight previous appearances in the Ohio Open as a professional, Moss' best finish was a four-way tie for second place in 1992, when he shot 204 and finished 10 strokes behind winner Chris Smith.

Opening the final round Wednesday with an eight-stroke lead, Moss did exactly what a player in his position should do: "play smart golf."

"This was one of my more intelligent rounds," said Moss. "I never short-sided myself, except on one hole. I just tried to do the same things I did all week. If you're going to miss, miss where you need to miss. My brother Joe was with me, and he was great. We kind of picked our spots when to hit at the pin."

The result of Moss' "intelligent" afternoon was his second 5-under 65 of the tournament, sandwiching his course record 61 set Tuesday on the Dales Course.

The victory, which carried a $10,000 paycheck, continued a solid two months of ball-striking for Moss, who scored a pair of top 10s on the Nike Tour last month, and won on the Tornado Tour last week at Tam O'Shanter.

"It's been an exciting couple of months," said Moss. "I've worked hard. I had a couple good events on the Nike Tour, which helped me gain some confidence and helped make me feel like I belong out there on tour. Hopefully, I can use this victory as a springboard."

Moss hopes to make the most of his hot streak by attempting to qualify for the next two Nike Tour events: the Nike Wichita Open and the Nike Dakota Dunes Open.

Later in the year, he will make his ninth trip to PGA Tour Qualifying School.

According to Moss' closest competition, Dan Olsen, a part-time teaching professional at Little Turtle Golf Club in Columbus, Moss has the game to play on tour.

"I didn't think I had a chance to catch (Moss)," said Olsen, who shot a closing round 63 to finish 12-under for the tournament. "I know Rob is a good player, and he's played a lot of tournament golf. ... You'll see him in a PGA Tour event some day."

Joining Moss in the top 10 were Aurora resident Mitch Camp and former Kent State golfers John Moldovan and Richard "Boo" Blakeman.

Camp, a two-time Ohio Open champion (1985, 1993), shot 65 Wednesday to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place with Moldovan, who shot a final-round 68, and Canton resident Paul Wackerly III. Blakeman fired a 68 to finish 6 under, tied for seventh with former Amateur Public Links champion Chris Wollmann (Strongsville).

David Oates of Canton shot 68 in the final round to finish 5 under and win the amateur section of the Ohio Open. Kent Roosevelt senior Justin Miller finished 16 strokes behind Oates after a final round 79. Stow amateur Jeff Camp Jr. closed with a 74 to finish 12 back.

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Waikem Honda Ohio Open

(At Tam O'Shanter G.C., Dales Course, par 70)

FINAL RESULTS

Rob Moss (Broadview Heights) 65-61-65_191

Dan Olsen (Columbus) 70-65-63_198

Anthony Mollica (Dublin) 70-65-65_200

Mitch Camp (Aurora) 71-67-65_203

Paul Wackerly III (Canton) 72-65-66_203

John Moldovan (North Canton) 68-67-68_203

Chris Wollmann (Strongsville) 71-68-65_204

Richard Blakeman (Canton) 66-70-68_204

AREA RESULTS

Brian Unk (Cuyahoga Falls) 69-67-70_206

Tony Adcock (Hartville) 70-70-69_209

Todd Lancaster (Kent) 70-71-69_210

Eric Frishette (Carroll) 74-63-73_210

Bill Reilly (Stow) 72-67-76_215

a-Jeff Camp Jr. (Stow) 72-71-74_217

a-Justin Miller (Kent) 71-71-79_221

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