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Tourney season nears in Portage County

By SUSAN JENIOR | Correspondent Published: July 9, 2017 4:00 AM
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CALL FOR ENTRIES

Portage County Amateurs

It's tournament time in Portage County, as the deadlines for the Portage County Amateurs are approaching.

The 3rd Record-Courier Kids Am is set for July 23 at Sunny Hill Golf Course, with deadline for entry July 20.

Aimed at youths ages 12 and under, golfers experiencing their first tournament are encouraged to play in the Kids Am as ages 7 and under play three holes, ages 8 and 9 play six holes and ages 10-12 play nine holes.

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The 10th Matt Mishler Junior Portage County Amateur takes over Windmill Lakes and Sunny Hill golf courses July 24-25, the two days prior to the Kenny Novak Championship. Deadline for entry into the Junior Amateur is July 21.

With three age divisions -- 12 and under, 13 to 15 and 16 to 19 for both boys and girls -- the Junior Am features some of the best youth golfers in the greater Portage County area as well as new golfers just looking to make their middle school or high school teams or enjoying their sport for pure fun.

The 87th Portage County Amateur, a tradition in Portage County for nine decades, tees off at Windmill Lakes and Sugar Bush golf course July 29-30.

Registration for the Amateur is $75, due by July 15, or the late registration deadline is July 25 for $90.

The Amateur features all golfer in two divisions: County, for those living inside the borders of Portage County; and Open, for golfers living outside of the borders of the host county.

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Registration can be accomplished online at www.recordpub.com (click on the submissions tab) or on the Facebook page Golf in the Record-Courier Portage County Amateurs that has a pay tab directing golfers to the R-C pay link. Golfers may also register in person at the host golf courses for any of the events.

The R-C also hosts the 47th Portage County Senior Am at Windmill and Sugar Bush Aug. 26-27, with the deadline Aug. 12 to register for $75 and the late deadline of Aug. 22 to register for $90.

Watch the day prior to the start of the event for tee times that will be on the www.recordpub.com Website and in the Record-Courier print editions.

Questions may be directed via email to golffam2@gmail.com, or by texting or calling 330-206-9083.

OHIO JUNIOR GIRLS

41st Championship at Marion Country Club

On Monday, junior girls from throughout the state of Ohio start their three-day competition at the Ohio Girls Championship.

The annual event often features the best in the state.

Hannah Finley of Kent is among the roster of girls competing on the 5,589-yard course in Marion.

OHIO OPEN

At Weymouth and Fox Meadow Country Clubs

The 97th Davey Tree Ohio Open Championship is accepting entries through Wednesday to compete in the Northern Ohio PGA's annual event.

At two new courses this season, the Ohio Open is a three-day championship that has all golfers compete on both courses the first two days, July 17-18, before the field is cut for the final championship round at Weymouth on July 19.

Defending champion is Tim Crouch of Mount Vernon, who returns to defend his title.

Local golfers already registered prior to the deadline include Jacob Kruegel and Gary Trivisonno of Aurora, Kent State University freshman Will Kurtz of Hudson, former Kent State University competitor and Kent Roosevelt standout Randy Dietz, and former Malone University and Mogadore High School competitor Nathan Tarter.

To register, log onto www.thenorthernohiopga.com.

KENNY NOVAK QUALIFIERS

Willandale and Clearview site of recent tourneys

At Willandale Golf Course in Sugarcreek, rain shortened the tournament as only the boys age 16 to 19 were able to finish nine holes.

Joey Vitali of Warren, a former Portage County Junior Amateur champion, tied for first place with a 1-under-par 35.

On Wednesday, the juniors had a better day at historic Clearview Golf Course in East Canton.

Austin Goodwill, varsity golfer for Field High School, tied for fifth place with a final score of 7-over-par 79. Bailey Campbell, a recent Field raduate, tied for 14th.

Running concurrently with the Kenny Novak qualifier was the Pups Future Tour at Clearview, with Olivia Traci of Aurora taking second place in the girls age 13 to 15 and Parker Barrett of Aurora firing a 42 for the nine-hole championship in the boys 11 to 12 division.

GOOD PARK JUNIOR

Youth tournament celebrating 78 years

The three-day Good Park Junior Golf Tournament concluded this week, with Brent Dillon of Wooster and Olivia Swain of Lake earning the championship flight titles.

Swain, a sophomore at Lake High School, successfully defended her 2016 title.

Dillon needed a one-hole, sudden-death playoff, defeating Braden Smith of Smithville to capture the title.

Notable local golfers included Cloverleaf's Makenna Jordan, who qualified for the championship flight and finished in the top 10 of the tournament; and Jack Vojtko of Stow, who won the boys 11-12 championship by defeating Nolan Haynes of Barberton in a one-hole play-off. Vojtko is the son of Joe Vojtko, director of golf at Fox Den Golf Course. Haynes is the son of the Norton High school boys varsity golf coach, Todd Haynes.

Carter Troyer captured third place in the third flight, firing rounds of 84-85. His brother, Casey Troyer, was only six strokes behind in sixth place.

LEAGUE PLAY

Best rounds reported by area leagues

PORTAGE COUNTY LEAGUE (Sunny Hill Golf Course) -- Don Houghton and Brian Jaros moved into first place by two points as the new leaders of the league. They lead by two points over Roger Black and Ken Stoner.

Mike Leindecker fired the low gross (40), and also was at the top of the leaderboard for low net (32). No surprise that Leindecker also had the closest to the pin shot, earning the money for his accuracy on the 14th hole.

THURSDAY NIGHT LADIES (Paradise Lake Golf Club) -- Maureen Wegenek turned in the best card in the A Flight, firing a 43 that ultimately won her low net honors (35). Wegenek only took three strokes to land in the cup on the par 5 11th hole, earning her an eagle on the scorecard.

Gail Getz topped the B Flight with a low gross score of 51. Sherry Moffett totaled the low net with her score of 37.

KSU LADIES (Sunny Hill Golf Course) -- Cathy Lisic fired a 48 on the front nine at Sunny Hill for the low gross in the league and finished with a low net score of 25.

Lisic tied Terry Adolph and Suzanne Cherry for fewest putts, as the threesome each only took 15 shots on the greens during their round.

FARMBROOK (Fox Den Golf Course) -- Tom Reed fired a 35 to lead the Red Flight for low gross and finished with a low net of 29. Mike Thorson is in first place.

In the White Flight, Chuck Breitenstine also made it a twofer, firing a low gross 39 and a low net 26. Bryan Stephenson leads the golfers in the White Flight.

The Blue Flight is led by Mark Kittinger and Scott Meyer. Ken Kelling scored a 45 for low gross honors and finished with a 30 for low net.

CALENDAR

JULY

July 15 -- 4th LINC For the Kids Golf Outing, Paradise Lake, Suffield.

July 17 -- Junior Golf Tournament, Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course, Lake Milton.

July 19 -- U.H. Portage Medical Center Foundation Annual A Different Kind Of Golf Outing, Windmill Lakes, Ravenna.

July 22 -- Roosevelt Rough Riders Football Golf Classic, Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield.

July 26 -- Annual Golden Flashes Club Golf Outing, Windmill Lakes Golf Club, Ravenna.

July 31-Aug.4 -- Ravenna Recreation Junior Golf Clinic, Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna.

AUGUST

Aug. 12 -- Southeast Athletic Booster Golf Outing, Olde Dutch Mill, Lake Milton.

Aug. 13 -- Nancy Cannon Memorial Golf Outing, Paradise Lake, Suffield.

Aug. 25 -- Ravenna Chamber Annual Golf Outing, Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 13 -- 6th Annual Putt-R Ball Golf Classic, Birdie Shack, Ravenna.

Sept. 15 -- 15th Kelly Reeves Memorial Golf Outing to benefit Kelly Reeves Memorial Foundation, Fox Den Golf Course, Stow.

Note: To be added to this calendar of events, email golffam2@gmail.com or call 330 206-9083.


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