North Canton’s Gary Robison edges Akron’s Steve Parker on second hole of sudden death.
Gary Robison took home his fourth Ohio Senior Open title at Firestone West Country Club in a two-hole playoff victory. He last won the championship in 2015. First round leader Steve Parker made an eagle on 17 which resulted in a three-stroke swing after Robison missed a six-foot par putt which ultimately forced a playoff after both pared the finishing hole. Both golfers finished the 36-hole hole event one-under par at 139.
Three tied for Low amateur honors at 145 (+5) which included 2016 Champion, Nick Lambos from Canton, OH, Dan DeVore from Cincinnati, OH and Roger Tolley from Willard, OH.
Don Padgett II, PGA, former Director of Golf and General Manager at Firestone Country Club, won the Super Senior Division with a two day total of 71-68=139 (-2). Second place finisher and low amateur was Jeff Sparks from Cincinnati, OH with a score of 74-69=143 (-1).
Padgett along with current sponsor Tom LaRose (House of LaRose) brought the Senior Ohio Open to Firestone Country Club in 1996 while Padgett was the Director of Golf. He would later go on to be Director of Golf and President of Pinehurst. This was the 21st year that Firestone has hosted the prestigious senior state championship with the first event being held in 1996 with only a two year break (2001 & 2002) due to club renovations. This year’s championship was contested on May 30 & 31 on Firestone’s famed West Course.
The Northern Ohio PGA continued this year with two divisions, Super Senior Division for players 60 years of age and older, along with a Main Division for players 50 years of age and older. Super Senior golfers are playing from Firestone’s hybrid tees (6,100 yards), which play 500 yards less than the main division’s tees (6,600 yards).
The tournament, sponsored by Michelob Ultra & 1-888-OhioComp, was open to all Ohio golfers 50 years of age or older as of May 31 with a handicap index limit of 8.0.