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FROM STAFF REPORTS
The final day of the 83rd Portage County Amateur golf tournament July 28 included great scores, tough competition, sunny skies, a sudden-death playoff and a hole-in-one.
With more than 100 competitors filling the fairways of Windmill Lakes in Ravenna and Oak Knolls in Kent, champions were crowned in seven divisions as the two-day, 36-hole event concluded.
Two Aurora residents captured championships in their divisions.
Bud Radis was first in the county division with a 70-71-141, 2 strokes ahead of Nevada Lemon of Rootstown. John Sloe won the senior gold division with 69-81-150, one stroke ahead of Gerald Musiel of Chagrin Falls.
Radis, Lemon and Cody Nickson were in the championship pairing going into the final day.
Leading at the beginning of the day by four strokes, Radis -- a former Matt Mishler Junior Portage County Amateur champion -- held onto his lead despite the outstanding shooting of Lemon and Nickson.
It was a match to remember for spectators as Radis carded a final 1-under-par 71, and Lemon of Rootstown and Nickson of Kent tied on the second day with identical scores of 3-under-par 69. Both were at 143 overall.
Radis, a member of the Miami of Ohio men's golf team, was consistent throughout the tournament. His 1-under-par round included only one bogey and two birdies, which came on the back nine as Radis fired a 33.
The county, as well as the open division, were playing at 6,883 yards at Oak Knolls.
Other Aurora scores in the county division were: Andrew Hinton 77-77-154, Kevin Schroeder 79-76-155, Scott Schroeder 75-86-161, Alex Avalon 75-88-163, Matthew Hartman 81-83-164 and Billy Avalon 83-93-176.
In the senior division, Auroran Geoffrey Burge shot 84-77-161, 7 strokes behind winner Dave Cutlip of Suffield.
Also in senior gold, Matt Habbyshaw shot 82-89-171, while in senior platinum Terry Bonar shot 84-88-172 and in the women's division Lauren Harris shot 106-106-212.
Other winners were: Brian Smith of Amherst 146, open; Jerry Bobbs of Ravenna 160 after a playoff, senior platinum; Nicole Trivisonno of Wickliffe 150, women's; and Clare Labaj of Berea 179, senior women's.
The second day's fireworks belonged to Tom Jalbert of Akron, who used a pitching wedge on the 137-yard 11th hole at Oak Knolls for an ace.
The 84th edition of the Portage County Amateur and Senior Amateur will take place on the final full weekend in July next year. Seven divisions will compete on July 26-27 at the same locations -- Oak Knolls and Windmill Lakes.