FROM STAFF REPORTS
Leading from wire-to-wire, Aurora resident Bud Radis defended his 2013 Portage County Amateur golf tournament championship with a 4-stroke victory in the county division.
Meanwhile, Aurora resident Ed Taber held on to his lead following the first round to fire an 80 at Windmill Lakes and turn in a two-day total of 155, good enough for the title in the senior platinum (age 70 and older) division.
Radis, who will be a junior this fall for the Miami University of Ohio Redhawks, added an even-par round of 72 at Oak Knolls in Kent to his first-day 68 at Windmill Lakes for a 140 total. The 72 was the low round of the day.
“I thought [Taylor] Zollar [the runnerup at 144] had pulled closer to me, within two strokes, after several birdies,” said Radis.
Zoller, who will be a redshirt junior for the Kent State Golden Flashes this fall, said he was only as close as three strokes and the competition wasn’t really a battle.
The duo had a comfortable lead over third-place Ravenna golfer Anthony Marozzi, who carded 73 and 76 for 149.
Scores of other Aurorans in the county division were: Christopher Sloe 76-83-159, Conor O’Callaghan 81-79-160, Evan Lerner 77-84-161, Scott Schroeder 82-81-163 and Alex Avalon 81-84-165. Auroran Adam McCullough withdrew.
In the open division, Reminderville’s Dennis Holub shot 75-82-157 to finish 12 strokes behind winner Brian Smith of Amherst.
Finishing 10 strokes (78-87-165) behind Taber in the senior platinum division was Auroran Terry Bonar, while Auroran Geoffrey Burge shot 79-80-159 to finish 9 strokes behind senior division (ages 50-59) winner Dave Cutlip of Suffield Township.
In the senior golf division (60-69), John Sloe of Aurora shot 80-79-159 and Matt Habbyshaw shot 81-91-172. George Bingman of Medina won the title at 139.
There were only three female golfers entered in the tournament, with Gina Harmon of Mantua taking the crown at 82-83-165.