It Took 44 Years, but an Amateur Has Won the 101st Pyramid Treating Ohio Open

History was made Wednesday during the playing of the 101st Pyramid Treating Ohio Open on the North Course of Westfield Country Club. Jordan Gilkison, shot a final-round 5-under 65 to become the first amateur to win the Ohio Open in 44 years.

With rounds of 72-63-65 Gilkison, a sophomore at Kent State from Springboro, finished the tournament at 10-under 200 for a one stroke victory over Wright State senior Mikkel Mathiesen to become the first non-professional to win the Open since Bobby Lewis in 1978 when the event was held at Mill Creek in Boardman.

Only five other amateurs, including Jack Nicklaus in 1956, have won what is regarded as the state championship. For more of the story, visit

Tim is a Contributing Writer for the Northern Ohio PGA. Award-winning golf writer and sports reporter for the Plain Dealer, now retired. Contributor to the Akron Beacon Journal, Canton Repository, AP, other national publications.