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).
Senior Ohio Open Photos. Click On Photo to start slide show.
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 2 divisions, Super Senior Division for players 60 years of age and older &; 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.
The Northern Ohio Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) exists to promote the enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf within the Section, and to contribute to its growth by providing services to professionals and the golf industry. The Northern Ohio PGA has more than 390 members and 75 apprentices in Northern Ohio. Visit www.thenorthernohiopga.com for additional information.