PREVIEW: 2024 Ohio Amateur Championship
07/08/2024

ABOUT SYLVANIA COUNTRY CLUB


Sylvania CC is an 18-hole championship tree-lined golf course, established in 1916. The Willie Park Jr. design was originally a par-75 layout. A renovation project in 2015 by J. Drew Rogers has today’s course measuring 6,800 yards and a par of 72.

In 1926, the Golf Course Superintendents Assoication of America chose the site to establish their organization. The Ohio Amateur Championship has been played at Sylvania Country Club three times before (1954, 1969, 2002)

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FIELD NOTES


Defending champion Andrew Bailey (Shaker Heights) will look to join names such as Arnold Palmer, Ben Curtis, Jason Kokrak, Frank R. Stranahan, and John Cook as those to win back-to-back Ohio Amateur Championships. Bailey won the 2023 Ohio Amateur by four strokes at Canterbury, which happened to be his home club.

Kevin Kornowa (Sylvania) is in the field 22 years after his triumph in the 2002 Ohio Amateur Championship at Sylvania CC. Kornowa shot a 4-day total of 280 (-8) and won it on the 1st playoff hole.

Xenia’s Tyler Goecke holds the highest WAGR ranking (113th) of anyone in the Ohio aAm field. Goecke recently finished T-2 in the Division I NCAA Stroke Play Championship as a member of the University of illinois. Just a few weeks later, the former Wright State standout won the MVGA Metropolitan Championship. Goecke has finished in 3rd at each of the last two Ohio Amateur Championship’s.

Jackson Chandler (Dublin) comes into this year’s Ohio Amateur championship off an impressive season as a member of the Ohio State golf team. Chandler, ranked 300th in WAGR, will certainly be one of the favorites at Sylvania as he Looks for a signature amateur victory.

Braden Herstich (Akron) won last month’s Ohio Junior Championship in Youngstown, just a week after qualifying for The U.S. Junior Championship.

Possibly the most accomplished junior player in the field will be Brady Catlalano of Upper Arlington. The Oklahoma State commit comes into the field as the highest ranked player in the AJGA Rolex Rankings at no.40. Catalano, the Winner of the 2023 Ohio Junior, was in contention at the amateur a year ago, finishing in a tie for 3rd.

Cincinnati’s Finley Bartlett will make his first Ohio Amateur appearance this week at Sylvania. Bartlett, the 2022 Ohio Junior Champion, is an Ohio State commit.

Tyler Sabo (Ashland) is a former Ohio Junior champion. Sabo, a member of the Ohio State golf team, went viral at the 2024 NCAA Championship when he made an ace during match play.

Dhaivat Pandya (Dayton) finished runner-up in the 2021 Ohio Amateur at Avalon. Pandya recently completed his college career, which included stints at the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland.

Dayton’s Brody Simms shot a 64 in the Ohio Amateur Qualifier at NCR CC (North), which was the lowest round in an Ohio Amateur Qualifier since 2013 (T.T. Crouch, 63, York GC).

Defending Division I OHSAA state champion Vaughn Harber (Blacklick) will look to make his mark on the amateur circuit this week in Sylvania. Harber, an Ohio State commit, resumed competitive golf just in the last few weeks after sustanining an injury last fall.

Dubin’s Ken Kinkopf, 62, is a four-time Ohio Golf Assoication Championship winner and member of the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame. Not many players in the country have had a better senior amateur campaign than Kinkopf, who won the 2019 Golfweek Senior Player of the Year award.

Cameron Phillips (Mcdermott) is coming off a special month of golf. A week after a medalist finish at the OGA-hosted U.S. Junior Qualifier, Phillips won in consecutive starts on the AJGA. Rounds of 63-66-68 (-13) at the AJGA Bluegass Junior broke the tournament scoring record

FAST FACTS


Sylvania Country Club will host the Ohio Amateur Championship for the fourth time. Past champions at Sylvania include Kevin Kornowa (2002), Gary Artz (1969), and Arnold Palmer (1954). Another Toledo-area gem, Inverness Club, has hosted the most Ohio Amateur Championship's with nine.

10 players have won the Ohio Amateur Championship in back-to-back years:

Andrew Dorn (2013 & 2014)
Jason Kokrak (2006 & 2007)
Ben Curtis (1999 & 2000)
John Cook (1978 & 1979)
Arnold Palmer (1953 & 1954)
Frank R. Stranahan (1941 & 1942)
Robert Servis (1939 & 1940)
Maurice McCarthy (1937 & 1938)
Harold Weber (1920 & 1921)
Joe K. Bole (1909 & 1910

Past Ohio Amateur champions have gone on to win 11 major championships, four Masters Tournament's, Four PGA Championship's, 2 British Open's, a U.S. Open, and 102 PGA TOUR events.

Robert Servis holds the record for most Ohio Amateur Championship victories with five (1933, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1947). 

Ty Gingerich broke the Ohio Amateur 72-hole scoring record with a 19-under 265 at Maketewah in 2022. 

Ben Curtis won the 2000 Ohio Amateur Championship at Brookside Golf & CC by 16 strokes.

This year's champion will earn an exemption into the 2024. U.S. Amateur Championship at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minn.

The top-5 finishers & ties will be exempt into 2025 U.S. Amateur Final Qualifying.

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