A new professional golf tour recently swung through Cuyahoga Falls, as the inaugural Brookledge Championship took place July 12 and 13 at Brookledge Golf Club.
The two-round event was part of the Buckeye Tour, a small professional tour established in 2016, which will host 12 events for season.
If tour director Jake Scott has his way, the tour will return to Cuyahoga Falls.
"The event was a complete success due to the help of our sponsor, Baggr Caddies, the hardworking staff at Brookledge Golf Club, the clubhouse and pro staff providing help with the event and the grounds crew working overtime," Scott said. noting the grounds crew had to adjust the course due to storm early on the morning of July 13.
"The event couldn't have succeeded without their help providing a great venue for us."
The Brookledge Championship was the richest event on the tour so far this season, with a top prize of $5,000.
Despite the storms delaying the start of the second round, there were a bevy of low rounds. Scott noted that the course at Brookledge, which usually plays at a par of 71 for 18 holes, played a par 70, as the 515-yard 11th hole played as a par 4 for the tournament.
Tim Crouch of Mount Vernon won the title at Brookledge, setting a new course record in the second round.
After shooting a three-under-par round of 67 in his first round, Crouch shot seven-under-par round of 63 to finish with a two-round scored of 130 (10-under-par).
Crouch's big final round included six birdies, one bogey and an eagle on the par-4, 300-yard fourth hole.
Easton Renwick of Dublin, Penn. also had a solid second round. After shooting a 68 on day one, Renwick shot a score of 65 in the second round, although it was adventurous day, as he finished with seven birdies and two bogeys.
Renwick finished second in the tournament at seven-under-par (133), earning a $2,250 purse.
Massillon residents Tyler Light and Richard Schembechler shared the first round lead at four under par. Each golfer shot two-under-par rounds of 68 July 13 to finishat six-under-par for the tournament and share third place.
Although the Brookledge Championship was Crouch's first event on the Buckeye Tour this season, he became the leader of tour's money list, just ahead of Mike Van Sickle, who sits at $4,780 through four events.
Former Walsh Jesuit golfer Tyler McHugh sits fifth on the tour's money list with $2,350 through four events. McHugh participated at Brookledge, but four bogeys on the back nine July 13 cost him a chance to finish in the money. McHugh finished tied with 14th at Brookledge with a score of 139 (one-under-par).
The Buckeye Tour's next stop will be at Shale Creek Golf Club in Medina July 26 and 27. The tour was established as platform for aspiring professional golfers to earn experience.