SYLVANIA - Bill Williamson of Cincinnati, the leader after one round, won a sudden-death playoff yesterday at Sylvania Country Club to capture the 2009 Ohio Mid-Amateur Championship.
Williamson scored par on the first playoff hole, the par-3 10th, to beat Ben Cavey of Wadsworth and Mark Thomas of Jackson Township, winning his first Ohio Golf Association event and earning a berth in the Ohio Amateur on July 13-17 at Moraine Country Club in Dayton. The three finished regulation play at 1-under-par 143.
The top Toledo finisher was Alan Fadel, a former Ohio Amateur and Mid-Amateur champion, who trailed by one shot after a first-round 71 but slipped to a 78 yesterday and tied for 10th place.
Judd Silverman of Toledo tied for 15th after rounds of 76-74 for a 6-over 150 total. Timothy Condon of Oregon and Toledo's Martin Gallagher also posted top-30 finishes, tying for 27th at 8-over 152.
VALLEYWOOD: Billy Casper Golf has been hired to manage Valleywood Golf Club on Airport Highway in Swanton. The 80-year-old course will become BCG's 10th property in Ohio. Under a multi-year agreement, BCG will oversee property maintenance, staffing and operation of the clubhouse, golf shop, food and beverage services and golf merchandising and instruction. Valleywood is owned by Titan Loan Investment Fund, LP.