Michael Ballkar wins the Ohio Open title, defeating Cady Brittenstein

Michael Ballcar hits the #3 green during the final round of the Ohio Open, Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at Westfield Country Club.

The 221-yard par-3 17th hole on the Westfield Group Country Club’s South Course has downed many golfers.

On Wednesday, she had another one as 2019 graduate Cade Breitenstine took the 52-hole Ohio Open lead.

A bogey on the 17th put the Kent State grad student a putt behind former Cleveland State star Michael Ballcar, who bogeyed the hole from 10 feet.

It ended that way with Balcar shooting a 14-under par 296 to win the Ohio Open title. Breitenstein finished second at -13.

“I just took a bad iron bullet,” Brittenstein said. “I hit a good chip. When I missed, I missed the wrong spot, on a short side, but I hit the holeshot on the penalty kick. I didn’t make any bad decisions, just didn’t play well at all.”

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