July 29. 2008–The Cleveland Golf Pro-Scratch golf tournament was played July 20-21 at Las Vegas' Angel Park Golf Club, and two Las Vegas residents, Nick Becker (L) and Kevin Tassistro (R) survived a playoff with fellow Las Vegas golfers Kenny Ebalo and Erik Nilsson to win. Becker, the pro, pocketed $2,500 while Tassistro earned $750 in Angel Park Golf Club gift certificates. "We were actually one shot out of the lead after the first day,” said Becker. “Fortunately, we were able to stay pretty consistent and our 6-under, 65 on the second day was good enough to send us into a playoff – eventually prevailing with a birdie on the second hole." Sixty-two teams competed for cash, gift certificates and skins throughout the two-day event. Following the first round of play, the top 15 teams that opted into the Derby received an opportunity to compete in a shoot-out on Angel Park’s famed Cloud Nine Short Course. A fun-filled “event within the event,” the team of Jeff Hood and Scott Carlyle took top honors.
"The Cleveland Golf Pro-Scratch had another exciting finish – a two-hole sudden-death playoff – it’s obvious why this event is quickly becoming a favorite among competitive golfers in and around Las Vegas,” said Kris Strauss, a competitor and director of marketing for OB Sports Golf Management, tournament organizers and operators of Angel Park. “We appreciate all of the support from the sponsors: Cleveland Golf, The Rio Hotel and Casino, VegasGolfer, Taylored Golf Car Systems, Grey Goose and Southern Wine and Spirits.”
Angel Park Golf Club is a 36-hole facility located in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas. Its Mountain Course and Palm Course were both designed by Arnold Palmer. The club also has a 12-hole Short Course, the World’s Original natural grass putting course and an expansive practice tee – all of which are lighted for evening enjoyment.
Complete Las Vegas golf tee times and/or Las Vegas golf packages are available online and offerred by OB Sports at Vegas Golf Central.
Other notable team finishes included former PGA Tour player Ernie Gonzales and Lance Baral (T5); team member of the 1998 UNLV NCAA title team Chris Berry and Nick Polonia (T5); Award-winning Spanish Trail Golf and Country Club pro Jim McGurk and Kelly Kneive, son of Evel Kneivel (T7); former Nationwide Tour winner Vic Wilk and Meadlist Golf Association president Frank Acker (T11); and Southern Highlands pro Jim Delaney and Tom Scranton (T17th).