Ward Wins Orange Lake Open
Orlando, FL - Greg Ward of Loganville, GA, put together rounds of 28, 23, 23 Tuesday, September 15th, during the $2,000 Orange Lake Resort & Country Club Open. His score of 74, 34 under par, gave him a two-stroke victory over Jay Klapper also of Loganville, GA. This triumph, the 16th victory this season for the soft-spoken Ward, places him in contention for Player of the Year honors in the 39th season of the Professional Putters Association.
"I had two really great back-to-back rounds with the 23s," says Ward, who earned $300. "I feel fortunate to win."
Jay Klapper, who was second at 76, won $200. Dan Anders of Columbus, GA, Rainey Statum of Kingwood, TX, Bob Davis of Wilmington, NC, and David McCaslin of Indialantic, FL, shared third at 78 earning $118.75 each.
Rounding out the top 10 were C.L. Jones of Danville, VA, Greg Newport of Liberty, NC, Bill Kirby, Jr. of Fayetteville, NC, Charlie Greenwalt of Indianapolis, IN, and John Napoli of Clearwater Beach, FL, all at 79. Napoli is one of only two people in the history of the game to score a perfect round of 18, a feat he accomplished in 1978 in Columbus, OH.
While Ward led the way in the professional division, Jim Engel of Canfield, OH, upstaged the event by outdueling the 100-plus field with a 73, one stroke better than Ward, to win the Amateur Putters Association category. "It's great to beat the pros," Engel said, "but they are playing under a lot more pressure than we are in the amateur class. But it's something I'm proud of and surely something I'll always remember." Engel scored an 8-stroke victory over Rich Gillooly of Canton, OH. Robb Titchell of Columbus, OH and Jim Cruse of Baltimore, OH, shared third at 83. Mike Fowler of Greer, SC, won the Novice division with a 91 total. Rodney Rogers of Dublin, OH, was second at 96.