Greg Ward Posts Two-Stroke Victory in Charleston, WV Warm-up Event

johns.jpg (4548 bytes)Charleston, WV Greg Ward, winner of the 1999 Southern Open and the 1999 Western Open already this year, entered the third and final round of play four strokes behind Mike Brown. Brown, leading after one round with an opening round of 23, 13-under par, and leading after two rounds with a score of 48, 24-under par, struggled on the front nine of the final round and could only post a final round of 31 for a three round total of 79, 29-under par.

Ward, trailing by four entering the final round, fired a 10, 8-under par, on the front nine to move into a tie for the lead with nine holes remaining. Jim Heikkinen who was at 50, 22-under par, entering the final round, fired a 12, 6-under par, to be tied with Ward with the back nine to play. Neither Ward nor Heikkinen was the hottest player on the course as Randy Reeves, 1997 National Champion, fired a perfect nine on the front nine to move within one stroke of the lead.

Ward's back nine of 12, 6-under par, gave him a final round of 22, 14-under par, and a three round total of 74, 34-under par. Jim Heikkinen who entered the back nine tied with Ward finished with a total of 77 good for a third place finish. Randy Reeves continued in hot play finishing with a final round of 22 for a total of 76 and second place finish. In a five-way tie for fourth were Roger Beckerman, Mike Brown, Kevin Lacey, Mike O'Rourke, and Tom Butler all at 79, 29-under par.

The Great Lakes Tour is next in action on August 21st and 22nd in Mansfield, Ohio. The Virginia Tour plays their two-person team championship on Saturday, August 21st, and the Virginia Putting Classic on Sunday, August 22nd, in Newport News, VA. The South Carolina State Tour plays in Asheville, NC on August 21st and 22nd. The North Carolina Tour returns to action at the Elton Davis in Burlington, NC on August 28th and 29th. The Texas State Tour plays the Central Texas Challenge on August 21st and 22nd in Waco and Killeen, TX.

Professional Scores from the 1999 Charleston, WV Event (12 August 1999)

RoundVirginiaGreat LakesPrize
Player123Total PointsPointsMoney
1Greg Ward2725227420$200.00
2Randy Reeves2826227619$125.00
3Jim Heikkinen2525277718$100.00
4Roger Beckerman2529257915$70.00
Mike Brown2325317915$70.00
Kevin Lacey2927237915$70.00
Mike O'Rourke2628257915$70.00
Tom Butler2625287915$70.00
9Kevin Garrett2927248012$45.00
10Rusty Taylor2426318111$45.00
11Jim Cruse292627828.5$40.00
Rainey Statum262630828.5$40.00
Jim Palisano252928828.5$40.00
Rich Gillooly262927828.5$40.00
15Greg Roberts302528835$13.33
Jim Engel302528835$13.33
Bill Kirby, Jr.262730835$13.33
18Todd Barfield263127842
Mike McCormack272928842
Bill Baus302626842
21David McCaslin282829851
Manfred Stewart292729851
23Scott Buddie263031871
Jay Klapper283227871
Craig Williams302631871
26Brad Lebo322828881
Robert Johnson292831881
29Buddy Taylor302930891
Ken Hastings322829891
30Paul Pastilong312930901
31Tony Jackson303235971
Jim Phillips323134971
33John Ventura353033981
Mark Hasty343331981
35Barb Mingo323334991

Amateur Scores from the 1999 Charleston, WV Event (12 August 1999)

RoundVirginiaGreat LakesPrize
Player123Total PointsPointsMoney
1Joe Gallagher8415$ 25.00
2Jeff Brown8414$ 25.00
3Matt Coghill8613$ 25.00
4Mike Conklin8711$ 25.00
Steven Jones8711$ 25.00
Matt Summey8711$ 25.00
7John Kropinak888$ 8.33
Gil Logan888$ 8.33
Terry Sanner888$ 8.33
10Robin Ventura896
11Wesley Pollard915
12Chuck Cyr924
13Harry Sykes933
14Ken Schooler, Jr.942
15David Sharp951
16Jonathan Moore961
17Bill Garrett981
18Bill Combs1021
19Amy Smith1051
20Karen Hastings1071



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