Charlie Greenwalt Wins the 1999 Eastern "Dogwood
Fayetteville, NC -
Charlie Greenwalt of Indianapolis
Indiana took the lead with a fourth round 23 on Saturday and held it throughout the final
four rounds of competition on Sunday to win the $10,000.00 Eastern "Dogwood
Festival" Open, the first stop on this year's PPA national tour. "It's about
time!" exclaimed Greenwalt, who had led after the first day of competition in seven
previous eight-round PPA tournaments without finding the winner's circle. "It is
fitting that I finally won in Fayetteville, the home of Putt-Putt Golf and where I
qualified for the TV series in 1983." Greenwalt finished the eight rounds with a
score of 204, 84-under par which earned him the first place prize of $2,000.00.
Mike Brown of
Rock Hill, SC, who had been dubbed one of the pre-tournament favorites due to the fact he
had set a new 72-hole world record on Wednesday, scored the lowest second day total with a
101 and finished with an eight round total of 207, three shots back of Greenwalt. Brown
Placing third at 209 was another pre-tournament favorite and last year's Southern Open
champion Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati, Ohio
at 209. 79-under par. "Charlie had all the answers today. Every time I got close he
would run off another string of aces" said Lacey, who collected $700.00 for his
efforts. Another shot back at 210 was
Rick Rybaczek in fourth place, and finishing in a
tie for fifth at 211 were Greg Ward of
Loganville, GA and Cliff Matthews
from Hurst, TX.
In the APA division Donnie Carpenter's second round 22 vaulted him to a lead he would
never relinquish as he cruised to an eleven stroke victory over Billy Caudle (228).
Carpenter finished the eight rounds with a score of 217, 71-under par. Finishing third at
231 was Terry Porter and fourth place went to Stan Seethoff at 234.
Perhaps the biggest winner in either division of the Eastern Open in Fayetteville this
week was APA member Robin Ventura from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dad, national pro John
Ventura, said that if she beat him in the Eastern Open he would buy her a new car! As it
turned out she beat him by four strokes for the eight rounds of play and the word is that
a new Eagle Talon will be in the Ventura's driveway in the near future. Congratulations