Coradini's first day score of 108, 36 under par, with rounds of 26, 31, 26, 25 put him three shots back from leaders Kevin Lacey and Rainey Statum. Coradini took advantage of the cool temperatures on the second day of tournament competition to fire hot rounds. But it wasn't until the last 36 holes that the championship was determined. "I knew if I fired good scores in the last two rounds, I had a great chance of winning," said Coradini, and he was Center. Shooting back-to-back rounds of 25 in the last two rounds, 22 under par, gave Coradini the edge he needed to finish the tournament with 73 under par, 215.
If Coradini needed any additional incentive, all he had to do was look over his shoulder. Six players finished in a tie of 70 under par with an 8 round total of 218. Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati, Ohio; Rainey Statum of Kingwood, Texas; Greg Newport of Liberty, NC; Randy Reeves of Montgomery, Ala.; Lewis Burton of Lawrenceville, Ga.; and Rich Gillooly of Canton, Ohio all chased Coradini through the final rounds to claim $637.50 each for their effort. The log jam in the runner-up position was followed by Mike Brown who held 7th position with a total of 219 (the best second day effort of 40 under par, 104).
In the Amateur Putters Division, Tony Davenport of LaVergne, Tenn., won his first national event since joining the APA in 1971. Davenport was able to ward off Robb Titchell of Columbus, Ohio in the final round of competition to claim the championship by a single stroke. Davenport had a five stroke lead going into the last round of the tournament and had to shoot 29 to win by one. "Over the last 28 years, I've dreamed of winning one of these tournaments. It's taken a long time to get here and it sure feels good," said Davenport. Wesley Pollard of Durham, NC, was able to take third place in the APA with a 60 under par, 228 total score. Jeff Brown (North Olmsted, Ohio), last year's National APA Champion took fourth place with 56 under par, 232. Don Ferrell (Columbus, Ohio), returning to action in the Amateur Putters Association was able to claim fifth spot with eight excellent rounds totaling 234, 54 under par.
In the Novice Division, Adam Smith traveled from Salisbury, NC, to win the event. Smith was able to put together eight rounds totaling 24 under par, 264 to win the event by one stroke. Smith came from behind to defeat Tracy Logan from Chesterfield, Va. Logan took a six shot lead into the final round before stumbling and allowing Smith to take the win.
The medalist round in the tournament was 23. Four players shared the honor of recording that score: Rainey Statum (Kingwood, Texas), Lee Messinger (Addison, Texas), Danny McCaslin (Cary, NC) and Tony Davenport (LaVergne, Tenn.).
Congratulations to all the players who competed in the Northern Open. We look forward to having every member of the Professional Putters Association competing in Orlando, Florida at Orange Lake Resort & Country Club, September 13th-18th, for the upcoming National Championship tournament week.