Greg Ward Wins 1999 Southern Open in Albany, Georgia by Two-Strokes

ward.jpg (9530 bytes)Albany, GA - 13 June 1999 - Greg Ward of Lawrenceville recorded rounds of 30, 26, 28, 27 Sunday to claim the $10,000 Southern Open, his third major career title on the Professional Putters Association tour. The 38-year-old veteran trailed by three strokes entering the final round after claiming medalist honors Saturday with scores of 29, 24, 23 and 27 for a 103, 41-under par total, for the first 72 holes.

Ward's 214 total, 74 under par, in the 144-hole event earned him $2,000 and a berth in the Southern Regional playoffs, a 15-player bracket where the winner will qualify for the $36,000 ESPN Challenge Matches to be played Sept. 14-18 at Orange Lake Resort & Country Club in Orlando, Fla. "I really feel fortunate to win,'' said Ward, who has earned more than $75,000 on the PPA Tour since turning professional in 1982. "It was just my day.'''

Cliff Matthews of North Richland Hills, Texas and Peter Neumann of Fredericksburg, Virginia., shared second at 216. They won $950 each and joined the top 15 finishers in the Southern Region qualifier. Tony Varnadore of Rock Hill, SC, was fourth at 217. He won $550. Rainey Statum of Kingwood, Texas and Tony Jackson of Spartanburg, SC, shared fifth at 218, both earning $475. Tom Butler of Erlanger, Ky. was seventh at 220. He won $425. Todd Fowler of Spartanburg, SC and Jeffrey Smith of Mesquite, Texas followed at 221, both earning $387.50. Todd Barfield of Fort Mill, SC, was tenth at 223. He earned $350. Rounding out the Southern Regional qualifiers were PPA National Champion Lewis Burton and Jay Klapper, both of Lawrenceville; each at 224; Greg Newport of Burlington, NC, at 225; and Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati, Ohio and Randall Willett of Houston, Texas, each at 226.

"It was a great tournament and we congratulate our champion, Greg Ward,'' PPA Commissioner Bobby Owens said. "We are looking forward to heading now to Memphis for the third leg of our tour, the Western Open.''

The $10,000 Western Open is scheduled July 17-18. The $10,000 Northern Open is scheduled Aug. 14-15. The tour culminates Sept. 14-18 in Orlando, Fla., with the $20,000 PPA National Championship and the $36,000 ESPN Challenge Matches.

William Glisson of Martinez took the Amateur Putters Association title with a 222 total. Donnie Carpenter of Conover, NC was second at 227. Stan Seethoff of Grovetown was third at 230. Tim Langord of Albany won the Novice Division with a 266 total. Brandon Draper of Albany was second at 273.

A special thanks goes out to Robert and Rheda Hall, owners' of the Albany, Georgia course, for their hospitality during the PPA's stay in Albany for the Southern Open.

Leaders of 1999 Southern Open by Round

First Round LeadersTodd Barfield, Cliff Matthews, Jeffrey Smith24 (12-under par)
Second Round LeadersCliff Matthews, Brad Lebo, Tony Jackson, Randal Smith, Jeffrey Smith52 (20-under par)
Third Round LeaderGreg Ward76 (32-under par)
Fourth Round LeaderGreg Ward103 (41-under par)
Fifth Round LeadersLewis Burton and Tony Jackson132 (48-under par)
Sixth Round LeadersGreg Ward and Cliff Matthews159 (57-under par)
Seventh Round LeaderTony Varnadore184 (68-under par)

Click here for the story of the opening day of the 1999 PPA Southern Open in Albany, Georgia

Scores and tournament recap courtesy of the Putt-Putt Home Office

Professional Scores from the 1999 Southern Open (Albany, GA)

Round

Prize

 
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8

Total

Money

Points

1

Greg

Ward

29

24

23

27

30

26

28

27

214

$ 2,000.00

100

2

Cliff

Matthews

24

28

27

29

26

25

31

26

216

$ 950.00

97

Peter

Neumann

31

29

24

26

26

27

27

26

216

$ 950.00

97

4

Tony

Varnadore

26

27

28

28

26

25

24

33

217

$ 550.00

94

5

Rainey

Statum

26

28

29

26

24

27

26

32

218

$ 475.00

91

Tony

Jackson

27

25

25

28

27

29

28

29

218

$ 475.00

91

7

Tom

Butler

26

27

28

23

30

31

24

31

220

$ 425.00

88

8

Todd

Fowler

30

26

29

25

28

3024

29

221

$ 387.50

85

Jeffrey

Smith

24

28

27

28

28

30

28

28

221

$ 387.50

85

10

Todd

Barfield

24

29

26

29

25

28

30

32

223

$ 350.00

82

11

Lewis

Burton

28

25

26

28

25

31

36

25

224

$ 250.00

79

Jay

Klapper

28

28

26

29

29

28

25

31

224

$ 250.00

79

Joel

Baker

28

27

27

27

26

30

29

30

224

$ 250.00

14

Greg

Newport

27

28

25

27

33

29

31

25

225

$ 225.00

76

15

Kevin

Lacey

26

33

28

30

28

27

28

26

226

$ 200.00

73

Randall

Willett

29

27

30

27

28

28

24

33

226

$ 200.00

73

17

Robert

Johnson

28

30

29

28

30

29

26

27

227

$ 173.00

66

Brad

Lebo

25

27

27

29

31

30

29

29

227

$ 173.00

66

Greg

Roberts

27

29

29

27

29

31

25

30

227

$ 173.00

66

Michael

Hitt

28

29

27

30

30

29

26

28

227

$ 173.00

66

Randy

Reeves

32

28

25

28

28

28

28

30

227

$ 173.00

66

22

Dan

Anders

25

28

28

32

30

27

30

28

228

$ 165.00

59

Andy

Coradini

30

27

35

28

28

27

28

25

228

$ 165.00

59

Randal

Smith

25

27

30

30

27

28

29

32

228

$ 165.00

John

Napoli

28

26

31

28

29

30

31

25

228

$ 165.00

26

Mike

Brown

28

27

28

30

31

30

28

27

229

54

Bill

Baus

31

27

29

25

29

28

32

28

229

54

Charlie

Greenwalt

28

26

30

29

29

30

28

29

229

54

29

Bill

Kirby

25

30

26

30

31

32

29

27

230

49

Gary

Hester

31

28

29

32

28

26

26

30

230

49

Lee

Messinger

26

27

30

29

29

31

28

30

230

49

32

Jim

Heikkinen

26

31

29

28

29

32

25

31

231

46.5

Jim

Cruse

30

27

28

30

29

30

30

27

231

46.5

34

Bo

Luthie

28

32

31

28

27

29

27

31

233

45

35

Gary

English

30

30

26

29

31

30

26

32

234

44

36

Bob

Haizlip

29

33

27

29

29

29

28

31

235

41.5

Paul

Johns

27

30

27

32

31

28

32

28

235

41.5

Thomas

Rawles

28

28

31

30

28

32

28

30

235

41.5

Bart

Bason

29

31

32

29

30

28

27

29

235

41.5

40

Manfred

Stewart

32

31

29

27

33

32

26

26

236

39

41

Rich

Gillooly

28

27

31

30

31

31

29

30

237

38

42

C. L.

Jones

27

30

27

29

28

33

34

30

238

37

43

Mark

Hasty

27

30

31

28

31

29

34

29

239

36

44

Dave

McCaslin

29

26

29

37

31

34

25

29

240

35

45

Rick

Rybaczek

31

29

32

30

32

28

30

29

241

34

46

Danny

McCaslin

28

38

28

31

29

35

30

29

248

32.5

Frank

Warren

29

33

29

29

33

32

32

31

248

32.5

48

Barb

Mingo

31

35

33

35

32

34

38

33

271

31

  Amateur Scores from the 1999 Southern Open (Albany, GA)

Round

Prize

Player12345678

Total

Money

1

William

Glisson

29

31

27

23

27

29

28

28

222

$ 30.00

2

Donnie

Carpenter

29

25

30

29

26

28

31

29

227

$ 30.00

3

Stan

Seethoff

30

30

31

27

25

29

30

28

230

$ 30.00

4

Ray

Guthrie

29

30

26

30

25

32

30

29

231

$ 30.00

5

Jonathan

Reid

28

30

33

32

27

32

25

31

238

$ 30.00

6

Billy

Caudle

30

30

28

33

28

29

31

35

244

7

Charles

Litrico

30

34

27

29

36

29

32

31

248

8

Brian

Fridley

29

31

34

30

30

34

32

29

249

9

Russell

Johnson

31

33

41

33

29

33

37

36

273

 

 

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