Greg Ward Wins 1999 Southern Open in Albany, Georgia by Two-Strokes
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 Leaders||Todd Barfield, Cliff Matthews, Jeffrey Smith||24 (12-under par)|
|Second Round Leaders||Cliff Matthews, Brad Lebo, Tony Jackson, Randal Smith, Jeffrey Smith||52 (20-under par)|
|Third Round Leader||Greg Ward||76 (32-under par)|
|Fourth Round Leader||Greg Ward||103 (41-under par)|
|Fifth Round Leaders||Lewis Burton and Tony Jackson||132 (48-under par)|
|Sixth Round Leaders||Greg Ward and Cliff Matthews||159 (57-under par)|
|Seventh Round Leader||Tony Varnadore||184 (68-under par)|
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Scores and tournament recap courtesy of the Putt-Putt Home Office