Greg Ward Wins 1999 Western Open in Memphis by Eleven-Strokes

ward.jpg (9530 bytes)Memphis, TN - Greg Ward found himself in the familiar position of holding a one-stroke lead after the first day of the Western Open in Memphis, TN. Ward also held a one-stroke lead after the first day at the 1999 Southern Open in Albany, GA. The difficult Memphis, TN course produced the highest scores seen on the 1999 National Tour with the Ward leading after four rounds with a score of 107, 37-under par. Trailing by one-stroke after four rounds was Lewis Burton at 108. In a fourway tie for third after the first four rounds were Darrell Britt, Mike Brown, David McCaslin, and Jimmy Mott at 110, 34-under par.

The fifth round saw Greg Ward and David McCaslin post blistering rounds of 23, 13-under par, to separate themselves from the rest of the players. It appeared as though the 1999 Western Open may settle into a two player race to the finish, but Greg Ward had a different plan.

Ward fired rounds of 27 and 26 in the sixth and seventh rounds to extend his lead to five strokes entering the final round of play. With a five stroke lead, Ward then fired a final round of 25 to extend his lead to the final margin of victory of 11 strokes over David McCaslin. Ward's second day total of 101, 43-under par, was the best posted in the field by 8 strokes. His total of 208 for the eight rounds, 80-under par, bettered his mark of 74-under par from the Southern Open where the average scores were lower.

Finishing in second was David McCaslin at 219, 69-under par, picking up $1,200 and a spot in the TV Playoff Bracket for the Western Open at Orange Lake this September. In third was Mike Brown at 67-under par, 221, with Darrell Britt in fourth at 222, 66-under par. Lewis Burton finished in fifth at 63-under par, 225, with Robert Johnson in sixth at 227, 61-under par. Tony Varnadore and Lee Messinger finished in a tie for seventh at 228, 60-under par, with Rick Baird and Cliff Matthews tied for ninth at 229, 59-under par. The cut-off for the National Pro match play spots was 232. Final money was awarded at 234 with a five-way split of the final money spot.

In the amateur division, Matt Summey of Richmond, Virginia, used a second day score of 111, 33-under par, to erase a five-stroke deficit entering Sunday's rounds and post a three-stroke victory over Don Ferrell who finished in second. Summey's rounds of 27, 31, 25, 28 on Sunday gave him a two-day total of 235, 53-under par. In the novice division, Gary Johnson posted a 15-stroke victory with a score of 267, 21-under par. In second was Beth Jones at 282, 6-under par.

A special thanks goes out to Aubrey Smith, owners' of the Memphis, Tennessee course, for their hospitality during the PPA's stay in Memphis for the Western Open.

Leaders of 1999 Western Open by Round

First Round LeadersLewis Burton24 (12-under par)
Second Round LeadersGreg Ward50 (22-under par)
Third Round LeaderDavid McCaslin and Lewis Burton80 (28-under par)
Fourth Round LeaderGreg Ward107 (37-under par)
Fifth Round LeadersGreg Ward130 (50-under par)
Sixth Round LeadersGreg Ward157 (59-under par)
Seventh Round LeaderGreg Ward183 (69-under par)

Scores courtesy of Rick Baird

Professional Scores from the 1999 Western Open (Memphis, TN)

Round

Prize

Player

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Total

Money

Points

1

Greg

Ward

26

24

31

26

23

27

26

25

208

$2,000.00

100

2

Dave

McCaslin

28

27

25

30

23

28

27

31

219

$1,200.00

98

3

Mike

Brown

29

29

25

27

28

27

26

30

221

$ 700.00

96

4

Darrell

Britt

30

27

26

27

27

27

31

27

222

$ 550.00

94

5

Lewis

Burton

24

28

28

28

30

29

29

29

225

$ 500.00

92

6

Robert

Johnson

30

31

24

28

29

30

29

26

227

$ 450.00

90

7

Tony

Varnadore

29

31

27

30

26

27

28

30

228

$ 412.50

87

Lee

Messinger

31

30

29

29

27

29

29

24

228

$ 412.50

87

9

Rick

Baird

31

32

28

28

25

27

30

28

229

$ 362.50

83

Cliff

Matthews

31

30

27

29

29

26

28

29

229

$ 362.50

83

11

Dave

Nutini

26

27

30

30

31

27

32

27

230

$ 250.00

79

Rainey

Statum

25

28

30

28

27

30

34

28

230

$ 250.00

79

Jimmy

Mott

30

24

31

25

31

30

31

28

230

$ 250.00

14

David

Lynch

29

27

27

30

28

33

27

30

231

$ 225.00

76

15

Paul

Johns

32

29

25

29

30

31

27

29

232

$ 191.67

73

Randy

Reeves

31

29

30

28

30

27

28

29

232

$ 191.67

73

Joel

Baker

26

27

31

31

31

29

28

29

232

$ 191.67

18

Todd

Barfield

29

26

34

31

28

27

27

31

233

$ 175.00

69

Todd

Fowler

29

28

32

27

28

29

30

30

233

$ 175.00

69

20

Rich

Gilloly

31

30

30

30

26

27

30

30

234

$ 167.00

62

Tom

Butler

27

30

32

28

30

31

28

28

234

$ 167.00

62

Brad

Lebo

32

25

27

31

33

29

27

30

234

$ 167.00

62

Micheal

Hitt

29

31

27

29

28

31

29

30

234

$ 167.00

62

Jimmy

Heikkinen

29

32

31

25

30

29

27

31

234

$ 167.00

62

25

Andy

Coradini

27

28

28

31

31

31

29

30

235

$ 33.00

52.2

Greg

Newport

28

30

30

29

31

28

29

30

235

$ 33.00

52.2

Jay

Klapper

31

27

31

30

32

27

28

29

235

$ 33.00

52.2

Tony

Jackson

29

25

31

27

28

33

30

32

235

$ 33.00

52.2

Kevin

Lacey

29

26

32

29

27

25

35

32

235

$ 33.00

52.2

30

Bill

Baus

31

31

29

30

27

29

28

31

236

47.5

Bob

Haizlip

33

30

27

27

30

31

31

27

236

47.5

32

Dan

Anders

30

25

29

29

34

28

31

32

238

45.5

Gary

Hester

30

29

28

31

30

28

32

30

238

45.5

34

Peter

Neumann

29

34

27

28

28

31

31

31

239

43.5

Danny

McCaslin

31

31

27

29

31

30

31

29

239

43.5

36

John

Ventura

32

32

29

33

26

30

28

30

240

41.5

Bo

Luthie

32

27

30

31

30

33

28

29

240

41.5

Brett

Saucer

30

27

34

26

33

29

33

28

240

39

Jimmy

Cruse

26

33

33

29

32

28

34

26

241

39.5

Mark

Hasty

28

33

32

33

29

28

28

30

241

39.5

Paul

Sample

30

33

29

31

29

28

31

30

241

Ed

Grajewski

33

29

30

29

28

33

30

29

241

43

Bart

Bason

30

31

29

35

28

30

27

32

242

37.5

Mark

Rainey

32

29

30

30

31

27

29

34

242

37.5

Art

Diamond

31

30

28

29

32

30

32

30

242

46

Charlie

Greenwalt

29

29

33

35

26

31

30

31

244

36

Scott

Buddie

34

36

29

29

31

27

28

30

244

48

Randall

Willett

26

30

26

29

33

33

35

33

245

35

49

Rick

Alessi

29

32

30

33

28

36

30

29

247

34

50

Tony

Pack

32

32

29

29

34

26

31

35

248

51

Rick

Rybaczek

33

36

30

28

29

30

30

33

249

33

52

Jim

Phillips

35

30

27

34

29

30

31

33

249

53

Gene

Reams

27

33

33

28

32

33

30

35

251

31.5

Frank

Warren

38

31

33

32

25

30

33

29

251

31.5

55

Manfred

Stewart

33

34

31

31

32

30

30

31

252

30

56

Greg

Roberts

30

31

30

32

32

28

35

35

253

29

57

Bobby

Jackson

34

29

30

28

34

36

33

31

255

58

Paul

Pastilong

38

31

33

31

29

30

36

32

260

59

Thomas

Rawles

32

31

33

37

31

36

30

32

262

28

60

Barb

Mingo

33

36

33

33

35

36

39

31

276

27

61

Jeffrey

Smith

DQ

Kevin

Garrett

DQ

Amateur Scores from the 1999 Western Open (Memphis, TN)

RoundPrize
Player

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Total

Money

1

Matt

Summey

29

34

32

29

27

31

25

28

235

$30.00

2

Don

Ferrell

30

35

26

34

27

27

30

29

238

$30.00

3

Dom

Perry

30

33

27

30

29

33

28

31

241

$30.00

4

Brian

Summers

28

31

27

33

27

35

29

32

242

$30.00

5

William

Glisson

32

26

32

31

29

33

30

30

243

$30.00

6

Ray

Guthrie

33

31

30

28

30

29

31

33

245

7

Robin

Ventura

32

33

32

29

28

30

29

33

246

8

Tony

Davenport

30

30

31

35

31

31

30

29

247

9

Billy

Caudle

32

34

32

28

29

31

33

29

248

Michael

Foster

32

32

30

32

29

33

32

28

248

11

Jonathan

Moore

32

32

34

28

33

30

30

31

250

12

Todd

Trent

31

35

30

30

35

30

34

33

258

13

Chuck

Cyr

29

34

30

38

30

38

32

36

267

14

Darren

Harvey

38

43

32

37

43

42

41

40

316

 

 

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