Greg Ward Wins 1999 Western Open in Memphis by Eleven-Strokes
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 Leaders||Lewis Burton||24 (12-under par)|
|Second Round Leaders||Greg Ward||50 (22-under par)|
|Third Round Leader||David McCaslin and Lewis Burton||80 (28-under par)|
|Fourth Round Leader||Greg Ward||107 (37-under par)|
|Fifth Round Leaders||Greg Ward||130 (50-under par)|
|Sixth Round Leaders||Greg Ward||157 (59-under par)|
|Seventh Round Leader||Greg Ward||183 (69-under par)|
Scores courtesy of Rick Baird