Greg Ward Defends His Elton Davis Title at the 1999 Elton Davis Memorial Tournament

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Greg Ward aces the 143rd hole of the 1999 Elton Davis on his way to a six-stroke victory.

Burlington, NC - August 29, 1999 - Entering the second day of the 25th Annual Elton Davis Championship, leader Greg Ward was in command with a six stroke lead. Opening Sunday's play with back to back rounds of 25 and a seventh round of 26, Ward lost four of those strokes to a charging Lewis Burton, but fired a final round 24 to finish at 199, 89-under par, and a six-stroke victory over the 1998 National Champion Burton and another charger Greg Newport, who shot a tournament best 97 for Sunday.

The Elton Davis tournament is the second longest running tournament currently in the PPA and drew a field of 41 professionals. Ward's victory in the Elton Davis Memorial was his second in a row, third in the last four, and fourth overall.

Ray Guthrie fired rounds of 26, 26, 28, and 24 on Course 1 to finish the tournament at 210, winning the amateur division by eight strokes over Jimmy Comer who fired rounds of 29, 27, 28, and 23 on Sunday to solidify second. Jonathan Moore, Saturday's leader, fell behind throughout the day with only his best round of 28 in his final round to finish third at 222. Brian Hutchins finished one stroke behind at 223. Guthrie's win was his fourth of the season and made him the North Carolina APA Player of the Year, its first different winner of this honor since 1996.

Rounding out the top ten in the Pro Division were Todd Barfield, fourth at 207, Robert Johnson, fifth at 208, Darrell Britt, sixth at 210, Rick Baird, Peter Neumann, and Randy Reeves, tied for seventh at 211, and tied for tenth were Bart Bason, Mike Brown, and Andy Coradini, all at 213.

A special annual dedication award is always given at the Elton Davis Classic, sponsored by the family of Elton, given to the one member of the PPA who had dedicated his/her time with the PPA. This year's recipient went to course owner and former champion of the Elton Davis Classic, Bobby Gilmore. Before receiving the award, a few players stepped up to pay their dues to Gilmore for his involvement with Putt-Putt and the players itself. When receiving, a lightly tearful Gilmore thanked all his help at the course and the players for their continued tradition not only to the tournament but the PPA as well.

Greg Newport's second place finish clinches NCPPA Player of the Year honors for the second time in three years. Qualifying spots from this tournament: Johnson, NC State Spot; Keith Waters, NCAPA low non-qualifying spot.

Other news of note: Chris Bunting and Opie Roberts were in as the final two players on the North Carolina Clayton Cup team announced after the tournament. Gilbert Sharpe, Rodney Ashley, and Buddy Taylor were named into the North Carolina State Championship based on points. They got in by playing in the Elton Davis.

The next North Carolina tournament will be September 25 and 26 in High Point. The 25th is the NCPPA Teams Championship, which commences at 10:00am. The 26th is the Match Play tournament with starting time to be announced. Afterwards, the NC tour will not play again until October 16-17 with their state championships in Durham.

Tournament recap and scores courtesy of Opie Roberts

Professional Scores from the 1999 Elton Davis Memorial (28-29 August 1999)

Round

Prize

PlayerHometown12345678Total

Money

1

Greg Ward

Loganville GA

25

26

21

26

25

25

27

24

199

$500.00

2

Lewis Burton

Lawrenceville GA

27

29

22

26

23

24

26

28

205

$375.00

Greg Newport

Liberty NC

23

29

32

24

25

22

26

24

205

$375.00

4

Todd Barfield

Fort Mill SC

26

27

25

26

27

25

23

28

207

$300.00

5

Robert Johnson

Lake Wylie SC

31

25

25

27

24

27

26

23

208

$270.00

6

Darrell Britt

Loganville GA

28

27

24

30

26

23

27

28

210

$250.00

7

Rick Baird

Pineville NC

28

25

28

27

27

23

28

25

211

$203.00

Peter Neumann

Midland VA

27

25

27

29

23

28

27

25

211

$203.00

Randy Reeves

Montgomery AL

29

25

28

27

25

24

26

27

211

$203.00

10

Bart Bason

Gibsonville NC

26

28

30

23

23

27

28

28

213

$153.00

Mike Brown

Rock Hill SC

27

30

25

27

25

23

27

29

213

$153.00

Andy Coradini

Loganville GA

28

29

26

28

26

25

25

26

213

$153.00

13

Fred Hallaman

Hillsborough NC

27

25

29

26

23

31

29

25

215

$130.00

14

Rodney Ashley

Hillsborough NC

26

25

26

29

30

28

25

29

217

$108.00

Jay Klapper

Loganville GA

26

31

30

26

27

26

27

24

217

$108.00

Rusty Taylor

Severn MD

28

31

27

30

25

24

27

25

217

$108.00

Tony Varnadore

Rock Hill SC

28

29

27

24

24

31

28

26

217

$108.00

18

Peter Ansbacher

Cary NC

30

34

27

24

29

23

26

25

218

$100.00

Bob Haizlip

Whitsett NC

28

29

29

27

28

29

26

22

218

$100.00

Michael Hitt

Greensboro NC

29

28

26

28

26

27

27

27

218

$100.00

21

Chris Bunting

Graham NC

27

30

26

28

27

25

29

27

219

Gary Hester

Thomasville NC

30

27

29

27

24

27

27

28

219

23

Danny McCaslin

Cary NC

22

31

26

28

29

29

26

29

220

24

Brad Lebo

Shippensburg PA

29

29

27

31

27

24

26

28

221

25

Kevin Garrett

Richmond VA

31

25

32

28

27

25

27

27

222

26

Edgar Hollifield

Bostic NC

28

31

26

28

30

25

28

27

223

Bill Kirby

Fayetteville NC

28

26

29

26

27

28

29

30

223

Thomas Rawles

Newport News VA

31

31

27

26

30

23

26

29

223

Gilbert Sharpe

Richmond VA

25

27

29

28

32

26

26

28

223

30

Buddy Taylor

Severn MD

29

29

30

27

26

24

29

30

224

31

Mark Rainey

Greenville SC

33

31

29

24

26

29

29

24

225

32

Mike Griffin

Graham NC

31

31

27

27

27

28

27

29

227

Jimmy Mott

Charlotte NC

30

28

27

30

25

31

29

27

227

Rick Rybaczek

Greensboro NC

33

32

26

27

27

29

27

26

227

Larry Simpson

Elon College NC

29

27

27

28

30

30

31

25

227

Tony Wright

Elon College NC

28

31

28

27

30

27

28

28

227

37

Gary English

Atlanta GA

29

29

30

27

31

27

26

31

230

38

C. L. Jones

Danville VA

31

29

29

26

30

31

30

30

236

39

Opie Roberts

Eden NC

35

29

28

26

32

32

28

28

238

Bill Walsh

Charlotte NC

31

32

28

30

29

28

31

29

238

41

Bobby Kirby

Taylors SC

32

26

28

31

34

29

30

32

242

  Amateur Scores from the 1999 Elton Davis Memorial (28-29 August 1999)

Round

Prize

PlayerHometown12345678TotalMoney
1

Ray Guthrie

High Point NC

26

30

25

25

26

26

28

24

210

$25.00

2

Jimmy Comer

High Point NC

28

29

28

26

29

27

28

23

218

$25.00

3

Jonathan Moore

Richmond VA

27

23

25

28

32

29

30

28

222

$25.00

4

Brian Hutchins

Forest City NC

32

29

26

27

29

26

29

27

223

5

Keith Waters

Raleigh NC

29

29

32

27

28

31

28

27

231

6

Tommy Barbour

Graham NC

29

28

29

29

26

30

27

37

235

7

Chuck Nance

McLeansville NC

31

30

28

27

31

34

28

29

238

8

Billy Caudle

Harrisburg NC

31

34

29

31

28

31

31

27

242

9

Russell Johnson

Chester VA

32

29

29

28

33

31

33

30

245

Gil Logan

Chesterfield VA

31

31

28

30

31

33

31

30

245

11

Richard Lorenz

Burlington NC

31

34

31

31

32

33

31

37

260

Novice Scores from the 1999 Elton Davis Memorial (28-29 August 1999)

Round
PlayerHometown12345678Total
1

Matthew Page

Burlington NC

30

33

29

29

27

28

24

29

229

2

Boyd Bryan

Burlington NC

30

32

31

30

27

26

31

29

236

Travis Johnson

Burlington NC

25

32

26

32

31

30

28

32

236

4

Aaron Ashley

Hillsborough NC

33

28

33

31

28

29

29

28

239

5

Lee Ashley

Hillsborough NC

33

33

24

29

29

31

32

31

242

6

Adam Smith

Salisbury NC

31

27

31

28

29

33

32

33

244

7

Phillip Yates

High Point NC

27

31

34

28

32

33

31

31

247

8

Richard Moore

Burlington NC

31

31

31

33

31

32

33

30

252

9

Aaron Somers

Burlington NC

33

28

33

32

29

34

33

32

254

10

Daniel Roberts

Burlington NC

36

30

31

30

34

34

32

31

258

11

Austin Bissell

Burlington NC

28

34

35

35

31

35

29

33

260

12

Tracy Logan

Chesterfield VA

35

29

32

36

32

37

34

31

266

13

Brad Wilson

Burlington NC

34

34

33

35

32

34

35

34

271

14

Brandon Ashley

Hillsborough NC

30

32

34

32

32

35

48

38

281

15

Jon McCaskill

Burlington NC

34

27

28

35

40

33

35

36

279

16

Andrea Massey

Burlington NC

45

49

46

39

42

32

34

40

327

17

Michael Dunn

Burlington NC

30

35

29

29

WD

 

 

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