Kevin Lacey Wins 1999 $2,000 Carolinas' Open in Rock Hill, SC
Rock Hill, SC - Kevin Lacey continued his great play in the Carolinas in 1999 recording his third victory of 1999 in the Carolinas by winning the Carolinas' Open by one-stroke over Andy Coradini, 1993 National Champion. After the morning's first three rounds, Lacey trailed Coradini by a single stroke as the players had shot 76 and 75 respectively. Four stroke of the lead after the morning rounds were Lewis Burton, Mike Brown, Michael Hitt, and Rob Smarzik at 79, 29-under par, with Thomas Rawles at 80, 28-under par, in 7th place.
The final three rounds saw the scoring by two leader cool off but entering the final round it was still a race between Lacey and Coradini. Kevin had taken the lead by one-stroke from Coradini with a fifth round of 25, 11-under par, and finished off the victory with a final round of 27. Brad Lebo posted a 78, 30-under par, for the final three rounds to finish in third place one stroke ahead of 1998 National Champion, Lewis Burton, who closed with a final round of 24 to finish in fourth place.
Tied in fifth place were Bart Bason and Thomas Rawles at 161, 55-under par, five strokes behind Lacey. Rounding out the top ten were C. L. Jones, whose final three rounds of 76 were the best by two-strokes, Robert Johnson, and Dan Anders all tied for 7th place at 162 and Greg Newport, Mike Flavin, and Mike Brown all tied for 10th place at 163. Total prize money in Carolinas' Open was $2,000.
Lacey's win was his first of the year on the SC tour, and his 3rd career SC victory. Two top ten finishes this weekend allowed Robert Johnson to remain the leader in the race for Player of the Year. Earlier in the day, Coradini became the 4th person to shoot the course record of 21 on Course 1 in Rock Hill. Coradini had a perfect 9 on the back 9. Later in the afternoon, Thomas Rawles, who finished tied for 5th at 161, also had a perfect 9 during his final round 23.
In the amateur division, Stan Seethoff fired a fourth round 26 to finish at 109, 35 under par, to take the win away from 3rd round co-leaders Donnie Carpenter and Ray Guthrie who were both in at 80 after three rounds of play. Carpenter shot a 30 in the fourth round to finish at 110, 34 under par to take second place. Guthrie, who won Saturday's event, ran out of steam in the last round with a 32 to finish tied for 3rd with Brian Hutchins, who closed with 3 consecutive 27's to end at 112, 32 under par. Closing out the top five was Jonathan Reid with a 113. Ray Guthrie qualified for the State Championship by being the low APA medallist by shooting 194 for the weekend.
In the novice division, Margie Walters won with a 123, beating Adam Smith by 6 strokes. The victory gave Margie Walters a sweep in the novice division for the weekend.
The NC tour is next in action in Martinsville, VA on May 22nd and in High Point, NC on May 23rd. The SC tour takes the following weekend off at will next play a double-header on Saturday, May 29th, in Anderson, SC. The Virginia tour's next event will be in Fredericksburg, VA on June 5th and June 6th. The Fredericksburg course has been re-carpeted in late April and is playing quite well. All players are invited to this VA tour event as a warm-up for the 1999 Southern Open in Albany, GA to be held the following weekend.