Allen Wall Picks Up First Victory of 1999 at Forest
Forest City, NC - Local player Allen Wall picked up his first NC and SC
victories of the season on Sunday coming from six strokes down in the first round to win
the Charles Connor Memorial tournament held in Forest City. Trailing by six strokes, the
Shelby, NC native put on a massive charge in the second round shooting 25 to pull within
one stroke of the lead held by defending champion Andy Coradini, and was tied with
four-time NCPPA State and 1995 National Champion Bill Kirby and also with Robby Bryant.
Wall's final round of 28 coupled with scores no better than 31 from all
three participants mentioned gave Wall a final score of 82, and a one-stroke victory 1997
NCPPA State Champion Todd Barfield and
1997 National Champion, Randy Reeves.
William Glisson used a final round of 25 to run away from the APA field with a final
score of 82, a seven stroke win over Jonathan Reid, Campobello, SC, who used a strong
final two rounds to finish second after being in a three-way tie for fourth at 32. 1998 NC
and SC APA State Champion Billy Caudle finished in third at 90.
Extreme heat and humidity for the second straight day made scores a little more
surprising to the field as the 82 recorded by Wall was the highest score recorded for a
victory in Forest City since he won the event in 1996 with an 84, also a big
come-from-behind victory in the tournament.
Rounding out the top ten in the Pro Division were Gary Hester and Greg Newport at 84; and a five-way tie for
sixth, Andy Coradini, Gary English, Bill Kirby, Tony Varnadore, and Frank Warren
finishing at 85. Payout for seventeen spots were once again available in this tournament
with 87 receiving a four-way split for the final three spots. Qualifying spots from this
tournament were received as follows: Wall, NC and SC Match Play (last one used for 1999)
and SC State; Barfield, SC two-day State, Varnadore, NC State Spot; Chuck Nance, NCAPA
two-day low qualifier.
Special thanks were given out to Bobby and Sharon Connor, who had very little time to
get the course ready due to personal circumstances; however, the course was played in
Scores and tournament recap courtesy of Rick Rybaczek and Opie Roberts.