Greg Ward Wins Barbara Nance Memorial for Third Win of 2000

19 August 2000 - Greensboro, NC - Two opening rounds of 23 gave Greg Ward a commanding five stroke lead in the fourth annual Barbara Nance Memorial held in Greensboro. Ward took care of business after leading wire-to-wire with a three-shot win over Greg Newport. Ward played to a course record tying 72 on a picture-perfect day in Greensboro. Each of the first two rounds, Ward shot front nines of 11 and back nines of 12. Ward also fired a final round 26 to finish at 72. Newport had three sensational rounds of his own with rounds of 24, 27, and 24 to end up second at 75.

This tournament was named in honor of Barbara Nance, mother of APA player Chuck Nance. Barbara was a long time member of the Putt-Putt circuit mostly playing in the Novice Division before she passed away in 1996. A dedication award has always been put since the inception of the event. This year, the recipient was Newport. In his acceptance, he talked about how much of a figure Barbara was, and even though she never was a tour player, the tour always made her an adopted member of the tour.

Adam Smith fired rounds of 27, 28, and 27 to win his first APA tournament since 1997. Smith was tied for the lead at 55 with Keith Waters before pulling one out with a final score of 83, to win by one shot over Russell Sigmon, Jr. Sigmon fired a final round 26 to finish at 84. Waters ended up tied with defending champion Jimmy Comer at 85 for third.

Tony Jackson shot three impressive rounds himself of 27, 25, and 24 to finish third at 76. Lee Witcofski shot 77 to finish fourth. Three players ended up tied for fifth including Texas player Joel Baker, who shot 80, along with Gary Hester and Michael Hitt. There were 18 money spots available with the cash line sitting at 84 for a five-way split for the final two spots. Hitt grabbed the qualifying spot for the NCPPA State Championship to be held here in Greensboro next month. Chris Bunting and Brad Lebo each got the two Match Play Spots available from this event. Bart Bason became the seventh qualifying member of the North Carolina Clayton Cup team. The final three spots will be determined Sunday in Burlington. Hester's finish on Saturday puts him in a tie for first with Robert Johnson for the lead in points. Jimmy Comer attains his lead in the APA by 4.5 points.

North Carolina will play again on Sunday, August 20, at 10:00am in Burlington for their annual Elton Davis Memorial tournament. Greg Ward looks defends his 1999 Elton Davis Memorial Tournament title.

Scores and tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts.

Professional Division of Greensboro, NC Event (19 August 2000)

RoundPrize
Player123TotalMoney
1 Greg Ward
23
23
26
72
$150.00
2 Greg Newport
24
27
24
75
$110.00
3 Tony Jackson
27
25
24
76
$90.00
4 Lee Witcofski
26
25
26
77
$80.00
5 Joel Baker
28
25
27
80
$70.00
Gary Hester
26
26
28
80
$70.00
Michael Hitt
25
26
29
80
$70.00
8 Chris Bunting
27
27
27
81
$51.00
Robert Johnson
27
27
27
81
$51.00
Bill Kirby
28
27
26
81
$51.00
Brad Lebo
28
29
24
81
$51.00
Randy Reeves
29
25
27
81
$51.00
13 C. L. Jones
27
27
28
82
$40.00
Rusty Taylor
29
24
29
82
$40.00
Allen Wall
26
25
31
82
$40.00
16 Michael Cardwell
27
30
26
83
$40.00
17 Rick Baird
26
27
31
84
$16.00
Tommy Barbour
30
27
27
84
$16.00
Rick Rybaczek
27
25
32
84
$16.00
Randal Smith
26
29
29
84
$16.00
Buddy Taylor
28
28
28
84
$16.00
22 Bart Bason
28
30
27
85
Ray Guthrie
30
28
27
85
Thomas Rawles
28
29
28
85
25 Edgar Hollifield
29
30
27
86
Jay Klapper
29
28
29
86
27 Glenwood Arrington
31
30
26
87
Gary English
30
27
30
87
Larry Simpson
31
31
25
87
30 Andy Coradini
27
31
30
88
Peter Ansbacher
32
25
31
88
32 Mike Griffin
29
33
33
95
33 Opie Roberts
33
30
35
98
34 Tommy Hollifield
30
34
35
99
Bob Jackson
31
32
36
99
36 David Abshire 35 31 37 103

Amateur Division of Greensboro, NC Event (19 August 2000)

RoundExpense
Player123TotalReimbursement
1 Adam Smith
28
27
28
83
$20.00
2 Russell Sigmon, Jr.
29
29
26
84
$20.00
3 Jimmy Comer
26
30
29
85
Keith Waters
28
27
30
85
5 Chris Hudson
30
26
31
87
6 Chuck Nance
28
33
30
91
7 Todd Trent
32
28
33
93
Steve Vaughan
28
28
37
93
9 Walter Kolb 33 35 29 97

 

 

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