Greg Ward Back in Form Winning Afternoon Event in Anderson, SC

26 August 2000 - Anderson, SC - After a disappointing 18th place finish earlier in the day, Greg Ward took it out on the field in the afternoon in his quest for his third win of the season in South Carolina, to go with the two Spartanburg wins he compiled earlier this year. The three-time South Carolina State Champion busted open with the first round lead at 27, then followed with a second round 26 for a commanding five-stroke lead over Bobby Ward, and let up with a final round 31 only to win by three shots over fellow Atlanta player Lewis Burton.

Ward, known for his course record of 23 at Anderson, SC in 1999, was on target throughout the afternoon. The score of 53 after the second round was the lowest two-round score shot in the four tournaments played this year in Anderson. With the victory, which was his third, he clinched a spot on the South Carolina Clayton Cup team, and also grabs the overall points lead over Robert Johnson. Todd Fowler, who was leading the points when the day began, dropped to fourth behind Ward, Johnson, and Randy Reeves with only one tournament left in the season. That will take place in Spartanburg's Course 2, one day before their State Championship on October 1.

Avenging from an earlier defeat was Billy Caudle, who started the day with the lead at 29 after the first round. Caudle cruised to his fourth win this year with a four-shot advantage over Jonathan Reid. Caudle played consistent to his finish at 93. Reid ended up second at 97, while Jimmy Comer bounced back from a bad performance in the morning, finishing five shots better at 98.

The second place finish for Reid was enough to clinch South Carolina APA Player of the Year for the first time in his career. Chris Hudson ended up runner-up that included a stretch of six consecutive wins during the middle of the season.

Burton fired rounds of 31, 28, and 28 to wind up at 87 for second. Greg Newport, who won earlier in the day, and Randy Reeves, with an earlier top five finish during the day, both shot 88 for a third place tie. Rick Rybaczek bounced back from an opening round 35 to finish fifth at 90. There were 15 spots paid out in this event with once again the score of 96 placing this time as a four-way split for the final two spots.

The qualifying spots from this tournament went to Rob Smarzik, who received only the State Championship spot into Spartanburg, and Bobby Ward, who took the Match Play spot, to be played on Sunday. Kevin Chambers had the low two-tournament combined score for non-qualifiers for the other State spot given out in this tournament.

The South Carolina tour will play again in Anderson on Sunday, August 27, at 10:00am on Course 2 for the third annual South Carolina Match Play Championship. Darrell Britt is the defending champion of this event.

Scores and tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts.

Professional Division of Anderson, SC Event (26 August 2000)
Afternoon Event

RoundPrize
Player123TotalMoney
1 Greg Ward
27
26
31
84
$125.00
2 Lewis Burton
31
28
28
87
$80.00
3 Greg Newport
30
32
26
88
$65.00
Randy Reeves
32
30
26
88
$65.00
5 Rick Rybaczek
35
28
27
90
$60.00
6 Mike Flavin
30
31
32
93
$51.00
Edgar Hollifield
28
35
30
93
$51.00
Tony Jackson
28
34
31
93
$51.00
Robert Johnson
32
29
32
93
$51.00
Rob Smarzik
32
30
31
93
$51.00
11 Bobby Ward
29
29
36
94
$40.00
Kevin Chambers
30
32
32
94
$40.00
13 Dan Anders
28
31
36
95
$35.00
14 Todd Barfield
33
30
33
96
$18.00
Michael Hitt
33
32
31
96
$18.00
Jay Klapper
31
31
34
96
$18.00
Vance Randall
30
36
30
96
$18.00
19 Robby Bryant
35
31
31
97
20 Gary English
29
35
34
98
Nick Gill
34
33
31
98
Bob Jackson
28
35
35
98
22 Bob Haizlip
35
31
33
99
23 Darrell Britt
30
37
33
100
Todd Fowler
33
33
34
100
25 Ray Guthrie
31
34
36
101
26 Tony Pack
37
34
31
102
27 Opie Roberts
36
29
38
103
28 Mark Ross
34
35
36
105
29 Bobby Kirby
35
34
39
108
30 Tommy Barbour
37
44
32
113
31 Tony Varnadore 35 43 36 114

Amateur Division of Anderson, SC Event (26 August 2000)
Afternoon Event

Round
Player123Total
1 Billy Caudle
29
33
31
93
2 Jonathan Reid
31
32
34
97
3 Jimmy Comer
33
33
32
98
4 Keith Waters
35
36
29
100
5 Adam Smith
37
32
33
102
6 Tommy Hutchinson
36
30
37
103
7 Todd Trent
35
37
34
106
8 Steve Helton
32
39
37
108
9 Chris Hudson
37
37
35
109
10 Stan Seethoff
45
32
34
111
11 Robin Trent
36
37
40
113
12 Chance Mathews
53
38
50
141
13 Darren Harvey
58
48
69
175

 

 

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