Newport Defeats Fowler Again in Playoff for Palmetto Classic

11 June 2000 - Rock Hill, SC - Last year, Greg Newport was in the last group and had to make 18 in Spartanburg to put himself in a four-way playoff for first in the Palmetto Classic, in which Todd Fowler was also involved. The tide had turned on Sunday when Newport was waiting in the clubhouse and Fowler, being in the last pairing, made 18 to force the playoff with Newport for the second straight year in the fourth Palmetto Classic held in Rock Hill on Course 2.

Fowler had tied Randy Reeves for the 54-hole lead at 77 and led Newport by one going into the last round, after Newport carded a 23 in the third round to move up on the field. The defending champion in Newport was determined that he would not let his successful defense of the title be slipped away as he shot the fourth and final round of 25 to go in at 103. Newport had to wait at least a half-hour while Fowler just started his final round. Fowler got to -7 after 12 holes, and made three of the final six, including the 72nd hole of regulation to go to the playoff.

In the playoff, Newport got off to a hot start shooting 13 on the front and led by two over the 1997 South Carolina PPA State Champion Fowler. Fowler started the back nine making three in a row to take the lead -6 to -5. Newport made three in a row of his own afterwards to retake the lead -8 to -7 with three holes to play. Fowler could not make any more and Newport closed the playoff with an ace for his second straight victory in the fourth annual major on the South Carolina tour. With that, he now leads by 4.5 points over Fowler in the South Carolina PPA Player of the Year race with nine tournaments left on the schedule.

The Rock Hill streak of victories for Jimmy Comer finally ended in a playoff as well. After opening the tournament at 24, he finally started to back up to the field, while Chris Hudson started to make a comeback when he then took the lead in the third round. Hudson fired a 29 in the last frame, but Comer came back with a 28 to force the second consecutive Palmetto Classic APA playoff. Comer led by one over Hudson after nine, but could not buy another ace until hole 17, but it was too late as Hudson sealed it making the last two holes to win his first major in South Carolina by two strokes. The win was also his first career APA win as well. Jonathan Reid finished in third at 115.

The low round of the tournament was 23, held by Randy Reeves, Greg Newport, and Robert Johnson. Eighteen spots were paid out in the event as the score of 113 was a four-way split for the lone remaining spot.

Todd Barfield and Randy Reeves finished in a tie for third, three back at 106. Barfield was the leader after the second round at 51, while Reeves led the first round with the 23. Lewis Burton, C. L. Jones, and Frank Warren finished tied for fifth at 107. Rounding out the top 10 at 108 were 1998 Palmetto Champion Dan Anders, 1994 SC State Champion Rick Baird, and 1999 Virginia State Champion Randal Smith. Spots from the tournament went to Frank Warren, who defeated C. L. Jones in the playoff for the state qualifying and match play spots, and Dan Anders captured the two-day low medallist spot.

Special thanks went out to Gary Weiler and his staff for the fine work they did to get the course ready for the Palmetto Classic.

South Carolina will take next weekend off, and will resume play on Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 in Spartanburg on Course 2, the site of the 2000 State Championship. The weekend will be combined with the North Carolina tour. Starting time will be 12:00pm on Saturday.

Scores and tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts.

Professional Division of Palmetto Classic (11 June 2000)

RoundPrize
Player1234TotalMoney
1 Greg Newport **
24
31
23
25
103
$200.00
2 Todd Fowler
26
26
25
26
103
$150.00
3 Todd Barfield
25
26
27
28
106
$105.00
Randy Reeves
23
29
25
29
106
$105.00
5 Lewis Burton
26
29
27
25
107
$90.00
C. L. Jones
26
30
27
24
107
$90.00
Frank Warren
25
30
26
26
107
$90.00
8 Dan Anders
28
28
24
28
108
$80.00
Rick Baird
26
28
25
29
108
$80.00
Randal Smith
27
26
27
28
108
$80.00
11 Michael Hitt
24
30
26
29
109
$70.00
12 Tony Jackson
30
27
26
27
110
$58.00
Robert Johnson
30
30
27
23
110
$58.00
Allen Wall
24
31
27
28
110
$58.00
Greg Ward
30
27
27
26
110
$58.00
16 Gary English
29
27
28
27
111
$50.00
Ray Guthrie
26
29
30
27
111
$50.00
18 Jay Klapper
27
29
27
30
113
$13.00
Rick Rybaczek
28
27
29
29
113
$13.00
Rob Smarzik
31
28
28
26
113
$13.00
Tony Varnadore
30
27
27
29
113
$13.00
22 Darrell Britt
28
29
27
30
114
Tommy Hollifield
24
31
30
29
114
24 Bart Bason
29
25
30
31
115
25 Bob Haizlip
31
29
29
28
117
Tony Pack
29
31
28
29
117
27 Edgar Hollifield
29
34
30
25
118
28 Tommy Barbour
27
29
29
34
119
Gary Benfield
26
31
29
33
119
Opie Roberts
30
33
27
29
119
Larry Simpson
31
31
30
27
119
32 Chris Bunting
30
32
32
31
125
Kevin Chambers
31
33
31
30
125
34 Brian Martin
34
31
30
31
126
35 Bob Jackson
31
34
33
33
131
36 Peter Ansbacher 31 36 34 31 132

** Defeated Todd Fowler 27-29 in 18-hole playoff for first.

Amateur Division of Palmetto Classic (11 June 2000)

Round
Player123Total
1 Chris Hudson **
30
26
28
29
113
2 Jimmy Comer
24
29
32
28
113
3 Jonathan Reid
29
26
33
27
115
4 Steve Helton
28
33
29
26
116
Tommy Hutchinson
32
28
30
26
116
7 Steve Vaughan
31
31
29
28
119
8 Billy Caudle
34
26
30
30
120
9 Todd Trent
32
30
28
31
121
10 Billy Walters
30
31
31
31
123
11 Chuck Nance
32
34
31
33
130
12 Zeb Head
33
32
33
33
131
13 Robin Trent 31 35 31 38 135
14 Chance Mathews
36
42
37
44
159

** Defeated Jimmy Comer 28-30 in playoff for victory.

 

 

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