Greg Ward Wins in Playoff, Again, in Spartanburg, SC
25 June 2000 - Spartanburg, SC - On Saturday, Greg Ward shot the low round in the first round in Spartanburg and lost the tournament. This time, he got redemption as Gary Hester shot the low round in the first round, and the tournament to Ward in the playoff.
Hester started the tournament just like Ward did the day before, an opening round 23 for a one-stroke lead. The two players would end the tournament at 78. Both participants started the playoff in sluggish form as they could only make two on the front nine. Ward turned it up on the back nine as an ace on hole 13 made the difference down the stretch as he defeated Hester -7 to -6 for his second win on the South Carolina tour, both in Spartanburg, and his second win in North Carolina as well, with the other being in Burlington.
For the second straight day, hazy and humid conditions were the elements for the tournament, and also, more than 40 professionals out for the combined event for both tours.
Who else would be the hottest player on the APA circuit than Chris Husdon? Before the year began, he had won zero tournaments, but over the span of the last two weeks, he has won three, all in a row. Hudson continued to charge his way into the points title with a commanding six-stroke win over Jonathan Reid. After starting the tournament at 26 and a one-stroke lead, Hudson put the jets on the second and third rounds in his continuing dominance for the weekend on Course 2, when he scored a total of 83. Reid was in second for the second straight day with a final score of 89, while Billy Caudle carded a score of 90 for the third position.
Todd Fowler regained the points lead after a third place finish on Sunday, missing the playoff by one stroke, and firing a final score of 79. Todd Barfield and Michael Hitt both shot final round 26's to finish tied for fourth at 82.
There were 21 spots paid out on Sunday with a score of 87 placing a gigantic split for six spots.
Fowler took the North Carolina Qualifying and Match Play spots. Rick Baird grabbed the South Carolina Qualifying spot. Ward took the South Carolina Match Play spot. Chris Bunting defeated C. L. Jones for the two-day South Carolina Qualifying Spot, and Hudson accepted the North Carolina APA 2-day spot.
The NCPPA and SCPPA will play again Saturday, July 14, at 12:00pm in Forest City, followed by a tournament in Gastonia the following day at 10:00am.
Scores and tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts.
Professional Division of Spartanburg, SC Event (25 June 2000)
|1 ||Greg Ward** ||25||27||26||78||$150.00|
|2 ||Gary Hester ||23||26||29||78||$110.00|
|3 ||Todd Fowler ||24||28||27||79||$95.00|
|4 ||Todd Barfield ||29||27||26||82||$78.00|
|Michael Hitt ||25||31||26||82||$78.00|
|6 ||Rick Baird ||28||28||27||83||$63.00|
|Darrell Britt ||28||26||29||83||$63.00|
|8 ||Mike Flavin ||29||27||28||84||$57.00|
|Rob Smarzik ||26||25||33||84||$57.00|
|Tony Varnadore ||32||27||25||84||$57.00|
|11 ||Tony Jackson ||29||30||26||85||$47.00|
|Robert Johnson ||28||26||31||85||$47.00|
|C. L. Jones ||27||28||30||85||$47.00|
|Allen Wall ||30||29||26||85||$47.00|
|15 ||Randy Reeves ||28||30||28||86||$40.00|
|16 ||Dan Anders ||27||29||31||87||$35.00|
|Chris Bunting ||28||31||28||87||$35.00|
|Lewis Burton ||29||27||31||87||$35.00|
|Nick Gill ||32||25||30||87||$35.00|
|Bob Jackson ||29||31||27||87||$35.00|
|Bill Kirby ||28||30||29||87||$35.00|
|Randal Smith ||27||31||29||87||$35.00|
|23 ||Bob Haizlip ||30||29||29||88|
|Jay Klapper ||30||29||29||88|
|Brad Lebo ||30||28||30||88|
|Vance Randall ||30||28||30||88|
|27 ||Andy Coradini ||32||27||30||89|
|Greg Newport ||30||30||29||89|
|Tony Pack ||30||29||30||89|
|Rick Rybaczek ||32||30||27||89|
|Frank Warren ||30||29||30||89|
|32 ||Gary English ||31||28||31||90|
|Edgar Hollifield ||29||32||29||90|
|Larry Simpson ||28||29||33||90|
|35 ||Robby Bryant ||29||29||33||91|
|Gilbert Sharpe ||30||32||29||91|
|37 ||Bobby Kirby ||30||34||28||92|
|38 ||Bart Bason ||34||29||30||93|
|39 ||Ray Guthrie ||29||34||31||94|
|Brian Martin ||33||30||31||94|
|41 ||Kevin Chambers ||34||30||32||96|
|Opie Roberts ||32 ||32 ||32 ||96 |
** Defeated Gary Hester 29-30 in playoff for first.
Amateur Division of Spartanburg, SC Event (25 June 2000)
|1 ||Chris Hudson ||26||29||28||83|
|2 ||Jonathan Reid ||30||31||28||89|
|3 ||Billy Caudle ||31||31||28||90|
|4 ||Steve Helton ||34||30||27||91|
|5 ||Tommy Hutchinson ||27||31||34||92|
|6 ||Steve Vaughan ||31||31||31||93|
|Keith Waters ||33||30||30||93|
|8 ||Jimmy Comer ||27||34||34||95|
|9 ||Todd Trent ||33||33||31||97|
|10 ||Billy Walters ||39||30||30||99|
|11 ||Robin Trent ||33||34||33||100|
|12 ||Darren Harvey ||39||39||40||118|
|13 ||Zeb Head ||47||41||37||125|