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)

RoundPrize
Player123TotalMoney
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)

Round
Player123Total
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

 

 

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