Brad Lebo Wins His First South Carolina Tournament
30 September 2000 - Spartanburg, SC - Brad Lebo, playing in only his seventh South Carolina tournament this season, had to qualify on Saturday to get into the state on Sunday. The Pennsylvania Pro overcame this pressure on Saturday as he shot rounds of 25 and 24 to take the lead at 49 after the second round, and won his first tournament of his career in South Carolina. Lebo won over a 39-player field competing for the state on Sunday.
Lebo trailed by two shots after the first round as Tony Varnadore opened the beautiful early autumn-like day with a 23. Lebo also was tied for fourth when he continued his successful play on Course 2. The second round 24 gave himself a one-shot lead over Michael Hitt, who despite two 4's in the first two rounds was in at 50. Lebo clinched his victory when he made hole 15 to go to 30-under par for the tournament and ended up with a two-shot win over Dan Anders and Greg Ward.
Michael Hitt and Tony Varnadore finished in a tie for fourth at 80. The low round went to Varnadore with his 23 in the first round. There were 19 spots paid in this tournament as the score of 84 placed a full share.
Lebo took the qualifying spot from this tournament, while Ray Guthrie and defending state champion Jay Klapper received the two wild card spots from the event.
The pros begin their State Championship on Sunday, but the APA began their State Championship on Saturday with their first three rounds of the six-round championship. Tommy Hutchinson shot a third round 26 to break a second round tie from Jonathan Reid and has a one-stroke lead over Reid, with a score of 82. Hutchinson trailed first round leaders Jimmy Comer and Steve Helton by two shots after a 29, but a second round 27 put himself in position to take the lead at the break. Reid is in second at 83, while Comer is third at 85 when play resumes on Sunday.
Also, the naming of the 2000 South Carolina Clayton Cup team was announced. The team will consist of Greg Ward, Todd Fowler, Robert Johnson, Randy Reeves, Michael Hitt, Darrell Britt, Tony Jackson, Tony Varnadore, Lewis Burton, and Todd Barfield. Britt and Reeves will be participating in their first ever Clayton Cup as the team will head to Richmond to take on Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina in two weeks.
The South Carolina State Championship will be played on Sunday, October 1, starting at 9:00am on Course 2 in Spartanburg. The pros will play their six rounds for the entire day, while the amateurs will finish their final three rounds.
Scores and tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts.
Professional Division of Spartanburg, SC Event (30 September 2000)
|1 ||Brad Lebo ||25||24||28||77||$150.00|
|2 ||Dan Anders ||25||26||28||79||$95.00|
|Greg Ward ||26||29||24||79||$95.00|
|4 ||Michael Hitt ||24||26||30||80||$75.00|
|Tony Varnadore ||23||28||29||80||$75.00|
|6 ||Tony Pack ||26||27||28||81||$60.00|
|7 ||Lewis Burton ||28||28||26||82||$54.00|
|Edgar Hollifield ||29||25||28||82||$54.00|
|Randal Smith ||29||24||29||82||$54.00|
|10 ||Rick Baird ||28||26||29||83||$44.00|
|Darrell Britt ||26||28||29||83||$44.00|
|Andy Coradini ||29||25||29||83||$44.00|
|Ray Guthrie ||26||27||30||83||$44.00|
|Tony Jackson ||29||25||29||83||$44.00|
|15 ||Todd Barfield ||24||33||27||84||$35.00|
|Chris Bunting ||30||28||26||84||$35.00|
|Robert Johnson ||24||30||30||84||$35.00|
|Jay Klapper ||27||28||29||84||$35.00|
|Greg Newport ||28||27||29||84||$35.00|
|20 ||Mike Brown ||29||28||28||85|
|Randy Reeves ||26||30||29||85|
|22 ||Gary English ||29||32||25||86|
|Vance Randall ||30||29||27||86|
|24 ||Bart Bason ||26||32||29||87|
|Nick Gill ||29||28||30||87|
|26 ||Mike Flavin ||30||29||29||88|
|Brian Martin ||31||28||29||88|
|28 ||Rick Rybaczek ||28||31||30||89|
|Robby Bryant ||29||30||30||89|
|30 ||Tommy Barbour ||31||33||27||91|
|Bob Haizlip ||29||31||31||91|
|Allen Wall ||31||29||31||91|
|33 ||Todd Fowler ||29||32||31||92|
|Rob Smarzik ||30||33||29||92|
|35 ||Larry Simpson ||32||35||26||93|
|36 ||Kevin Chambers ||29||30||36||95|
|Bob Jackson ||31||30||34||95|
|38 ||Gary Hester ||32||31||33||96|
|39 ||Bobby Kirby ||31||35||31||97|
Amateur Division of South Carolina State Championship
Rounds 1 -3 (Round 4-6 on Sunday, October 1, 2000)
Spartanburg, SC (30 September 2000)
|1 ||Tommy Hutchinson ||29||27||26||82|
|2 ||Jonathan Reid ||30||26||27||83|
|3 ||Jimmy Comer ||27||32||26||85|
|4 ||Steve Helton ||27||30||29||86|
|5 ||Steve Vaughan ||31||27||31||89|
|6 ||Keith Waters ||29||31||33||93|
|7 ||Chris Hudson ||31||32||31||94|
|8 ||Todd Trent ||29||32||34||95|
|9 ||Adam Smith ||32||34||30||96|
|10 ||Billy Walters ||34||35||35||104|
|11 ||Chance Mathews ||39||40||37||116|
|12 ||Darren Harvey ||46||40||38||124|