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)

RoundPrize
Player123TotalMoney
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)

Round
Player123Total
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

 

 

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