Lacey, Chinn Win East Major Titles
|PPA Touring Pro Kevin Lacey||Amateur putter Vicki Chinn holds her IPPT East Major Award|
Lacey Stays Smooth to Win Second Major Title on Indiana Tour in 2001
3 June 2001 - Richmond, IN - The old AM radio disc jockeys used to say. "It's all hit music all the time." For PPA Touring Pro Kevin Lacey, "It's all the Majors, all the time." Lacey used consistent putting through out the 6 round Indiana Tour East Major in Richmond, Indiana to win his second Major Title in as many tries this year. Lacey, from Cincinnati, Ohio, shot rounds of 30-26-28-27-31-27 for a 47 under par 169, 2 shots ahead of 2000 Indiana State Tournament Champion Jim Bryant. Lacey was in 6th place after shooting a first round 30. He tied Touring Pro Charlie Greenwalt and Club Pro Shawn Gilliland for the lead after the second round, all three in the club house at 56. Mark Hasty then jumped into the 3rd round lead with a 10 under par 26 and a 54 hole total of 84, one shot ahead of Lacey. Lacey moved back into a tie for the lead after 4 rounds at 111 but Jim Bryant shot a course record,12 under par, 24 to him for the lead. Bryant took a four shot lead into the final round after backing up his 24 with a 27 and a total of 138, 4 shots better than Lacey. Kevin then saved his best for last, shooting a second 9 under par 27, while Bryant shot a 33 giving Lacey the victory. Charlie Greenwalt defeated Dave Nutini in a play off for 3rd place after both players shot 174 for the tournament. Tom Gross finished 5th with a 176. The next stop on the Indiana PPA Tour will be the "Race-Day.com Open" in Columbus, Indiana on Sunday June 10th.
Gulley Takes West Major- Second Straight Win
3 June 2001 - Richmond, IN - After the tour's second event in Terre Haute, Vicki Chinn of Greenwood, Indiana was very concerned about her putting stroke and her finish in the Terre Haute Open. Those concerns were the last thing on her mind Sunday as the Indiana Tour's only female putter played consistent rounds and won the 2001 IPPT East Major Amateur Championship. Chinn shot rounds of 33-32-29-29-30-27 for 6 round total 36 under par 180. John Watkins and Danny Holcomb finished tied for second 6 shots back at 186. Watkins won the Sudden Death Playoff. Terre Haute double winner Chuck Gulley led the pack after the first round shooting an 8 under par 28. Gulley added a 6 under par 30 to keep the lead at 58, 4 shots ahead of Mike Lebeda. Tim Schrader, a regular on the Great Lakes Tour tied Gulley for 1st after 54 holes, each player posting a score of 93. Chinn's 29 moved her into 3rd place just one shot behind. Chinn tied for the lead after 72 holes shooting another 29 while Schrader fired a 30 and GLT player James Weber shot a 29 to make it a three way tie atop the leader board with all players at 123. Chinn's 30 in round 5 gave her a one stroke lead over John Watkins and her final round 27 was more than enough to win the event. The Indiana APA Tour will be right back in action Sunday June 10th in the Race-Day.com Open in Columbus, Indiana.