Kevin Lacey Outlasts Don Featherstone to Win Terre Haute West Major
Kevin Lacey, winner of IPPT West Major on May 13th.
13 May 2001 - Terre Haute, IN - Living close to the Indiana border has paid dividends for PPA Touring Pro Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati. Lacey, able to play in Great Lakes Tour Events and Indiana Tour Events, took home the first Major Championship on the Indiana Tour winning the West Major in Terre Haute. Lacey fired a 6 round total 167, 49 under par, to just miss the Indiana Tour 6 round event record. The record is held by Charlie Greenwalt of Indianapolis who fired a 166 to win the 1998 Indiana State Championship. Lacey hit early and often to win the event. His first round 11 under par 25 put him in a 3 shot lead, and consistent play for the final 5 rounds gave him a one shot victory over Don Featherstone of Terre Haute. Featherstone, trailing Lacey by 3 strokes after 2 rounds, closed the gap in round 3 with an 11 under par 25. Lacey and Featherstone matched 29's in round 4 and 28's in round 5 to set up a 6th round shootout. Lacey shot a 28 while Featherstone, needing an ace on 18 to force a play off, lipped the cup and Lacey claimed a one shot victory. Shawn Gilliland matched his 6 round best at Terre Haute with a 45 under 171 to capture 3rd place. Jeff Garrison finished fourth with a 44 under par 172.
Gulley Takes West Major- Second Straight Win
13 May 2001 - Terre Haute, IN - After Saturday's win on course 3, Chuck Gulley of Terre Haute became a marked man. The amateur field knew he was the man to beat after his 2 shot victory over Bill Hammons in the Terre Haute Open. Gulley started slow, trailing first round leaders Danny Holcomb of Hope and Mike Lebeda of Terre Haute by 3 shots. Mike Lebeda took the second round lead with a 6 under par 30, but Gulley's 29 pulled him to with in 2 shots of the lead. Gulley made his move in round 4 firing an 8 under par 28 to lead Holcomb and Lebeda by 3 shots. A 29 in the third round kept Gulley in front but Holcomb, The Southport winner, fired a 28 to cut Gulley's lead to 2. Gulley faltered only one round in the event and that was the 5th round as he could only muster a 2 under 34 while Holcomb tied for the lead with a 4 under par 32. Gulley then pulled the low amateur round out of his hat in the 6th and final round, a 9 under par 27 to claim the victory. Holcomb finished with a 30 and Lebeda kicked it in in round 6 with an 8 under par 28 to tie Holcomb for second place. Lebeda then beat Holcomb on the 3rd hole of sudden death to finish in second place. The Indiana Tour will take a 2 week rest before resuming play on Saturday June 2nd in the Richmond Open and then will do battle in the second Major Tournament of the year in the East Major on Sunday.