Vince Batten Wins in Asheboro, NC in a Playoff Over Ray Guthrie


Vince Batten playing in the 2000 Virginia State Championship in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

17 June 2001 - Asheboro, NC - Gilbert Sharpe won his first tournament on North Carolina soil earlier this year in Durham. On Sunday, fellow Richmond player Vince Batten added to the list of players from the state of Virginia to collect his first win on North Carolina soil. This time, the site would be Asheboro, and he had to win in a playoff to achieve the feat. Batten fired an opening round 25, good enough to tie Ray Guthrie for first after that point. The 25 also was the low round of the day in Asheboro. Through two rounds, Guthrie would take the lead at 53, with Batten in a close second at 55. Batten would get right back in with a 28, and coupled with Guthrie's 30, the two would enter what would be the fourth playoff this season in North Carolina. Ironically, Guthrie was in one of them and won that one in White Lake.

Guthrie could not win his second playoff of the season as Batten came away with a six-shot win in the playoff. Batten fired a nine-under 27 to win his first event on the North Carolina tour. Both he and Guthrie finished regulation at 83. Greg Newport, who won Saturday's tournament in High Point, finished third at 85. Andy Coradini and Gary Hester rounded out the top five at 86.

On Saturday, Bear Landin won on Jimmy Comer's home course in High Point. On Sunday, Jimmy Comer would return the favor on Landin's turf in Asheboro. Comer and Landin dueled it out for 36 holes with Comer holding to a two-shot advantage on the hometown favorite. Landin would run into trouble in the final round with a 33 and Comer pulled away with his fourth win of the season with a final score of 87. Comer won by seven shots over Landin. Chuck Nance finished in third at 95.

This was the first time since 1985 that the North Carolina tour made a stop in Asheboro, one of the oldest courses in America. The cash line sat at 89 as it was placed as a full share. There were only 14 money spots from the tournament and two from the Amateur Division. Landin's score of 94 was the cash line there. Batten took the State Qualifying spot from this tournament and Bill Kirby received the Match Play spot after winning that in a five-way playoff. Landin took the two-day APA Qualifying spot.

The next time the North Carolina tour returns to action will be on Saturday, July 7, in Gastonia, on Course 3. The event will get underway at 12:00pm. Then, they will trek east down I-85 to Charlotte as they will be playing there for the first time since 1996. The tournament will be played on Course 2, starting at 10:00am on Sunday, July 8. These events are also combined stops with the South Carolina tour.

Scores provided by Rick Rybaczek and tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts.

Professional Division of Asheboro, NC Event (17 June 2001)

RoundPrize
Player123TotalMoney
1 Vince Batten**
25
30
28
83
$150.00
2 Ray Guthrie
25
28
30
83
$110.00
3 Greg Newport
27
29
29
85
$90.00
4 Andy Coradini
29
28
29
86
$78.00
Gary Hester
28
32
26
86
$78.00
6 Gary Moore
31
29
28
88
$68.00
Gilbert Sharpe
33
28
27
88
$68.00
8 Darrell Britt
30
32
27
89
$46.00
Chris Bunting
29
31
29
89
$46.00
Gary English
32
30
27
89
$46.00
Mike Griffin
32
29
28
89
$46.00
Robert Johnson
26
35
28
89
$46.00
Bill Kirby, Jr.
30
28
31
89
$46.00
Randy Reeves
29
27
33
89
$46.00
15 Jimmy Mott
30
31
29
90
16 Rick Baird
30
31
30
91
17 Tommy Barbour
30
31
31
92
Robert Ward
30
30
32
92
19 Billy Caudle
29
34
30
93
Bob Haizlip
32
29
32
93
21 Thomas Rawles
34
31
29
94
Lee Witcofski
32
34
28
94
23 Michael Cardwell
32
32
33
97
24 Randal Smith
29
37
32
98
25 Randy Carter
33
32
35
100
Rick Rybaczek
33
32
35
100
Don Thompson
33
33
34
100

** Won in playoff over Ray Guthrie 27-33.

Amateur Division of Asheboro, NC Event (17 June 2001)

RoundExpense
Player123TotalReimbursement
1 Jimmy Comer
28
31
28
87
$20.00
2 Bear Landin
29
32
33
94
$20.00
3 Chuck Nance
33
29
33
95
4 Jeremy Ingold
33
32
32
97
5 Kenny Goin
33
37
31
101
David Gregor
32
33
36
101
7 Nick Cook
34
34
40
108
Walter Kolb 36 35 37 108

 

 

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