Greg Newport Wins His
Fourth Howard Loy Memorial in a Playoff

Greg Newport playing in the 2000 PPA National Championship.

17 May 2001 - Burlington, NC - With the PPA National Invitational just less than 36 hours away, the North Carolina tour hosted one of their tournaments in Burlington, the Howard Loy Memorial. A field of 64 professionals came out on Course 1, and 17 amateurs participated on Course 2 in the largest turnout for a North Carolina event in the modern era. On the Proputters website earlier in the week, Greg Newport was picked as the odds-on favorite to win this weekend. He tested his skills early by winning his third tournament of the season in North Carolina, and amazingly, his fourth Howard Loy crown. Newport had to fight off a fierce field and made up seven shots on Neumann before posting a 21 in the final round to head in the clubhouse at 74. Neumann had tied Kevin Garrett for the opening round lead at 24, and another seven players were one back. It appeared it would be anyone's contest until Neumann busted a 22 in the second round for a four-shot lead on four other players, including defending champion Greg Ward.

When the tournament began, temperatures were in the high 50's and was chilly throughout the night with overcast conditions. During the third round, play was stopped twice due to rain. The first delay lasted five minutes, where Newport was on 11 after making eight of the first ten of that round. When play resumed, Newport continued his incredible streak shooting making seven of the last eight to finish the round at 21 and went into the house at 74.

Another batch of rain set in causing play to be stopped again for about 10 more minutes. By that time, Neumann had played 12 holes and had struggled. Half of the field had not completed their play when the rain let up once again. Neumann only managed to shoot 28 in the final round to tie Newport for the lead at 74.

After a four-plus hour marathon, both Newport and Neumann faced off for a playoff. Despite the long awaiting delay, Newport shot 23 in the playoff to win by five over Neumann. This would turn out to be his fourth win in the annual Howard Loy Memorial, named in the memory of the originator and first owner of the Burlington course.

On Course 2, Todd Trent picked up his first career victory in the APA Division. Trent had been contending for victories this season and let a couple slip by. This time around, he led wire-to-wire after opening play with a 24, including a perfect back nine, to lead by two shots over Steven Jones. Trent would continue to lead as he shot 29 to go in the house at 53, but the lead on Jones was trimmed to just one shot.

Trent would come through in the final round as he shot 27 to place his first win of his career with a final score of 80. Jeff Brown, 1998 APA National Champion, came in second at 81, while Jones ended up tied with Bear Landin for third at 82.

Andy Coradini, 1993 National Champion, ended up finishing third on Thursday with a final score of 76. Ward wound up fourth at 77, and Ken Hastings, from Pittsburgh, finished in fifth at 79.

There were 30 spots paid out from this tournament with the score of 85 receiving a five-way split for the final spot. The APA's reimbursement line was 82 as four spots were taken there. Neumann took the State Qualifying and Match Play spots from this tournament. No APA Qualifying spot came from this tournament.

This weekend, Burlington will be the host of the 2001 PPA National Invitational, beginning at 9:00am on Saturday, May 19. The second day will be Sunday, May 20 at the same tee-off time. The North Carolina tour resumes play on Saturday, June 16, 2001, in High Point for the Wayne Hancock Memorial. Tee-off time for that event is 12:00pm. Then, the tour will head to Asheboro on Sunday, June 17, starting at 10:00am.

Scores and tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts.

Professional Division of Howard Loy Memorial
(Burlington, NC - 17 May 2001)

RoundPrize
Player123TotalMoney
1 Greg Newport**
26
27
27
74
$150.00
2 Peter Neumann
24
22
28
74
$110.00
3 Andy Coradini
26
24
26
76
$90.00
4 Greg Ward
25
25
27
77
$85.00
5 Ken Hastings
25
25
29
79
$80.00
6 Brad Lebo
25
25
30
80
$75.00
Lee Witcofski
25
26
29
80
$75.00
8 Michael Hitt
29
27
25
81
$68.00
Jay Klapper
28
28
25
81
$68.00
Dave Nutini
26
26
29
81
$68.00
Vance Randall
28
26
27
81
$68.00
12 Tommy Barbour
28
27
27
82
$58.00
Vince Batten
25
29
28
82
$58.00
Robert Johnson
27
28
27
82
$58.00
Tony Varnadore
26
28
28
82
$58.00
16 Darrell Britt
29
28
26
83
$50.00
C. L. Jones
25
31
27
83
$50.00
Lee Messinger
27
28
28
83
$50.00
Randy Reeves
27
26
30
83
$50.00
20 Bill Baus
26
29
29
84
$43.00
Mike Brown
29
27
28
84
$43.00
Chris Bunting
27
30
27
84
$43.00
Jim Engel
30
28
26
84
$43.00
Kevin Garrett
24
32
28
84
$43.00
Ed Haggerty
25
28
31
84
$43.00
Bill Kirby
29
28
27
84
$43.00
John Napoli
28
28
28
84
$43.00
Rick Rybaczek
26
28
30
84
$43.00
Larry Simpson
27
28
29
84
$43.00
30 Billy Caudle
31
27
27
85
$8.00
Daryl Freeman
29
29
27
85
$8.00
Rich Gillooly
26
30
29
85
$8.00
Gary Hester
27
30
28
85
$8.00
Cliff Matthews
26
28
31
85
$8.00
35 Lewis Burton
31
28
27
86
Tom Gross
27
30
29
86
Thomas Rawles
29
29
28
86
Jeff Smith
30
28
28
86
John Ventura
28
30
28
86
40 Todd Barfield
28
29
30
87
Bart Bason
27
29
31
87
Bryan Boyd
27
29
31
87
Ed Grajewski
28
30
29
87
44 Rick Baird
29
31
28
88
Bob Haizlip
28
28
32
88
Bo Luthie
28
30
30
88
Jimmy Mott
30
29
29
88
Mike O'Rourke
29
27
32
88
49 Charlie Greenwalt
26
34
29
89
Ray Guthrie
28
27
34
89
51 Randal Smith
27
33
30
90
Manfred Stewart
30
26
34
90
53 Peter Ansbacher
31
30
30
91
Robert Ward
30
32
29
91
55 Bob Davis
33
30
29
92
Mark Hasty
27
33
32
92
57 Rodney Ashley
33
31
29
93
58 David Abshire
30
30
34
94
Glenwood Arrington
31
34
29
94
Michael Cardwell
29
31
34
94
Karl Moe
30
31
33
94
62 Hank Mersereau
31
35
31
97
63 Jody Comer
27
32
39
98
64 Barb Mingo 38 32 33 103

** Won in playoff over Neumann 23-28.

Amateur Division of Howard Loy Memorial
(Burlington, NC - 17 May 2001)

RoundExpense
Player123TotalReimbursement
1 Todd Trent
24
29
27
80
$20.00
2 Jeff Brown
29
26
26
81
$20.00
3 Steven Jones
26
28
28
82
$20.00
Bear Landin
27
29
26
82
$20.00
5 Amy Smith
28
27
28
83
6 Jimmy Comer
28
31
27
86
Kenny Goin
29
30
27
86
8 Chuck Nance
28
29
30
87
9 Tyler Proffitt
28
31
31
90
10 Danny Holcomb
32
30
29
91
Robin Ventura
35
28
28
91
12 Karen Hastings
30
35
27
92
13 Chuck Cyr
29
31
35
95
14 Russell Sigmon, Jr.
33
31
34
98
15 Walter Kolb
36
31
32
99
16 David Gregor
32
37
31
100
17 Nick Cook 33 40 35 107

 

 

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