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.
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