Andy Coradini Returns to Winner's Circle in Lumberton, NC

Andy Coradini playing in the 2000 PPA National Championship.

6 May 2001 - Lumberton, NC - Andy Coradini dominated play in Lumberton on Sunday by firing rounds of 26, 26, and 28 to win by two shots. Coradini has had many opportunities for a victory since the start of the 2000 season, which includes the Virginia State Championship, the North Carolina Championship, and the National Championship, but came up short in those endeavors. This time, Coradini would walk away from Lumberton with his first PPA singles win since winning the North Carolina State Match-Play Championship in September 1999.

There was a three-way tie for the lead, which included Coradini, his teams partner Rick Baird, and Tony Varnadore. All three fired opening round 26's to lead by one over three other players. Coradini would break it open in the second round on one of the most unique courses in the state, shooting another 26 to lead by three on Varnadore and defending Lumberton Open champion Greg Newport.

Coradini would cruise to victory as he fired a 28 to win, but not before he was challenged down the stretch by Baird and Robert Johnson. Each shot 24 in the final round to fall two out of the win. Coradini fired a final score of 80, which was the second best score ever posted in a state event in Lumberton. Baird and Johnson ended up second at 82. Rick Rybaczek capped off his sensational play with a final round 27 to finish in fourth at 84, while Newport and Varnadore shared fifth place along with Jimmy Mott, at 85.

Last year, three players had to fend off for first place in the APA playoff. In 2001, the scenario was put in play once again as there were three players fighting for first after regulation. Tommy Hutchinson had the lead by two shots on Steve Helton and Todd Trent going into the last round. Helton caught Hutchinson with a 32 that round, but Jimmy Comer fired a final round 30 to end up tied with the two South Carolina players.

After the three ended up at 94, Helton won the playoff firing a 28 to win by two over Comer and three on Hutchinson. The win for Helton makes him the second player this year to have multiple wins in the APA Division, and, also combined with his 91 on Saturday in White Lake, has solidified a two-day combined score spot into the State Championship.

There were 12 money spots paid out in the Pro Division with the score of 90 receiving a three-way split for the last available spot. There were only two APA reimbursement expenses in this tournament, but three were paid out as the losers of the playoff received a split. With the victory on Sunday, Coradini took both the State Qualifying and Match Play spots for later this year.

North Carolina will compete again on Thursday night, May 17, in Burlington, for the seventh annual Howard Loy Memorial. This tournament will precede the upcoming $10,000 National event, slated for the 19th and 20th.

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

Professional Division of Lumberton, NC Event (6 May 2001)

RoundPrize
Player123TotalMoney
1 Andy Coradini 26 26 28 80 $150.00
2 Rick Baird 26 32 24 82 $100.00
Robert Johnson 32 26 24 82 $100.00
4 Rick Rybaczek 27 30 27 84 $80.00
5 Jimmy Mott 27 32 26 85 $68.00
Greg Newport 29 26 30 85 $68.00
Tony Varnadore 26 29 30 85 $68.00
8 Tommy Barbour 27 30 30 87 $47.00
Mike Brown 28 29 30 87 $47.00
Chris Bunting 29 29 29 87 $47.00
11 Gary Hester 30 26 33 89 $40.00
12 Kevin Garrett 29 32 29 90 $13.00
Bob Haizlip 30 29 31 90 $13.00
Michael Hitt 28 33 29 90 $13.00
15 Ray Guthrie 30 33 28 91
Bob Jackson 31 31 29 91
Brad Lebo 33 29 29 91
Randy Reeves 32 32 27 91
19 Darrell Britt 32 31 29 92
Billy Caudle 29 29 34 92
Larry Simpson 31 30 31 92
22 Bob Davis 34 29 30 93
Gary Moore 31 32 30 93
24 Bart Bason 30 32 34 96

Amateur Division of Lumberton, NC Event (6 May 2001)

RoundExpense
Player123TotalReimbursement
1 Steve Helton** 34 28 32 94 $20.00
2 Jimmy Comer 34 30 30 94 $10.00
Tommy Hutchinson 29 31 34 94 $10.00
4 Keith Waters 30 35 30 95
5 Todd Trent 32 30 34 96
6 Kenny Goin 34 34 33 101
7 Keith Brigman 35 31 37 103
8 Linwood Moist 35 33 36 104
9 Walter Kolb 36 39 34 104

** Won in playoff over Comer and Hutchinson.

 

 

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