Greg Ward Defeats Robert Johnson in a Playoff for Win in Anderson, SC

23 June 2001 - Anderson, SC - Second times are always the charm as they were the key in Anderson on Saturday morning. Greg Ward won for the second time there en route to his second win of the season on the South Carolina tour, and had to do it in a playoff to Robert Johnson, who lost his second playoff in as many attempts in Anderson this year.

Greg Ward playing in the 2000 PPA National Championship.

In Ward's last victory, the three-time South Carolina State Champion made up seven shots on the leader with one round left to play and won. This time, he only trailed by one shot to Lewis Burton after the second round. Burton was leading the field at 56 and was looking for his second win of the year. However, he stumbled in the last round firing a 34 to finish two back of Ward. Ward carded a final round 31, but Johnson, playing in the same group with Ward, closed with a 27 to tie him and headed for an 18-hole playoff.

After both contestants ended the morning tournament with an 88, Ward managed to win for the second time of the season and in Anderson by defeating Johnson in the playoff. Johnson lost a previous playoff in Anderson against Greg Newport in the Carolinas' Open.

For the tour's leading third time this season in the APA Division, Brian Hutchins won in Anderson for the first time since capturing the APA championship there in 1999. Hutchins had to work hard as he was in a logjam of eight players who were within three shots of the lead. Richard Griffin, who won in Spartanburg two weeks ago, and Linwood Moist led the field at 66, while J. L. Coffey and Keith Waters were a shot back, and Hutchins was tied for sixth with two other players.

Hutchins grabbed the win after he fired a final round 31 to edge out William Glisson and Steve Helton, while the top three scores through the second round faltered in the final round. Hutchins finished at 100 and moved to within 4.5 points of Tommy Hutchinson for the lead in the APA points title.

Michael Hitt took the Match Play and State Qualifying spots from this tournament, after he ended up tied for third with Burton at 90. Darrell Britt and Ray Guthrie finished in a tie for fifth at 91.

There were 13 money spots form the tournament with the score of 96 getting the last available spot. The amateurs cashed with the line sitting at 101.

Recap provided by Opie Roberts and scores provided by Rick Rybaczek.

Professional Division of Anderson, SC Event (23 June 2001)

Round

SCPrize
Player123TotalPointsMoney

1

Ward, Greg

28

29

31

88

30.00

$ 120.00

2

Johnson, Robert

29

32

27

88

29.00

$ 80.00

3

Hitt, Michael

30

31

29

90

27.50

$ 63.00

Burton, Lewis

27

29

34

90

27.50

$ 63.00

5

Britt, Darrell

31

29

31

91

25.50

$ 53.00

Guthrie, Ray

33

28

30

91

25.50

$ 53.00

7

Flavin, Mike

32

28

33

93

23.00

$ 42.00

English, Gary

30

33

30

93

23.00

$ 42.00

Anders, Dan

31

31

31

93

23.00

$ 42.00

10

Fowler, Todd

29

34

31

94

21.00

$ 40.00

11

Rybaczek, Rick

32

30

33

95

19.50

$ 35.00

Randall, Vance

31

35

29

95

19.50

$ 35.00

13

Mott, Jimmy

29

32

35

96

18.00

$ 35.00

14

Warren, Frank

35

31

31

97

15.00

Jackson, Tony

32

32

33

97

15.00

Reid, Jonathan

32

31

34

97

15.00

Jackson, Bob

35

28

34

97

15.00

Martin, Brian

32

32

33

97

15.00

19

Pack, Tony

34

32

32

98

12.00

20

Barbour, Tommy

33

34

32

99

11.00

21

Reeves, Randy

35

33

32

100

9.00

Newport, Greg

34

33

33

100

9.00

Klapper, Jay

33

37

30

100

9.00

24

Varnadore, Tony

33

33

37

103

6.50

Bryant, Robby

32

39

32

103

6.50

26

Ward, Robert

42

32

33

107

5.00

27

Hollifield, Edgar

34

32

42

108

5.00

Amateur Division of Anderson, SC Event (23 June 2001)

Round

SCPrize
Player123TotalPointsMoney

1

Hutchins, Brian

31

38

31

100

15.00

$ 10.00

2

Helton, Steve

37

31

33

101

13.50

$ 7.50

Glisson, William

39

30

32

101

13.50

$ 7.50

4

Waters, Keith

34

33

35

102

12.00

5

Hutchinson, Tommy

39

34

30

103

10.50

Trent, Todd

34

36

33

103

10.50

7

Griffin, Richard

35

31

38

104

9.00

8

Moist, Linwood

33

33

40

106

8.00

9

Hudson, Chris

35

34

38

107

6.50

Coffey, JL

32

35

40

107

6.50

11

Smith, Adam

40

38

33

111

5.00

12

Norby, Robbie

41

36

36

113

4.00

13

Helton, Betty

36

43

35

114

3.00

14

Harvey, Darren

42

38

40

120

2.00

15

Brigman, Keith

51

36

34

121

1.00

Trent, Robin

42

41

38

121

1.00

 

 

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