Greg Ward Comes From Seven Down to Win Anderson Afternoon Tournament

31 March 2001 - Anderson, SC - With two round leader Michael Hitt in the clubhouse at 55, after an impressive second round 26 to lead by four, it looked like Michael Hitt would ease through the afternoon field in Anderson, but the danger of the course got to him in the final round and he was passed by one player after he closed with a final round 34. No stranger to winning tournaments on the South Carolina tour, Greg Ward proved once again why he is the dominant player on the tour as he amassed the tour's leading 43rd career victory with a one-shot win over Hitt.

Through the first round, Hitt was in a four-way tie for the lead at 29, along with Robert Johnson, Jay Klapper, and 2000 South Carolina State Champion Randal Smith. The first time SCPPA chairman opened up a sizeable lead of four shots over Jimmy Mott after carding a 26 to go in at 55. Ward, after being one back of the first round leaders, managed with a second round 32 to fall seven back of Hitt and was tied for seventh.

As darkness was falling and cooler conditions were the dominant key, Hitt ran into a stumbling block as he fired a final round 34. After Ward got into the house with a final round 26 to jump into the lead, Hitt had to make 18 to force a playoff, in which he didn't and thus settled for second. The rounds of 26 by both Hitt and Ward was not the low round of the afternoon as Johnson fired a final round 25 after he ran into trouble himself in the second round with a round of 38.

Jimmy Comer broke open a tie after the second round with Brian Hutchins with a final round 29 to win by five shots over the 1999 SCAPA State Champion. After a rough morning tournament finishing at even-par 108, the two-time NCAPA State Champion cruised to his first win on the South Carolina tour this season. Comer finished the night at 97, while Tommy Hutchinson and Keith Waters each ended up second at 102.

Only 30 players from the Pro Division participated but the same 16 amateurs took part in the second half of the doubleheader in Anderson. The start of the second tournament began approximately one hour later than anticipated after the slow running of the first tournament. Darkness fell in the final round, and the tournament was finally completed just after 7:40pm on Saturday. Conditions were once again windy but temperatures hovered around 60 degrees and the breeze felt like it was in the high 40's for the good part of the afternoon.

Jimmy Mott continued his torrid play in Anderson with a third place finish at 90, along with Smith. With the third place finish, Mott has the early lead in the Pro Division points race by 4.5 points over Johnson, who finished runner-up to Ward in 2000. Johnson tied Mike Flavin for fifth at 92.

After the first weekend, there is a three-way tie for first in the APA Division points race. Those players are Jimmy Comer, three-time APA State Champion Tommy Hutchinson, and Russell Sigmon, Jr., all in with 25.5 points.

There were 15 money spots available in this tournament with the score of 97 placing as a full share. The APA score of 102 was the reimbursement line there.

Ward took both the SCPPA Match Play and Qualifying spots from this tournament and Mott took the two-day South Carolina Qualifying spot.

South Carolina will return to Anderson for the next scheduled tour stop on Saturday, April 21. This event is combined with the North Carolina tour and will be played at 12:00pm on Course 2. The tours then will hold the annual Carolinas' Open on Sunday, April 22, at 9:00am as Gary Hester will be vying to defend the title.

Recap and Scores provided by Opie Roberts

Professional Division of Anderson, SC Event (31 March 2001)

Round Prize
Player 1 2 3 Total Money

1

Greg Ward

30

32

26

88

$125.00

2

Michael Hitt

29

26

34

89

$80.00

3

Jimmy Mott

31

28

31

90

$65.00

Randal Smith

29

32

31

90

$65.00

5

Mike Flavin

31

31

30

92

$58.00

Robert Johnson

29

38

25

92

$58.00

7

Gary Hester

33

27

34

94

$55.00

8

Todd Fowler

30

32

33

95

$49.00

Edgar Hollifield

32

32

31

95

$49.00

Jay Klapper

29

31

35

95

$49.00

11

Tony Pack

34

36

26

96

$40.00

12

Tommy Barbour

30

31

36

97

$37.00

Jonathan Reid

33

32

32

97

$37.00

Tony Varnadore

33

32

32

97

$37.00

Frank Warren

34

31

32

97

$37.00

16

Greg Newport

36

34

28

98

Randy Reeves

30

34

34

98

18

Darrell Britt

33

34

32

99

Robby Bryant

32

32

35

99

20

Tony Jackson

33

33

34

100

Brian Martin

34

34

32

100

22

Kevin Chambers

33

33

35

101

Andy Coradini

35

35

31

101

24

Lewis Burton

35

30

37

102

25

Mike Fowler

30

40

33

103

Nick Gill

34

32

37

103

Rick Rybaczek

35

32

36

103

28

Opie Roberts

39

34

33

106

Allen Wall

36

32

38

106

30

Bob Jackson

37

33

37

107

Amateur Division of Anderson, SC Event (31 March 2001)

Round Prize
Player 1 2 3 Total Money

1

Jimmy Comer

35

33

29

97

$10.00

2

Tommy Hutchinson

34

35

33

102

$7.50

Keith Waters

38

31

33

102

$7.50

4

Brian Hutchins

37

31

37

105

Russell Sigmon, Jr.

32

38

35

105

6

Steve Helton

36

36

34

106

7

Todd Trent

36

40

32

108

8

Betty Helton

35

38

36

109

9

Adam Smith

38

37

37

112

10

Chris Hudson

40

35

38

113

11

Robbie Norby

39

37

38

114

12

Linwood Moist

36

44

42

122

13

Robin Trent

40

42

46

128

14

Chance Mathews

48

43

42

133

15

Keith Bergman

50

47

41

138

16

Darren Harvey

51

46

45

142

 

 

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