Lewis Burton's Final Round 23 Earns Win in Rock Hill, SC

Lewis Burton at the 2000 PPA National Championship.

29 April 2001 - Rock Hill, SC - It would take a final round 23 for Lewis Burton to capture his first win on the South Carolina circuit since winning in June, 1999. The two-time PPA National Champion from outside Atlanta came from two shots down to Todd Fowler and fired a final round 23 to win by two shots. Burton would close the cloudy, cool afternoon acing the last six holes to finish the back half of the Rock Hill weekend with a 77.

Fowler, always an early favorite on this course, opened play with the lead at 24. Despite a second round 28, Fowler maintained a one-shot lead over Randy Reeves and Greg Newport. Fowler would close the afternoon with a 30 and would not leave Rock Hill with the win.

It would come down to the third pairing of the day, involving Burton and Rick Rybaczek. Rybaczek, down 1 to Burton after 2 rounds, aced hole 12 to pull even with Burton with 6 holes left to play. Both made 13 to stay even. Burton made hole 14 after Rybaczek missed to retake the lead. They would trade aces on 15 and 16, with Burton clinching the win with an ace on 17 to Rybaczek's deuce. Burton would ace the last hole to shoot the low round of the day at 23 and come away with his first win in two seasons. Burton shot 77 while Rybaczek's 24 in the last round got him to 79 which was good enough for second.

Brian Hutchins capped off a perfect weekend for him as he fired rounds of 27, 27, and 25 to sweep the APA Division. Hutchins would shoot one stroke better than Saturday's finish as he walked out of Rock Hill with a score of 79. Chris Hudson would only finish five shots in back of Hutchins at 84 for second, and current South Carolina State Champion Tommy Hutchinson finished in third at 88.

Rounding out the top five for the Pro Division on Sunday included Reeves and Tony Pack tying for third at 81. Fowler's fallout in the final round earned him the fifth spot at 82. Once again, there were 27 professionals participating in Rock Hill.

There were 13 money spots paid out in the Pro Division with the score of 86 being a four-way split for one spot. Three spots were paid back out to the amateurs, with 88 being the line there.

With the win, Burton took both the South Carolina State and Match Play spots, while Rybaczek took the two-day spot. Greg Ward has the lead in the Pro Division Player of the Year race over Robert Johnson, while Tommy Hutchinson only leads the APA Division by 1/2 point on Chris Hudson and by two on Hutchins.

The two tours will not participate again until Saturday, June 2, in Spartanburg. The tournament will be contested on Course 2, starting at 12:00pm. Then, they will trek up to Forest City, North Carolina to complete their weekend on Course 1 starting at 10:00am.

Recap and APA Scores provided by Opie Roberts PPA Scores provided by Rick Rybaczek

Professional Division of Rock Hill, SC Event (29 April 2001)

Round

SCPrize
Player123TotalPointsMoney

1

Burton, Lewis

28

26

23

77

30.00

120.00

2

Rybaczek, Rick

26

29

24

79

29.00

80.00

3

Pack, Tony

32

25

24

81

27.50

63.00

Reeves, Randy

25

28

28

81

27.50

63.00

5

Fowler, Todd

24

28

30

82

26.00

55.00

6

Warren, Frank

30

27

26

83

24.50

48.00

Johnson, Robert

29

29

25

83

24.50

48.00

8

Ward, Greg

27

30

27

84

21.50

39.00

Mott, Jimmy

29

30

25

84

21.50

39.00

Varnadore, Tony

29

29

26

84

21.50

39.00

Newport, Greg

27

26

31

84

21.50

39.00

12

Jackson, Bob

30

30

25

85

19.00

35.00

13

Barfield, Todd

27

28

31

86

16.50

9.00

Wall, Allen

30

27

29

86

16.50

9.00

Chambers, Kevin

31

27

28

86

16.50

9.00

Britt, Darrell

33

28

25

86

16.50

9.00

17

Gill, Nick

31

26

30

87

13.00

Jackson, Tony

30

26

31

87

13.00

Baird, Rick

26

31

30

87

13.00

20

Hester, Gary

28

28

32

88

11.00

21

Caudle, Billy

31

30

28

89

10.00

22

Randall, Vance

28

33

29

90

8.00

Benfield, Gary

32

28

30

90

8.00

Hitt, Michael

30

32

28

90

8.00

25

Klapper, Jay

28

32

32

92

6.00

26

Reid, Jonathan

32

29

32

93

5.00

27

Orr, Randy

30

32

35

97

5.00

Amateur Division of Rock Hill, SC Event (29 April 2001)

RoundSCPrize
Player123TotalPointsMoney

1

Hutchins, Brian2727257915.00

$10.00

2

Hudson, Chris2728298414.00$10.00
3Hutchinson, Tommy3030288813.00$5.00
4Helton, Steve3027349111.50
Waters, Keith3128329111.50

6

Trent, Todd303231939.50
Walters, Billy372828939.50

8

Smith, Adam313332968.00
9Coffey, J. L.333034976.50
Comer, Jimmy303433976.50
11Waldrop, Calvin34333310015.00

12

Moist, Linwood3432351013.50
Trent, Robin3930321013.50

14

Waldrop, Robbie3632351032.00

15

Norby, Robbie3634351051.00
16Brigman, Keith3832371071.00
 

 

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