Kevin Lacey Wins Combined VA/NC Tournament in Lynchburg

21 July 2001 - Lynchburg, VA - Rounds of 26, 25, and 27 were enough for Cincinnati player Kevin Lacey to notch his first win of the season on the North Carolina and Virginia tour programs. Winning in these combined tour events is no stranger for Lacey, as he won two previous tournaments under the format. He won the 1999 opening weekend sweep in Durham and Roxboro and he did it for the third time in three years as he came from behind to win by one over first two round leader Greg Ward. Ward would be the one who got off to a blazing start as he opened with the Saturday afternoon low round of 22 for a commanding three-shot lead over Brad Lebo. That round included a perfect back nine. But, Ward would start to show signs of faltering. Despite a 28 in the second round, Ward maintained his lead by just one shot over Lacey. Lacey trailed by four shots after the opening round, but got three of those back with a second round 25 to go in at 51.

Ward continued to falter despite firing a final round 29 to go in at 79 with Lacey yet to start his final round. Knowing what he had to shoot to win, he got off on a fast start with a front nine 12 and made three more on the back to win by one. Lacey's final round 27 edged out Ward, who won two previous regionals in Lynchburg in 1998 and the 1998 Eastern Open on top of that, by one stroke as Lacey finished with a final score of 78. Ward would finish in a tie for second with Robert Johnson at 79. Andy Coradini, who won in Lynchburg in 1999, and Matt Summey both finished in a tie for fourth at 81

Malcolm Shumaker took his slim lead into the final round and held on to win by two shots in the APA Division. Shumaker trailed first round leader Steven Jones by three shots before he carded a second round 28 to lead Jones and Robin Ventura by one shot. The three would go neck-in-neck down the stretch, but it would be Shumaker holding on and extended his margin to a final of two shots.

Shumaker's final round 28 was enough to win with a final score of 86. Jones, who is the runner-up of the 2000 National Championship, and Ventura, who won the 2001 Southern Open a few weeks ago, had to settle for second at 88. Russell Sigmon, Jr. finished in fourth at 91.

With the National Championship coming up in Lynchburg in just three weeks, there were 47 professionals involved in this event. This was the most amount of entries this year on the Virginia tour, but just the third highest turnout for the North Carolina tour. North Carolina had an all-time record 64 players for the Howard Loy Memorial before the PPA National Invitational, and also had 48 players in the season debut in High Point back in March.

Lebo began the second five finishers from this event as he fired a score of 82 for sixth place. Darrell Anderson, Vince Batten, Danny Dore, and Gilbert Sharpe rounded out the top ten with a tie for seventh at 85. There were 21 money spots for the Pros with the score of 89 receiving a full share. Five reimbursement spots were paid back in the APA field as the score of 94 getting a two-way for the final spot. There were North Carolina qualifying spots from the tournament on Saturday. Randy Reeves grabbed both of the State Qualifying and Match Play spots.

These two tours will return to action this Sunday, July 22, at 11:00am as they will tangle on Course 3 for the first time ever.

Scores and tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts.

Professional Division of Lynchburg, VA Event (21 July 2001)

Round Prize
Player 1 2 3 Total Money
1 Kevin Lacey 26 25 27 78 $200.00
2 Robert Johnson 26 28 25 79 $135.00
Greg Ward 22 28 29 79 $135.00
4 Andy Coradini 29 27 25 81 $102.50
Matt Summey 26 29 26 81 $102.50
6 Brad Lebo 25 30 27 82 $85.00
7 Darrell Anderson 26 28 30 84 $63.75
Vince Batten 29 28 27 84 $63.75
Danny Dore 28 30 26 84 $63.75
Gilbert Sharpe 27 28 29 84 $63.75
11 Randy Reeves 27 29 29 85 $47.50
Rusty Taylor 27 30 28 85 $47.50
13 Gary English 29 28 29 86 $45.00
14 Tommy Barbour 28 31 28 87 $40.00
Kevin Garrett 28 30 29 87 $40.00
16 Rick Baird 31 29 28 88 $40.00
Darrell Britt 30 28 30 88 $40.00
Peter Neumann 30 28 30 88 $40.00
Vance Randall 29 31 28 88 $40.00
20 Greg Newport 29 28 32 89 $40.00
Randal Smith 32 26 31 89 $40.00
22 Glenwood Arrington 29 29 32 90
Ray Guthrie 27 31 32 90
Opie Roberts 32 29 29 90
Dave Taylor 30 31 29 90
26 Lewis Burton 31 27 33 91
Wayne Cheatham 34 27 30 91
Ed Grajewski 30 32 29 91
Gary Hinshaw 30 32 29 91
C. L. Jones 29 34 28 91
Thomas Rawles 30 28 33 91
32 Bill Kirby, Jr. 30 29 33 92
Gary Moore 28 32 32 92
Larry Simpson 28 34 30 92
35 Jeff Spainhour 28 34 31 93
Buddy Taylor 34 27 32 93
Tony Varnadore 32 32 29 93
38 Chris Bunting 30 34 30 94
Rick Rybaczek 32 32 30 94
40 Mike Brown 30 31 34 95
41 Bob Haizlip 31 33 32 96
Jay Klapper 29 35 32 96
43 Bart Bason 30 31 37 98
Billy Caudle 37 30 31 98
45 Lee Witcofski 33 38 33 104
46 Michael Cardwell 37 33 35 105
Scott Searcy 33 39 33 105

Amateur Division of Lynchburg, VA Event (21 July 2001)

Round Expense
Player 1 2 3 Total Reimbursement
1 Malcolm Shumaker 30 28 28 86 $20.00
2 Steven Jones 31 28 29 88 $20.00
Robin Ventura 27 32 29 88 $20.00
4 Russell Sigmon, Jr. 30 33 28 91 $20.00
5 Jonathan Moore 31 34 29 94 $10.00
Tyler Proffitt 29 33 32 94 $10.00
7 Amy Smith 32 28 35 95
8 Russell Johnson 29 35 32 96
9 Bill Garrett 33 30 35 98
10 Paul Lowery 33 34 33 100
11 Liz Shumaker 32 36 34 102
12 Chuck Cyr 33 37 34 104
Chuck Nance 32 35 37 104
14 Walter Kolb 33 37 36 106
 

 

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