Greg Ward Uses Final Round 23 to Post First Victory in Lynchburg Since 1998 Eastern Open

5 August 2001 - Lynchburg, VA - The last time the Virginia tour was contested on Course 2 in Lynchburg, Greg Ward left the course with a ten-shot victory in 1998. This time around, with a much bigger field, Ward fired a final round 23 to separate himself from Lewis Burton as they erased a three-shot deficit after the second round. Ward won by one shot over Burton after his 23 in the final round gave him a total of 74 in front of the largest turnout of the season on the Virginia tour. Danny Dore held on to the lead after the first round with a 22 to lead by two shots over Mark Hasty. On a course that produces many low scores in the past, Dore had the lead still at 48 and was still leading by two over Hasty. Dore could not hold on to first victory in nearly a full season after Ward, Burton, and Hasty all passed him in the final round.

Ward would come away with his second consecutive win on Course 2 and is heading to the National Championship as a heavy favorite. Ward's score of 74 edged Burton by one shot after Burton fired a 24 to finish tied with Hasty at 75. Hasty recorded his best finish as a Pro with that score.

Jonathan Moore avenged his defeat in the playoff on Saturday after he managed a six-shot win in the APA Division over Tyler Proffitt. Moore had three consecutive rounds of 25 apiece to win at 75. Proffitt finished in second at 81, while Jeff Brown, Saturday's winner over Moore in the playoff, came in third at 82. Steven Jones finished in fourth at 84, while Keith Waters rounded out the top five at 87.

Dore would finish in fourth in the Pro Division with a final count of 76 and Rick Rybaczek finished in fifth at 77. Daryl Freeman and Jay Klapper ended up tied for sixth at 79, while Mike Brown, Greg Newport, and Buddy Taylor rounded out the top ten with an eighth-place finish at 80. The tournament featured 51 professionals, the most in 2001.

The Virginia tour will resume their action on Saturday, August 25, at 10:00am in Fredericksburg for their annual Teams and Pro/Am tournament. Then, they will play the annual Virginia Putting Classic, also in Fredericksburg, with a 10:00am tee time as well on Sunday, August 26.

Scores and tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts.

Professional Division of Lynchburg, VA Event (5 August 2001)

Round Prize
Player 1 2 3 Total Money

1

Greg Ward

25

26

23

74

$ 200.00

2

Lewis Burton

26

25

24

75

$ 135.00

 

Mark Hasty

24

26

25

75

$ 135.00

4

Danny Dore

22

26

28

76

$ 110.00

5

Rick Rybaczek

25

25

27

77

$ 100.00

6

Daryl Freeman

27

28

24

79

$ 87.50

 

Jay Klapper

25

25

29

79

$ 87.50

8

Mike Brown

28

25

27

80

$ 70.00

 

Greg Newport

27

28

25

80

$ 70.00

 

Buddy Taylor

24

29

27

80

$ 70.00

11

Thomas Rawles

26

29

26

81

$ 60.00

12

Dan Anders

27

31

24

82

$ 45.00

 

Todd Barfield

26

26

30

82

$ 45.00

 

Ray Guthrie

28

26

28

82

$ 45.00

 

Randy Reeves

29

28

25

82

$ 45.00

 

Manfred Stewart

28

28

26

82

$ 45.00

 

Matt Summey

25

28

29

82

$ 45.00

18

Vince Batten

28

27

28

83

$ 40.00

 

Kevin Garrett

25

28

30

83

$ 40.00

 

C. L. Jones

27

28

28

83

$ 40.00

 

Tony Varnadore

28

29

26

83

$ 40.00

22

Darrell Britt

27

28

29

84

$ 26.67

 

Dave Taylor

27

28

29

84

$ 26.67

 

Bill Thompson

29

27

28

84

$ 26.67

25

Rich Gillooly

32

26

27

85

 

Jim Heikkinen

31

30

24

85

 

Brad Lebo

27

29

29

85

 

Mike O'Rourke

30

29

26

85

 

Randal Smith

29

26

30

85

 

30

Robert Johnson

31

27

28

86

 

Peter Neumann

29

32

25

86

 

32

Rodney Ashley

30

30

27

87

 

Bill Baus

28

31

28

87

 

Gary English

27

28

32

87

 

Ed Grajewski

30

31

26

87

 

Rusty Taylor

30

30

27

87

 

37

Jeff Spainhour

31

28

29

88

 

38

Darrell Anderson

30

30

29

89

 

Tom O'Brien

29

29

31

89

 

Gilbert Sharpe

28

30

31

89

 

41

Roger Beckerman

29

32

29

90

 

David Lynch

29

31

30

90

 

43

Charlie Greenwalt

32

27

32

91

 

Karl Moe

27

32

32

91

 

Gary Moore

30

31

30

91

 

46

Glenwood Arrington

31

30

31

92

 

Vance Randall

28

30

34

92

 

48

Jody Comer

33

27

34

94

 

49

Paul Johns

31

34

30

95

 

50

Wayne Cheatham

36

31

29

96

 

51

Barb Mingo

35

34

34

103

 

Amateur Division of Lynchburg, VA Event (5 August 2001)

Round Expense
Player 1 2 3 Total Reimbursement

1

Jonathan Moore

25

25

25

75

$ 20.00

2

Tyler Proffitt

25

29

27

81

$ 20.00

3

Jeff Brown

27

30

25

82

$ 20.00

4

Steven Jones

30

24

30

84

$ 20.00

5

Keith Waters

29

28

30

87

$ 20.00

6

Wayne Saunders

28

30

30

88

$ 10.00

 

Russell Sigmon, Jr.

29

30

29

88

$ 10.00

8

Bill Hudson

30

30

30

90

 

Jonathan Koo

30

31

29

90

 

Malcolm Shumaker

29

31

30

90

 

Amy Smith

29

32

29

90

 

12

Randy Baldwin

27

33

31

91

 

Chuck Cyr

28

32

31

91

 

Bill Garrett

29

32

30

91

 

Chuck Nance

34

27

30

91

 

16

Bob Chetister

32

30

32

94

 

17

Bill Combs

30

35

30

95

 

Liz Shumaker

32

30

33

95

 

19

Donnie Byers

32

30

34

96

 

20

Trevor Lewin

29

34

34

97

 

Ken Schooler

32

34

31

97

 

22

Ron Blackwood

38

36

33

107

 

23

Walter Kolb

39

41

34

114

 

 

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