Ward Uses Final Round 23 to Post First Victory in Lynchburg Since 1998 Eastern
5 August 2001 - Lynchburg, VA - The last time the Virginia tour was
contested on Course 2 in Lynchburg,
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
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.
Moore avenged his defeat in the playoff on Saturday after he
managed a six-shot win in the APA Division over
Proffitt. Moore had three consecutive rounds of 25 apiece to win
at 75. Proffitt finished in second at 81, while
Brown, Saturday's winner over Moore in the playoff, came in third
at 82. Steven
Jones finished in fourth at 84, while
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.
Freeman and Jay
Klapper ended up tied for sixth at 79, while
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,
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