Manfred Stewart Wins Virginia State Tournament on Home Course

Manfred Stewart playing at the Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf Course, site of the 2002 PPA National Championship.

29 September 2001 - Richmond, VA - As the day continued and the temperatures got a bit warmer, much higher scoring was the key factor in the second half of the doubleheader in Richmond on Saturday. Earlier in the day, 14 players broke 80. In the afternoon, scores were incredibly higher. Manfred Stewart won the second tournament of the day in Richmond by posting a score of one shot better than his earlier outcome. Stewart would post rounds of 27, 23, and 24 to edge out Dave Taylor by two shots, despite a final round 23 by Taylor. Stewart shot 75 earlier in the day and five players shot 74 or better. On this blustery afternoon, Stewart was the only player who broke 75 as he won his second tournament of the season, collecting the 2001 Virginia Open as well.

Jeff Spainhour and Ken Cook had the lead at 48 and was in command, but both players backed up in the final round. Spainhour would fire a final round 30 to fall four back of Stewart, while Cook's 31 barely kept him in the top 10 and five shots in back of the winner. Stewart will head to the State Championship on Sunday with a positive outlook, now that he has won on Saturday. Taylor was gunning for his first win since the season opener, but fell short by two and finished in second at 76.

Another playoff had to be decided in the APA Division. This time, Jonathan Moore, who lost an earlier playoff in the day to Steven Jones, recovered nicely to pick up his tour-leading fourth victory. Moore had a one-shot lead on two other players, including Malcolm Shumaker before Shumaker would catch him in the final round. Both Moore and Shumaker headed into the second playoff of the day in Richmond with a regulation score of 81.

Moore jumped ahead early in the playoff and held on to win by three shots over Shumaker. The playoff score was 26-29 in favor of Moore. Shumaker would finish second for the APA, and defending state champion Wayne Saunders came in third at 82.

Robert Johnson continued his strong play on Saturday and finished third for the Pro Division at 78. Johnson tied Jeff Spainhour, Brad Lebo, Gilbert Sharpe, and Matt Summey for the third position. There were 13 spots paid out in the Pro Division as the score of 80 received a full share.

The Virginia tour will have its state championship on Sunday, September 30, starting at 10:00am. The event will be in Richmond on Course 3.

Scores provided by Ed Grajewski.

Professional Division of Richmond, VA Event (29 September 2001)

RoundPrize
Player123TotalMoney

1

Manfred Stewart

27

23

24

74

$200.00

2

Dave Taylor

26

27

23

76

$110.00

3

Robert Johnson

27

26

25

78

$65.00

 

Brad Lebo

25

28

25

78

$65.00

 

Gilbert Sharpe

25

26

27

78

$65.00

 

Jeff Spainhour

24

24

30

78

$65.00

 

Matt Summey

24

27

27

78

$65.00

8

Darrell Anderson

24

27

28

79

$40.00

 

Ken Cook

25

23

31

79

$40.00

10

Tommy Barbour

27

26

27

80

$40.00

 

Daryl Freeman

26

29

25

80

$40.00

 

Gary Moore

25

27

28

80

$40.00

Buddy Taylor

24

28

28

80

$40.00

14

Greg Newport

27

28

26

81

15

Mike Brown

25

28

29

82

 

Peter Neumann

30

26

26

82

 

Thomas Rawles

27

25

30

82

 
18

Andy Coradini

29

29

25

83

 

Kevin Garrett

29

26

28

83

 

Rick Rybaczek

26

28

29

83

 
21

Rusty Taylor

27

28

29

84

 

Tony Varnadore

29

27

28

84

 
23

Ed Grajewski

29

29

27

85

 
24

Rick Baird

27

31

29

87

 
25

Wayne Cheatham

29

31

30

90

 

26

Gary Hinshaw

30

33

29

92

 

27

Ray Guthrie

25

28

43

96

 

Amateur Division of Richmond, VA Event (29 September 2001)

RoundPrize
Player123TotalMoney

1

Jonathan Moore**

27

25

29

81

$ 20.00

2

Malcolm Shumaker

26

27

28

81

$ 20.00

3

Wayne Saunders

29

26

27

82

$ 20.00

4

Bill Garrett

25

29

29

83

$ 20.00

 

Steven Jones

27

27

29

83

$ 20.00

6

Ken Schooler

26

27

32

85

 
7

Paul Lowery

30

28

29

87

 
8

Chuck Cyr

29

34

26

89

 

Russell Johnson

29

31

29

89

 

Jonathan Koo

30

28

31

89

 

Amy Smith

29

30

30

89

 

12

Bob Chetister

28

31

31

80

 

13

Walter Kolb

33

29

29

91

 

Keith Waters

28

33

30

91

 

15

Earl Davis

31

34

32

97

 

** Won in a playoff.

 

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