Kevin Lacey Wins His Sixth 2002 GLT Event in Playoff Over Jim Cruse in Indiana Open
Nate Nichols wins His First 2002 GLT APA Event
Kevin Lacey playing course #3 at the Richmond, IN Course.
22 June 2002 - Richmond, IN - High temperatures, high humidity and low scores were the order of the day on course 3 of the Richmond Putt-Putt Golf. Kevin Lacey overcame a five-shot deficit after the first round to tie Jim Cruse of Baltimore, OH, and then won the title in a playoff.
The tournament began with excitement as Todd Viau of Cedar Springs, MI scored aces on the first fourteen holes, causing players to pause their rounds and see if Putt-Putt history might be made. It was not to be on this day. Viau finished the round with a new course record, a 22, but Jim Cruse had quietly aced his first eight holes and posted a first round 23 of his own.
Nate Nichols, APA winner of the
In the second round, Lacey made his move by shooting 23 for a 36-hole total of 50 cutting his second round deficit to two strokes behind Cruse at 48. By the end of regulation play, it was Cruse and Lacey tied at a 33-under par score of 75 with Rod Miller of Columbus, OH one stroke behind at 76. Miller received a GLT spot.
The scores were unusually low, as all of the top seven players in the field broke the previous 54-hole record of 82 on course 3. Fourth place-finisher, Randy Reeves of Montgomery, AL, began his final round acing the first nine holes on his way to a record- tying 22.
Laceys playoff victory over Cruse gave him his sixth GLT title of the 2002 season. He continued to play well throughout the match play portion of the event, defeating Roger Beckerman in the final match to sweep the days events in the PPA division. Beckerman received a GLT spot. Paul Johns of Gahanna, Ohio claimed the World Match Play Championship spot with a sixth-place finish.
In the APA division, Nate Nichols of Edinburgh, IN turned a two-shot deficit into a two-shot victory with a final round 27 for an overall score of 86. Nichols also received a GLT spot. Anthony Amick of Canal Winchester, OH and Jeff Brown of North Olmsted, OH tied for second at 88.
Mike Bell of Columbus, Ohio, competing in his first event of the 2002 season, won the APA match play and the GLT spot.
Scores provided and tournament recap provided by Bill Thompson.