Kevin Lacey Wins Heartland Classic in a Playoff Over Greg Ward
Tim Schrader Wins APA Division
Kevin Lacey playing course #2 at the Richmond, IN Course.
27 June 2002 - Richmond, IN - The Great Lakes Tour and the Indiana Professional Putters Tour hosted a combined event on the Thursday evening before the $12,000 Northern Open. Fittingly, the winner of the event, Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati, OH, is a regular player on both tours.
Tim Schrader, APA winner of the Heartland Classic.
The Heartland Classic drew a competitive field, with some of the players from around the country participating. Lacey trailed Bill Baus of Cleveland Heights, OH by a single stroke after the first round, but a strong second round gave him a two-stroke lead at 47 over reigning PPA National Champion, Greg Ward of Loganville, GA.
A slow start in the final round enabled both Ward and Baus to catch Lacey, but he managed to ace the fence line to close out Baus by a single shot. Ward answered by acing the last three holes to tie Lacey at 73, which ties the GLT record for 54 holes.
Tim Schrader - APA (left) and Kevin Lacey - PPA (right) winners of the Heartland Classic in Richmond, IN.
Lacey defeated Ward in an 18-hole playoff to claim his unprecedented seventh win on the GLT for 2002. Baus finished third at 74, followed by Robb Titchell of Columbus, OH, who received a World spot and a GLT spot. Fifth place finisher, John Ventura of Cincinnati also received a GLT spot.
In the APA division, Tim Schrader of New Bremen, OH, fired three consecutive 27s to win by three shots over Scott Copeland of Springfield, OH and James Weber of Cincinnati. It was Schraders second win on the APA GLT this year. Schrader received his second GLT spot. The other GLT spot went to Bob Luginbuhl, of Fenwick, MI playing in his first GLT event ever.
The GLT will return to Richmond in September for the 2002 Great Lakes Tour Championship.
Scores provided and tournament recap provided by Bill Thompson.