Kevin Lacey Wins Fourth Consecutive Great Lakes Tour Event
Scott Copeland Sweeps APA in Switzer Classic
Kevin Lacey playing course #1 at the
Springfield, OH Course.
5 May 2002 - Springfield, OH - There seems to be no stopping Cincinnatis Kevin Lacey on the GLT this year. Kevin claimed his unprecedented fourth consecutive GLT victory of the year in the Switzer classic. The tournament was a two-horse race most of the day with Lacey and Clevelands Jay Hadsell firing matching 25s in the first two rounds of the event. Both Lacey and Hadsell had slow starts the last round, enabling Cleveland Heights Bill Baus to sneak closer while firing a pair of 25s of his own in the last two rounds. Hadsell made a costly bogey at hole 6 near the finish, but Lacey then matched it with a bogey of his own at hole 4, and Baus edged still closer.
When it was all said and done, Lacey and Hadsell deadlocked at a final score of 79 with Baus only one shot back at 80. Lacey then won the 18-hole playoff to claim the title and his first World spot. Jay received his first GLT spot for his fine performance on one of the Great Lakes Tour's most demanding courses.
Scott Copeland, APA winner of the
Kevin regained the GLT points lead after sitting out the Monroeville weekend, and now sports an unbelievable weighted stroke average of better than 3.5 strokes per round versus the field average through four events. The good news for GLT pros is that the tour leaves Kevins back yard for the next two tournament weekends. The bad news for GLT pros is that the next tour stop is Charleston, WV, the course where Kevin has won more victories than any other GLT site.
Kevin Lacey, Jane Switzer and Scott Copeland (left to right).
The match play finals saw Cincinnatis Mark Hasty defeating club pro Mike Conklin of Burgoon to claim his first GLT spot of the year.
Springfields Scott Copeland played steadily all day in the APA Division on his home course and found himself deadlocked with reigning National APA Champion Don Ferrell of Bexley at a score of 90 after the final hole of regulation play. Scott claimed the victory and his first GLT spot by defeating Ferrell in a playoff. GLT APA sensation James Weber led after the first round by a single shot over Copeland, but struggled during the second round en route to a third place tie along with Clevelands Jeff Brown at 93.
Scott Copeland then swept the day by claiming the match play and his second GLT spot by defeating Jeff Brown in the finals.
The GLT very much appreciates the warm welcome given the players by Springfield course owners Jane and Dan Switzer, particularly with their accommodation of the Southwest Ohio Open on short notice. The Switzers have faithfully supported PPA, APA and JPA competition at their course for decades. They are among the great ambassadors of the game, and the GLT is proud to hold a tournament bearing their name.
Scores provided and tournament recap provided by Bill Thompson.