Gross And Watkins Take Checkered Flag In The IPPT "Race-Day.Com" Open
Tom Gross, winner of the Race-Day.com Open on the Indiana State Tour.
11 May 2002 - Columbus, IN - Touring Pro Tom Gross of Columbus fired a 26 under par 82 to win the "Race-Day.Com Open" in Columbus, Indiana. Gross put together rounds of 29, 26 and 27 to claim his 6th Indiana Professional Putters Tour Win.
Gross trailed Bob Marcellino and Jim Payne by 4 shots after round one suffering his only bogie of the tournament on the 14th hole. Marcellino held on to a one stroke lead after 36 holes with a 54 while Gross shot a 10 under par 26 to pull into a 3 way tie with Jeff Garrison and Jim Payne at 55. Gross grabbed the win on the front nine of course 2 shooting a 6 under par 12 and then scoring an ace on 3 of the first 4 holes on the back nine to claim a 2 stroke victory over John Ventura and Jeff Garrison.
Garrison Wins Race-Day.Com Match Play Title
11 May 2002 - Columbus, IN - If you feel like your struggling a little with your putting, it doesn't hurt to get some coaching from a champion. Such was the case in the Race-Day.Com Open as Jeff Garrison used some helpful tips from his father Paul during practice and not only won the Match Play Title but he locked up his second WPC spot in the process. Garrison defeated Shawn Gilliland of Indianapolis 2 up in the 36 hole final to pick up his first victory on the Indiana Tour this year. Garrison defeated Danny Holcomb and John Ventura to advance to the finals. Gilliland defeated Mark Hasty, Paul May and Jerry Pinotti to advance to the finals and pick up his first WPC spot.
Nate Nichols won the APA match Play Title defeating Zach Smith in the 36 hole finals 8 and 7. Nichols at one point aced 11 of 12 holes to put the event on ice. Nichols defeated 2001 Points Champ Bill Hammons to advance to the finals. Smith took out Dave Hager 3 and 2 and medal play winner John Watkins 4 and 3 to advance to the finals.