Bob Marcellino Magic Wins|
IPPT West Major
Bob Marcellino, winner of the IPPT West Major (Columbus, IN).
12 May 2002 - Columbus, IN - Louisville Touring Pro Bob Marcellino literally "Walked on Water" to win his first event on the Indiana Professional Putters Tour and possibly his first event since winning the 1968 PPA Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Marcellino had a one stroke lead over Tom Gross after 36 holes, when the rains came during play in the third round.
After 54 holes Marcellino led Jeff Garrison by 3 strokes and Tom Gross by 4. Following a 20 minute Rain Delay, Play was started again only to have it rain steady during round number 4. Marcellino kept it together with a 7 under 29 to open up a 5 stroke lead over Garrison. In round five the rains came hard again suspending play and turning the already tough scoring course into a putters nightmare.
Marcellino never faltered despite a 35 on the rain soaked carpets in round 5 and finished with a 4 under par 32 to win the event by 3 strokes over Club Pro Paul May of Louisville. Jerry Pinotti of Jeffersonville and Jim Payne of Louisville tied for 3rd with a score of 185.
Nate Nichols, winner of the IPPT West Major APA Division (Columbus, IN).
Nate Nichols Wins Rain Soaked IPPT West Major (APA Division)
12 May 2002 - Columbus, IN - Nate Nichols of Edinburgh fired a 25 under par 191 to win the "Rain Soaked" IPPT West Major APA Title. James Weber of Cincinnati was second just one shot back at 192. 16-year-old Zach Smith of Indianapolis finished third with a 194. Nichols, Weber and Smith were locked up in a tight battle after 2 rounds with Smith shooting a 57, Weber a 60 and Nichols a 61. Then the rains came.
Nichols survived the wet 3rd round with a 4 under 32. Weber was able to put together a 3 under 33 while Smith shot par on the back 9 for a 2 under par 34. None of the three leaders broke 31 in the final three rounds as Nichols held on to pick up his second victory in four tries this season.