John Ventura Wins Louisville Classic
John Ventura, winner of the Louisville Classic on the Indiana State Tour.
17 August 2002 - Louisville, KY - They don't call him Sloppy V for nothing. John Ventura, known on the GLT and Indiana Tour as the "Master" of the "Wet Shots," won the Louisville Classic with a 54 hole total 79 and a one shot victory over Bryan Boyd and Danny Holcomb who both finished at 80. Jeff Garrison finished in 4th place at 85 while Louisville residents Tom Russell and Jim Payne tied for 5th at 87. Last cash was 88. Ventura trailed the leader Brian Boyd by one shot (26) after the first round but keep his play consistent on the wet carpets of Louisville to card a second round 27. His third round 26 sealed the victory over Boyd and the hard charging "Sumo" who finished his third round with the days low round of 25.
Shawn Gilliland Wins Louisville Classic Match Play Title
Shawn Gilliland, winner of the Louisville Classic Match Play Title on the Indiana State Tour.
17 August 2002 - Louisville, KY - Shawn Gilliland worked his was through the 15 player Pro field to win the Louisville Classic Match Play Title. Gilliland defeated Danny "Sumo" Holcomb in the 36 hole final 2 and 1 to take home his second Match Play title this year. Gilliland advanced to the finals by defeating Tom Russell of Louisville 2 and 1, Jeff Garrison on the second hole of sudden death, and Charlie Greenwalt 4 and 2. Sumo advanced to the final with wins over Bobby Isom on the second hole of sudden death, Paul May 5 and 4 and Bryan Boyd 1-up 18 holes.
Nate Nichols Sweeps APA Louisville Classic
Nate Nichols, APA winner of Louisville Classic Title.
17 August 2002 - Louisville, KY - Nate "Hollywood" Nichols had the "Teardrop" putter working to perfection as he captured the Louisville Classic medal Play Title as well as the Match Play event. Nichols fired a 28 under par 80 to win the event by two strokes over James Weber of Cincinnati. Bill Hammons and Zach Smith tied for third, both shooting 18 under par 90's. Nichols and Weber were tied after round one after both putters shot 10 under par 26's. Weber took the lead by 3 after 36 holes with a 27 while Nichols shot a 30. Nichols then took home the top prize with a fine 12 under par 24, his low 18-hole round of the year on the Indiana Tour.
Nate won his second Match Play Title of the season defeating rookie APA putter Jeff Hearon 2 and 1 in the 36 hole finals. Nichols advanced to the finals with a first round bye and a 2 and 1 victory over Zach Smith. Hearon advanced to the finals with wins over Bill Hammons 6 and 5 and James Weber 3 and 2.