Kevin Lacey Wins Inaugural Western Reserve Open Title in Playoff

Kevin Lacey, winner of the
2003 Western Reserve Open

Bonnie White, APA winner of the 2003 Western Reserve Open

6 September 2003 - Warren, OH - The Western Reserve Open provided the GLT players with a sneak peak at the GLT Championship, just two weeks away. Sunny skies and perfect playing conditions were the order of the day as the pros and amateurs tuned up their games as the end of the season draws near.

Uncharacteristic of a course that had previously produced winners who greatly distanced themselves from the pack, both the pro and APA divisions were both decided in playoffs. In the pros it was Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati defeating Todd Viau of Cedar Springs, MI and Tom OBrien of Cleveland after the trio had tied in regulation play with a score of 79, 29 under par. Viau had take the lead early in the event with a solid first round 23 that placed him a single stroke ahead of John Napoli of Sagamore Hills and Jim Cruse of Baltimore, OH. Viau could only manage 31 in round two, and that enabled Cruse to assume a four shot lead with a score of 49 over Brandon Yee of Columbus at 53, while Jay Hadsell of Olmsted Falls moved into third at 54. All three struggled in the final round and the leader board shuffled dramatically again. Lacey, Viau and OBrien seized the opportunity, as they fired rounds of 24, 25 and 24 respectively to deadlock at a final tally of 79. Lacey took command in the ensuing playoff and was able to lay up on the final two holes to cinch the victory. He received his second GLT spot for the victory.

Cruse continued to play well in the match play bracket, but was defeated by James Weber in the final match. Robin Ventura received the GLT spot in match play.

Bonnie White Wins Amateur Title in Playoff

In the APA division, two ladies were the only amateurs to shoot in the 20s for all three rounds, and that consistent play enabled them to separate from the pack with matching scores of 85. Reigning APA National Champion and APA World Champion Bonnie White of Concord Township continued her winning ways with a playoff victory over Barb Mingo of North Olmsted. White led after the first round at 27, and she and Mingo were tied at 56 entering the final round, where each finished with a 29. White took a big lead early in the playoff and never looked back. It was her second consecutive GLT APA title, coming off her Michigan Open victory two weeks ago in Ypsilanti. White made it a sweep in the APA match play by defeating Mingo again. Bill Combs received the only GLT spot awarded in the Western Reserve Open.

Scores provided and tournament recap provided by Bill Thompson.

Professional Division of the 2003 Western Reserve Open
(Warren, OH- Course #3 - 6 September 2003)

  Round PrizeGLTMatchGLT
1Kevin Lacey29262479$175.00105.000-1Match
2Todd Viau23312579$112.5085.000-1 
 Tom O'Brien30252479$112.5085.000-1 
4Dave Nutini29272581$85.0072.500-1 
 Rod Miller30252681$100.0082.502-1 
6Robin Ventura30272582$62.5062.752-1Match
 Jim Cruse24253382$87.5072.754-1 
 John Napoli24322682$62.5057.750-1 
 John Bambling28272782$62.5057.751-1 
10Brandon Yee27263083$55.0044.000-1 
11Roger Beckerman29302584$55.0040.000-1 
12Mark Hasty30312485 37.001-1 
 Karl Moe30282785 34.000-1 
 David Jones28273085 34.000-1 
15Jay Hadsell27273286 28.000-1 
16Bill Baus28283187 22.330-1 
 Jim Engel28302987 30.332-1 
 Paul Johns30282987$15.0035.333-1 
19James Weber33253088$50.0040.005-0 
 Bill Thompson31332488 25.002-1 
21Jim Heikkinen31332690 14.000-1 
22Rick Alessi29313494 19.502-1 
 Scott Buddie32362694 14.501-1 
24Dom Perry34323096 10.000-1 
25James White35342897 9.000-1 
26Paul Pastilong343630100 8.000-1 

Amateur Division of the 2003 Western Reserve Open
(Warren, OH- Course #3 - 6 September 2003)

  Round ExpenseGLTMatchGLT










1Bonnie White27292985$50.0052.003-0 
2Barb Mingo28282985$40.0043.002-1 
3Walter Kizzie31292888$25.0035.000-1 
4Rob McGraner29283390 33.000-1 
5Jeff Brown32342995$10.0033.001-1 
6Andy McCoy37293399$10.0030.001-1 
 Bill Wahls35372799 28.000-1 
8Bill Combs363837111 25.000-1Match


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