Andy Coradini Defeats Greg Ward in Playoff
to Win the Martinez Open
14 September 2003 - Martinez, GA - Andy Coradini had to use a 22 in the second round to save face in the second tournament of the weekend in Augusta. Coradini's second round of 22 was enough to give erase a four-shot deficit after the first round and enabled him to get into a playoff where he would eventually win against Saturday's winner, Greg Ward.
Rick Baird shot an opening round 23 to open up play and would manage to lead by two shots over 2003 National Champion Robert Johnson. Baird lost his lead and dropped to fourth after the second round, but was trailing by two shots. Coradini's 22 put him in at 49, but was tied with Ward and Darrell Britt, who fired a 21 in the second round, for the lead.
Coradini and Ward stayed alive in the final round, despite shooting 27. Both entered the second playoff of the weekend with a score of 76. Unlike the previous playoff on Saturday, this one went to the wire. Coradini stepped off 18 with a one-stroke lead on Ward and Ward missed his tee shot, giving Coradini his fifth PPA win of the season and his third on the South Carolina tour. Ward had to settle for second. Third went to Britt at 78, and Michael Hitt finished in fourth at 79. Baird, Johnson, and Frank Warren finished tied for fifth at 81.
Ward would go on to win the Georgia State Championship with his second place finish. His score from Sunday was combined with the 75 he posted on Saturday to give him an eight-stroke win over Warren and Tony Pack. Ward shot a two-day total of 151 and that enabled him to win the second annual Georgia State Championship.
Jeff Carr won his second straight tournament and also became Georgia State Champion with a dominating final round. Carr shot 23 in the final round on Sunday to break a two-way tie for the lead after the second round and won by five strokes. Carr also shot 76 on Sunday and combined with Saturday's score gave him a two-day total of 161. He wins the Georgia State Championship by seven shots over Ricky D. Schults. Schults came in second on Sunday with a score of 81, while Larry Hoover finished in third at 83.
The South Carolina tour will play its last regular season tournament of the season on Saturday, September 27 in Columbia on Course 1. This will be the last event before the South Carolina State Championship on Sunday, September 28.
Tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts and scores provided by Rick Rybaczek..
Professional Division of Martinez Open
(Martinez, GA - 14 September 2003)
|1||Coradini, Andy||27||22||27||76||40.00||$ 120.00|
|2||Ward, Greg||26||23||27||76||37.00||$ 80.00|
|3||Britt, Darrell||28||21||29||78||36.00||$ 65.00|
|4||Hitt, Michael||28||26||25||79||35.00||$ 55.00|
|5||Warren, Frank||28||25||28||81||33.00||$ 45.00|
| ||Johnson, Robert||25||29||27||81||33.00||$ 45.00|
| ||Baird, Rick||23||28||30||81||33.00||$ 45.00|
|8||Flavin, Mike||26||26||30||82||31.00||$ 35.00|
|9||Reeves, Randy||26||31||26||83||29.50||$ 35.00|
| ||Jackson, Tony||28||27||28||83||29.50||$ 35.00|
|11||Pack, Tony||28||27||29||84||27.00||$ 12.00|
| ||English, Gary||29||25||30||84||27.00||$ 12.00|
| ||Burton, Lewis||27||31||26||84||27.00||$ 12.00|
|14||Lyon, Steve||32||26||27||85||24.50|| |
| ||Klapper, Jay||29||26||30||85||24.50|| |
|16||Anders, Dan||30||30||26||86||23.00|| |
|17||Rybaczek, Rick||28||31||29||88||21.50|| |
| ||Jackson, Bob||30||31||27||88||21.50|| |
|19||Orr, Randy||29||31||29||89||19.00|| |
| ||Roberts, Opie||30||28||31||89||19.00|| |
| ||Bryant, Robby||29||29||31||89||19.00|| |
|22||Varnadore, Tony||30||29||31||90||17.00|| |
|23||Mersereau, Hank||29||32||31||92||16.00|| |
Amateur Division of Martinez Open
(Martinez, GA - 14 September 2003)
|1||Carr, Jeff||26||27||23||76||20.00||$ 10.00|
|2||Schults, Ricky L||27||26||28||81||17.00||$ 10.00|
|3||Hoover, Larry||28||27||28||83||16.00|| |
|4||Trent, Todd||26||30||29||85||15.00|| |
|5||Hudson, Chris||28||28||32||88||14.00|| |
|6||Alley, Christopher||33||31||31||95||13.00|| |