Cliff Matthews Wins by Seven Strokes on PPA Texas State Tour
12 April 2003 - Arlington (Division), TX - The Texas Putting Tour continued it's season at the Division course in Arlington this Saturday. It was a beautiful day for putting with temperatures around 80 and a light breeze.
2002 PPA National Champion
The first round saw Arlington local Randy Wimpy shoot the lowest round on course 2 in recent memory at 12 under 24. This gave Randy a 3 stroke lead over Cliff Matthews and Lee Messinger. Randy faltered in the second round and Cliff Matthews, playing in his first event of the year, took control of the tournament with an 11 under 25 giving him a 4 stroke lead going to the last. Unless Cliff faltered in the last round it looked like it was going to be a battle for second with 4 players within 2 strokes of each other from 56 to 58 and another 4 at 60 to 61. In the end Cliff won easily by 7 strokes with a 28 under 80. Randy Wimpy's great first round held him in for third place and Lee Messinger took second.
The win gave Cliff his first state spot of the year. The two available match play spots went to Jude Prather who defeated Joel Baker, Byron Kirby and Lee Messinger, and Jon Drexler who defeated who defeated Greg Simpson, Randy Wimpy, and Chris Conradi.
After the first two rounds in the amateur division it was a four player tournament between James Kile, Allen Thomas, Greg Cole and Trevor Lewin who were 5 clear of the rest of the field. In the last round it was Greg Cole and Trevor Lewin who both show 6 under 30's in the last round battling it out for the title. In the end Greg's one stoke lead over Trevor going into the last round proved the difference.
The win gave Greg his first state spot of the year. The two available match play spots went to Mike Huckaby who defeated Jack Ramsey, Trevor Lewin and Danny Hoel and James Kile who defeated Mike Wellborn and Rhett Wylie.
Article and scores provided by Lee Messinger.
Professional Division of Arlington, TX Event (12 April 2003)
| ||Joel Baker||29||28||32||89||$50.00|
| ||Pat Simpson||31||29||29||89||$50.00|
|9||Jon Drexler*||31||33||28||92|| |
|10||Andy Gaiser||30||33||30||93|| |
| ||Jeffrey Smith||33||28||32||93|| |
|12||Chris Conradi||29||32||34||95|| |
| ||Greg Simpson||36||27||32||95|| |
|14||Charles Simpson||34||34||29||97|| |
| ||Don McCracken||32||34||31||97|| |
| ||Jude Prather*||34||29||34||97|| |
|17||Steve Armstrong||37||31||31||99|| |
|18||Al Simpson||38||31||31||100|| |
|19||Steve Tanton||34||33||34||101|| |