Brad Lebo Wins His Second
NC/SC Tournament on the 2004 Season
Brad Lebo playing the 12th hole on course #1 in Richmond, VA during the 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship.
11 July 2004 - Forest City, NC - Brad Lebo won his second tournament on both the North Carolina and South Carolina tours (Lumberton earlier this year) in a come-from-behind fashion. Trailing by three shots to Randy Reeves, Lebo fired a final round 24 that would pass Andy Coradini and Vance Randall, who each posted final round 23's to go in at 75, and would win his sixth PPA event of the season.
Coradini, winner of the last two events played in Forest City, started out with the opening round lead at 24, leading by one shot over Lebo and three other players. Coradini would relinquish his lead into the second round, but the spotlight was on Randy Reeves. Reeves opened the second round with a perfect nine on the front and stretched it into the back nine. Reeves ended up acing the first 11 and only missed three holes in the round to finish it with a 21 and grabbed a three shot lead on Lebo. Reeves was leading the way at 47, with Lebo at 50, and Daryl Freeman four back at 51.
Reeves struggled in the final round with a final round 30. After starting the round out 5 for 7, Reeves only aced one of the remaining 11 holes to close out with a 77. Four players with solid rounds would pass him. Coradini first came in with a 23 to finish at 75. Randall moved in with a 23 of his own, including a back nine of 10 to join him. Lebo was still out on the course on the back nine, needing five aces to win. After making 15 to virtually be in a tie, Lebo missed 16 and then made 17 to lead the tournament. Lebo would safely put the ball on the table on hole 18 to secure his second win of the season in South Carolina and North Carolina.
Brian Hutchins also won in the APA Division and completed a sweep of the weekend. Hutchins also won for the third time in his home course of Forest City and won by two shots over Dennis Biesma and Ricky Schults. Schults jumped the gun early with an opening round 23, but fell apart in the second round with a 33. This gave Hutchins another golden opportunity to take the lead outright and would shoot a 24 to go in at 52 to lead by three shots. As a result, Hutchins would hold on and win with a final score of 81, the same exact score he posted on Saturday. Biesma and Schults ended up in second at 83.
Coradini and Randall both finished tied for second, one stroke off Lebo's winning score, at 75. Freeman finished alone in fourth at 76, while tying for fifth were Reeves and Robert Johnson at 77. The South Carolina Medal Play spot went to Gary English and the two-day spot was given to Jonathan Reid. For North Carolina, the medal play spot went to Darrell Britt; the two-day went to local Allen Wall, and the Match Play spot went to Opie Roberts. The two-day APA medal spot went to Chris Alley.
The South Carolina tour will be playing again in three weeks in Spartanburg. There will be tournaments played on Course 2, the site of this year's State Championship, on Saturday, July 31 at 12:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. After Sunday's play, the South Carolina Match Play Championship will be held also on Course 2.
The North Carolina returns to action the following week in Martinsville, Virginia for a combined weekend with the Virginia on Course 2. Tournaments will be played on Saturday, August 7 at 12:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 8 at 10:00 a.m.
Tournament recap and scores provided by Opie Roberts.