Andy Coradini Wins Second Straight
Barbara Nance Memorial
1993 PPA National Champion
20 June 2004 - High Point, NC - The two winners of the 2003 Barbara Nance Memorial became the 2004 winners on Sunday. Andy Coradini successfully defended his title in a dominant performance, while Ricky D. Schults had no problem in his run to his successful defense.
The Barbara Nance Memorial has now been won by someone who hails from Georgia in six of the eight competitions since the induction in 1997, one year after the passing of Barbara Nance, the mother of APA player Chuck Nance, who was not in attendance this season due to being sidelined with hip surgery. Nonetheless, 26 pros and 11 amateurs were greeted with delightful weather and cooler temperatures that never got out of the mid 70's at any point of the tournament.
Coradini opened up play with a 25, but would trail first round leader Daryl Freeman by two shots after he fired an opening round 23. Freeman has a previous victory on the prestigious High Point course back in April and was looking for his first win since that time. Instead, Coradini would have an answer to the solution and would take home his first win of the season on the North Carolina circuit and his first on the tour since the season ender at Martinsville last season.
In the second round, Coradini posted a weekend low score of 22, only to be matched later in the third round by Brad Lebo, and would grab a commanding four-stroke lead on Freeman. Coradini was winning the Nance Memorial at 47, with Freeman the closest to him at 51. Coradini continued to try to go as low as possible. He had to fire a 25 to stave off Lebo, who was five back and charging down the stretch.
Coradini had enough in the tank to pull off the win and defend the Nance Memorial with a score of 72. After starting the day with an opening round 29, Lebo fired rounds of 23 and 22 to finish alone in second at 74. Freeman finished in a tie for third with Ray Guthrie at 78, while Lance Perdue was fifth at 81.
Schults also defended the APA Division with a win and became the second two-time winner of this event in the amateur division. Schults won with a score of 78, with second going to Dennis Biesma at 82 and third went to Keith Waters at 84. The win for Schults is his second of the season on the North Carolina tour.
A dedication award was given to Michael Cardwell for his support of the tour and the event. Gary English knocked off Chris Bunting in a playoff for the State Championship and Match Play qualifying spots. English also had the low two-day medal score for the World Match Play spot. Rick Rybaczek grabbed the sixth and final World spot from North Carolina by determination of points. Larry Hoover received the two-day APA medal spot.
The next North Carolina weekend is set for the weekend of July 10 & 11 in Forest City on Course 1. This is also the site of the 2004 North Carolina State Championship. The July weekend will be in conjunction to the South Carolina tour and the action gets underway at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 10.
Tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts with scores from Rick Rybaczek.