Brad Lebo Rallies for
Sixth Win of the 2004 Season
Brad Lebo playing the 12th hole on course #1 in Richmond, VA during the 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship.
7 August 2004 - Martinsville, VA - Brad Lebo came from four shots down in the first round and posted a final two-round total of 46 to edge out Vince Batten for the win in the first of two events played this weekend in Martinsville. A two-tour field of 30 professionals and 13 amateurs spotlighted the action on an early fall-like day with temperatures in the mid 70's in August.
Lebo began the day with an opening round of 28 and was trailing by four shots to first round leaders Matt Summey and Ray Guthrie, who began with a 24. Lebo's opening round did not place him in the top 10, but he would find a way of getting back in the tournament. Lebo posted a tournament low round of 22 in the second round to move up in the standings and was sitting in a tie for the lead with Guthrie and Batten at 50. Batten posted a 23, also in the second round, to create the three-way tie.
Lebo would win the battle with a final round 24 to clip Batten by one stroke. Lebo finished the tournament with a score of 74. Batten was second at 75. Course owner Glenwood Arrington finished alone in third at 77, while Guthrie was fourth at 78. Daryl Freeman and Robert Johnson each were tied for fifth at 80.
Larry Hoover also picked up the win in the APA Division. The win for Hoover is his second of the season and of his career. Hoover led wire-to-wire, except for tying Frankie Peters for the first round lead, in his win. An opening round 26 coupled with a pair of 29's was just enough to squeak in a two-shot win. Hoover posted a final score of 84, with defending champion Dennis Biesma and Mark Lawson finishing tied for second at 86.
The North Carolina State Qualifying spot went to Mike Brown after he won a three-way playoff with Bart Bason and Randal Smith. Russell Sigmon, Jr. received the North Carolina Match Play spot.
The North Carolina and Virginia tours resume play on Sunday, August 8 at 10:00 a.m. in Martinsville on Course 2.
Tournament recap and scores provided by Opie Roberts.