Kevin Lacey Opens His 2005 PPA Season with Victory in Louisville, KY
30 April 2005 - Louisville, KY - Twenty-nine putters gathered on a cold and windy morning Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky for the season opening event of the PPA Indiana State Tour. This marked the second year in a row that the PPA Indiana State Tour and the PPA Great Lakes Tour came together to form a joint event, and for the second year in a row Kevin Lacey took home the opening tournament of the year.
Winner of the 2005 Louisville Open
Lacey opened and closed his six rounds with 23's, the last of which sealed the victory by five strokes over Reading, Ohio's John Ventura. Half way through the event it was anybody's ball game, with Lacey leading the way at 82 but Charlie Greenwalt, Shawn Gilliland, Danny Holcomb, Nate Nichols and Jerry Pinotti were all within three strokes of the lead.
After the fourth round the field bunched up even tighter with Kevin in a first place tie with Hope, Indiana's Danny Holcomb and six other putters within 4 strokes. By the start of the sixth and final round, Lacey was at 138 with Holcomb and Pinotti right behind at 139. Lacey ended the drama quickly however with another spectacular round of 23 to close the door. All the maneuvering and jockeying for position allowed John Ventura to quietly sneak into second place as he put together a very nice final three round score of 77 (26-26-25). Jim Payne finished in third place, Shawn Gilliland, Charlie Greenwalt, Danny Holcomb and Jerry Pinotti all tied for fourth place.
Louisville, Kentucky's own Anthony Russell ran away early and never looked back in route to winning the amateur portion of the Derby City Classic. Russell started off very impressively with an opening 3 round score of (27-27-26) 80 to hold a commanding 10 shot lead over his closest competitor. A lackluster 4th round 33 opened the door slightly as Zach Smith trimmed 5 shots off the lead to pull to within 5 strokes, but that was as close as anyone would get to Russell who put together steady rounds of 29-29 to finish his day. Sam Raizor was second, Zach Smith in third, Scott Copeland in fourth and Andy McCoy rounded out the top five.
Scores provided by Robb Titchell and tournament recap provided by Nate Nichols and Shawn Gilliland.