Brad Lebo Fires 69 for a One-Stroke Victory over Matt Summey in Richmond

25 June 2005 - Richmond, VA - In the first of two weekend Virginia PPA Tour events contested on historic course # 3 in Richmond, Virginia, a field of 24 professional and 18 amateur players were treated to a sunny, hot, and humid summer day. With players taking advantage of ideal conditions on the immaculately-maintained course, the field scoring was as hot as the scorching temperatures. Brad Lebo posted three consecutive rounds of 23 for a 54-hole total of 69 to earn a one-stroke victory over Matt Summey, who shot impressive bookend rounds of 21. The win was Lebo's fifth of the 2005 PPA season.

Brad Lebo
Winner of 2005 PPA Virginia State Tour Event in Richmond, VA

Action began with 2004 PPA Virginia State Champion Summey jumping to the top of the leader board with an tournament-low round of 21. Hovering two strokes back at 23 were reigning 2004 PPA South Carolina State Champion Lebo and defending champion Rusty Taylor. Lurking at 24 in a tie for fourth position were 1996 PPA National Champion Mike Brown, PPA Hall of Fame legend Daryl Freeman and Thomas Rawles.

The field's torrid scoring pace continued in the second round. Lebo posted his second consecutive 23 to take over the 36-hole lead at 46. Tied for second place at 48 were Taylor and Rawles. With a second-round 23, 2004 PPA World Match Play Champion Darrell Anderson charged in contention at 49, tied for fourth position with Gilbert Sharpe and Summey, who cooled to a second-round 28.

The scoring at the top of the leader board improved even further in the final round. Playing in the first pairing, Summey fired his second 21 of the day to establish 70 as the 54-hole score to beat. Lebo briefly entertained thoughts of tying the 54-hole PPA scoring record, as he stood on the 14th tee needing to ace the final five holes to tie the current mark of 66. After a narrow miss at 14, Lebo's attention turned to catching Summey. Lebo aced the 17th hole to move to 39-under par for the day. Needing only a deuce on the final hole to defeat Summey by a stroke, Lebo prudently hit his ace effort conservatively. Lebo tapped in the resulting short deuce putt to post a 54-hole score of 69 and earn a one-stroke victory over Summey, who finished alone in second place at 70. The win was Lebo's fifth of the 2005 PPA season. Taylor and Anderson tied for third position at 73. Pre-tournament favorite Vince Batten recovered nicely from a disappointing first-round 28 with respective second and third rounds of 23 and 24. At 75, Batten tied for fifth place with Freeman and 2003 PPA National Champion Robert Johnson, who made a closing charge with a final-round 22. The cash line for the twelve money spots awarded in this tournament came at 80.

In the amateur division, 2003 APA National Champion Bonnie White entered the winner's circle for the first time this season by defeating Conway Coffey in an 18-hole playoff. The two players tied at a 54-hole total of 80 in regulation play. White made a dramatic ace on the 18th hole of the playoff to edge Coffey by one stroke, 26-27.

After the opening round of play, youthful local standout Brandon Whitton and 2004 Virginia Tour APA Player of the Year Dennis Biesma moved into a tie for the lead with a first-round 25. Local veteran Chuck Cyr and James Walker shared third place at 26. Stalking the leaders at 27 were White, Coffey, and Walter Kolb.

With a second-round 23, Malcolm Shumaker surged into a tie with Biesma for the 36-hole lead at 52. Deadlocked in third position at 53 were Coffey and Whitton. Two strokes off the lead at 54 were White and Cyr. Still in contention at 55 was Barry Moore.

Playing in the first group of the day, Coffey fired a final-round 27 to establish the 54-hole lead at 80. White posted her best round of the day, 26, to tie Coffey for the clubhouse lead. The hard-charging Moore shot a third-round 26 to fall a stroke short of the playoff. Moore tied Whitton for third place at 81. Shumaker fell out of contention with a third-round 31, but his 54-hole total of 83 still earned him a fifth place finish and the final amateur expense reimbursement spot.

The amateur winner would be decided with a seesaw battle between White and Coffey in an 18-hole playoff. Coffey took an early one-stroke lead with an ace on the 3rd hole. White answered with an ace on the 7th hole to square the match. An untimely bogey by White at the 9th hole gave Coffey a one-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the playoff. White's ace on the 11th hole again squared the match. Coffey's ace effort found the bottom of the cup on the 13th hole, and White again answered by acing hole 14. The players matched cards until hole 18. With the honor, White made a dramatic ace, forcing Coffey to ace to extend the match. Coffey's ace effort was on line but fell just short of reaching the hole, giving White the hard-fought victory. The win was White's first of the 2005 season. Coffey recorded his eighth second-place finish in the ten Virginia PPA Tour events in which he has played this season.

In novice division action, an exciting duel developed between reigning NCPPA Elton Davis Memorial Champion Opie Roberts and local player Mike Shuman, who returned to the game several weeks earlier after a two-decade hiatus. At 54, Roberts enjoyed a one-stroke lead over Shuman after two rounds of play. Roberts seemingly took command of the tournament on the front nine of the final round, but posted two untimely bogies on the final nine holes to allow Shuman to tie him at a 54-hole total of 84. In the ensuing 18-hole playoff, Shuman fired a front-nine score of 12 to take a one-stroke lead at the halfway point. After Shuman made a bogey at the dangerous 14th hole, Roberts displayed his veteran mettle by answering with an ace to square the match. Roberts aced the 15th hole to take a one-stroke lead. Both players deuced the 16th hole. Shuman made clutch aces on the 17th and 18th holes, and with Roberts deucing both holes, Shuman won the playoff 26-27 and earned his first novice title of the season.

The Virginia PPA Tour will resume action with its second major tournament of the season, the Virginia Open. The 108-hole event will be held on course # 3 in Richmond, Virginia and will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26.

Scores and Article provided by Brad Lebo.

Professional Division of Richmond, VA Tournament
, VA - Course # 3 - 25 June 2005

  Round VAPrize
1Lebo, Brad2323236925.0 $   200.00
2Summey, Matt2128217024.0 $   140.00
3Taylor, Rusty2325257322.5 $   107.50
 Anderson, Darrell2623247322.5 $   107.50
5Batten, Vince2823247520.0 $     73.33
 Freeman, Daryl2427247520.0 $     73.33
 Johnson, Robert2627227520.0 $     73.33
8Brown, Mike2426277717.5 $     60.00
 Sharpe, Gilbert2524287717.5 $     60.00
10Spainhour, Jeff2525287816.0 $     55.00
11Rawles, Thomas2424317915.0 $     50.00
12O'Brien, Tom2627278013.5 $     25.00
 Rybaczek, Rick2627278013.5 $     25.00
14Watson, Gary2927258112.0 
15Hinshaw, Gary292727839.5 
 Baus, Bill262928839.5 
 Drexler, Jon292727839.5 
 Grajewski, Ed272531839.5 
19Schooler, Ken312429847.0 
20Moore, Gary272830856.0 
21White, James312629864.0 
 Ward, Robert262832864.0 
 Engel, Jim302927864.0 
24Hastings, Ken302931902.0 

Amateur Division of Richmond, VA Tournament
, VA - Course # 3 - 25 June 2005

  Round VAExpense
1White, Bonnie*2727268020.00 $     20.00
2Coffey, Conway2726278018.00 $     20.00
3Whitton, Brandon2528288116.50 $     20.00
 Moore, Barry2926268116.50 $     20.00
5Shumaker, Malcolm2923318315.00 $     20.00
6Cyr, Chuck2628308413.50 
 Biesma, Dennis2527328413.50 
8Chetister, Bob3029268512.00 
9Matthews, Mike2928298611.00 
10Kolb, Walter272931879.50 
 LeBrun, James312630879.50 
12Peters, Frankie322830907.50 
 Saunders, Wayne283230907.50 
14Walker, James263431915.50 
 Lawson, Mark313030915.50 
16Smith, Amy342930934.00 
17Handschuh, Marty303530953.00 
18Baldwin, Randy3433361032.00 

* Bonnie White defeated Conway Coffey (26-27) in an 18-hole playoff.


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