Brad Lebo Fires Second Day 96
for Second Consecutive
North Carolina State Championship

20-21 May 2006 - High Point, NC - At the completion of last season's North Carolina State Championship, Brad Lebo had one thing in mind - to successfully defend. In one of the more ironic occurrences in the tour history, Lebo backed up his statements and prevailed by driving his way to the title with low scoring on the second day, much like the way it ended last season. On the more difficult Course 2 in High Point, Lebo mastered his way to the top with three rounds of 23 or better, including a 22 to start his second-day surge. From there, Lebo escalated his positioning from just barely out of the top ten into a successful triumph. In the 2006 campaign, he was trying to accomplish a feat that had not happened in 20 years - win the North Carolina State Championship in consecutive years.


Brad Lebo
2005 and 2006 North Carolina State Champion

His feat was nearly tarnished early in the weekend when he shot a round of 31 to start. That put him in a four-way tie for 34th in the 39-player State Championship field, the largest of this event since 1990.

Lebo had trailed Bob Haizlip by nine strokes after the opening round and fell behind even further - 12 strokes through 36 holes. In the final two rounds on Saturday, Lebo placed himself back in contention with rounds of 25 and 22 to cut the massive lead to just three strokes after play ceased. Rick Culverhouse and Rick Baird each held leadership privileges at 103, with Haizlip tied with Randal Smith at 104, and Jay Klapper at 105. Lebo entered the Sunday half of the eight-round event tied with Rick Rybaczek for sixth at 106. Last year, he trailed by eight to Smith after the first day before his impressive run was established.

Haizlip, who led through the first three rounds on Saturday, reclaimed sole possession of first after firing a fifth round 25. Culverhouse dropped to second with a 28, and Lebo was right there with him with the first of his three 25's. Through the fifth round, Haizlip was the leader at 129, with Culverhouse and Lebo each within two of the lead.

Haizlip continued to roll at the start of the sixth round and took a five-shot lead through nine holes. Haizlip aced the first eight holes of the round and missed his opportunity to have the second perfect nine of the weekend on tour when his tee shot on nine was missed. That was only the start of things for the retired textile manager because on the very next hole, Haizlip played the multi-rail shot on 10 and got into some serious trouble.

After walking off the hole with a four, his lead was still three shots and it stayed that way into the 14th hole. Lebo aced the very difficult inverted T-hole to shave off one stroke from Haizlip and continued to mount pressure on Haizlip down the stretch.

Lebo made hole 16, his final ace of the six recurring holes and of the round, to move to within one. Lebo then would find himself in the lead, but not on his own accord. Haizlip missed his tee shot on 17, then lipped out the deuce putt and still was in danger for his third putt. After missing that putt, Haizlip tapped in for a double-bogey four and it would be the last time he would notice any of the lead.

Lebo finished the round with his second 25 of the day and grabbed the outright lead at 156, holding a one-shot advantage on Haizlip. Lebo's flawless actions prolonged in round seven. He would post the best round of the weekend with a 21 to take himself out of the pack and finish off the round with a seven-shot lead.

With one round to play, Lebo was in at 177, with Haizlip in second at 184 and Culverhouse in third at 186. Neither of the chasers would come close to Lebo, although Culverhouse jumped out of the gates with a 10 on the front and passed Haizlip.

Lebo fired a final round 25, his third of the day, and completed his incredible run to the winner's circle for the second straight year. Lebo finished the two-day, 144-hole event with a score of 202, ironically the same score he posted on Course 2 last season. Culverhouse came in second at 210, and Haizlip was third at 212. Lebo shot 96 for the final four rounds and also became the first player in the history of the tournament to trail by double digits after a completed round and come back to win the State Championship.

Lebo also became the first professional since 1985-1986 to win the North Carolina State title in successful seasons. Terry Phillips won his back-to-back titles also in High Point and in Greensboro.

Culverhouse's second place output was his best finish in a State Championship since 2004, when he ironically lost to Lebo in the South Carolina State Championship. Lebo took home an extra $300 for his victory on Sunday, while Culverhouse pocketed $250.

Other top finishers include Greg Ward at 213 for fourth, Michael Hitt in fifth at 215, and a four-way tie for sixth at 217 featured Rick Rybaczek, Greg Newport, Vince Batten, and Randal Smith. Finishing out the top ten in a five-way tie were Baird, Frank Warren, Jimmy Comer, and Robert Johnson and Andy Coradini (both who were down toward the bottom of the standings early).

Special thanks to Chris Grainey, Randy Carter, and the staff of the High Point facility for providing the course once again. The High Point course will be the host site for the 1st annual Southern Tour Championship, later in October.

The Southern Tour resumes their action in Spartanburg on the weekend of June 10 & 11. A medal play event will take place on Course 2 on Saturday, June 10, beginning at 10:00 a.m. After that, the first annual Southern Tour Match Play Championship will be held thereafter. On Sunday, June 11, Ray Guthrie will be defending his Palmetto Classic title. The 10th annual event will get underway at 10:00 a.m.

Article and scores provided by Frank Warren, Opie Roberts and the PPA Southern Putting Tour.

Professional Division of the 2006 North Carolina State Championship
(High Point, NC - Course #1
- 20-21 May 2006)

  Round SouthernPrize
 Player12345678TotalTour PointsMoney
1Brad Lebo*312825222525212520245.00 $ 300.00
2Rick Culverhouse243026232830252421038.00 $ 250.00
3Bob Haizlip222528292528272821236.00 $ 220.00
4Greg Ward252830252427292521334.00 $ 200.00
5Michael Hitt*292629252728252621532.00 $ 180.00
6Rick Rybaczek282626263029272521728.50 $ 135.00
 Greg Newport282924272730252721728.50 $ 135.00
 Vince Batten272528302828252621728.50 $ 135.00
 Randal Smith232828253131272421728.50 $ 135.00
10Frank Warren272932242728272421824.00 $   91.00
 Jimmy Comer273026272429282721824.00 $   91.00
 Rick Baird252429252931282721824.00 $   91.00
 Robert Johnson342926242827262421824.00 $   91.00
 Andy Coradini282931282424272721824.00 $   91.00
15Randy Reeves252528302629253121919.00 $   70.00
 Ray Guthrie262628272727283021919.00 $   70.00
 Jay Klapper242725292732282721919.00 $   70.00
 Russell Sigmon262827282625283121919.00 $   70.00
 Tony Jackson262826273026292721919.00 $   70.00
20Daryl Freeman302531272530242822016.00   
21Darrell Britt272931272428243222215.00   
22Bob Davis312829292528252822314.00   
23Mike Flavin283027282530282822412.00   
 Bill Kirby, Jr.282731262728282922412.00   
 Randy Carter282629312727302622412.00   
26Gary Hester302625312930243022510.00   
27James White28302728302626312269.00   
28Tom O'Brian26322628262931292278.00   
29Gary English24272830312931282286.50   
 Tony Varnadore32292730283027252286.50   
31Ricky Schults31302728283124302295.00   
32Bob Jackson28322924262832312305.00   
 Steve Lyon27272928273030322305.00   
34Bill Baus27313030312829262325.00   
35Billy Caudle31293032302829312405.00   
36Vance Randall30283232293230292425.00   
37Robert Ward29293432273139322535.00   
38Michael Cardwell30293534303434312575.00   

* Earned a qualification spot for the 2006 PPA Southern Putting Tour Championship.

Jeff Carr Wins His First North Carolina State Championship in Playoff over Barry Moore

21 May 2006 - High Point, NC - No lead was deemed safe for the amateurs in their rendition of the North Carolina State Championship this weekend in High Point. Although Bonnie White won the Wayne Hancock Memorial on Saturday, she would have to fight off an armed battle between two of her closest tour comrades, Jeff Carr and Barry Moore.

Starting out the day at 108, White was trying to become the first female participant, pro or amateur, to win the North Carolina State title. When the fifth round got underway, White's narrow one-stroke lead was extinguished just three holes in when she missed hole 3. Carr and Moore aced the first four holes to each tie White, but White took the lead right back on hole 5. The miss on hole 3 was the only one on the front nine for the homemaker from Ohio. Her front nine 10 only managed a two-stroke lead on Carr after he posted an 11.


Jeff Carr

The leaders in the final pairing of the day all battled it out on the back, but White gained an upper hand. White finished the fifth round with a 25 and took a three-shot lead with a score 133. Carr was at 136 and Moore was one back of Carr at 137. Not far behind was Dennis Biesma at 138.

The lead group would then play the sixth round and on average, it was the best round for the group. White fired another 10 on the front and Carr once again shot 11, while Moore lagged behind yet again, but improved a stroke from the previous round. Moore would finally find some rhythm on the back nine. Moore ran into an explosion with seven successful aces, including ones on the two most difficult holes (10 & 14). Moore concluded the round with a 24 to pull back within reach. Carr and White individually struggled on the back to make the tournament even more interesting. White was still the leader through 108 holes at 159, and was in front by two on Moore and by three on Carr.

Moore stayed true to form beginning in the seventh round. The Midlothian, Virginia webmaster of Amputters.com traded scores with his group, but would go back on his run of birdies to close the front nine. After an 11 on the front, Moore was tied with White and then opened a bigger door when White started dropping twos on the back. Her only ace on the back was on the final hole, while Moore sparkled off his round until he bogeyed the last hole. As a result, Moore's 25 placed him out in front by himself at 186. White was now three back at 189, and Carr was still alive at 190.

Despite being four back of the leader, Carr found an extra ounce of adrenaline in his system. White took a bogey on hole two for Carr move back into a tie for second. Moore then would follow with one of his own on hole five. Carr, in the meantime, made three in a row and White continued to tap in deuces. Carr now was breathing down Moore's back and would be tied with him, while White was three off the pace. With nine holes remaining in an exciting championship, Carr was up by one on Moore after draining his tee shot on hole 9, and by two on White.

The scores did not change for the next six holes, but Moore had only one more shot at passing Carr. Moore made the 142nd hole of play and it would be the last hole committed by any of the threesome. Carr fired a final round 26 and earned a share of the lead with Moore at 216. White finished in third at 218.

Carr and Moore would compete in the first APA State Championship playoff since 1995, when Steve Vaughan defeated Jimmy Comer on the fifth hole of sudden death. Both of this year's combatants swapped leads during the playoff before the final nail was determined with two holes to play. Moore had honors on 17 and lagged the tee shot down the hill. Moore would come up short yet again on his par putt and stepped off the hole with a bogey. Carr followed with a dead center ace to lead by three and would hold on to win.

Carr won his very first State Championship in North Carolina after a round of 28 in the playoff. The win would also be his fifth win in the last seven played events on the Southern Tour over the last 30 days. He also holds major wins over the past three seasons. Carr just recently won the Carolinas' Open, and claimed the South Carolina State Championship and the Elton Davis Memorial title last season.

Moore would finish in second after he shot 31 in the playoff. White would wind up in third. Biesma finished in fourth at 223, and Chris Alley matched Carr's second-day score of 107 to climb to a fifth place finish at 224.

Carr will now get another chance to continue his string of Southern Tour major wins, as he will compete in Spartanburg at the next Southern Tour outing. After a medal play event on Saturday, June 10, Carr will be looking to capture the Southern Tour Match Play Championship later in the day. After that, he will participate in the 10th renewal of the Palmetto Classic, an event he has previously won before, on Sunday, June 11.

Article and scores provided by Frank Warren, Opie Roberts and the PPA Southern Putting Tour.

Amateur Division of the 2006 North Carolina State Championship
(High Point, NC - Course #1
- 20-21 May 2006)

  Round SouthernExpense
 Player12345678TotalTour PointsMoney
1Jeff Carr292724292726282621626.00 $   30.00
2Barry Moore272430282824253021621.00 $   20.00
3Bonnie White252926282526302921819.00 $   20.00
4Dennis Biesma332628252627292922317.00 $   20.00
5Chris Alley292931282825262822416.00 $   20.00
6Caleb Kennedy292627342826263022615.00 $   20.00
7Frankie Peters272932303131272323014.00 $   20.00
8Mark Lawson303027302830273123312.00 $   20.00
 Chuck Nance273130282931282923312.00 $   20.00
 Vanette Block312732262831292923312.00 $   20.00
11Todd Trent312929282730313023510.00 
12Walter Kolb32293129313227282398.50 
 Larry Smith27322930273130332398.50 
14Lynn Self28283029312933322407.00 
15Larry Hoover34303329282928302416.00 
16Adam Smith31323330302832312475.00 
17Rodney Ashley29323329353032302505.00 
18Linwood Moist37353431273432312615.00 
19Donald Ralph31283532403431312625.00 
20Robin Trent35333336303232322635.00 

 

 

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