Kevin Lacey Earns Second Victory of 2007 NPT Season with Playoff Victory over Weber
5 May 2007 - Hamilton, OH - Cincinnati native Kevin Lacey has been a proven winner in many places on many different types of courses. His home course of Hamilton, Ohio has been no different, as Lacey continued his recent dominance on the Course 2 layout on Saturday, May 5.
2004 Great Lakes Tour Champion
Lacey, the winner of the 2004 Great Lakes Tour championship on that course and the last state tournament on Course 2, the 2006 NPT Queen City Classic, won his second tournament in three tries on the 2007 Northern Putting Tour.
Lacey shot an 84, 24 under par, to win the Ohio Open on a beautiful, sunny day in Hamilton. He tied fellow Cincinnatian James Weber in regulation, then Lacey defeated Weber in an 18-hole playoff, 27 to 29.
Lacey, playing in the first group, had the lead after one round with a 28. However, Nate Nichols would grab a one-stroke advantage after a sizzling 24 in the second round, which was three strokes better than any other pro player shot during the tournament. Nichols was in at 54 after two rounds, and Lacey at 55 after a solid 27.
Lacey finished with a 29 in the final round. Weber, in at 57 after two rounds, aced the final hole to finish with a 27 to tie Lacey. Finishing after Weber, Nichols struggled with a 31 in the final round to end up a stroke back at 85, finishing in the "show" position on Kentucky Derby Day.
In the playoff, Lacey took a three-stroke lead after five holes, but Weber tied him with three straight aces. They remained tied until Lacey took the lead with an ace on hole 12. Lacey kept that one-stroke advantage until hole 16, when he scored an ace and Weber followed with a horseshoe lip-out on the double-wave hole. After both players aced 17, Lacey successfully laid up on 18 to seal the win.
Peter Neumann, 2006 World Match Play Champion, was in fourth place with 86. Scott Buddie and John Ventura tied for the last cash spot at 87, as Hamilton local players took four of the six money spots.
Lacey continued his winning day in the match play tourney, defeating Buddie in the finals. Buddie claimed the spot in the NPT match play championship. Weber claimed his match play finals spot with his runner-up medal finish.
In the amateur division, it was Scott Copeland of Springfield, Ohio, winning the Ohio Open title in his first outing of the year.
Copeland fired a 22-under par 86 to win by three strokes over Hamilton local Rick Brown and longtime veterans Michael Bell and Jeff Brown.
Copeland, the 2006 NPT Match Play Champion, trailed Jeff Brown by one stroke after one round after the latter fired the best score in the APA field, a 26.
After Jeff faltered with a 33, Copeland found himself tied with Rick Brown for the lead after two rounds with a 56. His final-round 30 beat Ricks 33 for the win.
Like Lacey, Copeland swept the days action, beating three-time national champion Don Ferrell in the match-play final. Copeland claimed the state match-play spot.
Scores and tournament recap provided by James Weber and Scott Copeland.