Greg Ward Defeats
Kennedy and Hitt in Playoff


Hole 3 in Asheboro before the tournament. Standing water prompted the committee to rule that any putt from the water was declared good.


Hole 11 was declared unplayable after attempts to remove water around the tee mat were unsuccessful. All players were given a deuce in each round.

15 April 2007 - Asheboro, NC - Heavy rains saturated Willett's Mini-Golf Facility Saturday night and into Sunday morning, prompting a delay in the start time of the final of three installments in Asheboro. Most of the holes were inundated with standing water, where staff members and members of the SPT committee were doing their best to get the holes in playable shape. After numerous amounts of sweeping, it was determined that two of the holes would receive special rulings.

Hole 3 was flooded on the back side of the hill, making a ruling that whenever the ball landed in the water, the putt was good from there. On hole 11, a very long dogleg uphill hole, water surrounded the tee mat, resulting in everyone to automatically score a deuce on the hole. The tournament went on after a delay of approximately 15 minutes.

Players realized that scoring from Saturday would be nothing compared to what they would experience on Sunday. The best round shot in the early going came from reigning National Champion Brad Lebo and former National Doubles' Champion Rick Rybaczek, both turning in a 26 to commence play. Five players, including reigning Southern Putting Tour Player of the Year Rick Culverhouse and previous 2007 winner Greg Ward, along with Caleb Kennedy, Michael Hitt, and former two-time National Champion Lewis Burton, all were a stroke off the pace at 27.

The sun finally would fully peek out for the first time during the weekend in the middle of the second round. Scoring intensely increased in the middle round, but Ward was the only top five leader who actually shot better in the second round. Ward posted a 26 in the second round to grab the lead at 53 and was leading by two over Culverhouse, Hitt, Kennedy, and Lebo. The mad scramble continued on into the third round. Ward and Kennedy were in the same pairing, while Hitt was two groups in back of them.

Kennedy and Hitt had to match their round for the third time in a row. This time, they were able to catch Ward for the lead. Both shot 26 and made up their two-stroke deficit to the leader. Ward, Kennedy, and Hitt finished the afternoon with an 81, and a playoff for the third time in five Southern Tour events this season would decide the winner.


Greg Ward receiving congratulations from players after winning the playoff over Michael Hitt and Caleb Kennedy.

Ward's veteran mastery was too much for the other two. Despite two pars to open the playoff, Ward was leading by one shot over both of the other participants after both lagged the front hill on their tee shots. Ward would start to take the playoff in full command from there. Ward aced five of the final seven holes on the front to finish the first half of the playoff at 13. Hitt and Kennedy both would continue to labor themselves as neither could find the cup. Hitt aced the final two holes to salvage the front nine with 16, and Kennedy did not find his first ace until hole 8, which was complete the front nine at even par.

The two made an effort to fight back, starting with an ace on tenth hole. But Ward would regain the momentum on 12 and aced the next five in succession. Ward cruised to a final score of 26, winning by five shots over Hitt. Hitt secured the Southern Tour single day spot by defeating Kennedy by one stroke in the playoff. Kennedy had the lowest weekend score, making him the recipient of the two-day qualifying spot. Rounding out the top five and missing out on the playoff by one stroke were Culverhouse and Lebo, finishing at 82.

The Southern Putting Tour wants to thank the staff of Willett's Mini-Golf, owned and operated by Mike Willett and his family for a great weekend and the help they provided on getting the course in the best conditions possible. The golf facility was host of a PPA sanctioned event for the first time since 2005.

The Southern Putting Tour will resume its schedule as they head to one of their most popular destinations. In two weeks, they will head to Goldston's Beach in White Lake for another three-event weekend. Two events will be played on Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Following that, the 23rd Carolinas' Open will be held on Sunday, April 29 with a 10:00 a.m. tee time.

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

Professional Division
(Asheboro, NC - Course # 1
- 15 April 2007)

  Round SouthernPrize
 Player123TotalTour PointsMoney
1Greg Ward2726288140.00 $  150.00
2Caleb Kennedy*2728268133.50 $  100.00
 Michael Hitt*2728268133.50 $  100.00
4Rick Culverhouse2728278231.50 $    78.00
 Brad Lebo2629278231.50 $    78.00
6Stan Seethoff2630278330.00 $    70.00
7Bill Kirby Jr2828288429.00 $    60.00
8Randal Smith2832258527.00 $    47.00
 Ricky Schults3028278527.00 $    47.00
 Greg Newport2829288527.00 $    47.00
11Rick Rybaczek2629318625.00 $    40.00
12Jay Klapper2928308722.50 $    10.00
 Tony Jackson2933258722.50 $    10.00
 Randy Orr3028298722.50 $    10.00
 Frank Warren3129278722.50 $    10.00
16Rick Baird3227298820.00   
17Jeff Carr3430289218.00   
 Darrell Britt3427319218.00   
 Tony Varnadore3232289218.00   
20Randy Reeves3034299316.00   
21Bob Jackson3130339415.00   
22Lewis Burton2732379613.50   
 Michael Cardwell3335289613.50   
24Steve Toomey39353110512.00   

* Earned a qualification spot for the 2007 PPA Southern Putting Tour Championship.

Dennis Biesma Posts Final Round 22
for Nine Stroke Victory

15 April 2007 - Asheboro, NC - After cleaning house Saturday evening, Dennis Biesma would have to find another way in picking up a win in Asheboro. After Mother Nature stormed by the area overnight, the statement would be made to see if Biesma's sensational play would repeat itself. She was right on half of the account.


Dennis Biesma on hole 10 in the first round of play in Asheboro.

Biesma did not fire a terrific round at all, but was able to stay focused and place ahead of the field for the second event in a row. A round of 28 in the opening round was his lowest round, but it turned out to be the best round early and would be the start to a second consecutive wire-to-wire finish for Biesma.

Leading by two shots, Biesma fired a 29 in the second round to maintain his two-shot lead on Mark Lawson. Biesma held on after posting another 29, but would win by a closer margin than he did in the previous encounter.

Biesma closed out his great play this weekend with a final score of 86 for his second win of the season. Coupled with his other wins he posted in Virginia two weeks ago, Biesma leads all amateur participants in the organization with five wins in 2007, and ties Frankie Peters for the Southern Tour lead with two.

Keith Waters fired a 28 in the final round to take second at 89. Donald Ralph followed behind with his best finish as an amateur in third at 90. Lawson was tied with Lynn Self for fourth at 91.

The Southern Putting Tour will resume its schedule as they head to one of their most popular destinations. In two weeks, they will head to Goldston's Beach in White Lake for another three-event weekend. Two events will be played on Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Following that, the 23rd Carolinas' Open will be held on Sunday, April 29 with a 10:00 a.m. tee time.

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

Amateur Division
(Asheboro, NC - Course # 1
- 15 April 2007)

  Round SouthernExpense
 Player123TotalTour PointsMoney
1Dennis Biesma2829298623.00 $    10.00
2Keith Waters3031288919.00 $    10.00
3Donald Ralph3129309018.00 $    10.00
4Mark Lawson3128329116.50 $    10.00
 Lynn Self3031309116.50 $    10.00
6Vanette Block3232289215.00   
7Frankie Peters3131319313.50   
 Adam Smith3330309313.50   
9Chuck Nance3331309412.00   
10Larry Hoover3034319510.50    
 Barry Moore3132329510.50   
12Larry Smith343131969.00   
13Chris Alley323332977.50   
 Todd Trent323332977.50   
15Linwood Moist3730341016.00   
16Darren Harvey4435381175.00   

 

 

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