Greg Ward Opens 2007 Season with
Playoff Victory over Brad Lebo

24 March 2007 - Burlington, NC - The Southern Putting Tour began its second season of pure competition this past weekend in Burlington and one of the best turnouts for a season opener was in store. On a rare summer-like late March afternoon, a field of 39, with a majority of the players teeing it up for the first time since the fall, returned to the famed and picturesque Burlington course to get the season off to a great start. The first three-some on the scoreboard featured reigning Player of the Year Rick Culverhouse, teeing it up with the Southern Tour champion Vince Batten, and 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo. All three began play with aces on the first hole and the season was off and running. Thirty minutes later, the field of 39 was on the course in hopes of winning the first event of the season.

Greg Ward
2007 Burlington Open Champion

Lebo had a torrid start to the day with an opening round of 23, and was good enough to lead by two strokes over Ray Guthrie. There was a five-way log-jam in a tie for third at 26, including former National Champion Greg Ward, reigning Southern Tour Match Play Champion Ricky Schults, Rick Baird, Dan Anders, and Bill Baus.

Lebo continued his brilliant play into the second round, but stumbled after he made the first two holes. Lebo hit one of the obstacles on hole three and put him in a position for an improbable deuce putt, in which he did not succeed. After the bogey, he went on to make nine of the final 14 holes to end the round at 26 and sat in the clubhouse with the two-round lead at 49. Baird capitalized on Lebo's mishaps when he fired a solid round of 23 to move into a tie for the lead with Lebo. Ward bettered his opening round by two strokes to move to within one stroke of the leaders. The nearest to any of them was at 53 and seemingly out of contention.

That would be because Ward and Lebo were putting on an aces clinic in the final round. Lebo shot a final round 23 to finish at 72 and seemingly had his first career in Burlington all sewn up. But Ward was chasing late and had caught Lebo with one hole to play. Needing to ace 18 for a round of 21 and the victory, Ward lipped out his tee shot and finished at 72, setting up a playoff to kick off the season for the second consecutive season.

Baird managed to finish in third by himself at 76. There was a seven-way tie for fourth at 81. Of those were Schults, Russell Sigmon, Jr., Greg Newport, Bill Kirby, newcomer Caleb Kennedy, Robert Johnson, and Randal Smith.

In the playoff, Ward and Lebo traded aces down the stretch. Both missed their tee shots when they needed it the most. Ward hit a firm putt on 17 that did not kick to the hole, and Lebo responded with one that went just past the hole on the left. Both misfired on 18. Ward caught the right lip on his tee shot, and Lebo did not come within reach of the hole after missing it six inches right.

Sudden death was in order. Both made the first hole, forcing the playoff to continue. Ward made his tee shot on hole 2, and Lebo missed the line to the right causing the ball to roll over the topside of the hole along the hill at the back rail. As a result, Ward won the tournament and posted his fourth career tournament victory on the Southern Putting Tour.

The Southern Putting Tour will continue play this Sunday on Course 1 at 10:00 a.m. for the 13th annual Howard Loy Memorial.

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

Professional Division of the 2007 Burlington Open
(Burlington, NC - Course #1
- 24 March 2007)

  Round SouthernPrize
 Player123TotalTour PointsMoney
1Greg Ward*2624227240.00 $  150.00
2Brad Lebo2326237234.00 $  110.00
3Rick Baird2623277633.00 $    90.00
4Russell Sigmon, Jr.2924288129.00 $    65.00
 Greg Newport2727278129.00 $    65.00
 Bill Kirby, Jr.2927258129.00 $    65.00
 Caleb Kennedy3027248129.00 $    65.00
 Robert Johnson2925278129.00 $    65.00
 Randal Smith2726288129.00 $    65.00
 Ricky Schultz2628278129.00 $    65.00
11Rick Culverhouse2726298223.00 $    42.00
 Dan Anders2629278223.00 $    42.00
 Daryl Freeman2925288223.00 $    42.00
 Jeff Carr2827278223.00 $    42.00
 Lance Perdue2828268223.00 $    42.00
16Vince Batten2926288319.00 $    40.00
 Randy Carter2928268319.00 $    40.00
 Steve Shively2728288319.00 $    40.00
19Randy Reeves3027278417.00 $    40.00
20Andy Coradini2726328514.50   
 Manfred Stewart2828298514.50   
 Ray Guthrie2530308514.50   
 James White3027288514.50   
24Bill Baus2628328610.50   
 Lewis Burton2830288610.50    
 Rick Rybaczek2828308610.50   
 Randy Orr2930278610.50   
28Chris Bunting283327886.50   
 Jay Klapper282832886.50   
 Tony Jackson292930886.50   
 Darrell Britt312928886.50    
32Tom O'Brien302930895.00   
33Tony Varnadore292833905.00    
 Steve Toomey293031905.00   
35Billy Caudle323031935.00   
 Stan Seethoff293232935.00   
 Bob Jackson352731935.00   
38Frank Warren313033945.00   
39Michael Cardwell313430955.00   

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

Frankie Peters Open
2007 Season with Four Stroke Victory

24 March 2007 - Burlington, NC - Frankie Peters was shut out in his first Southern Tour season, but finally got the monkey off his back on Saturday as he kicked off the 2007 season on a positive note. After a very closely pack of amateur breaking 30 in the opening round, Peters separated himself from the group with an abysmal round of 22 in the second round and coasted to his first career victory on the Southern Tour. Peters was in a six-way tie for second at 29 and trailed by only one to Bo DeBruin. There was also a vast group of players at 30 in a five-way tie for eighth.

By the end of the second round, Peters put himself in a one-man show. Peters posted a career best round of 22 that would place alone in the lead by four shots at 51. Chris Alley, Dennis Biesma, and Bonnie White all shared second at 55, and DeBruin dropped to fifth at 56.

Peters continued to shine in the final round as he posted another respectable round of 25, and it was good enough to win without anyone posing a threat. Peters would go on to collect his first career Southern Tour APA victory with a great score of 76. Alley and Biesma each shot 25 in the final round as well to finish in a tie for second at 80. White and DeBruin both ended up tied for fourth at 84.

Peters will hope to continue his successful play this weekend as he will tee off first on Sunday in the 13th annual Howard Loy Memorial. Play will get underway at 10:00 a.m.

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

Amateur Division of the 2007 Burlington Open
(Burlington, NC - Course #1
- 24 March 2007)

  Round SouthernExpense
 Player123TotalTour PointsMoney
1Frankie Peters2922257623.00 $    10.00
2Chris Alley2926258018.50 $    10.00
 Dennis Biesma2926258018.50 $    10.00
4Bo DeBruin2828288416.50 $    10.00
 Bonnie White2926298416.50 $    10.00
6Keith Waters2928288515.00 $    10.00
7Steve Helton3029278614.00 $    10.00
8Vanette Block3129278713.00 $    10.00
9Larry Smith3030309012.00   
10Ben Blake303130919.00   
 Todd Trent303130919.00   
 Larry Hoover332929919.00    
 Barry Moore323029919.00   
 Adam Smith303328919.00   
15Mark Lawson313328926.00   
16Chuck Nance333329955.00   
 Chris Hudson333032955.00   
18Linwood Moist333330965.00   
19Rodney Ashley343233995.00   
 Donald Ralph383130995.00   
21Lynn Self2938341015.00   
22Darren Harvey3835361095.00   
23William DeBruin3940331125.00   



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