Jay Klapper Post Three Stroke Victory
 with Final Round 22


Jay Klapper during the first round of the second White Lake event on Saturday.

28 April 2007 - White Lake, NC - Jay Klapper had a golden opportunity two weeks ago when he shot 71 in Asheboro, only to be outdone by Randy Reeves' 69. In the evening event in White Lake, Klapper put himself back in victory lane for the first time on the tour since September 2006. The 2005 PPA National Champion grabbed the tournament lead after two rounds and made his mark with a blistering final round to secure the win.

The same 30 players that played early in the day took part in the second of two events played in White Lake along Goldston's Beach. After an exciting finish to the playoff earlier, play resumed on the lone 18-hole course at 3:45 p.m. with conditions remaining absolutely perfect for Putt-Putt play. Scoring proved to be lower early on, with a couple of 23's taken in by Brad Lebo and Ricky Schults for a two-stroke over three players, of which include Klapper. Another group of seven, including the morning playoff participants, Caleb Kennedy and Greg Ward, were three strokes off the pace at 26.

Klapper, who has one-half of the single round course record of 21, continued to shine as brightly as the setting sun in the second round. Another adequate round of 25 put him out in front at 50 and placed him two strokes clear of the field. While a score of 23 could overtake Klapper, it was not enough for Schults and Lebo in the final round. Both duplicated their scores in every round and finished at 75. But Klapper had the final say in the third round with his best round of the entire day of 22, which included a run of 10 consecutive aces before missing the final hole of play.

Klapper takes home his first win after he improved his play by 11 strokes and rebounded from missing out on the money by one stroke. Klapper wound up posting a terrific score of 72, missing 18 for a potential 54-hole tournament record currently held by Brad Lebo with a 71 posted in 2005. Lebo and Schults each finished tied for second at 75. Greg Newport claimed fourth at 77, while Kennedy had another strong tournament and tied Vince Batten and James White at 78.

The Southern Putting Tour will conclude their weekend of activities with the 23rd annual Carolinas' Open to be defended by Daryl Freeman this Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

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

Professional Division
(White Lake, NC - Course # 1
- 28 April 2007)

  RoundSouthernPrize
 Player123TotalTour PointsMoney
1Jay Klapper2525227240.0 $      150.00
2Ricky Schults*2329237533.5 $      100.00
 Brad Lebo2329237533.5 $      100.00
4Greg Newport2626257732.0 $        80.00
5Caleb Kennedy2627257830.0 $        70.00
 Vince Batten2527267830.0 $        70.00
 James White2826247830.0 $        70.00
8Rick Culverhouse*2628257928.0 $        60.00
9Jeff Carr2829238025.5 $        49.00
 Daryl Freeman2627278025.5 $        49.00
 Tony Jackson2627278025.5 $        49.00
 Randy Carter2627278025.5 $        49.00
13Randal Smith2530268121.5 $        30.00
 Gary English2928248121.5 $        30.00
 Darrell Britt3025268121.5 $        30.00
 Rick Rybaczek2927258121.5 $        30.00
17Greg Ward2631258218.5 
 Randy Reeves2928258218.5 
19Bill Kirby, Jr.2829278415.5 
 Rick Baird2726318415.5 
 Bob Haizlip2830268415.5 
 Tony Varnadore2830268415.5 
23Matt Summey3028278513.0 
24Chris Bunting3029278611.5 
 Bob Jackson2926318611.5 
26Steve Shively332826879.5 
 Billy Caudle272931879.5 
28Ray Guthrie322828888.0 
29Michael Cardwell293331937.0 
30Robert Ward303232946.0 

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

Dennis Biesma Complete Saturday Sweep

28 April 2007 - White Lake, NC - The top three finishers earlier in the day became the same three that finished 1-2-3 on Saturday afternoon. What did not change was the winner as Dennis Biesma put in a pair of opening 24's to cruise to his fourth consecutive Southern Tour victory of the season.


Dennis Biesma preparing to hit hole 16 in the second round of the second tournament. This was the only hole he missed on the back nine in that round.

Biesma opened the afternoon much like he finished the playoff, with a flurry of aces after a misfire on the third hole of play. Following the bogey on the hole, Biesma exploded to make next 10 in play and finished the opening round with a 24. However, he would not be the sole leader as 2006 Ladies' National Champion Vanette Block also shot 24 that included a bogey on hole 5. Barry Moore and Frankie Peters were among three players that included Todd Trent tied for third at 26.

Separation for Biesma and the rest of the pack began in the second round with another stellar showing on the back nine. Biesma put in a tremendous performance on the back with just one miss, hole 16, and fired a 10 to finish with another round of 24. Peters made seven in a row starting on hole 9 to trim the lead to one into the turn, and Peters continued to run it in one by one, but Biesma would follow suit and kept it that way after 15 holes of the second round. With honors on 16, Peters lipped out his tee shot and had about a 2 1/2 foot deuce putt. Peters then rushed his deuce putt and pulled it into the left side of the cup, curling the ball back behind the first triangle, but kept it line and Peters would make his three. Biesma followed with a deuce to redeem himself and would hold on to the lead permanently. After two rounds, Biesma was the leader at 48, even beating the Pros. He was three shots clear of Peters, while Block dropped to third at 53.

Biesma did not manage to duplicate the previous two rounds, but was able to even extend his advantage in the final round. Peters continued to stumble in the final round with two bogeys for a 31. This was enough to let Biesma coast to his fourth consecutive victory on the Southern Tour. A final round 27 put the Player of the Year front-runner in at 75 and a six-shot victory, the second largest margin of the year. Moore's 10 on the front nine propelled him into a second place finish at 81. Peters dropped to third and tied Bonnie White at 82.

Biesma will try to become the second amateur in the brief tour history to win five straight sanctioned events as the 23rd annual Carolinas' Open will be played on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

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

Amateur Division
(White Lake, NC - Course # 1
- 28 April 2007)

  Round SouthernExpense
 Player123TotalTour PointsMoney
1Dennis Biesma2424277523.0 $        10.00
2Barry Moore2630258119.0 $        10.00
3Frankie Peters2625318217.5 $        10.00
 Bonnie White3025278217.5 $        10.00
5Vanette Block2429308316.0 $        10.00
6Larry Smith2827298415.0 $        10.00
7Ben Blake2927298514.0 $        10.00
8Chris Alley2929288613.0 $        10.00
9Chuck Nance3429248711.5 $          5.00
 Mark Lawson3027308711.5 $          5.00
11Todd Trent2633298810.0 
12David Gregor303029899.0 
13Tommy Hutchinson283329907.5 
 Amy Smith352827907.5 
15Larry Hoover283132916.0 
16Terry Hendrix302933925.0 
 Lynn Self312932925.0 
18Rodney Ashley312735935.0 
19Adam Smith323032945.0 
 Keith Waters283135945.0 
21Steve Helton313133955.0 
22Donald Ralph342834965.0 
23Linwood Moist3432351015.0 
 David Myers3334341015.0 
25Andy Pearman3333361025.0 
26Randy Simpson4034361105.0 
27Darren Harvey3742361155.0 

 

 

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