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.