Brad Lebo Earns Victory in Lynchburg, VA in Three-Way Playoff
29 September 2007 - Lynchburg, VA - In the second of two 54-hole Virginia PPA Tour events played on the eve of the Virginia State Championship on course # 2 at the beautiful Lynchburg, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center, 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo carded rounds of 25, 27, and 29 for a 54-hole total of 81 to tie PPA Hall of Fame legend Daryl Freeman and 2004 APA National Champion Ricky Schults for the tournament lead at the end of regulation play. Lebo subsequently defeated Freeman and Schults in an 18-hole playoff to earn his eighth victory of the 2007 PPA season. 2006 VA Putting Classic Champion Dave Taylor and 2007 VA Open Champion Matt Summey shared fourth place at 83.
Play began in the professional division with Lebo seizing the early lead with an opening-round 25. Summey and 2007 PPA Tournament Players Champion Vince Batten were tied for second place at 27. A fourth-place logjam at 28 included Freeman, Schults, Dave Taylor, and 2007 ProPutters.com Classic Champion Greg Newport.
Lebo continued his steady play in the event's second round, firing a middle-round 27 to maintain the lead at 52. Schults posted a stellar second-round 25 to soar into second position at 53. Lurking in third place at 54 were Dave Taylor and Newport. Freeman remained in contention, in fifth place at 55.
In the final round of regulation play, Lebo carded a pedestrian round of 29. As a result, Lebo fell into a tie for the 54-hole lead at 81 with Schults and Freeman, who posted a third-round 26 to earn a share of the lead. A victor would be determined in an 18-hole playoff. By virtue of a brilliant third-round 24, Summey pole-vaulted into a fourth-place tie with Dave Taylor at 83. The cash line for the nine money spots awarded in the event fell at 86.
In the ensuing 18-hole playoff, Lebo aced the final four holes of the outward nine to take a one-stroke lead over Freeman at the turn, 12-13. Schults recorded multiple bogeys on the front nine to fall out of contention with a front-nine 18. Aces were at a premium on the inward nine holes. Freeman and Lebo matched aces on the 11th hole. Lebo aced the 13th hole to open a two-stroke lead on Freeman. Freeman answered with an ace at 15, cutting Lebo's lead to one stroke. Both players deuced the 16th and 17th holes. When Freeman's ace effort narrowly missed on the 18th hole, the victory was secured for Lebo. Lebo, Freeman, and Schults tallied respective final playoff scores of 27, 29, and 33. The victory was Lebo's eighth of the 2007 PPA season.
In the amateur division, prohibitive pre-tournament favorite Conway Coffey overcame a lackluster morning tournament performance and dominated the amateur field, firing stellar rounds of 23, 23, and 28 for a 54-hole total of 74 and a five-stroke win. The victory was Coffey's seventh of the 2007 season. Reigning VA APA State Champion Chuck Dibbs notched runner-up honors at 79. 1999 VA APA State Champion Malcolm Shumaker finished in third place at 82. At 84, 2004 JPA National Champion John Petrie completed the event in fourth position. Defending champion Dennis Biesma rounded out the tournament's top five amateur finishers at 86.
Action commenced in the amateur division with local talent rising to the top of the first-round leader board. Coffey and John Petrie each fired an opening-round 23 to take the early lead. Dibbs moved into third place at 26. 2006 PPA Women's National Champion Vanette Block stood in fourth position at 27. A fifth-place tie at 28 included Shumaker and Lynchburg's Randy Baldwin.
Coffey continued his torrid pace in the event's middle round, percolating his second-consecutive 23 for a sizzling 36-hole total of 46. Shumaker posted a second-round 25 to jump into second place at 53, a distant seven strokes off of Coffey's lead. John Petrie struggled to a second-round 31 to drop into third position at 54. Dibbs held fourth place at 56. A two-way, fifth-place tie at 57 included Biesma and Block.
The hot Coffey cooled a bit in the event's final round, but his third-round 28 still was enough to give him a 54-hole total of 74 and a five-stroke victory. The win was Coffey's seventh of the 2007 season. With a tidy third-round 25, Dibbs jumped into second place at 79. Shumaker finished in third position at 82. At 84, John Petrie completed the event in fourth place. Biesma finished in fifth position at 86. The cash line for the eight amateur division expense reimbursement spots awarded in the tournament fell at 90.
In the final Old Dominion Cup competition of the 2007 season in the amateur division, the Lynchburg duo of Coffey and Baldwin posted a 54-hole score of 74 for a resounding eight-stroke victory. With the win, Coffey and Baldwin also captured the season-long Old Dominion Cup title. The team of Biesma and 2006 Elton Davis Memorial APA Champion Barry Moore earned runner-up honors at 82 and in the process finished in second place in the season-long Old Dominion Cup competition. The local father-and-son tandem of Bill and John Petrie finished in third position at 84.
The Virginia PPA Tour returns to action for its final tournament of the 2007 season, the 108-hole Virginia State Championship. The event will be contested on course # 2 in Lynchburg, VA beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 30.
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(Lynchburg, VA - Course # 2 - 29 September 2007 - PM)
(Lynchburg, VA - Course # 2 - 29 September 2007 - PM)
|1||Coffey, Conway||23||23||28||74||20.00|| $ 32.00 |
|2||Dibbs, Chuck||26||28||25||79||18.00|| $ 27.00 |
|3||Shumaker, Malcolm||28||25||29||82||17.00|| $ 25.00 |
|4||Petrie, John||23||31||30||84||16.00|| $ 20.00 |
|5||Biesma, Dennis||30||27||29||86||15.00|| $ 18.00 |
|6||Block, Vanette||27||30||30||87||14.00|| $ 15.00 |
|7||Matthews, Mike||31||29||30||90||12.50|| $ 13.00 |
| ||Craft, Clayton||30||29||31||90||12.50|| $ 10.00 |
| ||Driskill, Wade||32||31||32||95||8.50|
| ||Baldwin, Randy||28||32||37||97||6.50|
| ||Boyer, Geoff||38||33||29||100||1.50|