Brad Lebo Posts 69 for Six Stroke Victory
31 March 2007 - Richmond, VA - On a beautiful early-spring afternoon, the Virginia PPA Tour contested the second of three weekend tournaments on historic course # 3 in Richmond, VA. Field scoring on the newly-laid carpet continued to be unexpectedly low. 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo carded consistent rounds of 23, 21, and 25 for a 54-hole total of 69 and a six-stroke, wire-to-wire victory. 1991 VA State Champion Ed Grajewski notched runner-up honors at 75. At 77, PPA Hall of Fame legend Daryl Freeman finished in third position. Tom O'Brien continued his recent stellar play, completing the tournament in fourth place at 78. A fifth-place logjam at 80 included defending champion Darrell Anderson, 2004 VA State Champion Matt Summey, 2004 PPA National Doubles Champion Rick Rybaczek, 2006 Southern Putting Tour Champion Vince Batten, and 2003 VA State Champion Gilbert Sharpe.
Play began with Lebo surging into the first-round lead with an opening-round 23. In close pursuit in second place at 24 was Grajewski. Sharing third place at 25 were Rybaczek and Batten. Tied for fifth position at 26 were Anderson, the always-dangerous James White, and 2006 Virginia Open Champion Greg Newport.
Lebo continued his torrid pace in the second round of action, posting a tournament-low and weekend-low round of 21. Lebo opened up a four-stroke 36-hole lead at 44. Grajewski lurked in second place at 48 after his second consecutive 24. Anderson moved into third position at 51. At 52, Freeman and Newport were tied for fourth place.
Lebo's solid final-round 25 gave him a 54-hole total of 69 and a six-stroke, wire-to-wire win. The victory was the first of the young 2007 PPA season for Lebo. Grajewski coasted to a runner-up finish, posting 75. Freeman completed the event in third place at 77. O'Brien stormed into fourth position at 78 by virtue of a spectacular final-round 23. A fifth-place tie at 80 included Anderson, Summey, Rybaczek, Batten, and Sharpe. The cash line for the nine professional division money spots awarded in the event fell at 80.
In the amateur division, defending champion Dennis Biesma replicated his outstanding performance of the morning event, firing his second consecutive 72. In this instance, Biesma's 72 gave him a three-stroke, wire-to-wire victory over 2006 Dogwood Open APA Champion Conway Coffey, who posted 75. 2006 Virginia Open APA Champion Barry Moore carded 77 to finish in third position. Tour beau brummell James Walker shot 78 to complete the tournament in fourth place. Rounding out the amateur division's top five finishers at 79 was 2004 JPA National Champion John Petrie.
Amateur division action commenced with Biesma seizing the 18-hole lead at 23. Walker hovered just one stroke off of the lead, in second place at 24. Tied for third position at 25 were Coffey and two-time defending VA State APA Champion Chuck Dibbs. 2005 APA National Champion Walter Kizzie and Mike Matthews shared fifth place at 26.
Biesma continued his dominating play in the second round, firing 24 to take a four-stroke 36-hole lead at 47. A three-way second-place tie at 51 included Coffey, Moore, and Walker. Lurking another stroke off the lead in fifth place at 52 was John Petrie.
On apparent cruise control, Biesma posted a final-round 25. Biesma's 54-hole total of 72 gave him his second consecutive victory of the weekend. Coffey fired a sparkling third-round 24 to secure runner-up honors at 75. Moore finished in third place at 77. Despite a third-round 28, Walker completed the tournament in fourth position at 78. John Petrie finished in fifth place at 79. At 81, Dibbs ended the event in sixth place and earned the final expense reimbursement spot awarded in the amateur division.
The Virginia PPA Tour will return to action with another 54-hole event on course # 3 in Richmond, VA commencing at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 1, 2007.
Scores and Article provided by Brad Lebo, Rick Rybaczek and AmPutters.com.