Dennis Biesma Captures
2008 Howard Loy Memorial for First Professional Victory

16 March 2008 - Burlington, NC - Just a day after his pro debut, and camouflaged by playing deep in the pack, Dennis Biesma quietly snuck up on the field by firing a 45 over the final two rounds of the Howard Loy Memorial Tournament, and earned his first professional victory. Biesma finished at 74, three strokes better than the trio of yesterdays winner, Rick Baird, Darrell Britt, and 2007 ProPutters.com champion, Greg Newport. Randy Carter finished off a good weekend by tying PPA Hall of Famer, Daryl Freeman for fifth place, both players carding 30-under par 78s.

Brad Lebo, of Shippensburg, PA, opened the tournament with a 12-under par 24 for the early lead. Coming in near the end of the professional rotation, and equaling Lebos effort was Newport. Both players enjoyed a two-stoke lead over their nearest competitors. A quartet of players, including Baird, Carter, Randal Smith, and Ricky Schults, tied at 26, for third place. Tony Jackson and 2007 SPT Co-Player of the Year Caleb Kennedy were tied for seventh, just another stroke back at 27. Five players were tied for ninth, at 28, while six players, including Biesma, finished the round at seven-under par 29, and tied for 14th place.

The second round turned into the Moving Round. Newport was able to hang on to the lead shooting a nine-under part 27, finishing the round at 51. Biesma and Britt made up the most ground; firing 23 and 24 respectively, to finish tied for second place at 52, along with Baird who managed a 10-under par 26. While Lebo found some difficulties in the middle round, he only dropped two strokes off the pace and a fifth place tie with Jackson, at 53. Four more putters were just another stroke back at 54, while tied at 55 were three more players.

Baird was the first player in contention to finish, firing an 11-under par 25 to finish at 77. Lebos struggles continued in the third round, almost dropping him out of the money, while Jackson carded a 26, falling back to what eventually turn out to be a seventh place finish. Biesma opened the final round acing the first eight holes, and 13 of the first 14, before laying up the 15th hole, which if over hit and not aced, leaves a very deceiving and easily missed deuce from the bottom tier. While Biesma barely missed the next two holes, he did ace the 18th hole, to finish with a 14-under par, 22, and take the clubhouse lead at 74.

Both Britt and Newport made valiant final round charges, with both players blasting 11-under par 25s, but came up three strokes short, and tied with Baird for second place at 77. Carter and Freeman fired a final round 24 and 23 respectively, to finish tied for fifth place at 78, while Jeff Carr finished alone in eighth place at 81. Rounding out the top ten were Matt Summey and Caleb Kennedy in a ninth place tie at 82.

The Southern Putting Tour would like to extend their thanks to the Burlington Course owner/manager, Brian Patterson for a wonderful weekend, and a course in spectacular condition. The Southern Putting Tour returns to action in two weeks at Willetts Mini-Golf in Asheboro, NC. That Saturdays tournament, March 29, will start at 12:00 p.m., and the following days tournament will start at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Article and scores provided by Frank Warren, Dennis Biesma and the PPA Southern Putting Tour.

Professional Division of the Howard Loy Memorial
(Burlington, NC - Course # 1
- 16 March 2008)

  Round SouthernPrize
 Player123TotalTour PointsMoney
1Dennis Biesma*2923227440.00 $ 150.00
2Rick Baird2626257733.00 $   94.00
 Darrell Britt2824257733.00 $   94.00
 Greg Newport2427267733.00 $   94.00
5Randy Carter2628247830.50 $   73.00
 Daryl Freeman2926237830.50 $   73.00
7Tony Jackson2726267929.00 $   65.00
8Jeff Carr2827268128.00 $   60.00
9Matt Summey2928258226.50 $   53.00
 Caleb Kennedy2730258226.50 $   53.00
11Tony Varnadore2826298324.50 $   45.00
 Rick Rybaczek3228238324.50 $   45.00
13Vince Batten2927288421.50 $   40.00
 Rick Culverhouse3026288421.50 $   40.00
 Bob Haizlip3128258421.50 $   40.00
 Lance Perdue2728298421.50 $   40.00
17Jay Klapper3031248517.00 $   16.00
 Brad Lebo2429328517.00 $   16.00
 Frank Warren2830278517.00 $   16.00
 Steve Shively2925318517.00 $   16.00
 Matt McCaslin3127278517.00 $   16.00
22Randal Smith2628328614.00 
23Stan Seethoff3125318713.00 
24Randy Reeves2929308812.00 
25James White3128308911.00 
26Bob Jackson3130299010.00 
27Lewis Burton322831918.50 
 Steve Toomey302932918.50 
29Ricky Schults263630926.00 
 Allen Wall303329926.00 
 Chris Bunting322832926.00 
32Tom O'Brien323130935.00 
33Bill Baus313033945.00 
 Frankie Peters343129945.00 
35Michael Cardwell343427955.00 

* Earned a qualification spot for the 2008 PPA Southern Putting Tour Championship.

Bonnie White Makes It Two Victories in
Two Starts with Weekend Sweep

16 March 2008 - Burlington, NC - After eking out a win in Saturdays APA tournament, Bonnie White fired a 26-under par 82, and led wire-to-wire to win the 2008 Howard Loy Memorial Tournament. Topping Mark Lawson by two strokes, White swept the weekends events, just as Frankie Peters did last year to open the SPT season. Billy Caudle and Vanette Block finished in a third place tie, a distant seven strokes off the pace.

White jumped into the lead with an opening round 27, which was only matched by Adam Smith, of Salisbury, NC. David Gregor lurked in third place a stroke back at eight-under, 28. Caudle and Todd Trent were tied for fourth place at 29, and Lawson was just another stroke back at six-under, 30.

Just as in the pro division, the middle stanza turned out to be the Moving Round. White maintained her lead through the round, shooting a seven-under par 27, to finish the round at 56. Lawson and Trent were the big movers in the APA division, posting a 27 and 28 respectively to close the round just one stroke back of White at 57. David Myers, of High Point, NC matched Trents 28, and jumped into a fourth place tie with Gregor, who struggled to a 31, with both players posting a 59 total for the two rounds. Caudle was also only able to manage a 31 in the second round, dropping into sixth place at 60.

Whites final round 26 removed any doubt as to who was going to win the tournament. Lawson almost matched serve, but fell another stroke off the pace, to finish in second place at 84, two stokes behind Whites 82. Whites victory also gave her a sweep of the weekends events.

Caudle improved his score in the final round, carding a 29 to finish at 89, tied with Block, who matched Lawsons 27 to catch Caudle for the third place tie. Trent struggled in the final round, finishing at 90, in a fifth place tie with Art Koerber, who fired a third round 29 to catch Trent. Trent and Koerber earned the final two expense reimbursement spots.

The Southern Putting Tour would like to extend their thanks to the Burlington Course owner/manager, Brian Patterson for a wonderful weekend, and a course in spectacular condition. The Southern Putting Tour returns to action in two weeks at Willetts Mini-Golf in Asheboro, NC. That Saturdays tournament, March 29, will start at 12:00 p.m., and the following days tournament will start at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Article and scores provided by Frank Warren, Dennis Biesma and the PPA Southern Putting Tour.

Amateur Division of the Howard Loy Memorial
(Burlington, NC - Course # 1
- 16 March 2008)

  Round SouthernExpense
 Player123TotalTour PointsMoney
1Bonnie White2729268223.00 $   10.00
2Mark Lawson3027278419.00 $   10.00
3Billy Caudle2931298917.50 $   10.00
 Vanette Block3230278917.50 $   10.00
5Todd Trent2928339015.50 $   10.00
 Art Koerber3229299015.50 $   10.00
7David Gregor2831329114.00 
8Rodney Ashley3531269213.00 
9Chris Alley3328329312.00 
10Adam Smith2738299410.50 
 David Myers3128359410.50 
12Chuck Nance333329958.00 
 Donald Ralph353228958.00 
 Keith Waters363029958.00 
15Linwood Moist343232986.00 
16Randy Simpson3633321015.00 

 

 

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