Brad Lebo Fires 77 for Four-Stroke Victory in Lynchburg, VA

2 August 2008 - Lynchburg, VA - On a sunny, hot, and humid day, PPA Tour Commissioner and course owner Joe Aboid welcomed the Virginia PPA Tour to a weekend of tour events on the picturesque and imaginatively-designed course # 2 at the Lynchburg, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center.  In the first of two 54-hole weekend tournaments, 2006 PPA National Campion and defending champion Brad Lebo carefully managed his game through the maze of potential trouble on the course # 2 layout, posting rounds of 28, 24, and 25 for a 54-hole total of 77 and a four-stroke victory.  The win was Lebo's seventh of the 2008 PPA season.  At 81, PPA Hall of Fame legend Daryl Freeman and tour rookie Dennis Biesma shared runner-up honors.  A three-way, fourth-place logjam at 82 included reigning PPA Tournament Players Champion Vince Batten, two-time PPA National Doubles Champion Rick Rybaczek, and 1991 VA State Champion Ed Grajewski.

Brad Lebo

Action commenced with Batten muscling his way to the top of the opening-round leader board by firing 25.  A second-place tie at 26 included Freeman and Grajewski.  Rybaczek held fourth position at 27.  Bunched in fifth place at 28 were Lebo, Biesma, and Thomas Rawles.
By virtue of a sizzling middle-round 24, Lebo pole-vaulted into the 36-hole lead at 52.  Batten hovered just a stroke behind Lebo's lead, in second place at 53.  Grajewski remained in contention, in third position at 54.  At 55, Rybaczek stood in fourth place.  Biesma recorded a second-consecutive 28 to remain in fifth position at 56.
Batten roared back into the lead on the front nine of the final round.  Playing in the same twosome, Lebo and Batten left the twelfth hole tied.  The tide turned quickly, however, as Lebo aced five of the final six holes to pull away from Batten and the field.  Lebo's final-round 25 gave him a 54-hole total of 77, a four-stroke victory, and his seventh win of the 2008 PPA season.  Freeman and Biesma posted respective final rounds of 24 and 25 to leapfrog into a second-place tie at 81.  Batten, Rybaczek, and Grajewski shared fourth position at 82 and earned the final money spots awarded in the tournament.

John Petrie

In the amateur division, 2004 JPA National Champion John Petrie recorded an impressive wire-to-wire victory.  The College of William and Mary sophomore carded rounds of 24, 24, and 29 for a 54-hole total of 77 and a four-stroke win, his first of the 2008 season.  Bill Petrie, John's father, made the day a family affair in the amateur division, as he finished in second place at 81.  At 83, reigning VA State APA Champion and Lynchburg local putting icon Conway Coffey tied for third place with tour dandy James Walker.  2007 JPA National Champion Ryan Carter and two-time APA National Champion Clayton Craft completed the event deadlocked in fifth place at 84.
Play began in the amateur division with John Petrie seizing the opening-round lead at 24.  Carter and Walker were in hot pursuit, tied for second place at 25.  Coffey canned a first-round 27 and stood in fourth position.  At 28, two-time VA State APA Champion Chuck Cyr was in fifth place.
John Petrie continued his torrid scoring pace in the second round, posting 24 to increase his lead to four strokes at 48.  Cyr fired a brilliant middle-round 24 to jump into a second-place tie with Carter at 52.  Walker held fourth position at 53.  Southern Putting Tour amateur star Mark Lawson recorded a spectacular second-round 24 to move into a fifth-place tie with the elder Petrie at 54.
After surviving a minor gaffe at the challenging third hole, John Petrie cruised to a third-round 29 for a 54-hole total of 77, an easy four-stroke victory, and his first win of the 2008 season.  Proud father Bill Petrie shot a final-round 27 to secure second place at 81.  Coffey and Walker shared third position at 83 and earned the final amateur division expense reimbursement spot awarded in the event.  Carter and Craft tied for fifth place at 84.

he Virginia PPA Tour will return to action with another 54-hole event on course # 2 in Lynchburg, VA beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 3.

Article provided by Brad Lebo

Professional Division
(Lynchburg, VA - Course # 2 - 7 August 2008

RoundVirginia Prize 
Player123TotalPoints Money 
1Lebo, Brad2824257725.00 $ 150.00
2Freeman, Daryl2631248123.50 $   87.50
Biesma, Dennis2828258123.50 $   87.50
4Batten, Vince2528298221.00 $   51.67
Rybaczek, Rick2728278221.00 $   51.67
Grajewski, Ed2628288221.00 $   51.67
7Smith, Randal2933258719.00
8Rawles, Thomas2830308818.00
9Baus, Bill3029319017.00
10Schooler, Ken3827299416.00
11Drexler, Jonathan3136309715.00

 Amateur Division
(Lynchburg, VA - Course # 2 - 7 August 2008

RoundVirginia Expense 
Player123TotalPoints Money 
1Petrie, John2424297720.00 $   30.00
2Petrie, Bill2925278118.00 $   25.00
3Coffey, Conway2728288316.50 $   12.50
Walker, James2528308316.50 $   12.50
5Carter, Ryan2527328414.50
Craft, Clayton2928278414.50
7Driskill, Wade2930288712.50
Lebrun, James3128288712.50
9Smith, Amy2930319010.50
Lawson, Mark3024369010.50
11Cyr, Chuck282439919.00
12Carter, Dennis372928948.00



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