Nate Nichols Shoots 195 for Three-Stroke Win in Legends Classic

2 August 2009 - Columbus, IN - Nate Nichols picked a great time to win his first state tour event of the season. The Columbus, Indiana. pro won the Legends Classic on Course 2 at his home facility, which will also host the PPA Northern Open on August 15-16. Nichols used consistently sweet shooting to post a 195, 93-under par, to win by three strokes over Charlie Greenwalt of Indianapolis. Nichols was just three strokes off the PPA scoring record for a complete eight-round tournament (192) set in 2002 by Randy Reeves on the Red Course in Martinez, Ga. Ironically, Reeves was in the 11-player pro field for the tourney, which provided some low scores early and often.


Nate Nichols

Nichols was one of four players under 100 after the first half of the two-day tournament. He was in at 97, three strokes behind defending PPA national champion Kevin Lacey, who posted an outstanding 94, which included a third-round 21. Greenwalt and John Ventura were tied for third at 98, as Ventura closed with a 21, one off the course record.

Day 2 began with Nichols briefly taking the lead in Round 5 before taking a 3 and a 4 on the back nine. Paired with Lacey in the last group, Nichols was able to recover and match him in the first rounds, as both shot identical 26-25 rounds to start. Greenwalt stood five shots behind Lacey heading into the final two rounds.

Round 7 belonged to Nichols, who fired an 11 on each nine for a 22 to take the lead, while Lacey struggled with a 28. Greenwalt posted a strong 23 to tie Lacey at 173, and both were three shots behind Nichols at 170. Meanwhile, 2008 Northern Open champ Jerry Pinotti, who was tied for sixth place entering the day, moved into contention with a 68 for three rounds. He entered the final 18 at 175, five back.

Pinotti finished with a 24 and an outstanding 92 for the day but the leaders didn't give him enough of an opening. Greenwalt shot 25, but Nichols withstood the pressure with a solid 25 to close. Pinotti ended in third place at 199. Lacey was fourth at 200, and Ventura took the last cash spot with 206. Although he didn't crack the payroll for the tourney, Mark Hasty carded the days best round, a 21.


Brandon Davis

In the amateur division, Cincinnati teenager Brandon Davis added to his impressive season by winning the Legends title for the second straight year. Coming off a dominating performance in the 2009 Southern Open in Martinez, in which his 203 beat all the professionals that weekend, Davis had to call on his winning experience to pull out the win in Columbus for his sixth IPT title of the year. He was locked in a head-to-head match with Rick Ossenfort on Day 2. After Ossenfort fired a 24 in the seventh round, the pair was tied heading into the final 18. Davis took a two-stroke lead midway through the round, but Ossenfort tied it with six holes to go. They remained tied until hole 16 before Davis aced 16 and 17 to take a two-shot advantage.

The IPT offers a sincere thanks to Columbus course owner Carl Miller, who keeps the course well-maintained and always goes beyond the call of duty to provide lunch for the players.

The tour once again thanks Management & Training Corporation of Edinburgh, Indiana for adding a $100 sponsorship to the tournament. The IPT will return to Columbus for a Thursday night special Aug. 13 in a prep tournament for the Northern Open that weekend.

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Professional Division
(Columbus, IN - Course # 2 - 1-2 August 2009)

RoundPoints Prize 
Player12345678TotalEarned Money 
1Nate Nichols23262523262522251957.00 $  475.00
2Charlie Greenwalt26252324232923251985.00 $  255.00
3Jerry Pinotti26272628232223241993.00 $  210.00
4Kevin Lacey23252125262528272002.00 $  180.00
5John Ventura24282521292826252061.00 $  160.00
6Randy Reeves2228262926222827208  
7Mark Hasty2828233028282130216  
8Monte Snyder2927312527252828220  
9Tom Morrison2928292627272827221  
10Bob Marcellino2725262929282830222  
James Weber3025322726262729222  

 Amateur Division
(Columbus, IN - Course # 2 - 1-2 August 2009)

RoundPoints Expense 
Player12345678TotalEarned Money 
1Brandon Davis28242728262727252127.00 $    60.00
2Rick Ossenfort27273027252724272145.00 $    40.00
3Tom Russell32312627282531292293.00  
4Karen Raizor28312925302629342322.00  
5Ted Cain28333028313230292411.00  

 

 

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