26 September 2009 - Louisville, KY - After a long but successful week in Orlando at the 2009 PPA National Championships, Jerry Pinotti and Nate Nichols decided to play a lot more Putt-Putt closer to their Indiana homes. The pair, less than two weeks removed from winning the 2009 PPA National Doubles championship at the Orange Lake Resort & Country Club, were together but separate as they squared off for individual glory in the culmination of today’s Indiana Putting Tour Match Play Championship on Course 3 at the Louisville Putt-Putt. A long day of putting ended with Pinotti defeating Nichols to win the title. Pinotti ended the match with an ace on the third hole of sudden death in their ultimate championship match. It was their third meeting of the day in the tourney format, which featured 36-hole matches in the winner’s bracket and 18-hole contests in the loser’s bracket. Between them, they played more than 21 rounds of Putt-Putt.
After first-round byes, both players won two winner’s bracket matches to advance to the final of that draw. Pinotti defeated Randy Reeves and James Weber. Nichols bested John Ventura and Charlie Greenwalt. In their first matchup, Nichols built a big lead over Pinotti in their first round and held off a spirited comeback by Pinotti in the second 18. That dropped Pinotti to the loser’s bracket, where he defeated Tim Greenert to advance to the championship final. Pinotti would have to beat Nichols twice to win the title, whereas Nichols only needed one match win.
Pinotti comfortably won the first battle, ending it on the 31st hole to force one final match for all the marbles. It was a tight battle, with Pinotti leading most of the way until Nichols rallied from two down with eight holes to play. In the match, both players were hitting the ball sweet as they aced 24 of 36 opportunities before going to extra holes. In sudden death, both players aced Hole 1 and had bad lip-outs on Hole 2. Nichols lipped out on Hole 3 and Pinotti aced it.
Greenert finished third and Charlie Greenwalt fourth. Weber and Kevin Lacey split fifth-place money.
In the amateur division, Brandon Davis shook off the disappointment of not being able to attend the national championships because of school commitments by winning the IPT Match Play title. He defeated Karen Raizor in the final for the win. Davis beat Raizor in the first round of the tourney, then knocked off Rick Ossenfort in the winner’s bracket final. Raizor beat her brother Sam in the first round before losing to Davis. She then beat Ossenfort and Tom Russell in the loser’s bracket to advance to the championship final against Davis. She would have to beat him twice in 36-hole matches to claim the title.
She took care of the first task, edging Davis in sudden death to force a second match. In the second match, Davis put his game into gear and aced 13 of his final 16 holes to claim a 10 & 9 win.
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