6 June 2009 - Richmond, IN - Kevin Lacey
is a proven winner in many places, and proved to be the best in the nation after winning the 2008 PPA National Championship in Richmond, VA. Course 2 in “Richmond West,” as in Richmond, Ind. has been a memorable site for Lacey as well, and the Cincinnati veteran added to his win total there June 6. Lacey won the first of two Indiana Putting Tour events to be contested that day, shooting a 31-under par 77 (27-27-23) to beat runner-up Mark Hasty
by four shots. It was his fifth career state tour win on the middle course.
The tourney opened on a warm and dry morning with three players sharing the lead with a first-round 26: Nate Nichols
, Tim Schrader
and Todd Viau
In the second round, the whole field seemed to struggle putting together aces, except for Hasty. The Fairfield, Ohio pro notched nine aces in a row after missing the unforgiving 7th hole. That propelled him to a 23, and no one else did better than 27 in the second round. Hasty, in the final pairing in the 12-player field, had a 51 and a two-stroke lead over Nichols (53), with Lacey lurking three strokes out at 54.
However, Hasty could not put the nails in the coffin, as he was even par after seven holes. He rallied to finish with a 30. Nichols also struggled with a 29, leaving the door open for Lacey, who is often dangerous when lurking. He showed why once again, finishing with a strong 23 to post the win. In front of both Nichols and Hasty in tee-off position, Lacey made the first four holes. Then after three deuces, he repeated Hasty’s second-round feat, running in nine in a row from holes 8-16 to post a number Hasty and Nichols couldn’t match. With a strong finishing 24, James Weber
tied Nichols for third place with 82, and Shawn Gilliland
grabbed the fifth and last cash spot with an 83.
In the amateur division, Brandon Davis
completed a Cincinnati sweep by winning his second tournament of the season. He defeated Josh Garrison
in a thrilling 24-hole playoff after the pair tied at 84.
Davis led Garrison by three strokes entering the final round, 54 to 57, but struggled with an 18 on the back nine and a 30 for the round. Garrison posted a 27 to force overtime. They ended an 18-hole playoff tied at 27, forcing sudden death. Garrison had honors and made four of the first five holes, missing hole 4. Davis topped him each time. Garrison left an opening by missing the dogleg, double-bank hole 6, and Davis aced it to win the tourney. Tom Russell
grabbed the last cash spot with an 88.
The players had an hour-long break before playing the second tourney of the day on the same course.