After winning the first tournament of the day, it would have been easy for Kevin Lacey
to relax in the second tournament on the same course. Far from it, the Cincinnati pro showed why he won the 2008 PPA National Championship, sweeping both Indiana Putting Tour events on Course 2 in Richmond, Ind. and picking up his sixth career state win on the middle course. Lacey shot a 74, 34-under par (25-24-25) to post a four-shot win and earn his second win of the 2009 season.
The 12-player tourney field featured the only two players to ever shoot a 19 in the PPA National Championship. Indianapolis southpaw Charlie Greenwalt
, who missed the day’s first tournament, arrived for the afternoon tilt and joined Jay Hadsell
, a Seattle resident returning to Ohio for his daughter’s graduation. Hadsell was playing his first state events since 2004.
After one round, it was Hadsell making the rest of the field sleepless with envy after a first-round 24 to take the lead. Lacey and Indianapolis veteran Shawn Gilliland
were right behind at 25.
Hadsell could not match his hot shooting in the second round but still posted a solid 28. But Lacey, in the first pairing, set the pace with a 10 on the front nine and a 24 for the round to take the lead with a 49. Gilliland and Hadsell were tied for second with 52.
With that pair well behind him in tee-off position, Lacey was able to focus on his game. He came out strong with an 11 on the front nine and 25 for the round to win easily. Lacey missed just five holes on the front nine in the tourney for a 32.
Hadsell finished with a strong 26 and shot 78 overall to tie for second with Cincinnati southpaw James Weber
, who repeated his closing 24 from the first tourney. 2003 TV Match Play semifinalist Robin Ventura
shot a steady 80 to take fourth place including a final-round 25. As he did in the first tourney, Gilliland finished with an 83 to take the fifth and last cash spot.
Robin was part of a “three-Ventura” day on the IPT, as father John
and brother Steve also participated in the state events, Steve in the amateur division.
The APA field also had a Cincinnati sweep of the day as Brandon Davis
won his third straight IPT tourney including both events of the day in Richmond. Davis shot an 83 to top fellow Hamiltonian Ted Cain
by four shots. Tom Russell
grabbed third place in both tournaments, shooting an 89 in this afternoon event.
The IPT thanks Tim Schrader
of Putters Lane Fun Center in Minster, Ohio for providing a $100 sponsorship for each tournament in the Richmond weekend.