27 June 2009 - Southport, IN - Kevin Lacey
, the 2008 PPA National Champion, added to his win total June 27 on Course 3 in Southport, Ind.
Lacey won the opening event of the Indiana Putting Tour weekend with a four-round total of 110 (29-28-27-26). He defeated Tim Greenert
in an 18-hole playoff. In a tightly bunched field, Nate Nichols
finished third at 111, James Weber
fourth with 112 and Charlie Greenwalt
fifth with 113 to snare the last cash spot.
Early on, it was Greenert, the course owner in Louisville, Ky., setting the pace. He started the tourney with a pair of 25s to reach the clubhouse at 50 at the halfway point. Weber was second with 54 and Mark Hasty
third with 55. Greenert struggled in the third round with a 30, but still had the lead although Weber climbed within one stroke at 81. Lacey and Greenwalt were at 84, four strokes out.
Greenert, in the second pairing, posted another 30 on the sometimes fickle course in the last round. Lacey followed with his best round of the day, a 26, to tie Greenert at 110. That duo then had to wait out contenders in the last two groups. Nichols caught fire the last round, making 10 of his first 13 holes. But he only made one of the last five for a still outstanding 25, leaving him one stroke out of a playoff. Weber, in the last pairing, started his final round in solid fashion, acing four of the first eight holes. However, the southpaw came up short down the stretch, going just 1-under with a bogey his final 10 holes to finish with a 31.
The tourney done, Lacey and Greenert went to a playoff, with Lacey trying to preserve an amazing undefeated record in two-man playoffs for titles. They struggled early, both missing the first four holes and only managing 2-under 16s on the front. The back nine was a different story, with Lacey acing the first five holes. Greenert missed two of those to fall two back. After both players deuced 15 and 16, Lacey made 17 to effectively clinch the match. The final score was 28 to 31.
In the amateur division, it was Cincinnati teen Brandon Davis
winning his fourth title of the year. With just three competitors, they were all paired together. Davis shot 114 to 116 for Rick Ossenfort
and 117 for Josh Garrison
. Davis led by four strokes after one round, 27 to 31 for the other players. However, Garrison and Ossenfort stayed close throughout and Davis led them by two, 86 to 88, entering the final round. Davis then finished with a solid 28 to close it out.