Robert Johnson Captures Southern Putting Tour Season Opener

Robert Johnson

14 March 2009 - Burlington, NC - A dedicated and adventuresome field of 23 professional and 15 amateur players gathered in a bitterly cold, driving rainstorm to contest the first PPA Southern Putting Tour event of the 2009 season on course # 1 at the beautiful Burlington, NC Putt-Putt Fun Center. The challenging conditions proved no match for 2003 PPA National Champion Robert Johnson. The wily veteran from Lake Wylie, SC courageously rebounded from a disappointing first-round 33 with a spectacular second round of 25 and a solid third round of 28 for a 54-hole total of 86 and a hard-fought one-stroke victory. 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo orchestrated a spirited final-round charge and had a chance to force a playoff with Johnson with an ace on the event's final hole. Lebo failed to convert that ace, however, and at 87 settled for sharing runner-up honors with second-round leader Tony Jackson. A four-way, fourth-place logjam at 89 included defending champion Rick Baird, two-time PPA Classic Champion Greg Newport, 2006 PPA Senior National Champion Steve Toomey, and 1997 PPA National Champion Randy Reeves. The cash line for the eleven money spots awarded in the tournament fell at 90.

Vanette Block

In the amateur division, 2006 PPA Women's National Champion Vanette Block seized a one-stroke lead over a trio of amateur contestants after 36 holes before splashing her way to an unfathomable tournament-low, third-round 23. Block posted rounds of 31, 29, and 23 for a 54-hole total of 83 and an emphatic five-stroke win. Wilson, NC putting icon Johnny Brown fired 88 to finish in second place. At 93, 2008 North Carolina APA State Champion Todd Trent completed the event in third position. Bunched in a fourth-place tie at 95 were Art Koerber, 2007 North Carolina APA State Champion Chris Alley, and 1993 North Carolina APA State Champion Keith Waters. Four players split the final amateur division expense reimbursement spot at 96.

The PPA Southern Putting Tour will resume action with the contesting of the 54-hole Howard Loy Memorial Tournament on course # 1 in Burlington, NC beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2009.

Article provided by Brad Lebo

Professional Division
(Burlington, NC - Course # 1 - 14 March 2009)

Player Name123TotalPointsMoney
1Robert Johnson3325288640.00150.00
2Tony Jackson2730308733.50100.00
Brad Lebo3031268733.50100.00
4Rick Baird3227308930.5070.00
Greg Newport2932288930.5070.00
Steve Toomey3028318930.5070.00
Randy Reeves3029308930.5070.00
8Jeff Carr3128319026.5043.00
John Ventura3129309026.5043.00
Randy Carter3127329026.5043.00
Ricky Schults3030309026.5043.00
12Matt McCaslin2833309122.50
Rick Rybaczek3131299122.50
Caleb Kennedy3427309122.50
Gary Hester3527299122.50
16Dennis Biesma3231309319.50
Stan Seethoff3430299319.50
18Frank Warren3528329518.00
19Bill Baus3334319817.00
20Allen Wall3330369916.00
21Bob Jackson38342910115.00
22James White33373210214.00
23Michael Cardwell36363110313.00

 Amateur Division
(Burlington, NC - Course # 1 - 14 March 2009)

Player Name123TotalPointsMoney
1Vanette Block3129238340.0020.00
2Johnny Brown3031278834.0020.00
3Todd Trent3431289333.0015.00
4Art Koerber2934329531.0014.00
Chris Alley3033329531.0014.00
Keith Waters3132329531.0014.00
7Frankie Peters3229359627.504.00
Tommy Hutchinson3130359627.504.00
Chuck Nance3232329627.504.00
David Gregor3231339627.504.00
11Ben Blake3632299725.00
12Donald Ralph3231359824.00
13Linwood Moist3534309922.50
Billy Caudle3234339922.50
15David Myers34373410521.00



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