30 May 2009 - High Point, NC - A sunny spring afternoon provided the setting for the second of three weekend Southern Putting Tour 54-hole events on storied course # 1 at the immaculately-maintained High Point, NC Putt-Putt Fun Center. Despite tricky, swirling winds, general field scoring improved significantly from that of the day's previous tournament.
After enduring a nightmarish final round in the day's earlier event, 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo
stormed back with a vengeance in the afternoon contest. Lebo opened with a tournament-low round of 22 and followed with solid rounds of 26 and 25 for a 54-hole total of 73 to earn a wire-to-wire, two-stroke victory. The win was Lebo's third of the 2009 PPA season. 2007 PPA National Champion Rick Baird
shot 75 to notch his fourteenth-career runner-up finish on the course in state tour events. Reigning PPA Western Open Champion Randy Reeves
rebounded valiantly from a disappointing morning performance to share third place at 77 with dominant High Point local player Greg Newport
. A tie for fifth position at 78 included PPA Hall of Fame legend Daryl Freeman
and tour sophomore Dennis Biesma
, who climbed up the final leaderboard with a third-round 24. The cash line for the fourteen money spots awarded in the event fell at a score of 82.
In the amateur division, 2006 PPA Women's National Champion Vanette Block
continued her stellar 2009 amateur campaign. Block took full advantage of her extensive home course experience to post rounds of 24, 24, and 27 and capture a three-stroke, wire-to-wire triumph, her fifth of the 2009 season. Former PPA 54-hole scoring record holder Steve Lyon
, who recently reverted to the amateur ranks, carded brilliant closing rounds of 25 and 24 to pole-vault into second position at 78. A four-way, third-place logjam at 81 included defending champion Jimmy Comer
, reigning Southern Putting Tour APA Champion Ben Blake
, 2003 APA National Champion Bonnie White
, and 2007 Southern Putting Tour APA Match Play Champion Frankie Peters
. The final of the sixteen amateur division expense reimbursement spots allocated in the tournament came at a 54-hole total of 88.
Action will resume on the Southern Putting Tour schedule with a 54-hole event, the Wayne Hancock Memorial, to be held on course # 1 at the High Point, NC Putt-Putt Fun Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2009.