Andy Coradini Wins in Martinez, GA with Record-Setting Performance 

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Andy Coradini

13 June 2009 - Under sunny late afternoon skies, the Southern Putting Tour held the second of three weekend 54-hole events on the Blue Course at the Martinez, GA Putt-Putt Fun Center. 1993 PPA National Champion Andy Coradini took an early commanding three-shot lead by firing a blistering opening-round 20, tying the existing single-round course record shared by Frank Warren and Rick Baird. Coradini recorded a second-round 25 to maintain a two-shot lead after 36 holes over playing partner and PPA Hall of Fame legend Daryl Freeman, who moved into serious contention with a middle-round 23. Still leading Freeman by several strokes upon reaching the event's penultimate hole and with the tournament title seemingly in hand, Coradini took a major risk in an effort to break the existing 54-hole course record. Coradini bravely charged his ace effort on the dangerous 17th hole and missed, setting up a lengthy deuce putt from the back rail. The gamble was not costly, however, as Coradini successfully negotiated the difficult par-saving putt on the 17th hole and subsequently aced the 18th hole to establish a new 54-hole course record at 71. The victory was Coradini's first of his abbreviated 2009 PPA playing schedule. Freeman matched Coradini's final-round 26 to earn runner-up honors at 73. After posting an even-par 18 on his second nine holes of the tournament, 2008 Southern Putting Tour Match Play Champion Rick Rybaczek rebounded impressively, carving out a three-round score of 75 to complete the event in third place. Martinez, GA local standout Stan Seethoff made a late clubhouse run to fire a final-round 24 and finish in fourth position at 78. A fifth-place tie at 79 included 2004 North Carolina State Champion Gary English and 2006 GA State Champion Michael Hitt. The last of the thirteen money spots allocated in the tournament fell at a 54-hole total of 82.

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Ben Blake

In the amateur division, reigning Southern Putting Tour APA Champion Ben Blake and Asheboro, NC's Mark Lawson separated from the rest of the amateur field, matching rounds of 26, 29, and 27 to end regulation play deadlocked at a 54-hole score of 82. A winner would be determined in an 18-hole playoff. Competing in her first weekend of events in 2009, former PPA Women's National Champion Paula Gay carded a stellar third-round 26 to pole-vault into a tie for third place at 85 with 2002 North Carolina State Champion Ray Guthrie. Sharing fifth position at 86 were defending champion Chris Alley and reigning North Carolina APA State Champion Todd Trent. The final of the thirteen amateur division expense reimbursement spots awarded in the event came at a score of 91.

In the ensuing 18-hole amateur division playoff, Blake took a two-stroke lead at the end of the outward nine holes, leading Lawson by a tally of 14-16. Still trailing Blake by two strokes, Lawson stepped to the 17th tee with honors. After missing his ace, Lawson's challenging deuce attempt failed to find the bottom of the cup. With his ball still in play after four strokes, Lawson conceded the playoff win to Blake, who captured his second title of the 2009 season.

Action will resume on the Southern Putting Tour schedule with another 54-hole tournament to be contested on the Blue Course at the Martinez, GA Putt-Putt Fun Center. Play in that event will commence at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 14, 2009.

Article provided by Brad Lebo

Professional Division
(Martinez, GA - Course # Blue - 13 June 2009)

RoundPoints Prize 
Player Name123TotalEarned Money 
1Andy Coradini2025267140.00 $  150.00
2Daryl Freeman2423267334.00 $  110.00
3Rick Rybaczek2823247533.00 $    90.00
4Stan Seethoff2727247832.00 $    80.00
5Gary English2527277930.50 $    73.00
Michael Hitt2526287930.50 $    73.00
7Tony Jackson2530258028.00 $    59.00
Greg Ward2328298028.00 $    59.00
Randy Reeves2823298028.00 $    59.00
10Robert Johnson2729258125.50 $    43.00
Bobby Ward2926268125.50 $    43.00
12Dennis Biesma2927268223.00 $    27.00
Rick Baird2627298223.00 $    27.00
Jeff Carr2923308223.00 $    27.00
15Lewis Burton3026278320.00
Bob Jackson2927278320.00
Tony Varnadore2433268320.00
18Allen Wall2729288418.00
19Brad Lebo2929278516.50
David McCollister3030258516.50
21Frank Warren2826328613.50
Ricky Schults2730298613.50
Steve Toomey3429238613.50
Greg Newport2631298613.50
25Mark Ross3027308711.00
26Darrell Britt2930298810.00

 Amateur Division
(Martinez, GA - Course # Blue - 13 June 2009)

RoundPoints Expense 
Player Name123TotalEarned Money 
1Ben Blake2629278240.00 $    20.00
2Mark Lawson2629278234.00 $    20.00
3Paula Gay3128268532.50 $    18.00
Ray Guthrie2730288532.50 $    18.00
5Chris Alley2727328630.50 $    15.00
Todd Trent2829298630.50 $    15.00
7Vanette Block3128288728.50 $    15.00
Steve Lyon3025328728.50 $    15.00
9Larry Smith2731308826.50 $    15.00
Lynn Self3029298826.50 $    15.00
11David Myers2930319024.50 $    10.00
Chuck Nance2732319024.50 $    10.00
13Jimmy Comer2633329122.50 $      3.00
Johnny Brown3132289122.50 $      3.00
15Linwood Moist3129329221.00
16Keith Waters3331299320.00
17Donald Ralph2834329419.00
18Terry Hendrix2832359518.00
19Chris Hudson3235299617.00
20Lance Perdue3236319916.00
21Art Koerber32353410115.00
22Adam Wall34323710314.00
23Robin Trent34373510613.00
24Darren Harvey36383510912.00
25Brad Dunn35393711111.00



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