Greg Ward Defeats Frank Warren in Playoff in Martinez, GA

Greg Ward

14 June 2009 - Martinez, GA - Another hot, sunny morning provided the backdrop for the final of three weekend 54-hole Southern Putting Tour events on the Blue Course at the Martinez, GA Putt-Putt Fun Center. 2001 PPA National Champion Greg Ward and 2007 PPA Senior National Champion Frank Warren matched rounds of 27, 25, and 24 to complete regulation play tied with a 54-hole score of 76. The duo would head to an 18-hole playoff to determine a victor. Reigning GA State Champion Jeff Carr charged into the clubhouse with a final-round 23 to tie for third place at 78 with two-time PPA National Doubles Champion Rick Rybaczek, who notched his second consecutive third-place finish on tour. PPA Hall of Fame legend Daryl Freeman continued his stellar weekend performance, opening the event with a tournament-low round of 22 and holding on to share fifth place with 2006 GA State Champion Michael Hitt at 79. The final of the twelve cash spots distributed to the professional field fell at a score of 83.

Ward and Warren each recorded a score of 14 on the outward nine holes of the 18-hole playoff. Ward took command of the playoff after the turn, however, as Warren deuced the first six holes of the inward nine. Ward recorded four aces in that same stretch and opened up a four-stroke lead with three holes remaining. After each player aced the 16th hole, Ward prudently laid up the treacherous 17th hole for a tap-in deuce to secure the win. Ward ultimately defeated Warren by a playoff tally of 27-30 to earn his second victory of the 2009 PPA season.

Johnny Brown

In amateur division action, Wilson, NC standout Johnny Brown and 2006 PPA Women's National Champion Vanette Block completed two rounds of play deadlocked at a score of 53, three strokes clear of the rest of the amateur field. Despite a final-round 30, Brown was able to cling to a one-stroke victory with a 54-hole total of 83. In the process, Brown earned his second victory of the 2009 season. Block suffered a third-round 31 to drop into a second-place tie with defending champion Ben Blake at 84. At 85, reigning North Carolina APA State Champion Todd Trent completed the day in fourth position. 2002 North Carolina State Champion Ray Guthrie rounded out the top five amateur division finishers, in fifth place at 87. The last of the ten amateur division expense reimbursement spots awarded in the tournament came at a total of 91 for the third consecutive event.

The Southern Putting Tour extends thanks to course owner and host PPA professional Mark Ross and his staff for welcoming the tour to the picturesque Martinez, GA Putt-Putt Fun Center for a weekend of successful tour events. The tour greatly appreciated the extensive efforts made by Ross and his staff in preparing the course for tournament play. The Southern Putting Tour will resume action with two 54-hole events to be contested on course # 3 at the Gastonia, NC Adventure Landing complex. The first of those two tournaments will begin with patriotic spirit at noon on Saturday, July 4, 2009. Tee off for the second 54-hole event in Gastonia is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2009.

Article provided by Brad Lebo

Professional Division
(Martinez, GA - Course # Blue - 14 June 2009)

RoundPoints Prize 
Player Name123TotalEarned Money 
1Greg Ward2725247640.00 $  150.00
2Frank Warren2725247634.00 $  110.00
3Rick Rybaczek2529247832.50 $    85.00
Jeff Carr2629237832.50 $    85.00
5Daryl Freeman2228297930.50 $    73.00
Michael Hitt2527277930.50 $    73.00
7Andy Coradini2427298028.50 $    55.00
Ricky Schults2728258028.50 $    55.00
9Gary English2725308226.00 $    42.00
Tony Jackson2529288226.00 $    42.00
Robert Johnson2926278226.00 $    42.00
12Rick Baird2926288322.50 $    10.00
Brad Lebo2927278322.50 $    10.00
David McCollister2727298322.50 $    10.00
Darrell Britt2528308322.50 $    10.00
16Randy Reeves3226268419.50
Steve Toomey2528318419.50
18Tony Varnadore2826318518.00
19Dennis Biesma3228278717.00
20Stan Seethoff3028308815.00
Greg Newport2828328815.00
Randy Carter2930298815.00
23Bob Jackson3227319012.50
Allen Wall2832309012.50
25Lewis Burton3231329511.00

 Amateur Division
(Martinez, GA - Course # Blue - 14 June 2009)

RoundPoints Expense 
Player Name123TotalEarned Money 
1Johnny Brown2627308340.00 $    20.00
2Ben Blake3226268433.50 $    20.00
Vanette Block2726318433.50 $    20.00
4Todd Trent2928288532.00 $    15.00
5Ray Guthrie3226298731.00 $    15.00
6Steve Lyon2733288829.50 $    13.00
Terry Hendrix2729328829.50 $    13.00
8Paula Gay2831308927.50 $    10.00
Jimmy Comer2829328927.50 $    10.00
10Mark Lawson3129319125.50 $      3.00
Keith Waters2931319125.50 $      3.00
12David Myers2933329423.50
Art Koerber3132319423.50
14Donald Ralph3229349521.50
Adam Wall3229349521.50
16Linwood Moist3430339720.00
17Darren Harvey34363510519.00
18Robin Trent39373411018.00
19Brad Dunn40343911317.00



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