Jay Klapper Fires Final-Round 23 to Defeat Michael Hitt by One Stroke in White Lake, NC

Jay Klapper

25 April 2009 - White Lake, NC - On course # 1 at the beautiful White Lake, NC Putt-Putt facility, the Southern Putting Tour held the second of two Saturday 54-hole tournaments. With significant late-afternoon heat and bright sunshine, judging proper speed on the thick, newly-laid carpets became quite difficult. The challenging conditions proved no match for the putting wizardry of 2005 PPA National Champion Jay Klapper, however, as he followed opening rounds of 27 and 25 with a tournament-low final-round 23 to record a 54-hole total of 75 and earn a one-stroke victory, his first of the 2009 PPA season. 2006 GA State Champion Michael Hitt continued his recent stellar play, completing the event in second place at 76. At 78, 2008 Southern Putting Tour Match Play Champion Rick Rybaczek finished third. A three-way, fourth-place logjam at 79 included 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo, two-time PPA ProPutters.com Classic Champion Greg Newport, and reigning NC State Champion Ricky Schults. Second-round leader Manfred Stewart suffered a final-round 31 to tumble into a three-way tie for seventh position at 80. The last of the eighteen money spots allocated in the professional division for the tournament came at 84.

Todd Trent

In the amateur division, reigning NC APA State Champion Todd Trent easily could have been preoccupied with preparing for the lavish cookout which he hosts each season at the conclusion of the Saturday events in White Lake. Instead, Trent turned the post-tournament soiree into a victory party, as he carded rounds of 28, 24, and 30 for a 54-hole total of 82 and a one-shot triumph, his first in 2009. Wilson, NC's Johnny Brown captured runner-up honors at 83. At 84, 1999 VA APA State Champion Malcolm Shumaker finished in third position. A three-way tie for fourth place included 2003 APA National Champion Bonnie White, Mark Lawson, and David Gregor. The final of the fourteen amateur division expense reimbursement spots awarded in the event fell at 90.

The Southern Putting Tour returns to action with the contesting of the 25th annual Carolinas' Open on course # 1 at the White Lake, NC Putt-Putt facility. The 72-hole major tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2009.

Article provided by Brad Lebo

Professional Division
(White Lake, NC - Course # 1 - 25 April 2009)

Player Name123TotalPointsMoney
1Jay Klapper2725237540.00150.00
2Michael Hitt2625257634.00110.00
3Rick Rybaczek2527267833.0090.00
4Brad Lebo2526287931.0075.00
Greg Newport2427287931.0075.00
Ricky Schults2824277931.0075.00
7Manfred Stewart2425318028.0060.00
Jeff Carr2729248028.0060.00
Tony Jackson2728258028.0060.00
10Robert Johnson2626298126.0050.00
11James White2728288324.5045.00
Randy Carter3027268324.5045.00
13Tony Varnadore2730278421.5040.00
Stan Seethoff2826308421.5040.00
Frank Warren2727308421.5040.00
Vince Batten2828288421.5040.00
17Dennis Biesma2731278517.50
Gary Watson3126288517.50
Randy Orr3028278517.50
Randal Smith2829288517.50
21Rick Baird2829298614.50
Lewis Burton2828308614.50
23Greg Ward2830298711.00
Darrell Britt2829308711.00
Bill Baus3027308711.00
Bill Kirby Jr3128288711.00
Randy Reeves3227288711.00
28Gary English342628888.00
29Daryl Freeman322929906.50
Chris Bunting313227906.50
31Bob Jackson303229915.00
32Steve Toomey313131935.00
33Michael Cardwell353132985.00

 Amateur Division
(White Lake, NC - Course # 1 - 25 April 2009)

Player Name123TotalPointsMoney
1Todd Trent2824308240.0025.00
2Johnny Brown2628298334.0020.00
3Malcolm Shumaker2928278433.0020.00
4Bonnie White2627338631.0017.00
Mark Lawson2827318631.0017.00
David Gregor3027298631.0017.00
7Larry Smith2927318728.5015.00
Tommy Hutchinson3228278728.5015.00
9Vanette Block3026328826.5015.00
Chuck Nance3326298826.5015.00
11Jimmy Comer3229288924.5010.00
Ben Blake3028318924.5010.00
13Keith Waters3329289022.508.00
Frankie Peters3329289022.508.00
15Lynn Self3128329120.50
Ray Guthrie2734309120.50
17Billy Caudle3131309219.00
18Barb Mingo3032319317.50
Linwood Moist3232299317.50
20Steve Helton3031339416.00
21Bill Combs2834339515.00
22Jeff Brown3529329613.00
Donald Ralph3133329613.00
Chris Alley3132339613.00
25David Myers3428359710.50
Adam Smith3134329710.50
27Randy Simpson3433331009.00



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