Brad Lebo Rebounds to Fire 70 En Route to Victory in Roanoke, VA

18 April 2009 - Roanoke, VA - The Virginia PPA Tour held the second of two Saturday 54-hole tournaments on course # 2 at the Roanoke, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center. The final leaderboard nearly was turned upside down from that of the day's previous event, as only one of the top eight finishers in the afternoon tournament had cashed in the morning contest.

Brad Lebo

2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo rebounded valiantly from a lackluster morning tournament performance to fire rounds of 24, 24, and 22 for a 54-hole total of 70 and a two-stroke victory, Lebo's second of the 2009 PPA season. In the process, the haggard old warhorse tied the existing 54-hole scoring record for the course which was set initially by Clayton Craft in a local event in September 2008. 2006 GA State Champion and second-round leader Michael Hitt notched a second-place finish at 72 with steady rounds of 25, 22, and 25. At 73, 2003 PPA National Champion Robert Johnson completed the event in third position. Cincinnati's James Weber used a stellar second-round 22 as a springboard to a fourth-place finish at 75. A tie for fifth position at 76 included 2004 PPA National Player of the Year John Bambling and Russell Sigmon, who earned his first career professional win just three weeks earlier. The final of the fifteen money spots allocated in the tournament fell at a score of 81.

Clayton Craft

In the amateur division, two-time APA National Champion and Roanoke native Clayton Craft, Esq. demonstrated his local putting prowess, crafting rounds of 24, 27, and 25 for a 54-hole score of 76 and a dominating three-stroke triumph, Craft's first of the 2009 season. Southern Putting Tour amateur heavyweight Ben Blake earned runner-up honors at 79. At 80, 1999 Virginia State APA Champion Malcolm Shumaker completed the event in third place. 2004 JPA National Champion John Petrie finished in fourth position at 82. Sharing fifth place at 83 were 1983 Virginia State APA Champion Mike Matthews and Randy Baldwin, who lost in a playoff in the day's previous event. The last of the seven amateur division expense reimbursement spots awarded in the tournament came at 84.

The Virginia PPA Tour will resume play with the contesting of the tour's first major championship of the 2009 season, the 72-hole Virginia Putting Classic, on course # 2 at the Roanoke, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center. That event will commence at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2009.

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Professional Division
(Roanoke, VA - Course # 2 - 18 April 2009 - PM

1Brad Lebo2424227025.00175.00
2Michael Hitt2522257224.00130.00
3Robert Johnson2228237323.00105.00
4James Weber2822257522.00100.00
5John Bambling2527247620.5077.50
Russell Sigmon2626247620.5077.50
7Paul Johns2527257718.5067.50
Gary Hinshaw2723277718.5067.50
9Greg Newport2427287916.5057.50
Stan Seethoff2528267916.5057.50
11Rick Rybaczek2528278014.5052.50
Matt Summey3123268014.5052.50
13Vince Batten2527298111.5037.50
Tony Varnadore2532248111.5037.50
Tony Jackson2527298111.5037.50
Ed Grajewski2629268111.5037.50
17Ricky Schults282826827.50
Randy Reeves272926827.50
Ken Schooler262927827.50
Dennis Biesma302824827.50
21Daryl Freeman282629834.00
Ken Hastings282728834.00
Steve Toomey302627834.00
24Bill Baus272730841.50
Rick Baird283026841.50
26Thomas Rawles292729851.00
27Jeff Spainhour273228871.00
28Craig Williams323031931.00

 Amateur Division
(Roanoke, VA - Course # 2 - 18 April 2009 - PM

1Clayton Craft2427257620.0030.00
2Ben Blake2726267918.0025.00
3Malcolm Shumaker2627278017.0023.00
4John Petrie2627298216.0020.00
5Randy Baldwin2826298314.5016.00
Mike Matthews2827288314.5016.00
7James LeBrun2830268412.003.33
Mark Smith2631278412.003.33
Gerald Vick2827298412.003.33
10Bill Petrie312728869.50
Roy Sigmon292631869.50
12Conway Coffey283128877.50
Donald Mathews302829877.50
14Wade Driskill282931886.00
15Amy Smith293228895.00
16Art Koerber283230903.00
Troy Sarver322731903.00
Adam Smith283428903.00
19Bill Combs302836941.00
20David Myers3633311001.00



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