Lacey, Poole end year as IPT champions
26 September 2010 - Columbus, IN - For the second straight year, Kevin Lacey made a major final-round comeback to win the Indiana Putting Tour medal-play championship today on Course 2 at the Columbus, Ind. Putt-Putt. Lacey shot a sizzling final-round 21, one shy of the course record, to finish at 149, 67-under par. He edged John Ventura by one stroke in the IPTs season finale. Kyle Poole shot an outstanding 156 to win the amateur title and sweep the weekend championships. Nate Nichols finished third at 152, Tom Morrison was fourth at 156 and Charlie Greenwalt fifth at 158.
Early on, Ventura set the pace, leading Lacey by two shots at the halfway point as Ventura shot 75 and Lacey 77. Jerry Pinotti was third at 78, rebounding in a big way after shooting a 33 in the first round. He shot 23-22 the next two rounds to get back in the hunt. After three rounds, the field had a lunch break with pizza provided by course owners Carl and Karen Miller, then the players were re-paired by score for the final three rounds.
Paired with Lacey in the final group, Ventura widened his lead with an outstanding 23 for a four-round total of 98. He led Lacey by six and Hoosiers Nichols and Greenwalt by five as both Nichols and Greenwalt stormed out of the gate from the lunch break after quiet but steady starts. Greenwalt shot 22 in Round 4 and Nichols 23. Lacey crept back into it by making 10 of the first 11 holes of Round 5, ultimately shooting 24, but he still trailed Ventura by four shots. Nichols shot a 24 as well to pull within three of Ventura, who fired a 26.
In Round 6, Lacey did even better, making the first 11 holes to take a one-shot lead on Ventura. After missing hole 12, Lacey made the next three and Ventura topped him in clutch fashion on all three to stay within one. Lacey then missed Hole 16, and Ventura stepped up with an ace to tie Lacey. Ventura would miss 17, however, and Lacey made it to reclaim the advantage going into 18. With a chance to clinch the win, Lacey barely missed 18, but so did Ventura and Lacey won his second straight IPT tour championship. Lacey's final round featured one of three perfect 9s on the front nine during the day. Pinotti and Greenwalt each pulled off the same feat during their 22s.
With his state championship win, Lacey won the Player of the Year award for the IPT. Lacey was locked in a tight battle with Jerry Pinotti entering the weekend. The POY points system awarded points for high finishes in tournaments throughout the year. Lacey also won the IPT plaque for the low stroke average for the season, based on weighted stroke average.
In the amateur division, Poole ran away with the competition, beating Rick Ossenfort by 10 shots. Poole shot 79 to lead by eight at the halfway point, then fired a 24 out of the gate in Round 4 to pull away. It is the first medal play tour championship for the southpaw.
Rick Ossenfort won both the Player of the Year and the stroke average award in tight battles with his performance during finals weekend.
The Indiana Tour once again thanks Columbus owners Carl and Karen Miller for their exceedingly generous hospitality, which as always included an ample lunch spread and their kind and genial companionship. The tournament concluded the 2010 season on the IPT. The tour thanks its players for being with the tour this year and looks forward to a successful season in 2011.
Nate Nichols has had a consistent season on the Indiana Putting Tour but had not visited the winners circle the entire year. The formerly chrome-domed Columbus, Ind. schoolteacher changed all that on Course 2 at his home Putt-Putt course to win the IPTs match play tour championship. Nichols swept through the field in the tour finals, defeating southpaw James Weber in the championship match, 2-up, to win the title. Nichols won $225 for his efforts and the championship trophy. Kyle Poole claimed the amateur championship.
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