Kevin Lacey wins seventh career title on Richmond Course 2, Kropinak goes 2-for-3 on the weekend
1 August 2010 - Richmond, IN - The Indiana Putting Tour played its final of three tournaments on Course 2 in Richmond, Ind. on a warm and dry Sunday afternoon. Traditionally one of the lowest-scoring courses on the Indiana Tour, Course 2 was set up to be attacked as it had mostly dried out from the steady rains that kept most scores unusually high the day before.
Taking advantage was Cincinnati's Kevin Lacey, the 2008 PPA National Champion, who after a subpar Saturday continued his career domination on Richmond's middle course. He won his seventh career state tournament on Course 2, firing an outstanding 64-under par 152 to win the six-round major. Cincinnati players took the top three spots, as Brandon Davis was second at 157 and James Weber third at 162. Hoosiers Monte Snyder and Tom Morrison tied for fourth at 163.
Players in the nine-man field had some difficulty feeling out the course in the first two rounds, but Lacey and Davis found the range in Round 3. Lacey shot the best round of the day, a 23, to take the halftime lead at 77. Davis posted a 24 for a second-place 79. Weber was third at 81. After a lunch break and re-pairing by score, Lacey and Davis were in the final group and immediately started to break away from the pack. Lacey shot a 24 and Davis 25, giving Lacey a three-shot lead as the veteran champ topped the teenager Davis eight times in the first 11 holes to stay ahead before gaining a stroke on hole 12. Weber and Snyder were eight back after the fourth round at 109. Lacey shot a steady 25 in the fifth round to gain two more strokes on Davis, then made the first two holes of the final round to claim a seven-shot lead.
In the amateur division, John Kropinak of Columbus, Ohio shot 162 to win by six shots over Rick Ossenfort and Matt Male. Kropinak won his second tournament in three tries over the weekend and third overall on the Indiana tour. Kropinak pulled away in the final round as he started with a perfect "9" on the opening stretch of Course 2, the only perfecto recorded by anyone over the weekend. Kropinak finished with a 24. Kropinak was the top southpaw in the amateur field, which unusually had half of the eight competitors swinging from the "wrong" side of the mat. Joining him were Kyle Poole and two players who traveled long distances to compete - Bill Crane from Mishawaka, Ind. and Doug Bean from Urbana, Ill.
The Indiana Tour thanks Richmond owner Craig Brown for hosting the tour at his well-maintained course.
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