Kevin Lacey and Greg Ward Defeat Brice Bergesen and Joe Lea in Playoff to Claim Their Second PPA National Doubles Championship


13 September 2010 - Lynchburg, VA - On a sunny and pleasant late summer day, the 2010 PPA National Championship week kicked off with the contesting of the PPA National Doubles Championship on courses # 1 and # 2 at the beautiful Lynchburg, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center. A field of 26 two-player teams of PPA professionals gathered to vie for the first title to be awarded during the long championship week. The unique 72-hole format included, in order, rounds of alternate hole, better ball, better ball, and alternate hole competition. 2005 PPA National Doubles Champions Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati, OH and Greg Ward of Loganville, GA stormed the clubhouse in the final round of regulation to tie third-round leaders Brice Bergesen and Joe Lea and force an 18-hole playoff. The two squads remained deadlocked at the end of the 18-hole playoff, with Lacey and Ward acing the second hole of sudden death to earn a hard-fought victory and their second-career PPA National Doubles Championship title. "Kevin was outstanding throughout the event," beamed Ward, a 49-yr-old Vice-President of Sales. "He aced 13 of his 18 tee shots in the two alternate hole rounds of the tournament."

Kevin Lacey - 2005 PPA National Double Champion Greg Ward - 2001 PPA Southern Open Champion
Kevin Lacey (left) and Greg Ward (right)
2010 PPA National Doubles Champions

Action commenced with Bergesen and Lea leaping to the top of the opening round leaderboard with a sizzling alternate hole round of 23. Lurking just two strokes behind the Texas tandem were Lacey and Ward and the sibling duo of Danny and Matt McCaslin.

Bergesen and Lea continued their torrid pace during the second round, as they posted a better ball score of 21 to establish the 36-hole lead at 44. The teams of Lacey and Ward and Danny and Matt McCaslin stayed in contention, tied for second place at 47. 2006 PPA National Doubles Champions Jay Klapper and Randy Orr moved up the leaderboard during the second round with a tournament-low round of 19, placing them in a tie for fourth position at 49.

With a penultimate-round 22 in the better ball format, Bergesen and Lea continued to enjoy a comfortable lead after three rounds with a 54-hole total of 66. The McCaslin team continued its signature sweet ball striking in the third round of play to seize sole possession of second place at 69 and remain three strokes behind the leaders. Two-time PPA National Doubles Champions Greg Newport and Rick Rybaczek posted 21 to jump into a third-place tie at 70 with Lacey and Ward.

The well of aces went dry for Bergesen and Lea in the final round, as they shot 29 in the alternate hole format to establish the 72-hole clubhouse lead at 95. Lacey and Ward fired a solid final-round 25 to match Bergesen and Lea at 95 and force an 18-hole playoff. Wily veterans Robert Johnson and Bill Kirby, Jr. orchestrated an inspired final-round run, posting a fourth-round 23 to secure a third-place finish at 96. Charlie Greenwalt and reigning PPA National Champion Tony Varnadore needed a final-hole ace to join the playoff, but instead carded an untimely bogey and settled for fourth at 97. A three-way, fifth-place tie at 98 included the teams of Newport and Rybaczek, the pair of McCaslins, and Klapper and Orr. The final of the thirteen money spots awarded in the event fell at a 72-hole total of 102.

In the ensuing 18-hole alternate hole format playoff on course # 2, Bergesen and Lea bogeyed the challenging third hole to fall two strokes behind Lacey and Ward early in the round. After the outward nine, Lacey and Ward took a two-stroke lead, 13-15. Lacey and Ward extended their lead to three strokes after an ace on the 14th hole. Bergesen and Lea fought valiantly, however, recording three consecutive unanswered aces on holes 15-17 to square the match. Both squads deuced the final hole of regulation to complete the playoff deadlocked at 27. Sudden death would determine a victor. After the teams both aced the first hole of sudden death, Lacey and Ward aced the fickle second hole to claim the title in dramatic fashion and secure the $370.00 winners' check.

Kevin Lacey - 2005 PPA National Double Champion Greg Ward - 2001 PPA Southern Open Champion
Bill Petrie (left) and Malcolm Shumaker (right)
2010 APA National Doubles Champions

In the amateur division, the tournament developed into a see-saw battle primarily involving local area players. 2009 Dogwood Open APA Champion Bill Petrie of Lynchburg, VA and 2004 APA National Doubles Champion Malcolm Shumaker of Farmville, VA crafted rounds of 29, 20, 23, and 28 for a 72-hole total of 100 to notch a three-stroke triumph. The win gave Petrie the first major national amateur division title of his career and Shumaker his second. The duo also earned low-round honors in the amateur division with their second-round better ball score of 20 on course # 1. Lynchburg, VA local stalwarts and first-round leaders Randy Baldwin and Conway Coffey brewed up a 72-hole score of 103 to earn runner-up honors. A three-way, third-place tie at 106 included the teams of Wade Driskill and James LeBrun, Joey Graybeal and Bonnie White, and Lynn Self and Larry Smith. Those three tandems also garnered the final amateur division expense reimbursement spots allocated in the tournament.

The events of the 2010 PPA National Championship week will continue with the contesting of the 72-hole 2010 PPA ProPutters.Com Classic on courses # 1 and # 2 at the Lynchburg, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

Article provided by Brad Lebo

Professional Division of the 2010 PPA National Doubles Championship
(Lynchburg, VA - Course # 1-2-1-2 - 13 September 20

Team Names NameShotBallBallShotTotalMoney
1Kevin Lacey - Greg Ward2522232595 $  370.00
2Brice Bergesen - Joe Lea2321222995 $  280.00
3Robert Johnson - Bill Kirby2724222396 $  240.00
4Charlie Greenwalt - Tony Varnadore2821222697 $  200.00
5Greg Newport - Rick Rybaczek2722212898 $  170.00
Danny McCaslin - Matt McCaslin2522222998 $  170.00
Jay Klapper - Randy Orr3019222798 $  170.00
8Randy Reeves - Rainey Statum3322202499 $  145.00
Jeff Carr - Ricky Schults2724242499 $  145.00
10Rick Culverhouse - Frank Warren27232526101 $  125.00
Rick Baird - Andy Coradini25252328101 $  125.00
12Nate Nichols - Jerry Pinotti28222230102 $  105.00
Bill Baus - Daryl Freeman32222424102 $  105.00
14Bob Haizlip - C.L. Jones30232426103  
Tony Jackson - Michael Hitt32222128103  
16Ed Grajewski - Gary Hinshaw28262427105  
17Lee Messinger - Jeffrey Smith32232229106  
Dennis Biesma - Gary Watson29232628106  
19Jim Cruse - Paul Johns29282525107  
20Joel Baker - Brad Lebo33272226108  
Tim Greenert - Ken Hastings31222629108  
Olivia Prokopova - Marek Spidra35222526108  
23Jeff McDonald - Greg Roberts31252726109  
24Tim Jones - David McCollister29252634114  
Mark Ross - Stan Seethoff36262329114  
26Lewis Burton - Mark Hasty36272929121  

Amateur Division of the 2010 PPA National Doubles Championship
(Lynchburg, VA - Course # 2-1-2-1 - 13 September 2010

Team NamesShotBallBallShotTotalMoney
1Bill Petrie - Malcolm Shumaker29202328100 $    60.00
2Randy Baldwin - Conway Coffey25242628103 $    60.00
3Wade Driskill - James LeBrun27222235106 $    36.65
Joey Graybeal - Bonnie White27242431106 $    36.65
Lynn Self - Larry Smith27272527106 $    36.65
6Chris Alley - Pat Simpson31252429109  
7Alan Sahmel - Danny Tatum30242333110  
8Rick Carter - Herb Hull31272532115  
9Rodney Ashley - Keith Waters31282631116  
10Lance Perdue - Randal Smith33262730116  
Mickey DeLucca - Tony Newcomb30262833117  
12Barb Mingo - Terry Sanner31282536120  




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