Robert Johnson Claims North Carolina State Championship After Carding A Blistering Final Round 22
27 June 2010 - High Point, NC - The Southern Tour held the North Carolina State Championship in High Point, N.C. on course 2. The weather was very sunny with the temperatures reaching the mid 90s during the six round event.
The morning rounds yielded some very low scores. In the pro division, Brad Lebo and Rick Rybaczek started the tournament off with 22s. Two strokes behind them were Greg Newport and Dennis Biesma with 24s. The course continued to yield low scores during round two. Brad Lebo and Greg Newport finished round two in a tie for the lead at 46. Rick Rybaczek was one stroke behind in third at 47. The third round continued with low scores. Brad Lebo took a three stroke lead at 70. Rick Rybaczek came in at 73. There was a trio of players in third at 75 which included Greg Newport, Bill Kirby, Jr., and Daryl Freeman.
After an hour lunch break, the temperatures warmed up to the mid 90s. The scores also escalated slightly. In round four, Brad Lebo shot a 28 but maintained a three stroke lead at 98. Rick Rybaczek held onto second at 101. Daryl Freeman moved into solo third at 102. The scores continue to get closer in round five. Brad Lebo shot a 27 for a 125 and a one stroke lead. Rick Rybaczek moved closer at 126. Daryl Freeman and Robert Johnson moved to within three strokes at 128. The final round had Lebo and Rybaczek shooting 28 and 27 respectively, to finish at 153. This was only good enough for a second place tie. Robert Johnson was masterful the final round with a score of 22. This gave him a final to total of 150 and a three stroke victory. This was Johnsons first North Carolina State Championship.
In the APA division, Jimmy Comer and Ray Guthrie both shot first round 24s for a tie for the first round lead. Johnny Brown was one stroke back at 25. After the second round, Jimmy Comer took the lead with a 26 and a total of 50. Ray Guthrie and Johnny Brown were one stroke back at 51. Jimmy Comer was able to extend his lead to two after the third round with a total of 77. Ray Guthrie was in second at 79. Vanette Block moved into third with a score of 82.
Jimmy Comer shot a 29 in round four for a total of 106. This was good enough for two stroke lead. A trio of players, Ray Guthrie, Vanette Block, and Joey Graybeal, were tied for second at 108. Jimmy Comer maintained his two stroke lead after round five with a total of 133. Ray Guthrie was in second at 135. Vanette Block was one behind Guthrie, in third, at 136. The final round saw Jimmy Comer stumble with a 30 to give him a total of 163 and a second place finish. Vanette Block was unable to take advantage and shot a 165 good for third. Ray Guthrie caught fire with a 24 and a total of 159. This was good for a four stroke victory.
The Southern Tour would like to thank Chris Graney and his staff for their hospitality and hosting the tournaments this weekend.
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