Robert Johnson Holds Off Tony Jackson For His Fourth Southern Putting Tour Victory Of The Year
4 September 2010 - High Point, NC - The Southern Putting Tour was welcomed by Chris Graney and his staff for the final regular season events of the 2010 SPT season. Heavy on all players hearts was the recent and untimely loss of course Assistant Manager and High Point Tournament Director Randy Carter, a fellow PPA member who recently lost his courageous fight against prostate cancer. He was remembered in an emotional ceremony shortly before tee off.
In the first round 2007 PPA National Champion Rick Baird and 2008 PPA North Carolina State Champion Ricky Schults set the pace with scores of 11 under par 25. One stroke behind were 2003 PPA National Champion Robert Johnson and 1995 PPA National Champion Bill Kirby, Jr. at 26. Four players sat one stroke back at 27.
Johnson blistered the course in round two, carding a spectacular round of 22 to secure the lead at 48. Schults and Baird each had rounds of 26 and were tied for second at 51. On the strength of a strong round of 13 under par 23 was 1997 PPA National Champion Randy Reeves at 52.
In the final round a furious charge by 2008 Elton Davis Memorial Champion Tony Jackson fell one stroke short. His remarkable round of 14 under par 22 left him with a score of 75 for the event. Johnson withstood Jacksons assault and scored a one stroke victory on the strength of a final round 26. The victory was Johnsons fourth on the SPT circuit in 2010. Bairds strong rounds of 25, 26 and 26 earned him third place honors at 77.
In the amateur division, former 54 Hole PPA Record holder Steve Lyon and 2010 APA North Carolina State Champion Ray Guthrie set the pace with opening rounds of 12 under par 24. One stroke back with an 11 under par 25 was Archdale, NC product Randy Simpson. Tied in forth place with a score of 26 were 2006 PPA Womens National Champion Vanette Block and Winston-Salem product Chris Chafin.
Second round action saw Lyon continue his strong play while carding a round of 10 under par 26, good for a three stroke lead at 50. Guthries pace slowed a bit, but a round of 29 put him three behind Lyon and in second place at 53. Block and tour favorite Jimmy Comer followed at 54.
Final round scores were a bit higher. Lyon managed a round of 7 under par 29, which allowed him to hold on and take a wire-to-wire victory with a score of 79. Block, Comer and Chafin finished tied for second at 81. Guthrie and 1998 APA North Carolina State Champion Billy Caudle, who shot 26 his final round, finished tied for fifth at 82.
The tour wishes to thank Chris Graney and his staff for successful event and will return to the High Point Putt-Putt Golf and Games for its final events of the season on Sunday, September 5.
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