Greg Ward Captures Southern Putting Tour Season Opener

Greg Ward

13 March 2010 - Martinez, GA - After heavy rain during the week and again on Friday night, the Southern Putting Tour opened it's season on the Red Course at the immaculately maintained Martinez, GA Putt-Putt Fun Center. Twenty five pros and nineteen amateurs were welcomed by damp carpets and swirling winds, which was the norm for the entire weekend.

The first round was dominated by two stalwarts of the Southern Putting Tour. Reigning PPA National Champion Tony Varnadore and reigning GA State Champion and 108 hole record holder Greg Newport set the early pace with a blistering rounds of 22. Jay Klapper and Tony Jackson were tied for third place at 24. Varnadore cooled quickly in the second round, only carding a score of 5 under par. Second round leaders were Newport and Greg Ward, both with a score of 48, followed closely by Jackson and Darrell Britt at 49. Ward followed up with his best round of the day, 22, to finish in the winners circle at 70. Jackson finished with 73, followed by Newport at 75. The cash line for the event was 80.

Chris Alley

In the APA division, Duncan, SC native Terry Hendrix showed some time away from the game did nothing to diminish his putting talents, as he grabbed the first round lead with 24. Reigning GA State Champion Todd Trent followed closely at 25, and five players were tied for third place at 27. Hendrix had major troubles in the second round and fell out of contention. Trent led the pack after two rounds with 52, followed by APA veteran Chris Alley at 55 and tied at 56 were 2006 Ladies National Champion Vanette Block and local favorite Mike Newman. Newman struggled in the third round, scoring an untimely 33. Block finished with a solid round of 27, which was one stroke off the pace set by Trent and Alley, who both finished 54 holes with scores of 82. In a highly competitive playoff, Alley bested Trent by shooting 23 to Trent's 25.

The players would break for lunch and prepare to regroup for an afternoon event, also on Martinez' Red Course.

Article provided by The PPA Southern Tour

Professional Division
(Martinez, GA - Red Course - 13 March 2010)

Player Name123TotalEarnedMoney
1Greg Ward2523227040.00 $  150.00
2Tony Jackson2425247334.00 $  110.00
3Greg Newport2226277532.50 $    85.00
Darrell Britt2524267532.50 $    85.00
5Ricky Schults2824247631.00 $    75.00
6Frank Warren2725257730.00 $    70.00
7Rick Rybaczek2527277928.00 $    52.00
Michael Hitt2823287928.00 $    52.00
Gary English2528267928.00 $    52.00
10Jeff Carr3121288025.00 $    42.00
Gary Watson2627278025.00 $    42.00
Lewis Burton2725288025.00 $    42.00
13Rick Baird2729258123.00  
14Randy Reeves2630268221.50  
Steve Toomey3026268221.50  
16Jay Klapper2427328319.50  
Stan Seethoff2829268319.50  
18Tony Varnadore2231318417.00  
Robert Johnson3027278417.00  
Bill Kirby2829278417.00  
21Dan Anders2826318514.50  
Matt McCaslin2729298514.50  
23Brad Lebo3227288713.00  
24Randy Orr3527309212.00  
25Bob Jackson3131319311.00  

 Amateur Division
(Martinez, GA - Red Course - 13 March 2010)

Player Name123TotalEarnedMoney
1Chris Alley *2728278240.00 $    20.00
2Todd Trent2527308234.00 $    20.00
3Vanette Block2729278332.50 $    18.00
Larry Smith2829268332.50 $    18.00
5Ben Blake3031238430.50 $    15.00
Billy Caudle3226268430.50 $    15.00
7Ray Guthrie2733268629.00 $    10.00
8Randal Smith3128288727.50 $    10.00
Johnny Brown2732288727.50 $    10.00
10Mike Newman3026338926.00 $      5.00
11Terry Hendrix2435329125.00  
12Keith Waters2733329223.00  
David Myers3233279223.00  
Steve Helton3029339223.00  
15Adam Smith3433309721.00  
16Lynn Self3632309819.00  
Andy Pearman3330359819.00  
Mark Lawson3330359819.00  
19Linwood Moist3431349917.00  

* Won 18-hole playoff 23-25


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