Brad Lebo Wins His Third Career Dogwood Festival Open Title
2 May 2010 - Charlottesville, VA - 2 May 2010 - Charlottesville, VA - The Virginia PPA Tour held its first major championship of the 2010 season, the 72-hole Dogwood Festival Open, on course # 2 at the beautiful Charlottesville, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center. With intermittently overcast skies and moderate morning temperatures, the course's enigmatic carpet fibers remained fairly tame throughout the tournament. The players took advantage of the relatively benign conditions, as general field scoring improved significantly from that posted in the previous day's event.
2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo, the only player in the field to record four sub-30 rounds, survived a spirited final-round clubhouse charge by reigning PPA Eastern Open Champion Greg Newport to notch his third career Dogwood Festival Open title. Lebo fired rounds of 27, 27, 29, and 26 for a bogey-free 72-hole total of 109 to earn his first victory of the 2010 season. Newport carded the tournament's low round of 25 in the final round but inevitably settled for runner-up honors at 110. At 112, third-round leader Robert Johnson finished third. 2007 PPA National Champion Rick Baird continued his stellar 2010 PPA campaign, completing the event in fourth position at 114. A two-way, fifth-place tie at 115 included Thomas Rawles and 1991 VA State Champion Ed Grajewski, who won the previous day's tournament. The cash line for the nine money spots allocated in the event fell at a 72-hole score of 120.
In the amateur division, 1999 VA APA State Champion Malcolm Shumaker used a brilliant penultimate-round 26, the low round of the day in the amateur division, as a springboard to a two-stroke victory. Shumaker manufactured rounds of 29, 32, 26, and 29 for a 72-hole total of 116. Third-round leader Mike Matthews struggled to a final-round 32 but held on to finish in second place at 118. At 119, two-time APA National Champion Clayton Craft, Esq. completed the event in third position. Amateur division heavyweight Randal Smith overcame a difficult start to the tournament to finish in fourth place at 120. James LeBrun and five-time VA APA State Champion Chuck Dibbs shared fifth position at 121 and split the final of the five amateur division expense reimbursement spots distributed in the tournament.
The Virginia PPA Tour wishes to thank long-time course owner Lloyd Wood and his staff for warmly welcoming the tour to the Charlottesville Putt-Putt Fun Center. The tour as well greatly appreciated the arduous efforts they made in preparing the course and facility for the weekend events. The Virginia Tour will resume its schedule with three tournaments on the weekend of May 22-23, 2010 on course # 2 at the Roanoke, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center. Two 54-hole contests will be held on Saturday, May 22. The first of those events will tee off at 11:00 a.m., with the second tournament scheduled to commence at approximately 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 23, the second Virginia Tour major championship of the season, the 72-hole Virginia Putting Classic, will begin at 10:00 a.m.
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