April 2010 - Killeen, TX - While most people dread the sound of April 15th, those players that ventured in to Killeen early for the Western Open looked at the calendar and the rain and said, It may rain this weekend and Ive paid my taxes and my entry so bring on the wet shots. Well, most courses would have been a rainout as it rained from 5pm until after midnight Thursday but it offered the players a chance to learn the wet shots while filing the short form. Greg Ward
had entered the event and then looked at the puddling on the holes at the ends of the cover and started to back out of the warm up event but then after seeing the staff at Killeen blow off the carpets set his sight on playing and playing well he did. Greg opened with a 22 and really never looked back to see the field as he bested the 2009 Western Open Champion Randy Reeves
from Montgomery, AL and the 4 time WPT champion Rainey Statum
from Huffman, Texas by 10 shots. Because of the late hour Reeves and Statum agreed to use the 8 round event over the weekend to determine the 2nd winner of a match play spot at the end of the season. Statum would join Ward as Spot winners for the event.
of Bossier City, LA was 4th place one stroke back of second. One-shot back was the reigning (No pun intended) WPT Champion, Jeffrey Smith
. The course had .53 inches of rain Thursday Night and was going to get another .42 inches on Friday and .80 inches on Saturday and gave a preview of the weekend battle and conditions that was just a preview between Ward and Statum.Chris Alley
from Spartanburg, South Carolina won his second event in 2010. Alley's rounds of 29, 26, 27 bested the locals by 7 shots on the rain soaked course. 2nd Place was a tie between Waco, TX residents Steve Tanton
and Ken Stanfill
that were scrambling to change to the wet shots; but it had been months since the last event had rain on the course so the home course advantage was negated. Tanton and Stanfill won the 2 WPT spots for the year-end event in Lake Charles, LA. Coming in 4th place, one shot back of 2nd place was Mickey DeLucca
from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.