Lacey, Kropinak Continue Winning Ways
11 June 2011 - Springfield, OH - The Indiana Putting Tour combined with the Great Lakes Tour for a state tour weekend in Springfield, Ohio June 11-12. The tourneys were on Course 1, which is considered the most demanding course on the two northern tours. Players need to bring their patience and U.S. Open mentalities to the course because of the variety of tough deuce putts and dangerous holes where a player can record a four or worse. The toughness of the course produced a wide range of field scoring during the weekend.
No stranger to demanding conditions is Kevin Lacey, who won his third state event in as many tries on the Indiana Tour to open the weekend. He shot a solid 81, 27-under par to win by one shot over Paul Johns.
Lacey was one of four players to break 30 in the first round, firing a 26 to lead by two shots. He added a 29 in the second round but fell to second place after an outstanding 24 by Johns in the round. James Weber was in third place going into the final round with a 57, three shots out.
Weber would take himself out of the running with an early 4 in the final round. Lacey shot a 12 on the treacherous front nine to start the round, and despite bogeying hole 16 he finished with a 26. Johns had a chance in the final holes, but missed 16 and 17 to end his chances.
Jim Cruse finished third after a strong finishing 26. Weber and Monte Snyder tied for fourth with an 88 after Snyder had an outstanding 24 of his own to finish. The cash line was 93 in the 19-player field.
In the amateur division, Columbus southpaw John Kropinak shot a solid 84 to win by six shots over Matt Male as the pair lapped the field in the 11-player division. Kropinak led by seven shots after a second-round 26.
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