Lacey/Pinotti, Kropinak/Male Win Doubles Titles

11 June 2011 - Springfield, OH - The Indiana Putting Tour combined with the Great Lakes Tour for a doubles tournament to finish the doubleheader on Course 1 in Springfield, Ohio. The format was four rounds of best-ball, the same as the national championship format in September. The best-ball rules took the teeth out of the most demanding course on either tour and made for a fun relaxing time for all.

Kevin Lacey - 2005 PPA National Double Champion Greg Ward - 2001 PPA Southern Open Champion
Kevin Lacey (left) and Jerry Pinotti (right)

It was the most fun for Kevin Lacey and Jerry Pinotti, who teamed up for a score of 95, 49-under par. They shot steady scores of 23-24-23-25 to pull away.

They ousted defending doubles champion John Ventura, who had won the last two tour doubles titles with his daughter, Robin. With the reigning queen of doubles unavailable this year, Ventura turned to diminutive left-hander James Weber for another shot at glory. After a slow start in the first round, the long-time Hamilton, Ohio course combatants made a charge. They made 14 of the first 15 holes of the last round, and when they stepped up to 16, they had a chance to tie Lacey and Pinotti. However, they missed all three holes to settle for an outstanding 22.

Kevin Lacey - 2005 PPA National Double Champion Greg Ward - 2001 PPA Southern Open Champion
John Kropinak (left) and Matt Male (right)

Veterans Rick Alessi and Roger Beckerman tied for third with 103 after taking the lead at the halfway point. They shot a 22 and 23 to lead by two.

Mark Hasty and Scott Buddie pulled out all the stops in their search for a doubles title. Buddie borrowed a pair of Hasty's legendary knee-length orange Putt-Putt socks and both players displayed their sartorial splendor during the tourney. Using that inspiration, their play was splendid at the beginning with a first-round 21. Eventually they cooled off and tied for third with Alessi and Beckerman. Indianapolis pros Shawn Gilliland and Charlie Greenwalt were fifth with 104.

In the amateur division, the Columbus pair of John Kropinak and Matt Male rolled to victory with a 100, winning by 14 shots. They shot 71 in the first three rounds.

Article provided by The Indiana Putting Tour

Professional Division
(Springfield, OH - Course # 1 - 11 June 2011)

Player Name1234TotalMoney
1Kevin Lacey / Jerry Pinotti2324232595 $  350.00
2John Ventura / James Weber2724252298 $  250.00
3Rick Alessi / Roger Beckerman22232929103 $  125.00
Scott Buddie / Mark Hasty21272629103 $  125.00
5Shawn Gilliland / Charlie Greenwalt27242825104 $    50.00
6Rick Ossenfort / Monte Snyder25302427106  
7Ken Hastings / Craig Williams29282723107  
8Jim Cruse / Paul Johns29252728109  
9John Bambling / Paul Pastilong27272732113  

 Amateur Division
(Springfield, OH - Course # 1 - 11 June 2011)

Player Name1234Total
1John Kropinak / Matt Male23242429100
2Ted Cain / Kyle Poole28302828114
3Jeff Studer / Barb Mingo32282730117
4Carol Alessi / Don Niznik35282932124



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