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 (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.
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.
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