Ward, Graybeal Wins Thursday Night Northern Open Warm-up

Greg Ward

7 July 2011 - Columbus, IN - Greg Ward and Joey Graybeal came up north to emerge as the winners in a star-studded "Thursday Night Special" Indiana Putting Tour event to warm up for the PPA Northern Open. Twenty-two pros and 10 amateurs arrived on Course 2 in Columbus for the three-rounder, representing a boatload of national championships and other prestigious honors.

Ward, the PPA's all-time winningest player and Hall of Famer, beat Monte Snyder in an 18-hole playoff after they had tied at 69. Ward led by five shots after the front nine, making eight of the first nine holes against Snyder, a Lafayette, Ind, pro in his third year on tour.

Joey Graybeal

Snyder, with one career win, bravely belied his underdog status by acing holes 10-17 to mount a serious comeback. He cut the lead to two strokes with five holes to play, but Ward gamely topped him on holes 14-17 to stay ahead. A bogey on 18 ended Snyder's chances, and Ward won 22 to 26.

Soon-to-be PPA Hall of Famer Brice Bergesen and 2010 inductee Jay Klapper tied for third place with 71. An untimely bogey on hole 17 in the third round ended Klapper's chances at victory. The cash line was a sparkling 74 in the 22-player field as players took advantage of the setting sun and ideal scoring conditions.

In the amateur division, reigning APA National Champion Joey Graybeal shot a steady 74 for a two-stroke win over Hamilton, Ohio veteran Ted Cain. The Tennessean Graybeal shot a bogeyless 24-26-24 that made the difference as Cain had two bogies over the course of the tourney. Kyle Poole took third place with 78 and Josh Garrison and Travis Robinson tied for fourth at 79.

Article provided by The Indiana Putting Tour

Professional Division
(Columbus, IN - Course # 2 - 7 July 2011)

Player Name123TotalMoneyEarned
1Greg Ward24222369 $  175.00 4.00
2Monte Snyder22242369 $  130.00 2.00
3Brice Bergesen25222471 $    95.00 1.00
Jay Klapper23222671 $    95.00
5James Weber23242572 $    80.00
6Jeff McDonald27232373 $    67.50
Kevin Lacey26242373 $    67.50
8Shawn Gilliland25252474 $    55.00
Randy Orr25242574 $    55.00
Nate Nichols25222774 $    55.00
11Rick Baird22282575  
12Tony Varnadore28242577  
13Brad Lebo25272678  
Charlie Greenwalt26272578  
15Lee Messinger25282679  
16Jerry Pinotti25282881  
17Robin Ventura31242782  
18Tim Greenert30262783  
19David Jones26283084  
20John Ventura29292886  
21David Barnett29302887  
22Tom Morrison35302590  

 Amateur Division
(Columbus, IN - Course # 2 - 7 July 2011)

Player Name123TotalMoneyEarned
1Joey Graybeal24262474 $    35.00 4.00
2Ted Cain26262476 $    30.00 2.00
3Kyle Poole25302378 $    30.00 1.00
4Josh Garrison23272979 $    25.00
Travis Robinson28272479 $    25.00
6Danny Tatum25272880  
Rodney Ashley25272880  
8Tom Gross29282582  
9Herb Hull33282788  
10Jimmy Arnold34313398  



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