Ward, Graybeal Wins Thursday Night Northern Open Warm-up
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.
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.
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