Nichols Wins First Title Of Season, Raizor Wins First-Ever State Title
25 June 2011 - Louisville, KY - The Indiana Putting Tour journeyed to Louisville, Kentucky for the first time this season for a regular state weekend. Course owner and professional touring player Tim Greenert welcomed the IPT to his course as the weekend started on the challenging Course 1 layout.
In the four-round tourney, Nate Nichols of Columbus, Indiana charged into the clubhouse with a 24 in the final round to win his first medal-play tourney since 2009. The 2010 IPT Match Play champion shot a 36-under par 108 to win by two shots over James Weber and Eddie Coy. Kevin Lacey took the last cash spot with a fourth-place 111.
Competition remained close throughout the tourney. Entering the final round, it was Eddie Coy taking the lead with an 82. Four other players were at 84, and another at 85.
Coy, the 1979 PPA National Champion and Louisville resident, makes an occasional cameo comeback on tour in his hometown, and usually plays like a champ when he does. Saturday, he was in the final group with Nichols, who was one of the 84's after three rounds. In Round 4, Nichols shot 11 on the front nine to take the lead on Coy. They were tied with four holes to go before Nichols aced hole 15. That propelled him to a closing 24 and the victory as no one else shot better than 26.
Coy was one of three former national champs in the field, joining Bob Marcellino (1968) and Kevin Lacey (2008).
A 24 in the first round was key to victory for Karen Raizor of Louisville, who claimed her first ever state tour victory in the amateur division. She shot 118, 26-under par, to win by six shots over Tom Russell. Kyle Poole was third at 129.
Raizor posted 12 aces in the first round for her lifetime best 18. She then added a 27 to come in at 51 at the halfway point, 12 shots ahead of Russell. She opened the door for Russell with a 35 in the third round, but was able to hold him off in the final round.
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