Nate Nichols Hits Them Sweet In 3-Stroke Victory In Richmond, IN
23 July 2011 - Richmond, IN - The Indiana Putting Tour reconvened on Course 2 in Richmond for the nightcap of the Saturday doubleheader, a second 54-hole tourney for the day.
The sunny 95-degree weather and the added humidity continued to bake the carpets and the players' minds as they did in the morning tourney. However, extra repetitions from the first tourney plus extra nourishment from lunch at the nearby McDonald's helped the players make more aces in the second tournament. The pro field averaged a full stroke a round better in the second tourney than they did in the first.
Nate Nichols of Columbus, Indiana gained the most from the morning, as he used some sweet shooting to win his second IPT tourney of the season. Nichols shot an outstanding 34-under par 74. James Weber and Kevin Lacey tied for second place at 77. Shawn Gilliland, the winner of the first tourney, shot two strokes better in the nightcap but settled for the fourth and last cash spot at 78.
Nichols had the lead entering the final round, with help from an opening 23, the best round of the day by the field. Nichols led Lacey by a stroke entering the final 18, with a 48 to Lacey's 49. Three other players were within four shots. Nichols then started the final round by acing nine of his first 11 holes and shot a 26 to hold off the other challengers.
In the amateur division, Josh Garrison won his first state title in two years with a 21-under par 87. He led by five shots after two rounds and rolled to a three-shot win.
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