Kevin Lacey Wins Rain-Shortened Event In Richmond, IN
24 July 2011 - Richmond, IN - The Indiana Putting Tour returned to Course 2 in Richmond, Indiana for the final of three tournaments scheduled for the tour weekend, a six-round major.
A familiar champ emerged, as 2008 PPA National Champion Kevin Lacey won his eighth career state title on Course 2. After a subpar Saturday by his standards, Lacey rolled to a seven-shot win to capture his sixth title of the season, including doubles. Lacey shot a 57-under par 123 in the tourney, which was shortened to five rounds as lightning and heavy rain approached the course during the sixth round.
Charlie Greenwalt finished second with 130. Nate Nichols was third at 132 and Brandon Davis fourth at 133.
Lacey took control of the tourney from the beginning, shooting a 23 in the first round to take an immediate four-shot lead. He would reach the halfway point with a 74, six strokes ahead of Greenwalt and Nichols.
After the lunch break, Greenwalt made a charge, acing the first nine holes of Round 4 and firing a 23 of his own to cut his deficit to three. Undaunted, Lacey started Round 5 strong and added another 23 to his ledger to pull away, and Greenwalt could get no closer as the clouds started to open up.
The amateurs were able to complete their sixth round before the rains came, and the battle for first place became as electrifying as the skies.
Josh Garrison won his second IPT tourney in a row for the weekend, shooting a 49-under par 167 to win by one stroke over Kyle Poole and two over Tom Russell.
Russell led Garrison by six at the halfway point and Poole by seven, but both Garrison and Poole shot outstanding 78's in Rounds 4-6 to make a comeback. Garrison and Poole dueled in the same group for the last three rounds and Garrison won the battle by one shot. Garrison emerged as the tourney winner when Russell finished his last round with a 30.
The IPT thanks Richmond owner Craig Brown and his staff for their hospitality over the weekend and looks forward to returning for the tour finals. The IPT will resume Aug. 20-21 in Louisville for the annual Down Syndrome charity classic.
Article provided by The Indiana Putting Tour