Andy Coradini Puts Exclamation Point on Hall of Fame Career By Winning His Second-Career PPA National Championship
16 September 2011 - Memphis, TN - 1993 PPA National Champion Andy Coradini of Soddy-Daisy, TN arrived in Memphis, TN for the 2011 PPA National Championship week looking forward to his induction into the PPA Hall of Fame at the annual PPA awards banquet to be held during the week. When the dust settled from a busy week of tournament action, however, Coradini, a 48-year-old business owner and manager, took home more than just his PPA Hall of Fame commemorative plaque. After building a five-stroke lead with one round remaining in the two-day, 144-hole PPA National Championship on courses # 2 and # 3 at Aubrey Smith's grand Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center, Coradini strategically held on to notch a one-stroke triumph and hoist the winner's crystalline hardware for the second time in his career.
The historic win highlighted a brilliant 2011 PPA National Tour campaign for Coradini, who also finished the season atop the 2011 PPA National Tour points list and tied the 144-hole PPA scoring record in Columbus, IN en route to victory in 2011 PPA Northern Open. With rounds of 25, 27, 25, 24, 24, 22, 23, and 29 for a 144-hole total of 199, Coradini captured the $5,000.00 winner's check and joined Alan Quinnelly, Lewis Burton, Cliff Matthews, Robert Smith, and Vance Randall as part of the small and elite group of players to have won more than one PPA National Championship title during their careers. "Winning the PPA National Championship is what we all strive to accomplish. Winning it twice now is very special to me," reflected Coradini. "I didn't realize how hard it was to win when I won in 1993. I have been close several times but never broke through again until now. This year was incredible and I owe it all to my wife Beth for changing my attitude on how I approach the game." PPA Hall of Fame member Jay Klapper orchestrated a spirited final-round clubhouse charge with a closing-round 22 to maneuver into a share of runner-up honors at 200 with 2008 PPA National Champion Kevin Lacey. A two-way, fourth-place tie at 201 included two-time PPA National Champion Cliff Matthews and PPA Hall of Fame member Greg Ward.
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