Robert Johnson Blisters Field In Hope Mills
13 March 2011 - Hope Mills, NC - The Southern Putting Tour returned to the beautiful new Hope Mills Course to try again to tame the tough Elephant course. With a little history and more practice to draw on players expected the scores to get lower. And they did.
First round scores in the Pro division saw 5 players, Robert Johnson, Rick Culverhouse, Brad Lebo, Michael Hitt and Frank Warren, shoot 10 under par 26's. But Rusty Taylor used a 25 to hold the lead.
Second round scores did rise a bit for most players. But Johnson and Culverhouse were the exceptions as used 24 and 25 scores to take the top spots at 50 and 51 respectably. Taylor fell back to 3rd place at 53, followed by Dennis Biesma at 54 and Ricky Schults and Jeff Carr at 55.
Final round action was dominated by the front running Johnson. The 2003 National Champion fired a 25 to easily out distance the rest of the field at 75. Culverhouse held on to 2nd with a 28 to finish at yesterdays winning score of 79. Schults and Carr fired 26's to finish at 81 and tie for 3rd place. 2006 National Champion Brad Lebo also fired 26 and bounced back to 5th place. The final money spots were at 85.
The extra day of practice and competition really showed in the APA field as their scores fell dramatically from Saturdays results.
"Killer" Keith Waters fired a 9 under par 27 to take the first round lead over 3 players, 2003 National Champion and probable 2010 APA player of the year Randal Smith and Fernandina Beach Florida star Bo Kurash, who all shot 28. Yesterday's winner Chris Chafin and Ben Blake rounded out the top 5 at 29.
In the second round 27 was the lowest and most popular score as 8 players shot that score. Waters was one of the 27 to hold onto the lead at 54. Smith and Bonnie White used their 27's to stay one back of the lead at 55. David Myers, Mickey Delucca and Bo Kurash were all at 57 to close out the top 5.
Final round play saw scores in general rise. Bonnie White and Randal Smith used matching 27's to tie for the lead at 82. Killer Keith closed with 30 to finish at 84. Kurash finished at 86 and yesterday's winner Chris Chafin and David Myers rounded out the top 5 at 88.
In the Playoff, the match stayed close until Smith's bogie at the 15th hole. White's 2 on the 18th hole gave her the victory over Smith. Her wide and infectious smile showed the happiness in her performance.
The entire Southern Putting Tour wishes to thank the management and staff of the course for the gracious hospitality and warm welcome. We are already looking forward to our return next year.
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