Coradini Bests Newport in Season Opener

26 February 2011 - Martinez, GA - Under the backdrop of beautiful weather that belied the calendar, The Southern Putting Tour started the 2011 season on the Red Course at the Martinez, GA Putt-Putt Fun Center with a weekend slate of events. Light showers on Friday morning greeted the many players who chose to take a long weekend and get some early season rust off their games. Changing conditions all day made for some difficult shot choices, and the well-seasoned carpets brought back memories of fast-carpets days of competition.

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Andy Coradini

Players enjoyed almost perfect conditions Saturday, with sunny skies and moderate temperatures greeting the 26 pros and 31 amateurs who competed in the morning event. In the pro division, 2010 PPA National Champion Greg Newport gave early notice his game was in top form as he opened with a round of 15 under par 21. The Red Course is one of his favorites and was the site of his dominating performance to win the 2009 Georgia State Championship. Close behind Newport at 14 under par 22 was 1993 PPA National Champion Andy Coradini. One stroke further back at 23 was 2009 PPA National Champion Tony Varnadore. Four players hovered at 11 under par 25.

The scoring pace slowed a bit for the leaders in round two. Newport carded a round of 26, putting him at 47 after two rounds. Coradini shot 25 in round two and was tied for the lead with Newport. On the strength of a 13 under par round of 23, 2010 PPA Senior National Champion Frank Warren used him unmatched home course knowledge to close within one of the lead at 48. Four players were closely bunched with scores of 50 after round two.

Coradini's mastery of the back nine proved to be the difference in the event. His final round of 14 under par 22 included what would be the first of three perfect back nines he would shoot for the weekend. The strength of his performance on the inward holes allowed him to shoot 69 for the day and grab a one stroke victory over Newport, who settled for runner up honors with a final round 23 and a total score of 70. Warrens play remained strong, and his finishing round of 24 put him in third place at 72. The cash line for the field was 78.

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Billy Caudle

In the amateur division Chris Chafin, who won his first SPT APA event in High Point last year, started out the tournament with a strong score of 12 under par 24. Close behind at 10 under par 26 was 2000 APA South Carolina Match Play Champion Billy Caudle. Five players loomed one stroke behind Caudle at 27.

The top two positions stayed the same after round two. Chafin and Caudle both slowed their pace a bit and settled for 9 under par rounds of 27. Caudle was joined at a two round score of 53 by 2007 APA North Carolina State Champion Chris Alley, who turned in a round two score of 24. One stroke behind Alley were 2010 APA Florida State Champion David Myers and 1993 APA North Carolina State Champion Keith Waters, both tied at 54.

Caudle showed in the final round that he was not to be denied in the season opener. His fantastic final round of 15 under par 21 gave him a total score of 74 and secured a one stroke victory for him. Chafin, who had a very solid final round of 24, took runner up honors at 75. 2006 PPA Senior National Champion Steve Toomey, playing in his first APA event ever, finished in third place with a total score of 79.

The Southern Putting Tour will be back in action for the second event of the day, with tee off slated for approximately 4 pm this afternoon.

Article provided by the Southern Putting Tour

Professional Division
(Martinez, GA- Red Course - 26 February 2011)

Player Name123TotalEarnedMoney
1Andy Coradini2225226940.00 $  160.00
2Greg Newport2126237034.00 $  120.00
3Frank Warren2523247233.00 $  100.00
4Ricky Schults2723237331.50 $    80.00
Jimmy Mott2922227331.50 $    80.00
6Jay Klapper2625237430.00 $    70.00
7Tony Varnadore2329237528.00 $    60.00
Rick Baird2624257528.00 $    60.00
Randy Reeves2625247528.00 $    60.00
10Tony Jackson2526257626.00 $    55.00
11Robert Johnson2526267724.50 $    50.00
Jeff Carr2724267724.50 $    50.00
13Gary Watson3026227822.50 $    45.00
Stan Seethoff2624287822.50 $    45.00
15Rick Rybaczek2527277920.50  
Rick Culverhouse2728247920.50  
17Gary English2729248018.50  
Greg Ward2624308018.50  
19Michael Hitt2625308117.00  
20Brad Lebo2626308215.50  
Matt McCaslin2830248215.50  
22Randy Orr2926298414.00  
23Darrell Britt2632278513.00  
24Lewis Burton2828308612.00  
25Dennis Biesma2627368911.00  
26Thomas Rawles3032299110.00  

 Amateur Division
(Martinez, GA- Red Course - 26 February 2011)

Player Name123TotalEarnedMoney
1Billy Caudle2627217440.00 $    20.00
2Chris Chafin2427247534.00 $    15.00
3Steve Toomey2728247933.00 $    15.00
4Ray Guthrie2829238032.00 $    15.00
5Keith Waters2727278130.50 $    15.00
Paula Gay2729258130.50 $    15.00
7Chris Alley2924298229.00 $    15.00
8David Myers2628298328.00 $    15.00
9Joey Graybeal2930258427.00 $    15.00
10Ben Blake2929278525.50 $    10.00
Todd Trent2829288525.50 $    10.00
12Johnny Brown2927318723.50 $    10.00
Bo DeBruin3129278723.50 $    10.00
14Terry Hendrix2932288921.50 $    10.00
Vanette Block3125338921.50 $    10.00
16James Chastain3128319019.50 $      4.00
Bo Kurash2834289019.50 $      4.00
18James Lebrun2731339117.50  
Adam Smith2932309117.50  
20Mark Lawson2930339216.00  
21Jim Last2931349414.00  
Wesley Beck3430309414.00  
Mickey Delucca2735329414.00  
24Andrew Radford3330329511.00  
Linwood Moist3728309511.00  
Robby Bryant2833349511.00  
27Travis Robinson303333969.00  
28Joel Chastain3529371018.00  
29Danny Shaw3437341057.00  
30Jared Whitaker3041351066.00  
31Brad Dunn3545451255.00  



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