Lea Charges Past Parker And Roberts To Win In Victoria
2 April 2011 - Victoria, TX - Joe Lea's final round 31 on the toughest course in Texas allowed him to come from 2 strokes off the pace after 2 rounds to win the Southwest Putting Tour stop in Victoria on Saturday.
Greg Roberts and Don Parker took the lead after 18 holes with matching 30's. Joe Shirey was one stroke back at 31 and Joe Lea and Brice Bergesen were two back at 32 after one round.
It was a really strange second round on this hard Victoria course as the whole pro division either shot 32 or 33. Parker and Roberts were among the 32's so they remained tied for the lead at 62. Lea had a 32 the second round and Shirey a 33 that left them tied for third at 64.
Lea got off to a fast start the last round as the aces dried up for the other players. Joe closed with a final round 31 that was good enough to pass both Parker and Roberts for the victory. In addition to his second tournament win of the season he also became the number one seed for the SWPT tour finals in Abilene as he earned his fourth qualifying spot. Don and Greg ended up with identical rounds for the tournament with their 30-32-34's for a tie for second at 96. Tony Newcomb of Lake Charles was fourth at 97.
In match play Brice Bergesen became the number two seed for the tour championship as he defeated Joe Shirey in the finals for his fourth spot. Greg Roberts edged Tony Newcomb in their finals of the other bracket for his first qualifying spot of the year.
In the APA Ty Newcomb not only beat his dad, but also the whole field of pros and amateurs firing a 16-under par 92 for the win. Ty also earned the automatic qualifying spot for the tour finals, his second.
Ty came out of the gate fast with a first round 30 that was good for a 3 stroke lead over Danny Tatum and was 4 better than Charles Cox. Ty kept pace with the pros with a second round 32 for a 36-hole total of 62. Danny Tatum showed that he came to play too as his second round 29 also gave him a 62 for two rounds. Cox trailed at 68.
Newcomb and Tatum went toe to toe the final round with Ty finally coming out on top by one with a 30 for a 54-hole total of 92. Tatum's 31 for a 93 left him in second place once again. In spite of the fact that Danny also beat the pros on this day, it was the 16th time Danny has finished second in an APA tournament without a win in stroke play. Charles Cox got the match play spot for the tour finals.
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