Joe Lea Sweeps Southwest Putting Tour Weekend
3 April 2011 - Victoria, TX - Joe Lea rushed to the lead at 57 for two rounds and coasted in with a final round 33 for this third win of the season and the sweep of both events this weekend in Victoria.
Lea led the way with a 28 the first 18 which tied the course record set here last season by Jason The Shadow Sheffield. Tony Newcomb of Lake Charles was close behind with a 29, while Houston's Brice Bergesen and Joe Shirey were tied for third at 31.
A second round 29 gave Joe a 36-hole total of 57, good for a one stroke lead over Newcomb. Tony had fired another great round of 29 himself for a 58 total while Joe Shirey was third after two rounds with a 60.
The last round there were some real fireworks as both Brice Bergesen and Greg Roberts tied the course record again with matching 28's. This hard charging duo moved up the leader board fast as Brice went from fourth to second and Greg went from fifth to a tie for third place. This also put Roberts into a tie for the medal spot with Joe Shirey. Tony Newcomb fell out of contention with a final round 36.
In the 18-hole playoff for the spot, Greg shot the best round of anyone all weekend in winning his second spot in a row. Shirey came back to win a match play spot in the finals in sudden death over Don Parker and Mike Huckaby won the other bracket to get his first pro spot for the SWPT finals in October.
In the APA division, Danny Tatum finally got his first ever stroke play championship after all of his second place finishes. Tatum went wire-to-wire and was never seriously threatened. His first round 31 gave him a three stroke lead over Saturday's winner Ty Newcomb. Charles Cox trailed with a 37 for his first 18.
Danny increased his lead to a fat 6 strokes with a second round 30 for a 36-hole total of 61. Newcomb shot 33 the second 18 for a 36-hole total of 67 while Cox was at 68.
Tatum sailed in the last round with his best effort of the day, a 7-under par 29. This gave Danny a 54-hole total of 90 that tied Joe Lea's winning total in the pro division. Ty finished second at 97 and Cox was third at 103. Newcomb and Cox both got match play spots for the tour finals.
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