Brad Lebo Fires 72 to Earn Two-Stroke Victory in Richmond, VA
16 July 2011 - Richmond, VA - Course manager, host professional, and PPA Hall of Fame member Gary Hinshaw welcomed a field of 27 professionals and 18 amateurs to historic course # 3 at the Richmond, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center to contest the first of two weekend Virginia PPA Tour events which provided participants with invaluable practice for the upcoming PPA Eastern Open weekend to be held in Richmond on August 6-7. Players failed to take advantage of the rather benign conditions experienced on the sun-drenched but calm and unseasonably temperate afternoon, as only seven of 27 professionals managed to break 80 in the 54-hole event.
2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo entered the final round of action trailing opening-round and second-round leader Rick Culverhouse by two strokes. The chances of victory looked bleak for Lebo as he aced only 9 of the first 14 holes in the final round, but an inspired run of consecutive aces on the tournament's final four holes gave him a surprising two-stroke triumph. Carding steady but unspectacular rounds of 25, 24, and 23 for a 54-hole total of 72, Lebo notched his third win of the 2011 PPA season. With a closing-round 26, Culverhouse settled for runner-up honors at 74. Lebo and Culverhouse tied for the low round in the professional division at 23. Reigning PPA National Champion Greg Newport fired 75 to finish in third place. At 76, reigning Virginia Open Champion Rick Rybaczek completed the event in fourth position on the eve of his title defense. Jeff Spainhour continued his stellar 2011 PPA campaign, posting 77 to tie 2010 Richmond, VA Local Player of the Year Manfred Stewart for fifth place. The cash line for the fourteen money spots awarded in the event fell at a three-round score of 82.
In the amateur division, two-time APA National Champion Clayton Craft, Esq. litigated a heroic final-round 24 to emerge out of a significant logjam near the top of the 36-hole amateur leaderboard and earn his initial victory of the 2011 season. After posting opening rounds of 26 and 28, Craft began the closing round one stroke behind a quartet of co-leaders which included Dr. Chris Chafin, three-time VA APA State Champion Conway Coffey, five-time VA APA State Champion Chuck Dibbs, and Richmond, VA local player Kyle Fitzgerald. As the second-round leaders struggled in the third round, Craft cruised to a relatively effortless three-shot triumph with a 54-hole total of 78. Two-time APA National Doubles Champion Malcolm Shumaker matched Craft's final-round 24 to surge into a tie for second place at 81 with Chafin and Coffey. At 82, James LeBrun rounded out the amateur division's top five finishers. Craft, Shumaker, and Coffey shared amateur division low-round honors at 24. The final of the nine amateur division expense reimbursement spots allocated in the tournament came at a 54-hole score of 87.
The Virginia Tour will return to action with the contesting of the its third major tournament of the season, the 108-hole Virginia Open, on course # 3 at the Richmond, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center. Play in that event will commence at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2011.
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