Greg Ward Holds On To Win His Second-Career Tournament Players Championship

 


Greg Ward

13 September 2012 - Columbus, IN - On a pleasant late summer day, the PPA National Tour contested the seventh edition of the Tournament Players Championship on courses # 1 and 2 at the picturesque Columbus, IN Putt-Putt Fun Center.  PPA Hall of Fame Greg Ward member rode the momentum from his dominating five-stroke victory in the previous day's PPA ProPutters.com Classic to open the 72-hole event with rounds of 21, 25, and 21 and establish a three-stroke lead over the field of 51 professionals with one round remaining.  Columbus local standout Jeff Garrison gave spirited chase by firing a closing-round 24, but when the dust settled, Ward's final-round 28 allowed him to escape with a one-stroke victory over Garrison with a 72-hole total of 95.  The win gave the 51-year-old construction material sales Vice President from Loganville, GA his second-career Tournament Players Championship title.  "My confidence was at a really high level after winning the ProPutters.com Classic yesterday," noted Ward following his triumph.  "I played great right out of the gate by acing the first eleven holes on course # 1 and it really set the tone for the day.  Shooting two 21's on course # 1 was special.  I don't think that I could have played much better."
 
Play commenced with Ward firing 21 on course # 1 to surge into a tie with Garrison at the top of the opening-round leaderboard, one shot ahead of 2007 PPA National Champion Rick Baird.  Ward took solo possession of the lead after 36 holes at 46 with a solid second-round 25 on the more challenging course # 2, one shot clear of Garrison and Columbus local star Nate Nichols.  With another 21 on course # 1 in the event's penultimate round, Ward established the 54-hole lead at 67, three strokes ahead of 2009 PPA National Champion Tony Varnadore and four shots in front of 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo.  Ward's torrid pace cooled off a bit on the fickle course # 2 layout in the final round, as he mustered only a pedestrian 28.  Despite a valiant closing-round charge by Garrision, who posted a fourth-round 24, Ward held on to earn a hard-fought one-stroke wire-to-wire victory with a 72-hole score of 95.  Garrison settled for runner-up honors at 96.  At 97, Varnadore, Lebo, and former PPA television contestant Jeff McDonald shared third position.  Low round honors went to 1968 PPA National Champion Bob Marcellino, who carded a third-round 20 on course # 1.  The cash line for the 35 money spots awarded in the event fell at a 72-hole score of 107.

 


Jeff Studer

In the amateur division, Jeff Studer, a 45-year-old district manager from Mansfield, OH, was rewarded for his solid and consistent play throughout the event with a come-from-behind one-stroke victory.  After opening the tournament with rounds of 24, 24, and 24, Studer stood in fourth place at 72, two shots behind 54-hole leader Matt Male and one stroke behind the daunting duo of defending champion Dr. Chris Chafin and 2010 APA National Champion Joey Graybeal.  But by firing his fourth-consecutive 24 in the closing round, Studer pole-vaulted to the top of the final amateur leaderboard with an impressive 72-hole total of 96.  "I never dreamed I would win a National Tour event," Studer humbly observed following the win. "It was one of the proudest days of my life.  My playing partners Adam Sahmel and Mickey DeLucca made it one of the best tournaments in which I have ever played."  Chafin posted a final-round 26 to finish second at 97.  At 98, Graybeal completed the event in third position.  Graybeal also garnered amateur division low round honors by virtue of a second-round 20 on course # 1.  Despite a fourth-round 29, Male held on to finish fourth at 99.  A gaggle of players tying for fifth place at 104 included 2011 PPA ProPutters.com Classic APA Champion Danny Tatum, reigning Eastern Open APA Champion Donnie Carpenter, two-time Great Lakes Tour APA Champion John Kropinak, and current Western Open APA Champion Geoffrey Mosk. 
 
The 2012 PPA National Championship week will continue with the contesting of the PPA National Championship and APA National Championship tournaments on courses # 1 and 2 at the Columbus, IN Putt-Putt Fun Center.  The two-day, 144-hole events will tee off at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14 and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 15.

 

 

 

                                                          Article submitted by Brad Lebo

 

 

 

Professional Division of The 2012 Tournament Player Championship (TPC)
(Columbus, IN - Course # 1 & # 2 - 12 August)

 

Place Player Name R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Points Earned Money Earned
1 Greg Ward 21 25 21 28 95 80.00 1000.00
2 Jeff Garrison 21 26 25 24 96 78.00 800.00
3 Tony Varnadore 25 24 21 27 97 72.00 541.67
  Brad Lebo 23 25 23 26 97 72.00 541.67
  Jeff McDonald 25 26 21 25 97 72.00 541.67
6 Rick Baird 22 27 24 25 98 67.00 380.00
  Andy Coradini 24 24 25 25 98 67.00 380.00
8 Jim Cruse 26 24 24 25 99 64.00 340.00
9 Matt McCaslin 26 22 25 27 100 62.00 320.00
10 Nate Nichols 23 24 25 29 101 58.00 290.00
  John Bambling 25 24 25 27 101 58.00 290.00
  Jerry Pinotti 27 24 26 24 101 58.00 290.00
13 Bill Kirby 26 26 25 25 102 53.00 265.00
  Robert Johnson 23 28 25 26 102 53.00 265.00
15 Frank Warren 26 24 27 26 103 47.20 230.00
  Randy Reeves 25 25 26 27 103 47.20 230.00
  Danny McCaslin 25 26 24 28 103 47.20 230.00
  Charlie Greenwalt 25 27 22 29 103 47.20 230.00
  Bob Marcellino 27 29 20 27 103 47.20 230.00
20 Kevin Lacey 27 28 24 25 104 42.00 190.00
  Daryl Freeman 24 28 26 26 104 42.00 190.00
  Rick Culverhouse 23 28 28 25 104 42.00 190.00
  Manfred Stewart 25 28 22 29 104 42.00 190.00
  Shawn Gilliland 25 30 24 25 104 42.00 190.00
25 Terry Phillips 25 26 28 26 105 38.50 172.50
  Ron Frederick 26 28 24 27 105 38.50 172.50
27 Tim Jones 27 27 25 27 106 35.00 155.00
  Rick Alessi 26 26 28 26 106 35.00 155.00
  Rick Ossenfort 25 29 23 29 106 35.00 155.00
  Angelo Korogianos 25 29 24 28 106 35.00 155.00
  Tim Greenert 29 25 24 28 106 35.00 155.00
32 Bill Baus 24 30 27 26 107 30.50 133.75
  Jeffrey Smith 26 23 32 26 107 30.50 133.75
  Monte Snyder 29 27 27 24 107 30.50 133.75
  Craig Williams 28 26 24 29 107 30.50 133.75
36 James Weber 27 30 25 26 108 28.00  
37 Ken Hastings 25 28 28 28 109 26.50  
  Rick Rybaczek 27 27 27 28 109 26.50  
39 Greg Newport 26 30 24 30 110 24.50  
  Joe Shirey 26 30 25 29 110 24.50  
41 Paul Johns 29 28 27 27 111 23.00  
42 Thomas Rawles 26 30 24 32 112 21.00  
  Gary Hinshaw 24 30 28 30 112 21.00  
  Harry Sykes 29 27 27 29 112 21.00  
45 Brice Bergesen 29 29 24 31 113 19.00  
46 David Barnett 29 29 28 30 116 18.00  
47 Jon Drexler 35 28 29 27 119 17.00  
48 Lewis Burton 33 30 30 29 122 16.00  
49 Jason Van Buskirk 38 34 30 33 135 15.00  

 

 

Amatuer Division of The 2012 Tournament Player Championship (TPC)
(Columbus, IN - Course # 1 & # 2 - 12 August)

  Player Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Jeff Studer 24 24 24 24 96
2 Chris Chafin 24 25 22 26 97
3 Joey Graybeal 23 20 28 27 98
4 Matt Male 22 24 24 29 99
5 Danny Tatum 29 25 26 24 104
6 Donnie Carpenter 27 22 31 24 104
7 John Kropinak 26 26 27 25 104
8 Geoffrey Mosk 27 26 26 25 104
9 Bonnie White 25 26 28 26 105
10 Kyle Poole 25 27 27 27 106
11 Johnny Brown 27 27 27 26 107
12 Jimmy Watson 32 25 25 26 108
13 Tom Russell 27 24 25 32 108
14 Adam Sahmel 30 26 28 25 109
15 Karen Raizor 26 27 26 31 110
16 Alan Sahmel 24 26 32 29 111
17 Mickey DeLucca 29 26 31 26 112
18 Terry Sanner 28 30 27 27 112
19 Stan Seethoff 26 27 30 29 112
20 Andrew Radford 30 29 29 29 117
21 Jimmy VanBuskirk 35 35 30 32 132
22 Carol Alessi 33 33 34 35 135

 

 

 

Scores provided by Rick Rybaczek