Billy Caudle Earns First Professional Victory in Wilson, N.C. with Final Round 25

20 July 2002 - Wilson, N.C. - A slow start didn't come back to haunt Billy Caudle on Saturday at Wilson Open at the Wilson Putt-Putt Golf and Games facility.


Billy Caudle

Caudle opened with a 31, then putted a second round 26 and a final round 25 for a total of 82 and a one-stroke victory in the professional division on Saturday at the Wilson Open.

Caudle collected his first Professional Putters Association win by edging second place finisher Vince Batten, who played consistently by carding rounds of 28, 28 and 27 for a final tally of 83. Brad Lebo (26-31--28) earned third place with an 85.

Malcolm Shumaker also overcame a sluggish start and followed up his opening round 33 with strong rounds of 28 and 29 for a 90, and a two-stroke victory in the amateur division. Finishing in a tie for second was local APA player Gerald Vick (29-33-30--92) and Lance Purdue (32-28-32--92).

The novice division was highlighted by a battle between three local players. Johnny Brown (27-32-30--89), the 2001 Wilson City Singles champion, and current better-ball points leader Vince Edwards (30-29-30--89) were tied after 54 holes. Brown defeated Edwards in an 18-hole playoff. Local course veteran William Lewis (29-31-30--90) finished third.

Story provided by Wilsondaily.com (22 July 2002 issue) with scores provided by Rick Baird.

 

Professional Division of 2002 Wilson Open
(Wilson
, NC - 20 July 2002)

    Round   Prize N.C.
  Player 1 2 3 Total Money Points
1 Billy Caudle 31 26 25 82  $  150.00 40
2 Vince Batten 28 28 27 83  $  110.00 34
3 Brad Lebo 26 31 28 85  $    90.00 33
4 Andy Coradini 27 28 31 86  $    80.00 32
5 Ray Guthrie 30 30 28 88  $    75.00 31
6 Gilbert Sharpe 30 31 28 89  $    65.00 30
7 Tommy Barbour 32 27 31 90  $    48.00 27.5
  Gary Hester 30 30 30 90  $    48.00 27.5
  Peter Neumann 31 29 30 90  $    48.00 27.5
  Thomas Rawles 29 33 28 90  $    48.00 27.5
11 Rick Baird 30 32 29 91  $    40.00 25
12 Mike Brown 30 28 34 92   23.5
  Matt Summey 31 29 32 92   23.5
14 Greg Newport 35 28 30 93   21
  Jeff Spainhour 31 32 30 93   21
  Darrell Anderson 30 32 31 93   21
17 Bob Haizlip 32 29 33 94   18.5
  Rick Rybaczek 27 31 36 94   18.5
19 Bill Kirby, Jr. 31 30 34 95   17
20 Buddy Taylor 34 33 29 96   16
21 Jonathan Moore 30 33 34 97   15
22 Chris Bunting 31 33 34 98   14
23 Opie Roberts 32 30 38 100   13