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Monroeville league hosts putting tour stop

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
MIchael Love | Trib Total Media
North Huntingdon’s Don Cherry putts during a three-round pro tournament July 27, 2014, at Monroeville’s Par 2 Golf Courses.

Geometry, the right speed, finesse, skill and a little bit of luck — these are some of the things that were in play Saturday and Sunday as Monroeville Par 2 Golf Courses hosted the Northern Putting Tour, part of the national Pro Putters Association.

The event, the second at Monroeville on the Northern Tour this season, brought together nine professionals and six amateurs for the two-day event, including several local regulars from the weekly Monroeville Par 2 league.

Saturday featured one four-round tournament in the pro and amateur divisions. Golfers played a pair of three-round tournaments on Sunday. Each round of the tournaments both days were played on the same course.

Don Cherry, a North Huntingdon resident, won Saturday's pro tournament with a playoff victory over Shaler Township's John Bambling.

Each tallied scores of 38 under par for the four rounds. Cherry triumphed in an 18-hole playoff.

Jeff Brown, from North Olmsted, Ohio, near Cleveland, defeated Braddock's John Tuite in an 18-hole playoff to capture Saturday's amateur tournament. Both finished the four rounds 32 under par.

Bambling (33 under) and Shippensburg's Brad Lebo (36 under) each won a pro tournament Sunday, with Brown making it an amateur clean sweep for the weekend. He was a combined 61 under for his six amateur rounds on Sunday.

Lebo, the leading money winner in the local Par 2 league and a top earner nationally, had the best round of the weekend when he shot a 22 during the first round of the second three-round tournament on Sunday.

He recorded holes-in-one on 14 of the round's 18 holes.

Rain at night between Saturday and Sunday made for some wet rails and soggy putting turf on each hole. It made negotiating rails more challenging, and players opted for straight shots whenever possible.

The Northern Putting Tour joins the Virginia, Southern, Indiana and Southwest tours under the Pro Putters Association umbrella. The tours try to stagger events each weekend as players compete on more than one tour.�

Several putters at this past weekend's tournament will travel to Charlottesville, Va., for Saturday and Sunday's $10,000 PPA Hall of Fame Tournament.

The Northern Tour championship will be in Buffalo on Sept. 13 and 14, while the PPA National Championships is set for Sept. 30 to Oct. 3.

The Par 2 Course Championship will be Oct. 12.

For more information on the Pro Putters Association, go to proputters.org.

The local Par 2 league always is seeking new members. Those interested in knowing more about the weekly league can call the Par 2 facility at 412-373-0063 or send an email to brownponybc@yahoo.com.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at mlove@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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