Bob Williamson New Putting King

Columbus, Ohio - July 3-4-5, 1964 - A very hot 4th of July weekend found Jacksonville pro, Bob Williamson, maintaining "a cool head" in dominating a field of 201 pro by copping the $5,000 first place purse and the 1964 PPA National Championship title.

Williamson held a personal duel throughout the tournament with handsome Pat Youmans of Savannah, GA. At the end of the first-day's rounds Youmans took the lead with a 115. Williamson finished three strokes back at 118. On the first round of the second day, Williamson fired a 27 to Youmans 30 to even the duel. However, at the end of the day's competition, Williamson found himself two strokes back with an eight round total of 244 as compared to Youmans' 242.

During the final day's rounds, Williamson began to put pressure on Youmans. Although Pat fired very respectable rounds of 27-33-30-29 for 25 under par 119, Williamson posted scores of 26-31-28-30 for a 29 under par 115. This moved Williamson out in front of Youmans with a 12-round total of 361, 71 under par.

With all the excitement displayed by these two champion putters, no one seemed to notice the determined John Connor of Greenville, SC. John, brother of all-time PPA money winner, Neil Connor, ended up just three strokes off the pace with a 70 under par 362. During the three-day tournament and the week preceding the event only once did the rain hinder play. a very severe but "quite cooling" downpour appeared on the scene at the end of the first day's rounds. Only four remaining contestants caught the full force of the downpour.

In the amateur division Tom Kehl of Cleveland, Ohio, stole the show with a 60 under par 372 for the three-day's competition. Although after the first day's rounds he was was holding a very weak four-stroke lead, he shifted into high gear and was able to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the remainder of the tournament. He ended with a score of 372, 12 strokes over his nearest competitor, Jimmy Davis of Atlanta. Davis claimed second place honors with a 48 under par 384.

Former National Amateur Champion Tom Gehling of Cincinnati, Ohio, found the going somewhat rough on his final day and had to settle for a mediocre 9th place.

Professional Division of the 1964 National Championship (Total Purse $30,000)

Round
Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Cash
1 Bob Williamson Jacksonville, FL 29 30 31 28 27 34 35 30 26 31 28 30 359 $ 5,000.00
2 Pat Youmans Savannah, GA 28 26 29 32 30 33 31 33 27 33 30 29 361 $ 3,000.00
3 John Connor Greenville, SC 32 31 27 31 28 35 33 29 26 28 30 32 362 $ 2,200.00
4 Sam Schafer Augusta, GA 37 26 34 32 31 32 30 28 29 28 30 27 364 $ 1,650.00
5 Buddy Taylor Baltimore, MD 30 36 35 28 29 31 29 29 28 28 31 32 366 $ 1,200.00
6 Ralph Sapp Augusta, GA 33 32 32 30 28 30 33 27 30 34 26 33 368

$ 975.00

7 Ken Boy Bristol, TN 29 25 33 33 34 35 31 31 30 33 26 29 369 $ 930.00
8 Daryl Freeman Bristol, TN 29 32 31 31 32 33 30 32 31 33 30 26 370 $ 885.00
9 Carl Strickland Macon, GA 27 32 34 36 29 31 36 29 29 31 29 28 371 $ 795.00
Harold Hardester Orlando, FL 32 30 33 34 28 34 30 27 28 33 34 28

371

$ 795.00
Herman Strickland Macon, GA 29 28 30 32 27 37 32 32 28 36 33 27

371

$ 795.00

12

Neil Connor Greenville, SC

372

$ 705.00

13

Nick Long Burlington, IA

373

$ 615.00

Tracy Moore Augusta, GA 373 $ 615.00
Jim Bryan East Point, GA

373

$ 615.00

16 Bob Duncan Lynchburg, VA 375 $ 545.00
17 John Roessner Indianapolis, IN 376 $ 520.00
18 Lee Weldy Savannah, GA 377 $ 495.00
19 John Spotts Indianapolis, IN 378 $ 470.00
20 Ted Brown High Point, NC 379 $ 435.00
Jim Glass Kettering, OH 379 $ 435.00
22 Ken Miller Birmingham, AL 380 $ 385.00
Glenn Garvin Pensacola, FL 380 $ 385.00
Jim Williams Cincinnati, OH 380 $ 385.00
25 Richard Benton Miami, FL 381 $ 350.00
26 Pete Reed Atlanta, GA 384 $ 320.00
Ray Rayfield Birmingham, AL 384 $ 320.00
John Crowell Washington, DC 384 $ 320.00
29 Charles Hayes Winston-Salem, NC 387 $ 275.00
Melvin Sapp Augusta, GA 387 $ 275.00
Vance Randall Asheville, NC 387 $ 275.00
32 Lenny Marlow Indianapolis, IN 388 $ 231.66
Bill Rettig Cincinnati, OH 388 $ 231.66
Gary Ganim Cleveland, OH 388 $ 231.66
35 Paul Garrison Indianapolis, IN 389 $ 205.00
Fred Scott Bristol, TN 389 $ 205.00
37 Alan Kalter Dayton, OH 390 $ 190.00
38 Bob Poltis Cleveland, OH 391 $ 170.00
Chuck Schafer Augusta, GA 391 $ 170.00
Jim Garrison Indianapolis, IN 391 $ 170.00
41 John Peck Columbus, OH 392 $ 145.00
Montgomery Wood Wilmington, DE 392 $ 145.00
43 Claude Staggs Manassas, VA 393 $ 135.00
44 Tom Harsch Burlington, IA 394 $ 122.50
Paul Gordon Shreveport, LA 394 $ 122.50
Dan Alexander Mobile, AL 394 $ 122.50
47 Jim Cornett Champaign, IL 395 $ 110.00
48 Charles Gatewood Mississippi City, MS 396 $ 68.33
Ed Myers Savannah, GA 396 $ 68.33
Dave Reedy Denver, CO 396 $ 68.33

Non-money Winner from the 1964 National Championship

John Helms Charlotte, NC 397 Bobby Ingram Gainesville, GA 402
Virgil Bryan Atlanta, GA 397 Arthur Ball Raleigh, NC 403
Bob Kirby Greenville, SC 397 Gene McDowell Savannah, GA 403
Bill Brunck Hamilton, OH 398 Warren Gray Indianapolis, IN 403
Roy Estes Kingsport, TN 398 Condy Roberson Savannah, GA 403
Ear Fritz Savannah, GA 399 Gene Von Waldner Savannah, GA 404
Roger Moore Atlanta, GA 399 Lockland Bryant Jacksonville, FL 404
Jim Harritos Atlanta, GA 399 Tom Cummins Louisville, KY 404
David Williams Kingsport, TN 399 Ike Quinton Morristown, TN 405
Jim Little Atlanta, GA 399 John Snyder Youngstown, OH 405
Ron Baumann Hamilton, OH 400 Tom Jones Middletown, OH 405
Mort Willis Columbus, OH 400 Bill Lawson Knoxville, TN 406
Don Havlicek Cincinnati, OH 400 DeWayne Mitchell Columbia, TN 406
Pete Burwell Columbus, OH 400 Robert Buker Wilmington, DE 406
Glenn Shirley Knoxville, TN 400 Dale Clem Dayton, OH 406
Ron Nixon Columbus, GA 400 Ron Slocumb Columbus, GA 407
Tom Miller Brookville, OH 401 Larry Shipley Johnson City, TN 407
Bob McDowell High Point, NC 401 Eric Peterson Alliance, OH 408
George Kimmer Savannah, GA 401 Cliff Moose Gastonia, NC 409
Fritz Schafer Jacksonville, FL 401 Jack Brooks Memphis, TN 409
Tom Teddy Memphis, TN 401 Mike Cheek Macon, GA 409
George Salter Savannah, GA 402 Mike Hansen Champaign, IL 411
Jack Hinkle Columbus, IN 402 George Whitworth Tonawanda, NY 411
Ron Hall Bristol, TN 402 John Deford Carrollton, GA 411
Jim Barton Dayton, OH 402 Jim Townsend Indianapolis, IN 415
Jerry Leverette Macon, GA 402 Web DiGenova Dover, OH 416
Joe Joyner Macon, GA 425

Remainder of the field cut after second day.

Evelyn Strickland First Lady Champ

The Ladies Professional Putters Association (LPPA) made its debut with 23 putters clashing for this newborn title and the $500 first place prize. Eighteen-year-old Evelyn Strickland of Macon, GA, found herself with a comfortable 11 stroke lead at the half-way mark with a 13 under par 95. Her nearest competitor was Lillian Duncan of Greenville, SC, who finished the 54-hole day with a two under par 106.

One stroke further back in third place with a 107 was Anna Barry from Long Island, NY. Although she didn't appear to be a serious threat at the time, Mrs. Barry had a very optimistic view of the entire situation. The final 54 holes witnessed Miss Strickland struggling with a 35-35-36 for a six round total of 201. Making a tremendous move was Anna Barry with a 32-33-29 good enough to tie front runner Evelyn Strickland forcing a playoff.

The two female putting wizards approached hole number one for what was to be a sudden-death playoff. Mrs. Barry stroked the ball on a perfect line down the fairway. It approached the cup and inched its way towards what appeared to be a sure victory. For some reason the ball stopped a fraction of an inch from the cup. She two-putted and waited for her opponent.

Evelyn stroked her ball with equal determination and wasted no time in dumping an ace. This broke the tie and gave Evelyn Strickland the first LPPA National Championship title and a $500 first place reward. Anna Barry had to settle for second place and $350.

Results of the $2,000 LPPA National Championship for 1964

Round
Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total

Prize Money

1 Evelyn Strickland Macon, GA 33 29 33 35 35 36 201 $ 500.00
2 Anna Barry Long Island, NY 39 29 39 32 33 29 201 $ 350.00
3 Faye Duncan Greenville, SC 35 31 43 35 33 33 210 $ 250.00
4 Audrey Taylor Baltimore, MD 40 34 34 35 36 34 213 $ 150.00
5 Lillian Duncan Greenville, SC 35 35 36 39 37 33 215 $ 117.50
Alberta Moore Cincinnati, OH 39 36 37 34 37 32 215 $ 117.50
7 Peggy Moore Cincinnati, OH 40 33 41 34 39 36 223 $ 100.00
8 Frances Peck Columbus, OH 42 37 42 42 35 34 232 $ 76.66
Marea Below Indianapolis, IN 46 33 42 37 36 38 232 $ 76.66
Anice West Columbus, OH 47 38 37 36 37 37 232 $ 76.66
11 Diane Swett Memphis, TN 40 41 38 38 38 38 233 $ 60.00
12 June McDowell High Point, NC 50 38 39 35 37 35 234 $ 50.00
13 Helen Potter Long Island, NY 45 35 47 36 39 34 236 $ 32.50
Nora Garrison Indianapolis, IN 36 34 43 44 40 39 236 $ 32.50
15 Judy Mitchell Columbia, TN 47 37 42 37 35 39 237 $ 10.00
16 Margaret Mulry Indianapolis, IN 43 41 37 43 38 39 241
17 Jean Moore Augusta, GA 47 36 44 40 38 38 243
18 Sandee Diveley Indianapolis, IN 44 42 45 42 41 36 250
Fran Joyner Macon, GA 49 40 48 38 38 37 250
20 Imogene Allen Donnelsville, OH 43 39 46 43 43 40 254
21 Barbara Gray Indianapolis, IN 44 42 47 37 39 46 255
22 Sandra Barton Kettering, OH 57 43 47 39 43 41 270

Amateur Division of the 1964 National Championship

Round
Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
1 Tom Kehl Cleveland, OH 29 32 32 27 29 35 30 32 29 29 39 29 372
2 Jimmy Davis Atlanta, GA 31 34 37 32 26 35 27 33 35 29 29 36 384

 

Stuart Willis Cincinnati, OH 389 Tom Below Indianapolis, IN 413
Greg Strayer Pensacola, FL 394 Wayne Smith Johnson City, TN 414
Phil Zorn Atlanta, GA 395 Eddie Durham Kingsport, TN 414
Jerry Woosley Memphis, TN 396 Bill Thomas Youngstown, OH 416
Charles Allen Dayton, OH 397 Ronny Burnett Atlanta, GA 417
Tommy Van Gossen Lake Charles, LA 397 Bill Horton Kettering, OH 419
Joe Gehling Cincinnati, OH 400 Joe Schaedler Atlanta, GA 423
Alan Kurash Willoughby, OH 402 John Ressman Tonawanda, NY 424
Rickey Smith Indianapolis, IN 406 Tom Redick Wilmington, DE 427
Noel Topper Tonawanda, NY 407 Dick Beightler Columbus, OH 428
Jay Simecek Cleveland, OH 408 Gilbert Landry Lafayette, LA 433
Mickey Harris Indianapolis, IN 409 Billy Alexander Mobile, AL 434
Daryl Hayden Indianapolis, IN 411 Gary James Gahanna, OH 437

 

BULLETIN

On July 5, Donna Axum, Miss America of 1964, drew the winning name for the first vacation fun festival trip. He is, Jimmy Bearden, R.F.D. #1, Buckhead, Georgia.

All scores and text were taken from the Professional Putters Association Newsletter (Volume 5, Number 1 - July 5, 1964)

 

 

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