Tracy Moore Wins 1965 National Championship

Indianapolis, IN - August 6-7-8, 1965 - Genial, smiling Tracy Moore, one of the most popular Pros competing on the summer circuit of the Professional Putters Association, swept to victory in the $25,000 National Championship Tournament here August 6-7-8, 1965.

Winners' Circle ... Pictured above (L. to R.) are Amateur title winner, 16 year old Gil Caito of Indianapolis; America's Putting Queen, Jeanne Ann Ertel; course owner in Indianapolis, Jocko Dively; and 1965 National Champ, Tracy Moore, Augusta, GA. The Championship tournament is co-sponsored by the PPA and the Pepsi-Cola Company of America.

The deadly consistent Moore, 32-year-old insurance man from Augusta, GA, beat off the challenges of two fellow Georgians, Herman Strickland of Macon and Ralph Sapp of Augusta, to win the title and first place prize money of $4,000 in the three-day, 216 hole competition.

Crowd Pleaser ... On his final hole of the tournament and just one stroke down from leader Tracy Moore, Ralph Sapp gives the large gallery a final thrill. Was the putt good? The expression on Sapp's face, along with some of the gallery should give an indication. The putt barely inched by the cup and the Georgia Pro had to settle for a par two. The miss cost him $1,600.

Three shots off the pace going into the final day of play on owner Jocko Dively's 72-hole Putt-Putt Course located here on Arlington Avenue, the steady stroking Moore charged from behind on the 12th and final 18-hole round of putting's blue ribbon classic to capture his first major PPA tournament.

Strickland was the opening day leader with a 112 total for 72 holes. Moore was four behind. Sapp, who was tied with Glenn Garvin shot himself out of it when he could do no better than 34 on his first 18-hole round on the final day. Sapp's 29 put him three ahead of Strickland and four ahead of Moore.

Then Sapp turned in a second round 34 and Moore (with a 29) and Strickland (with a 30) tied for the lead at 299, one in front of Sapp.

Young but good ... Gil Caito of Indy. walked off from the rest of the amateur field and even out did the best Pro score by one stroke. His 361 was tops for the tournament.

Sapp's third round 30 regained the advantage at 330, giving him a one-stroke lead on Strickland and two on Moore. Then, Moore, the father of 3 daughters, including seven-year-old twins, uncorked a fourth and final round 30, six-under par, while Strickland had a 32 and Sapp a 33.

Moore's 362 total, 70 under par, won by a single stroke, left Strickland and Sapp each with runner-up checks for $2,400.

Moore went to the final hole of the tournament with a two-stroke lead, and took a bogey three. Strickland or Sapp could have caught him with an ace and necessitated an 18-hole playoff but each had to settle for par twos. The last two rounds were played on soggy putting surfaces since rain held up play for 40 minutes once and later for 20 minutes.

Moore also was voted the Sportsmanship Trophy by the PPA Pro Players Committee for his cooperative efforts, genial manner, and good sportsmanship on the 1965 tour.

The hottest player in the tournament, which attracted 193 entrants from 20 states, was Gilbert Caito, 16-year-old Brebeuf High School junior from Indianapolis who won the amateur championship. Playing on his home course, he turned in a 216 hole total of 361, one better than Moore, and walked off with the huge amateur trophy. Indiana and Georgia each had 31 contestants as 155 pros and 37 amateurs competed.

Professional Division of the 1965 National Championship
(Indianapolis, IN - Purse $25,000)

1st Round Prize
Player City 144-holes 9 10 11 12 Total Money
1 Tracy Moore Augusta, GA 240 30 29 33 30 362 $ 4,000.00
2 Herman Strickland Macon, GA 239 30 30 32 32 363 $ 2,400.00
Ralph Sapp Augusta, GA 237 29 34 30 33 363 $ 2,400.00
4 Glenn Garvin Pensacola, FL 238 371 $ 1,400.00
Lee Weldy Savannah, GA 371 $ 1,400.00
6 Sam Schafer Augusta, GA 373 $ 925.00
Frank Holt Dallas, TX 373 $ 925.00
8 Ricky Smith Indianapolis, IN 375 $ 825.00
Roger Jett Indianapolis, IN 375 $ 825.00
10 Steve Gilbert Statesville, NC 376 $ 700.00
Gene Von Waldner Savannah, GA 376 $ 700.00
Bob Williamson Jacksonville, FL 376 $ 700.00

13

Neil Connor Greenville, SC 378 $ 550.00
John Connor Greenville, SC 378 $ 550.00
Earl Fritts Savannah, GA 378 $ 550.00
16 Pete Reed Atlanta, GA 380 $ 437.00
Gene McDonald Savannah, GA 380 $ 437.00
Dave Hatchett Bloomington, IN 380 $ 437.00
Warren Gray Indianapolis, IN 380 $ 437.00
20 Claude Staggs Triangle, VA 381 $ 375.00
21 Lehman Key Lake Charles, LA 382  $ 321.66
John Roessner Indianapolis, IN 382 $ 321.66
Don Posey Winston-Salem, NC 382 $ 321.66
Mike Swett Memphis, TN 382 $ 321.66
Vance Randall Asheville, NC 382 $ 321.66
Jimmy Harritos Atlanta, GA 382 $ 321.66
27 Ray Rayfield Birmingham, AL 383 $ 240.00
Ted Brown High Point, NC 383 $ 240.00
Carl Strickland Macon, GA 383 $ 240.00
30 Charles Connor Asheville, NC 384 $ 190.00
Lanny Hale Indianapolis, IN 384 $ 190.00
32 Ron Nixon Columbus, GA 385 $ 121.42
Sandy Sanders Jacksonville, FL 385 $ 121.42
Pat Youmans Savannah, GA 385 $ 121.42
Phil Zorn East Point, GA 385 $ 121.42
Johnny Dodd Greenville, SC 385 $ 121.42
Dwayne Mitchell Columbia, TN 385 $ 121.42
Johnny Spotts Indianapolis, IN 385 $ 121.42
39 Bob Poltis Cleveland, OH 386 $ 29.00
Ken Boy Bristol, TN 386 $ 29.00
Sonny Heiss Baltimore, MD 386 $ 29.00
Ken Miller Birmingham, AL 386 $ 29.00
Bob Bower Roanoke, VA 386 $ 29.00
44 Bernis Krusemark Tulsa, OK 387
45 Roy Collinsworth Macon, GA 388
Chuck Schafer Augusta, GA 388
47 Bill Brunch Hamilton, OH 389
48 Woodrow Gullick Glen Burnie, MD 390
Tom Below Indianapolis, IN 390
Bob Byerly Indianapolis, IN 390
51 Jerry Underwood Indianapolis, IN 391
52 Jim Garrison Indianapolis, IN 392
Paul Garrison Indianapolis, IN 392
Ron Slocumb Columbus, GA 392
55 John Snyder Youngstown, OH 394
David Williams Kingsport, TN 394
Mike Nordberg Bloomington, IN 394
58 Cliff Moose Gastonia, NC 395
Allen Kalter Dayton, OH 395
60 John Foster Wilmington, DE 396
Joe Gehling Cincinnati, OH 396
William Peters East Point, GA 396
Walter Moore Cincinnati, OH 396
64 Fred Saxon Jacksonville, FL 397
Bob Kirby Slater, SC 397
Howell Smith Atlanta, GA 397
Lenny Marlo Indianapolis, IN 397
68 Dale Clen Dayton, OH 398
Webb DiGenova Midvale, OH 398
Dan Alexander Mobile, AL 398
71 Fred Scott Bristol, VA 399
Bob Carver Indianapolis, IN 399
Howard Hamel Atlanta, GA 399
Lester Sediak Bedford, OH 399
Bill Gravins Canton, OH 399
76 Phil Tatus Tulsa, OK 400
Larry Mason Lynchburg, VA 400
78 Gary Ganim Cleveland, OH 401
Tom Kehl Cleveland, OH 401
Harold Hardester Orlando, FL 401
Al Simpson Lake Charles, LA 401
Bob Keeler Spring Lake, NC 401
83 John Peck Columbus, OH 403
Wendell Phillips Indianapolis, IN 403
Fritts Schafer Jacksonville, FL 403
Don Havlicek Hamilton, OH 403
Jack Fortner Indianapolis, IN 403
88 Lewis Bogue Tulsa, OK 404
89 Bill Taylor Baltimore, MD 405
Fred Garrison Indianapolis, IN 405
91 Dave Warrington Jacksonville, FL 406
John Kalodziej Quincy, IL 406
Jim Townsend Indianapolis, IN 406
Mike Trimmal High Point, NC 406
95 Evelyn Strickland Macon, GA 407
Claude Smith Indianapolis, IN 407
Ron Brandwein Atlanta, GA 407
Art Ball Raleigh, NC 407
99 Jeffrey Immel Dover, OH 409
John Thomas Memphis, TN 409
Alan Mellott Beloit, OH 409
102 Tom Harsch Burlington, IA 411
Condy Roberson Savannah, GA 411
Jack Brooks Memphis, TN 411
105 L. J. Seibert N. Wilkesboro, NC 412
Joe Joyner Macon, GA 412
Bill Dewey Indianapolis, IN 412
108 Roger Bogue Joplin, MO 413
Mike Sullivan Tulsa, OK 413
Mickey Palvado Memphis, TN 413
111 John Thoburn Cleveland, OH 414
112 Leroy Cummisky Tulsa, OK 415
Marlo Below Indianapolis, IN 415
114 Ron Horsfield Fort Wayne, IN 416
Ed Bozzaco Alliance, OH 416
116 Truman Power Kokomo, IN 417
117 Jerry Moeller Memphis, TN 420
James Little Atlanta, GA 420
Tom Brennard Cleveland, OH 420
120 J. L. Haverstock Fort Wayne, IN 423
121 Faye Duncan Greenville, SC 424
122 Ronny Seitz Atlanta, GA 426
123 Paul Roube Memphis, TN 429

Remainder of the field cut after second day.

All scores and text were taken from the Putt-Putt World (September, 1965)

 

 

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