Smith, Farmer Win 1972 World Titles
Winston-Salem, NC - August 13-16, 1972 - Rick Smith, the 21-year old "Ace
Machine" from Muncie, Indiana, 1969 World Putting Champion, did it again
in the $200,000 World Putting Championship finals. He defeated Charles
McIntosh of Conyers, Georgia to take home the $15,000 first prize purse and
the 1972 World Putting Championship title in Winston-Salem, NC.
A contemplative Rick
Smith during the 1972 World Putting Championship in
Smith won the match on the seventeenth hole when he finished two up with
only one hole left to play. The turning point in the match came at the turn on
hole number ten. Up to hole ten, the match had been even. On ten, McIntosh
pulled his putt and it slipped by the hole, leaving him a three-foot putt back
to the hole. He putted his second shot too hard and it slipped back down the
slope toward the tee. McIntosh finally took four on the hole. Smith took
advantage of the situation to ace the hole and put himself on up on McIntosh.
Smith had his momentum going but McIntosh was far from beaten. Both pros aced
the next hole. Smith aced the twelfth hole and McIntosh took a two, putting
Smith two up in the match. By hole fifteen, Smith was back to an ace again
forcing McIntosh to a "must" ace if he was to remain in contention.
McIntosh rose to the occasion and aced the hole. Again on the sixteenth, Smith
took an ace and McIntosh was under pressure again to ace to stay in the match.
He got his ace. The seventeenth hole saw McIntosh in the same situation. The
"Ace Machine" did it again and McIntosh had to have an ace but his
putt lipped out and the match was over. The win pushed Smith's Professional
Putters Association money winnings over the $60,000 mark.
Rick Smith receives
congratulations after defeating Charlie McIntosh in the finals
of the 1972 World Putting Championship.
Smith is a Putt-Putt Golf Course owner in Muncie, Indiana. When asked what
he planned to do with his $15,000 check, he replied without hesitation,
"I'm going to buy another Putt-Putt."
People close to the new World Putting Champion knew of his goal. Several
months ago, Smith decided that he wanted to buy another course. He didn't have
the money. That's when he decided that he would win the World. His goal had
been the driving force throughout the competition.
Rick Smith receives the
1972 World Putting Championship from Don Clayton (center).
To reach the final match, Smith defeated John Connor of Greenville, South
Carolina on Monday 6-5 in the quarter-finals. On Tuesday, Smith took Mike
Pfeiffer of Orlando, Florida 2-1 in the semi-finals to put him in the final
match with Charles McIntosh.
1972 World Amateur
Putting Champion, Scott Farmer.
Scott Farmer, a fifteen-year old member of the Amateur Putters Association
and native of Winston-Salem, won the Amateur World Putting Championship. He
defeated amateur Charlie Davis, a twenty-year old, also of Winston-Salem.
Farmer was two up at the end of the 18-hole match play event.
As World Putting Champion, Farmer takes home a trophy and an automatic
invitation to join the ranks of the pros of putting in the Professional
Farmer, unusually young for world competition, is a high school student in
Winston-Salem and works as assistant to the pro at the Putt-Putt Golf Course
at 1600 South Stratford Road - the course where he won the World Amateur title
today. Farmer commented that he had played over 7,000 rounds on this golf
course prior to playing in the world amateur competition. Farmer has a 29.9
stroke average this year.
In addition to defeating Charlie Davis in the final match, Farmer also
defeated Art Diamond or Omaha, Nebraska in the quarter-final match and Mike
Carano of Youngstown, Ohio in the semi-final match. Charlie Davis defeated
Scooter Dunahoe of Shreveport, Louisiana and Charles White of Memphis,
Tennessee to bring him to the final match with Farmer.
The Amateur Championship and the eight final pro matches played Monday,
Tuesday, and Wednesday were filmed to be televised net year across the nation.
Ken "The Hawk" Harrelson, famous baseball player turned professional
golfer, David Lloyd, President of Putt-Putt, and Don Clayton, Chairman of the
Board of the Professional Putters Association were commentators for the shows.
All score, statistics and
descriptions taken from the Putt-Putt World, Volume 14, Number 8, Winter,