Eugene Carter Wins
1977 World Championship

Columbus, OH - Eugene Carter, a Putt-Putt Course owner from Johannesburg, South Africa, scored a hole in one on the 18th hole in the 1977 World Putting Finals for a 1 up victory over 16 year old Gary Justus from Rockville, MD and took the $10,000 prize money and the World Putting Champion Title out of this country for the first time.

On his way to the title, Carter defeated Gary Miller of Columbus, GA in his first match 2 and 1. Robert Smith, two-time National Champion from Dallas, TX was Carter's next victim in the semi-finals by a score of 6 and 5.

In the other first round matches, Robert Smith defeated Steve Lyon of Greensboro, NC. Gary Justus defeated David Gies of Fayetteville, NC in sudden-death and former National Champion Ray Browning defeated the 1977 Putter of the Year, Randy Stone, 2 and 1. In the other semi-final match, Gary Justus defeated Ray Browning 1 up.

In the Amateur Division of the World, Eddie Michalko of Lake Charles, LA defeated Steve Josey from Augusta, GA by a score of 4 and 3 to win the title of 1977 World Amateur Putting Champion. The other six finalists in the Amateur Division were Edgar Haggerty of Charlotte, NC, Rick Reed of Toledo, OH, Keith Smith of Dallas, TX, Thomas Robben of Topeka, KS, Paul Johns of Dothan, AL, and Ron Frederick of Toledo, OH.

Week of the World Money Winners
(June 26 - July 3, 1977)

1 Eugene Carter $ 12,000.00
2 Gary Justus $ 5,823.57
3 Jim Borchelt $ 5,487.50
4 Randy Stone $ 4,681.96
5 David Gies $ 4,425.00
6 Steve Lyon $ 4,325.00
7 Ray Browning $ 4,190.00
8 Mike Sherrill $ 3,404.16
9 Gary Miller $ 3,325.00
10 Robert Smith $ 3,002.50
11 Gary Love $ 2,900.00
12 Bob Williamson $ 2,790.00
13 Buddy Taylor $ 2,740.00
14 Rodney Phillips $ 2,675.00
15 Dick Florin $ 2,670.00
16 David Graffe $ 2,650.00
17 Mike Baldoza $ 2,601.79
18 Mark Grothier $ 2,500.00
19 Gary Benfield $ 2,470.00
20 Steve Lange $ 2,177.50
21 Steve McPherson $ 2,127.50
22 Wendell Sikes $ 2,125.00
23 Vance Randall $ 2,050.00
24 Don McCracken $ 1,950.00
Randy Orr $ 1,950.00
26 Rick Carter $ 1,830.00
27 Doug Spring $ 1,810.00
28 James Chastain $ 1,739.82
29 Scott Friedman $ 1,655.00
30 Sidney Barnes $ 1,600.00
31 Jeff McDonald $ 1,575.00
32 Greg Roberts $ 1,565.00
33 Dan Anders $ 1,550.71
34 Wesley Beck $ 1,543.75
35 Roger Hart $ 1,533.57
36 Fred Matthews $ 1,506.25
37 Gary English $ 1,500.00
Mike Pfieffer $ 1,500.00
Fred Scott $ 1,500.00
40 Rick Anderson $ 1,450.00
41          Roberts $ 1,400.00
Bobby Gilmore $ 1,400.00
43 David Barnett $ 1,390.00
44 David Neilsen $ 1,300.00
Guerry Porter $ 1,300.00
46 Bruce Kaiser $ 1,256.25
47 John Snyder $ 1,251.25
48 Jimmy Harritos $ 1,240.00
49 Tony Cross $ 1,200.00
Steve Wood $ 1,200.00
51 Bill Hebert $ 1,180.00
52 Tom O'Brien $ 1,143.75
53 Mike Exinger $ 900.00
Grover Jones $ 900.00
55 Lewis Bogue $ 850.71
56 Tommy Godfrey $ 840.00
57 Danny Edwards $ 830.00
58 Bob Poltis $ 801.66
59 Bill Baus $ 800.00
Mark Berger $ 800.00
John Napoli $ 800.00
Jude Prather $ 800.00
Jim Starr $ 800.00
Ken Straub $ 800.00
Chris Wolf $ 800.00
66 Allen Burke $ 798.57
67 Carl Stukes $ 762.50
68 Chris Ball $ 751.25
Richard Dougal $ 751.25
70 Charles Armstrong $ 740.00
71 Evelyn Florin $ 734.82
72 Terry Albin $ 706.25
73 Mike Chisum $ 700.00
Steve Elliott $ 700.00
Daryl Freeman $ 700.00
Earl Fritts $ 700.00
Don Lewis $ 700.00
Bill Morgan $ 700.00
Eugene Malone $ 700.00
Randy Reeves $ 700.00
Tom Riedel $ 700.00
Greg Smith $ 700.00
Kent Shields $ 700.00
Gary Sampsell $ 700.00
Ed Sinelli $ 700.00
Louis Gonzalez $ 700.00
87 Charles Connor $ 690.00
88 Chris Enders $ 675.00
89 Ed Bozzacco $ 670.00
Greg Michels $ 670.00
91 Buzzy Adams $ 653.75
Jimmy Craig $ 653.75
93 Mark Greaux $ 650.00
Curtis Taylor $ 650.00
95 Mike Nieto $ 628.57
96 Gary Hinshaw $ 606.25
97 Mike Allen $ 600.00
Rick Alessi $ 600.00
Jackie Bow $ 600.00
Ed Buzzell $ 600.00
Lawrence Davis $ 600.00
Pat Elson $ 600.00
Brad Hickman $ 600.00
Tommy Hoag $ 600.00
Bill Huntzinger $ 600.00
David Micky $ 600.00
Joe Marazzito $ 600.00
Randy Norwood $ 600.00
Carl Strickland $ 600.00
Donnie Wardlaw $ 600.00
Richard Waldorf $ 600.00
Stan Wagner $ 600.00
Dan Gutchewsky $ 600.00
Charles Harmon $ 600.00
115 Rick Shelton $ 530.00
116 Ed Huber $ 325.00
117 Steve Moody $ 162.50
118 Howard Altman $ 157.50
119 Ed Haggerty $ 155.00
120 Jay Klapper $ 110.00
121 Steve Kalan $ 103.75
122 Kern Kenrud $ 100.71
123 Lee Witcofski $ 100.00
124 Tony Passwater $ 80.00
125 Eddie Coy $ 79.28
126 Kevin Hoyt $ 72.50
Rob Ludgin $ 72.50
Cliff Moose $ 72.50
Dan Zink $ 72.50
130 Kevin Kujan $ 70.00
131 Glenwood Arrington $ 62.50
132 John Connor $ 40.00
 

 

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