Eddie Coy Wins 1979 National Championship

Columbus, OH (18-19 August 1979)

19 August 1979 - Columbus, OH - 1979's National Champion, Eddie Coy, was barely 8 months old when the first PPA National Championship was held in 1960.  August 18 and 19 in Columbus, OH, Coy of Louisville, KY, putted against a field of over 90 pros, many who have spent more years playing Putt-Putt than Eddie has lived, to take the 1979 National Championship with a 92 under par 196 and win $4,000.

Bobby Gilmore of Burlington, NC, aced 13 consecutive shots to tally a 20 in his sixth round of competition and place second in the 1979 Nationals with a 201, 87 under par.  Gilmore won $2,500.

Charlotte, NC's Ed Haggerty, fourth place finisher in the 1978 World Putting Championship, took the third place prize of $2,000 in Columbus with a 202.  Joel Baker, of Ft. Worth, TX, finished fourth with a 203 and was awarded the distinguished honor of 1979 Putter of the Year.  Baker was also a top finisher in all of the 1979 $10,000 Regional Championships.

Don Ferrell, 45 year old amateur from Columbus, OH, maintained his slim lead over Alan Quinnelly of Chamblee, GA, to win the amateur division with an 80 under par 208.  Quinnelly, 1978 National Juniors Champ, place second with a 209.

Sportsmanship Awards Presented to Bozzacco and Ward

Ed Bozzacco, PPA pro from Alliance, OH, and Greg Ward, APA from Cleveland, TN, were presented 1979 Sportsmanship Awards at the 1979 PPA Banquet in Columbus, OH, in recognition of their outstanding sportsmanship in Putt-Putt.

Portugal Awarded Rookie Putter of the Year

Marc Portugal, rookie putter from Waco, TX, was presented the Second Annual Rookie Putter of the Year Award for his outstanding putting in 1979.

Professional Division

RoundPrize
PlayerCity12345678TotalMoney
1Eddie CoyLouisville, KY2521252927222324196

$ 4,000.00

2Bobby GilmoreBurlington, NC2829222625202328201

$ 2,500.00

3Ed HaggertyCharlotte, NC2628222623262526202

$ 2,000.00

4Joel BakerFt. Worth, TX3024232627222427203

$ 1,283.33

Rick SheltonColumbus, MS2526232423282529203

$ 1,283.33

John NapoliCleveland, OH2725242626242130203

$ 1,283.33

7Jay StruttonOrlando, FL2624252927242228205

   $ 900.00

8Max RuhlmanIndianapolis, IN2425262826232628206

   $ 800.00

9Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD2624232729262329207

   $ 700.00

10Robert SmithDallas, TX2723262728252626208

   $ 600.00

11Bruce KaiserCincinnati, OH3224242628252327209

   $ 500.00

12Vance RandallChattanooga, TN2428223024243127210

   $ 450.00

Tom CarterCincinnati, OH2823262728252528210

   $ 450.00

Rick SmithIndianapolis, IN2524242728263026210

   $ 450.00

15Ray BrowningCleveland, OH2728272627252427211

   $ 375.00

Owen PerrilloPhiladelphia, PA2625253224262231211

   $ 375.00

John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN2627262823262530211

   $ 375.00

Bill KirbyFayetteville, NC2726262724223128211

   $ 375.00

John ConnorGreenville, SC2827242625262728211

   $ 375.00

Mike SherrillAtlanta, GA2527252728292525211

   $ 375.00

21Dennis AshbySyracuse, NY3030232528272128212

   $ 335.00

Steve GuytonColumbus, OH2428252927262627212

   $ 335.00

23Mike PfeifferFern Park, FL2626282928262426213

   $ 310.00

Steve LangeSyracuse, NY2526252826282431213

   $ 310.00

David GraffeHouston, TX2524242926282829213

   $ 310.00

26Earl BrabbSpringfield, OH3024272628282229214

   $ 285.00

Gary HinshawRichmond, VA2326273127272330214

   $ 285.00

28Gary EnglishOrlando, FL2823263027252531215

   $ 265.00

Jim BorcheltCincinnati, OH2924262628252730215

   $ 265.00

30Randy StoneGastonia, NC2632272826252725216

   $ 218.75

John BamblingPittsburgh, PA2724322827242727216

   $ 218.75

Alan MorrisVictoria, Australia2826272925262629216

   $ 218.75

Tommy GodfreyGreenville, SC2728252831252527216

   $ 218.75

Jerry GrossValparaiso, IN2324293127272829216

   $ 218.75

Dick FlorinAtlanta, GA2430242727282432216

   $ 218.75

Roy ZernerPainesville, OH2822223328292628216

   $ 218.75

Steve HaesekerDayton, OH2327252928272829216

   $ 218.75

38Greg RobertsHouston, TX3130222831232626217

   $ 200.00

Evelyn FlorinAtlanta, GA3124292728262725217

   $ 200.00

Marc PortugalWaco, TX2725273030262626217

   $ 200.00

41Ron HarrisonLongview, TX218
Charlie GreenwaltIndianapolis, IN218
Steve LyonGreensboro, NC218
Steve WoodArlington, TX218
45Danny EdwardsAtlanta, GA219
Kunio HatadaniHiroshima, Japan219
Ron FrederickToledo, OH219
48Charles ButlerHuntsville, AL220
Tommy HoagCharlotte, NC220
Wendall SikesAtlanta, GA220
Tony PasswaterCarmel, IN220
Mark WoodArlington, TX220
Sidney BarnesRound Rock, TX220
54Gary LoveOscoda, MI221
Bill HebertLake Charles, LA221
56David JonesWarren, OH222
Randy OrrJohnson City, TN222
Bryan BoydBristol, TN222
Jeff McDonaldTucson, AZ222
Steve McPhersonDallas, TX222
61Neil ConnorBuffalo Grove, IL223
Gary MillerColumbus, GA223
Ed BozzaccoAlliance, OH223
Philip DavisWinston-Salem, NC223
Earl FrittsNashville, TN223
Gary WatsonTopeka, KS223
Mike CaranoGirard, OH223
Tom O'BrienCleveland, OH223
69Gary HesterTrinity, NC224
Gary GoodmanColumbus, GA224
James EllisHamilton, OH224
Steve MoodyLouisville, KY224
Wesley BeckAtlanta, GA224
Dennis SweeneyDayton, OH224
75Jim StarrToledo, OH225
John SnyderFt. Wayne, IN225
Ed HinderbergerColumbia, MO225
78Ian TaylorWoodville, Australia227
79Satoshi NobuhiroTokyo, Japan228
Gerald PhiferTopeka, KS228
81Glenn AbrahamFranklin, OH229
Walter KolbAlexandria, VA229
Joe MarrazitoOrlando, FL229
84Fredd ScottBristol, VA230
85Charles ConnorAsheville, NC231
86David BarnettTucson, AZ232
87Tim RarickDayton, OH233
88Jimmy HarritosDothan, AL234
89Sam LabelAtlanta, GA237
90Han OettlinMt. Prospect, IL238
Don SheetsSpringfield, OH238
92Gene VonWaldnerSavannah, GA239
93Billye BrazeltonHuntsville, AL240
Al SimpsonLake Charles, LA240

Amateur Division

RoundPrize
PlayerCity12345678TotalMoney
1Don FerrellColumbus, OH2426232828212830208

$ 50.00

2Alan QuinnellyAtlanta, GA2326302627232727209

$ 50.00

3Mike BuscheFt. Wayne, IN2725252825252828211

$ 50.00

4Rod MillerColumbus, OH2727242626262927212

$ 50.00

5Nick GillMetairie, LA2526262726272828213

$ 50.00

6Mark CoupColumbus, OH2528262825302626214

$ 50.00

7Walter ShipmanAnn Arbor, MI2929262624282629217

$ 50.00

Terry PhillipsGastonia, NC2325283226242633217

$ 50.00

9Greg WardCleveland, TN2630253228272327218

$ 50.00

Austin JonesSpringfield, OH2729292326302428218

$ 50.00

 

 

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