1985 P. P. A. Champions Crowned

Greensboro, NC - July 1985 - The top professional, amateur, and novice putters in the United States gathered in Greensboro, N with one goal in mind - to determine the 1985 Professional Putters Association National Champions. The talented field of over 200 players promised to make the three day event an exciting one. No one was disappointed.

The National Medal-Play championship featured eight rounds (144 holes) of putting competition. Each player's accumulated strokes over the eight rounds determined the winner, that player having the least number of strokes.

In the National Medal-Play Pro Division, 21-year old Alan Quinnelly from Chamblee, Georgia claimed the title in impressive style over Oklahoman, Greg Sandlin. Quinnelly fired a final round score of 21, scoring aces on 16 of the 18 holes (including the first 14 in a row) as a large gallery cheered his efforts to record a perfect score. 1"This is an unreal experience," said Quinnelly, following the tournament. A former JPA National Juniors Champion in 1978, Quinnelly credits the Juniors Putters of America league for creating his interest in the sport of putting. "Then I moved to amateur status for 3 years and learned how the pros play," he said. A fourth year pro, Quinnelly looks forward to defending his title for years to come. "I want to win as many championships as I can."

The National Match-Play Championship featured player versus player in 36-holes of competition. Unlike Medal-Play competition, match players compete for holes rather than strokes. The player with the lowest score on a particular hole wins that hole.

In the National Match-Play Pro Division Finals, James Christina of Rockville, Maryland used 12 aces to defeat David Jones of Warren, Ohio and earn the title. Jim Christina, a podiatrist by trade, returned to the PPA this season after finishing his studies and graduating from medical school. "I just wanted to convince myself that I could play well again. This feels super." Christina saw his lead cut from five holes to even in the final round, before Jones recorded two bogeys late in the match. "When we got to the back 9, I thought I had it won," said Jones. "I just shot terrible on hole 16 and James played well." As for his newfound notoriety, Christina looks forward to returning home with the National Title. "I know the other players will be gunning for me now," said the champion.

The 1985 Professional Seniors Division Champion, David Gies from Winston-Salem, NC, called his win a comeback after firing a four round total of 111 to win the title. "I've been out of the game for a while," said Gies, Manager of the Putt-Putt Golf Course in Winston-Salem, NC. "This is the first National Championship I've played in since 1977." Gies, 30, used his veteran skills in preparing for the tournament. "I practiced enough to get that mental confidence back and I ended up laying pretty well," he said. A National Amateur Champion in 1972, Gies has been putting since he was 14. He has appeared in the PPA Television Putting Series and although he may still be young in years, David Gies has used his experience to claim the Seniors' title for 1985.

Columbus, Ohio resident, Paul Johns, is also experienced in winning titles. The defending National Amateur Medal-Play Champion, Johns, not only claimed the title again this year, but went on to win the Amateur Match-Play Championship as well. Johns also won the Amateur National Match-Play Championship in 1982. Johns is only the second player in the history of the PPA to successfully defend his National Amateur Medal-Play title. Lewis Burton of Chamblee, Georgia defended his National Amateur Medal-Play title in 1980 and 1981. Johns is the first player to win both the Medal and Match Play Championship in the same year. "I did what every amateur dreams of," said Johns of his victories. "But I knew it was going to be difficult."

"To win both titles really surprised me," he said. "I wasn't playing very well and hadn't won any tournaments at home (Columbus)." Johns, 26, relied on intense practice to restore his putting stroke. He arrived in Greensboro one week before the start of the tournament to learn the shots. "It takes practice. You have to know what you're doing," he said.

Johns knew what he was doing on his way to winning the titles. In the National Amateur Medal Play Championship, he withstood challenges from several players and finally pulled away in the final round to win by 7 strokes over Judy Howard from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. "Some shots weren't falling in the early rounds so I had to change them as the tournament went on," he said. "My goal is to keep all my rounds in the 20's."

Johns carried his momentum into the Match-Play Championship, defeating Michael Bell of Columbus, Ohio in the finals to win the title. Ironically, both Bell and Johns play at the Refugee Road Putt-Putt Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio.

Johns record setting performance convinced him to turn professional next year, much to the delight of the other amateurs in Greensboro. "They all want me to turn pro," he said. "It's time to move up. I know it will be hard, but I'll have to try harder and practice more."

Hard work earned John Halmans of Charlotte, NC the National Amateur Seniors Championship. The 70-year old, six year veteran of the Amateur Putters Association fired a for round score of 130 to hold off his competition (which included his wife Gertie) and claim the title.

Mike Pennington of Lansing, Michigan claimed the National Novice Medal-Play Championship with a 265 total for eight rounds. Julian Cox won the Novice Match-Play Title. Genia Burgess of Fayetteville, NC finished second in both Novice events.

Professional Scores from the 1985 National Medal-Play Championship (Greensboro, NC)

Round
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total

Prize Money

1 Alan Quinnelly 27 32 24 29 24 30 26 21 213 $ 3,000.00 
2 Greg Sandlin 27 31 23 28 29 30 28 24 220 $ 1,500.00 
3 Jim Borchelt 28 31 28 28 29 29 27 23 223 $ 775.00
Rod Miller 31 27 23 26 30 28 30 28 223 $ 775.00
5 Marc Portugal 29 32 27 29 24 30 27 27 224 $ 600.00
6 Gary Benfield 23 33 30 26 30 33 25 25 225 $ 525.00
Charlie Greenwalt 23 32 27 25 27 32 28 31 225 $ 525.00
8 David Gies 27 31 26 27 30 33 25 28 227 $ 475.00
9 Bill Kirby, Jr. 27 35 26 29 28 31 28 24 228 $ 437.50
Joe Haines 32 32 27 27 26 28 31 25 228 $ 437.50
11 Rick Shelton 31 32 27 28 29 31 26 25 229 $ 340.00
Joel Baker 26 33 30 26 26 34 26 28 229 $ 340.00
13 Bruce Kaiser 25 28 31 31 31 28 30 26 230 $ 230.00
Roger Beckerman 27 30 28 29 31 29 30 26 230 $ 230.00
Steve Norman 27 34 30 25 28 32 27 27 230 $ 230.00
Lewis Burton 30 33 26 31 25 28 29 28 230 $ 230.00
17 Dave Taylor 27 29 29 29 30 29 28 30 231 $ 175.00
Greg Ward 29 32 24 28 27 32 30 29 231 $ 175.00
John Crawford 32 27 30 28 29 31 27 27 231 $ 175.00
Dan Anders 28 32 28 31 26 28 30 28 231 $ 175.00
21 Charlie Davis 28 30 29 30 31 30 27 27 232 $ 135.00
Randy Livesay 30 32 26 33 33 25 26 27 232 $ 135.00
Ron Frederick 27 32 30 33 25 32 27 26 232 $ 135.00
Dean Dwiggins 29 35 29 26 28 32 27 26 232 $ 135.00
25 Jude Prather 32 32 29 29 28 30 28 25 233 $ 105.00
Evelyn Florin 29 28 31 32 25 33 29 26 233 $ 105.00
27 Steve Haeseker 25 29 31 34 27 29 26 33 234 $ 100.00
Rex Thayer 29 26 28 31 28 30 34 28 234 $ 100.00
29 Chuck Dibbs 28 35 34 24 25 35 26 28 235 $ 100.00
Rick Baird 33 32 29 29 25 33 30 24 235 $ 100.00
Jay Klapper 27 29 28 31 26 36 28 30 235 $ 100.00
32 Buddy Taylor 28 34 28 29 30 29 27 31 236 $ 100.00
Paul Pastilong 27 36 28 28 29 27 30 31 236 $ 100.00
34 Rainey Statum 31 31 27 29 30 29 33 27 237 $ 100.00
Joe Smith 30 33 26 32 28 31 30 27 237 $ 100.00
Larry Simpson 28 33 28 27 29 32 32 28 237 $ 100.00
David Jones 28 32 32 25 29 33 33 25 237 $ 100.00
38 Rudy Cuellar 29 31 30 28 28 31 37 24 238 $ 100.00
Chris Enders 29 31 32 28 28 31 32 27 238 $ 100.00
Blaine Goodwin 34 27 30 35 29 28 29 26 238 $ 100.00
41 Tommy Hoag 29 33 27 33 34 28 26 29 239 $ 100.00
42 Eddie Coy 25 32 27 27 29 36 33 31 240 $ 100.00
Jeff McDonald 28 34 28 31 27 30 31 31 240 $ 100.00
44 Mark Errickson 27 30 32 31 31 31 30 29 241 $ 100.00
Steven Nehls 33 32 28 31 28 32 27 30 241 $ 100.00
Terry McCarthy 35 35 29 28 27 32 30 25 241 $ 100.00
Bill Locke 30 31 28 33 27 31 27 34 241 $ 100.00
Austin Jones 33 31 28 30 30 35 29 25 241 $ 100.00
Ray Miller 31 33 29 28 30 34 29 27 241 $ 100.00
Steve Guyton 30 30 29 30 28 34 32 28 241 $ 100.00
John Napoli 31 30 26 29 30 34 30 31 241 $ 100.00
Tarron Coalson 34 32 23 27 29 29 34 33 241 $ 100.00
Greg Roberts 26 36 27 29 30 28 36 29 241 $ 100.00
Steve Lyon 27 33 29 29 32 30 33 28 241 $ 100.00
55 Owen Perillo 27 32 28 30 29 35 32 29 242 $ 100.00
Jerry Campbell 29 36 26 26 28 34 33 32 242 $ 100.00
Tommy Ellis 26 28 31 32 28 31 32 32 242 $ 100.00
Wesley Beck 24 29 31 35 37 30 24 32 242 $ 100.00
Bill Humbert 30 34 29 29 28 29 32 31 242 $ 100.00
Ed Haggerty 32 30 27 34 28 35 30 26 242 $ 100.00
Jeff Onifer 30 34 31 26 28 31 28 34 242 $ 100.00
Brian McMahon 27 31 33 30 27 35 31 28 242 $ 100.00
Steve Shively 27 32 28 37 28 33 28 29 242 $ 100.00
64 Dennis Sink 31 26 30 29 30 32 34 31 243 $ 100.00
Richard Pennington 31 31 34 33 29 27 29 29 243 $ 100.00
Pat Brady 29 34 28 28 29 29 32 34 243 $ 100.00
Dennis Ashby 30 31 33 27 25 39 27 31 243 $ 100.00
68 Dick Florin 30 35 29 30 26 36 31 27 244 $ 100.00
Don Thompson 30 34 32 31 29 35 23 30 244 $ 100.00
Dennis Sweeney 33 32 25 32 27 31 31 33 244 $ 100.00
71 Gilbert Sharpe 33 31 27 31 28 34 31 30 245 $ 100.00
Tim Ducote 31 31 28 29 30 33 35 28 245 $ 100.00

Amateur Scores from the 1985 National Medal-Play Championship (Greensboro, NC)

Round
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
1 Paul Johns 29 36 27 30 26 32 29 25 234
2 Judy Howard 37 29 25 32 30 30 28 29 240
3 Jerry Villani 34 31 32 31 29 27 28 29 241
4 Richard Davis 30 32 31 31 30 30 29 30 243
5 Don Ferrell 29 36 25 32 29 32 32 33 246
John Strickland 33 34 31 32 28 37 24 26 246
7 Michael Bell 31 33 34 31 29 32 28 30 248
Emmett Groome 33 30 32 30 31 34 30 28 248
9 Wayne Hancock 32 34 28 30 33 31 29 32 250
10 Robb Titchell 32 36 30 29 29 33 34 28 251
11 Monte Jones 30 33 30 37 30 35 32 26 253
12 Scott Buddie 29 40 31 37 31 31 29 28 256
Bill Tesh 32 40 30 34 30 35 28 27 256
14 Richie Handschuh 29 36 29 31 29 38 36 29 257
15 Jim Schafer 28 34 32 35 33 29 34 33 258
Danny Bashor 30 39 29 29 28 42 32 29 258
17 Tony Davenport 31 32 31 35 30 37 34 31 261
18 Randal Smith 32 34 29 39 32 34 30 32 262
19 Danny Gaither 28 35 32 33 29 39 36 31 263
20 David Abshire 36 34 34 35 34 32 31 31 267
21 David Gaither 31 43 32 28 35 33 36 30 268
John Halmans 32 34 32 32 35 43 30 30 268
23 Rusty Neese 29 34 30 38 34 36 34 37 272
Ron Millican 34 40 31 30 37 33 35 32 272
25 Martin Handschuh 41 35 33 33 34 34 31 35 276
Aundria Reams 39 34 32 41 30 37 32 31 276
27 John Darst 30 36 31 37 32 42 38 30 277
28 James Litzinger 31 36 36 32 33 42 36 33 279
29 Shawn Kinsler 27 47 37 35 30 39 31 39 285
30 Gertie Halmans 40 41 33 37 35 34 37 32 290
31 Tom Robertson 34 38 40 39 36 42 41 33 302
 

 

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