|Ray Miller Wins 1987 National Medal-Play Championship in Richmond, VA|
Richmond, VA - July 4 & 5 -Ray Miller brought the National Championship title back to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, by capturing the Pro Division of the National Championship Tournament. Miller, the leader after 7 of the 8 rounds played in the tournament, had a 9 stroke lead over his closest competitors, Scott Sekerke of Richmond, Virginia; Bill Kirby Kirby of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Jeff Estep of Dayton, Ohio, heading into the final 18 holes of play.
Miller's final score of 210, 78 under par, bettered the field by 4 strokes to capture the $3,000 first place prize.
In the amateur division, Jim Schafer made it a clean sweep by capturing the APA National Championship crown. His 4 stroke margin of victory has enabled him to become only the second player to capture the Match-Play and Medal-Play title the same year. The APA division breathed a sigh of relief when Schafer announced his intentions of turning pro for the 1988 season.
In the novice division, Steve Bouffard of Huntsville, Texas, captured the title with a 12 stroke victory over Essen Daley and Genie Burgess of Fayetteville, North Carolina.