The Week of the Nationals 1990
Dear Fellow Putter:
On behalf of the PPA Home Office, I want to thank all of you who
participated in the tournaments and events during the week of the 1990 National
Championships. The "Week of the Nationals" included the crowning of new
Match-Play and National Champions, as well as ceremonies inducting our two 1990 Hall of
Fame members. Listed below is a recap of the Week's events.
Columbus Open - June 26, 1990
Alan Quinnelly of Atlanta, Georgia defeated
Steve Haeseker from Vandalia,
Ohio in an eighteen hole playoff to capture the first of the $2,000 tournaments held
during the "Week of the Nationals". Quinnelly's final round of 27 picked up two
strokes on Haeseker and left both men tied with a three round score of 79. In the ensuing
playoff Quinnelly defeated his opponent by two strokes to capture the title. These two men
led a field of seventy-nine (79) Pros in the event.
In the Amateur Division, local favorite Don Ferrell also needed an
eighteen-hole playoff to defeat
Greg Newport of
Greensboro, North Carolina and capture his Columbus Open title. Ferrell and Newport tied
after 54 holes with an 87 or 21 under par. Ferrell outdistanced his opponent by two
strokes in the playoff to capture the title. Ferrell and Newport led a field of
thirty-five (35) Amateurs in this event.
Columbus Open - June 27, 1990
A hot and humid day greeted the putters for the second $2,000 Columbus
Open competition. In the Pro Division,
Peter Neumann of State
College, Pennsylvania captured the title with a 54-hole total of 78, 30 under par. Neumann
bested his two closest rivals,
Robert Johnson of
Taylor, South Carolina and Danny Berendt of North Olmsted, Ohio, by two strokes to capture
the $300 first place prize. Neumann is the State Chairman of the Great Lakes Tournament
In the Amateur field, Dom Perry of Youngstown, Ohio led a field of 38
Amateurs to capture the first place prize in the APA division. Perry's three-round score
of 89, 19 under par, outdistanced Tom Morrison of Franklin, Tennessee and Matt Moore of
Houston, Texas by one stroke.
PPA Match-Play Classic
Ray Miller of Columbus, Ohio captured the 1990 PPA Match-Play Classic
title in the Pro Division with a 3-2 victory over
Tom Butler of Erlanger,
Kentucky. Miller's victory was the second major title he has won, previously capturing the
1987 National Championship title. Both Miller and Butler dominated their opponents
throughout the day's competition. Miller's victory was certainly well earned, along the
way defeating 1985 Player of the Year
Bill Kirby, 1985 TV Series
Champion Mark Portugal, 1987 Player of the Year and Commissioner's Cup Champion
Greg Ward, and of course
defeating Butler, the current Commissioner's Cup Champion.
In the Amateur Division, Wayne Hancock of High Point, North Carolina won
the APA Match-Play Classic Title by defeating Matt Quinn of Dallas, Texas in the final
match. Hancock's 8-7 victory over Quinn gave him his first National title in his nineteen
years of playing Putt-Putt Golf.
In the Novice Division, Darrin Redick of Columbus, Ohio captured the title
with a one up victory over Kirk Morgan.
Hall of Fame Banquet
More than one hundred ninety (190) people attended the 1990 PPA Hall of
Fame Awards Banquet at the Stouffer Dublin Hotel on Friday, June 29th. They were there to
recognize and honor the careers of 1990 PPA Hall of Fame Inductees Wilbur Hildebrand and
Ray Browning. Hildebrand, who became the eighth person inducted into the Hall of Fame,
gave credit to the success that he has in Putt-Putt Golf to the fact that he began as a
PPA member. "All of the successes that I have had in this business are a direct
result of my participation in PPA tournaments, and being a PPA Player. I would not have
fallen in love with the game or the people, and would have perhaps chosen another field in
which to earn a living."
Joann Browning, widow of former National Champion Ray Browning,
posthumously inducted as the ninth person into the PPA Hall of Fame, was in attendance to
receive the award on Ray's behalf. Joann eloquently thanked all of Ray's friends present
at the banquet, along with all of his friends who have since stopped playing the game that
Ray so dearly loved.
Before the presentation of the plaques to Hildebrand and Browning, a video
tape was shown titled "1990 PPA Memories." This twelve (12) minute film gives
tribute to the careers of both inductees. This tape will again be made available to those
persons interested in making a tax deductible contribution to the Hall of Fame. A minimum
donation of $20.00 is required to receive a copy of the Hall of Fame tape.
1990 PPA Awards
The 1990 PPA Home Office would like to congratulate the following people
for the awards they received at the Hall of Fame Awards Banquet.
|APA Sportsmanship Award
|PPA Sportsmanship Award
|Tracy Moore Stroke Average (28.40 stroke average)
|APA Player of the Year
||Forth Worth, TX
|PPA Player of the Year
Frederick Named Putter of the Decade
Ron Frederick, currently living in Chandler, Arizona, was named the
recipient of the 1980's Putter of the Decade of the Professional Putters Association.
Frederick joins Vance Randall, and Dick and Evelyn Florin as those players recognized by
their peers as the outstanding putters in their respective decades.
Frederick's award was presented at the annual PPA Hall of Fame
Dinner/Banquet. Some of the titles held by Frederick in the 1980's include:
||Northwest Ohio Putter of the Year
||Runner-Up, Midwestern Open
||PPA Putter of the Year
||National Match-Play Winner
||TV Series Participant, 3-0 record winning $22,000
||National Match-Play Champion
||TV Series Participant, winning $8,000
||National Medal-Play Champion
|Lifetime Money Winnings: $51,836.66
Also nominated for this award were Mark Coup, Jeff Estep, Ed Haggerty, and Alan
Quinnelly. In his acceptance speech, Frederick stated that this award could have been won
by anyone of the nominees, and accepted the award on all their behalves.
Haeseker Wins 1990 National Medal-Play Championship
Fourteen year Pro
Steve Haeseker displayed the patience of a veteran to
capture the 1990 National Championship title in the Pro Division. Haeseker, who had a
three shot lead going into the final round, held off strong challenges from former
National Champions Jeff Estep of Dayton, Ohio and Alan Quinnelly of Atlanta, Georgia.
Estep, playing two groups ahead of Haeseker, aced the final two holes to become the leader
in the clubhouse at 53 under par. Quinnelly, playing one group in front of Haeseker, also
aced the treacherous seventeenth hole to become the leader in the clubhouse at 54 under
par. Haeseker, 54 under par after fifteen holes of the final round, save par on sixteen
and seventeen, and then came to the eighteenth hold of the final round, tied with
Anxiously waiting his turn while his playing partners, Paul Johns and Mike
McCormack (both of Columbus, Ohio) completed their tournament, Haeseker, a contestant in
the 1990 Television Series, and the leader after the first day's competition, calmly
stroked his final putt of the tournament into the bottom of the cup for an ace and a
dramatic one stroke victory over Alan Quinnelly. "The week started with a playoff
with Alan," said Haeseker, "and I was bound and determined not to end the
tournament the same way." Haeseker works at the Dayton, Ohio Putt-Putt Golf Course
located approximately ninety miles from the site of this tournament.
In the APA Division, Jim Russell of North Olmsted, Ohio also used an ace
on the 108th and final hole to capture the APA division of the National Championship with
a one stroke victory over Scott Searcy of Hampton, Virginia and Jim Van Buskirk of Midwest
City, Oklahoma. Heading into the final hole, all three gentleman were tied for the lead
when Buskirk shooting first, pared the eighteenth hole. Russell then followed with an ace
and then watched in anticipation as Scott Searcy lined up for his final putt of the
tournament. When Searcy pared the final hole, that gave Russell the APA National
Championship title. In the playoff to determine who received the runner-up trophy in the
APA Division, Searcy defeated Buskirk in a two-hole sudden death playoff.
In the Novice Division, Neal Toepfer of Columbus, Ohio won the Novice
Division with a six round score of 193. Toepfer's score outdistanced second place finisher
William Anderson of Indianapolis, Indiana by five strokes.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
On behalf of The Professional Putters Association, the Home Office Staff
would like to extend it's most sincere appreciation to Marc Catalfina, General Manager of
the Columbus, Ohio course and his entire management team for the courtesy and hospitality
given to the PPA and the Home Office Staff during the Week of the 1990 Nationals.
Congratulations on a job well done!!