Jay Klapper Wins 1993 Player's Championship
Columbus, OH - August 5, 6, and 7 - The August sun was not the only thing
heating up Columbus, Ohio, August 5-7, as Jay Klapper of Snellville, GA, fought his way to
his first major PPA title win in the $25,000 PPA Players Championship.
Pitting the best of the best in the Professional Putters Association,
participation in the PPA Players Championship was limited to putters on a qualification
basis only, thus narrowing the field to allow play by the nation's top 60 pros and
top 32 amateur putters.
The right to compete in the PPA Players Championship was earned by
achieving a top place finish in one of the 1993 PPA major events including: the $10,000
PPA Commissioner's Cup, the $2,000 Norfolk Open, or the $25,000 PPA National Championship,
or by finishing in the top in one of the Regional Qualifying Tournaments.
Blistering scores the first day of tournament play proved to set a
precedent for the heated action to follow. Jay Klapper of Snellville, GA; Sid Davis of
Kingsport, TN, and Greg Ward of Norcross, GA, all posted first day scores of 82, 26-under
par, to take the first day lead in the pro division. Don Ferrell of Columbus, Ohio, lead
the amateur division at 83, 25-under par.
The second day provided intense competition, both to the consternation of
the putters and the excitement of the gallery.
All eyes were on Klaper, Davis, and Ward. But the end of the second day of
competition brought Rainey Statum of Houston, TX, from back in the pack, to oust the three
pace setters, and take the lead with a six round total of 162, 54-under par.