Mike Brown Wins the 1996 National Medal-Play
Orlando, FL - Mike Brown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania fired a 75 under
par, 213, to take a two stroke lead over the field in the $15,000 PPA National
Championship Tournament in Orlando, Florida, September 5-6, 1996.
The lead came late in the day as Brown aced the last two holes of the
final round of play. As the leader in the clubhouse, Brown had to watch Danny Dore
and David McCaslin battle the final three holes of competition. The two competitors, both
tied at 72 under par, shared the opportunity to match Brown's score. But to no avail, it
was to be Mike Brown's Day.
Danny Dore, of Baltimore, Maryland, finished at 215, 73-under par to
secure a second place finish. Dave McCaslin, Indialantic, Florida, finished third at 216
and Larry Simpson from Elon College, North Carolina finished fourth at 217.
"This is the most prestigious title in the professional
putting," said Brown after his win. "This is what you work for your entire
season, you entire career." Mike started putting at the age of twelve in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and made his first appearance on television in the 1985 J.P.A.
Championship. Ten years later he qualified for the 1995 Putt-Putt Championship television
Brown also won earlier in the week, claiming the $1,500 Orange Lake Open,
and clearly the hottest putter for the week heading into the ESPN taping. More than 100
professional and amateur putters from across the United States participated in the two day
$15,000 National Championship.
Bill Kirby, Jr., 1995 National Champion, passes the crown on to a
professional 20 years his junior and had this to say, "Mike is deserving PPA National
Champion and will be an excellent representative of the PPA, Putt-Putt Golf Courses of
America, and Franchisees. I respect his youthful spirit and dedication to the game and
commend him on his performance and his title. I share with him the honor of winning the
title. He was a good sportsman when I won, and I believe Mike Brown is the hottest putter
on the PPA Tour."