Mike Brown Wins the 1996 National Medal-Play Championship

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 filming.

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."

Professional Scores from the 1996 PPA National Championship

Round Prize
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Money
  1 Mike Brown 24 31 26 28 24 29 26 25 213 $3,000.00
  2 Danny Dore 24 27 26 30 27 28 25 28 215 $1,200.00
  3 David McCaslin 26 26 29 26 25 27 30 27 216 $1,100.00
  4 Larry Simpson 26 29 27 29 23 26 30 27 217   $ 975.00
  5 Lewis Burton 30 29 26 33 27 24 26 24 219   $ 825.00
Roland Block  28 25 30 28 26 26 28 28 219   $ 825.00
Donald Parker  28 28 24 30 27 27 28 27 219   $ 825.00
  8 Greg Ward  28 26 27 32 27 25 30 25 220   $ 675.00
  9 Marc Portugal  25 32 30 28 22 31 27 26 221   $ 600.00
10 Danny McCaslin  30 22 28 30 28 28 28 28 222   $ 475.00
Rick Alessi  27 27 26 30 24 33 26 29 222   $ 475.00
Roger Beckerman  24 30 27 27 26 29 29 30 222   $ 475.00
13 Kevin Lacey  32 27 24 31 27 29 29 24 223   $ 391.66
Gene Reams  29 24 27 32 28 26 26 31 223    $ 391.66
Ron Frederick  29 29 30 30 26 27 27 25 223    $ 391.66
16 Mark Rainey  27 26 29 33 28 27 27 27 224    $ 375.00
17 Dean Dwiggins  27 28 28 30 29 29 26 28 225    $ 325.00
18 Bill Kirby, Jr.  32 26 32 28 27 26 27 28 226    $ 275.00
Peter Neumann  29 31 29 27 28 29 26 27 226    $ 275.00
Randy Reeves  24 30 27 33 26 31 29 26 226    $ 275.00
21 Alan Quinnelly  30 23 27 29 28 32 28 31 228    $ 111.00
Greg Newport  29 26 26 31 26 28 29 33 228    $ 111.00
Brad Lebo  27 30 32 31 25 30 28 25 228    $ 111.00
Tony Jackson  29 26 29 26 31 31 26 30 228    $ 111.00
Jeff Garrison  26 28 33 29 26 31 26 29 228    $ 111.00
26 Robert Johnson  27 30 30 27 27 30 28 30 229 
27 Andy Coradini  27 31 32 29 26 29 27 29 230 
Jim Christina  27 29 27 31 30 32 30 24 230 
Todd Viau  30 31 28 31 25 27 29 29 230 
30 Buddy Taylor  29 30 30 30 30 27 30 25 231 
Edgar Hollifield  29 26 26 28 31 29 32 30 231 
Frank Warren  26 33 30 31 25 26 31 29 231 
Michael Hitt  33 29 26 30 29 29 28 27 231 
Bruce Kaiser  31 29 26 31 26 27 30 31 231 
35 Dave Taylor  27 32 26 28 30 29 29 31 232 
Jay Klapper  29 28 26 31 31 28 32 27 232 
Richard Zack  31 32 27 27 28 28 27 32 232 
Manfred Stewart  27 27 28 32 29 27 32 30 232 
Mike Damsky  29 28 30 29 30 28 30 28 232 
Brice Bergesen  27 33 29 29 28 26 33 27 232 
41 Paul Johns  32 28 32 29 27 27 29 29 233 
Jeff Smith  31 25 29 29 29 33 27 30 233 
43 Gary Hester  28 30 31 29 28 26 32 30 234 
David Lynch  31 28 29 32 25 32 29 28 234 
Angelo Korogianos  28 30 29 23 30 29 31 34 234 
46 Rick Baird  29 30 30 29 28 30 30 29 235 
Bob Haizlip  27 28 35 29 27 30 32 27 235 
Steve Tanton  31 28 28 29 30 30 29 30 235 
Rainey Statum  30 27 30 30 29 30 29 30 235 
Nick Gill  30 27 30 32 28 28 33 27 235 
Jim Heikkinen  26 27 29 30 28 31 31 33 235 
52 Todd Barfield  27 26 27 36 31 28 32 29 236 
Greg Roberts  28 29 29 30 29 32 31 28 236 
Rodney Ashley  30 31 29 30 30 26 32 28 236 
Jay Hadsell  29 30 26 33 27 29 27 35 236 
56 Tony Varnadore  30 28 29 30 28 32 32 28 237 
Terry Conner  30 35 27 28 32 29 29 27 237 
58 Darrell Britt  32 29 30 30 31 28 31 28 239 
Paul Pastilong  27 34 30 28 31 29 33 27 239 
60 Bob Davis  30 32 34 29 33 25 28 29 240 
Bobby Ward  28 30 34 30 30 29 27 32 240 
Bo Luthie  27 33 30 28 30 30 30 32 240 
63 Earl Fritts  28 31 31 32 28 27 32 32 241 
64 C.L. Jones  35 29 28 28 29 32 32 29 242 
Lee Messinger  30 31 30 30 30 32 30 29 242 
66 Randy Orr  31 28 31 33 33 29 28 30 243 
Bruce Boulden  27 31 29 28 30 31 33 34 243 
68 Dan Anders  31 29 28 32 29 32 33 33 247 
69 Barb Mingo  30 33 29 29 33 30 32 33 249 
70 Bob Jackson  30 30 34 32 31 27 35 31 250 
71 Thomas Rawles  30 30 31 36 32 32 28 33 252 
72 Earl Brabb  31 32 33 33 31 29 31 33 253 
Jimmy Harritos  34 32 31 31 28 29 35 33 253 
74 Mark Hasty  30 33 28 31 31 37 35 31 256 
75 Chuck Nance  37 31 30 35 30 30 31 33 257 
76 Al Simpson  34 31 29 35 33 33 32 31 258 
Bobby Bryant  32 33 33 31 32 33 31 33 258 
78 Bill Walsh  34 33 36 35 35 30 33 30 266 
79 Enid Klapper  35 33 35 35 34 30 32 34 268 

Amateur Scores from the 1996 APA National Championship

Round
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Prize Money
  1 Clayton Craft 28 26 26 31 29 27 28 30 225 $ 50.00
  2 Jeff Brown 25 31 28 29 29 27 31 30 230 $ 50.00
3 Brian Mundey 31 30 32 28 27 30 30 25 233 $ 50.00
4 Jeff Studer 30 27 31 30 29 31 27 30 235 $ 50.00
5 Jim Cruse, Jr. 32 31 30 34 24 31 27 28 237 $ 50.00
6 Craig Smith 30 29 29 35 31 27 28 30 239 $ 50.00
7 Kim Brabb 27 30 31 29 31 34 34 26 242
8 Tom Sweeney 30 29 31 31 31 30 33 30 245
9 Rick Maitland 27 28 33 32 30 30 37 29 246
Scott Buddie 29 33 28 34 29 30 29 34 246
11 Don Zimmerman 32 31 31 35 27 31 30 31 248
Tony Davenport 31 30 32 33 26 32 33 31 248
13 Rick Welke 29 28 34 31 32 32 28 35 249
14 Rusty Taylor 28 33 31 32 30 31 31 35 251
15 Wayne Saunders, Jr. 36 32 31 32 29 31 31 30 252
16 J. L. Coffee 27 36 31 31 28 35 31 34 253
Jim Comer 34 33 35 31 29 31 32 28 254
18 Bryan Higgins 30 34 28 34 28 35 31 34 254
Bill Caudle 32 34 32 32 31 29 35 29 254
20 Chris Morrison 33 33 34 32 31 33 32 28 256
21 Scott Sammons 40 29 34 31 32 35 28 28 257
Dom Perry 32 35 37 31 31 32 32 27 257
23 Randy Shreve 31 29 35 32 30 32 31 38 258
24 James Chastain 34 30 30 33 29 33 32 41 261
25 Andy McCoy 33 30 35 36 30 34 39 32 269
26 Chad Summerford 33 33 32 37 36 33 33 41 278

Novice Scores from the 1996 National Championship

Round
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total

 1

Lonnie Howard 33 34 34 32 32 31 33 34 263
2 Justin Taylor 34 31 33 35 27 36 39 33 268
3 Rodney Rogers 31 31 35 35 38 32 29 37 268
4 Melanie Fairbanks 36 36 33 34 30 37 32 36 274
5 Lee Ashley 32 38 35 36 33 35 38 42 289
6 Aaron Ashley 36 39 43 37 38 34 40 33 300
7 Delbert Shreve 44 40 38 35 36 35 35 43 306
8 Mathew Bielec 39 39 46 41 41 41 37 38 322
9 Dwight Plum 37 45 44 38 41 43 42 46 336
 

 

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