Lewis Burton Wins the 1997 Commissioner's Cup Title
Augusta, GA - 26-27 April 1997 - April showers bring May flowers, and a check for $2,000 to Lewis Burton. Burton of Lawrenceville, Georgia won the $10,000 Commissioner's Cup title by 6 strokes. Seventy-five Professional Putters traveled to Augusta, Georgia to compete in this event, April 26th and 27th, 1997.
After completing the first four rounds of competition, Burton held an 8 stroke lead with a score of 103, 41-under par, to give him a comfortable edge over Bill Kirby, Jr. of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Rainey Statum of Kingwood, Texas.
Burton was determined to putt each hole conservatively, despite the adverse conditions. This strategy paid off, winning him $2,000 and a guaranteed position on the nationally televised PPA Championship Tournament show being filmed in September, 1997. Burton exclaimed, "I was on the television show last year and didn't do very well, so I hope to redeem myself this year. I'm looking forward to it."
Not far behind Burton was Rainey Statum, who at one point edged within four strokes of Burton in the seventh round. Burton maintained his lead shooting par or better on every hole in the tournament. On the 18th hole in the last round, Rainey Statum aced the hole to tie Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati, Ohio for second place.
Also included in the weekend's activities was a free baseball clinic hosted by former Los Angeles Dodger, Jay Johnstone and Jay Howell.