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.

burton.jpg (7483 bytes)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.

Professional Scores for the 1997 $10,000 Commissioner's Cup

Total forRoundPrize
PlayerRounds 1-45678TotalMoney
1Lewis Burton10329322830222$2,000.00
2Kevin Lacey11231302728228$950.00
Rainey Statum11127323127228$950.00
4Greg Ward11629292728229$550.00
5Bart Bason11330303029232$500.00
6Brad Lebo11330302931233$450.00
7Bill Kirby, Jr.11132313129234$412.50
Gary Hester11731302828234$412.50
9Andy Coradini11529313030235$312.50
Danny Dore11728322731235$312.50
Peter Neumann11926312930235$312.50
12Randy Orr11529353027236$225.00
13Greg Newport11832322629237$212.50
Randy Reeves12128332530237$212.50
15Dan Anders12030322630238$181.25
Danny McCaslin12028312930238$181.25
Don Parker11826323032238$181.25
Todd Fowler12128292832238$181.25
19Tony Varnadore11629303232239$175.00
20David Lynch12126342633240$165.00
Gene Reams12026362731240$165.00
22Bob Haizlip11932312831241$82.50
David McCaslin12328312831241$82.50
Jay Klapper12227303527241$82.50
Larry Simpson11833312831241$82.50
Manfred Stewart12030293032241$82.50
Michael Flavin12026322835241$82.50
28Todd Barfield12329312931243
29C. L. Jones12331332730244
Dave Taylor12830302630244
Jimmy Mott12630302533244
Mike Brown12033332929244
33Buddy Taylor12430313129245
Darrell Britt11831362931245
Paul Pastilong12031353128245
36Alan Quinnelly11637322833246
37Greg Roberts11731373131247
Paul Johns12333323029247
Robert Johnson12432292933247
Tony Jackson12033303232247
41Bobby Jackson12628312934248
42Bo Luthie12329352933249
43Holden Knight12533312932250
Roger Beckerman11834343430250
Jim Heikkinen11836323331250
46Barry Wyatt12930322635252
Jeffrey Smith12433313034252
48Rick Baird12731333132254
Mark Rainey11829363635254
50Mark Hasty13126343232255
Mike Damsky12929352834255
52Robby Bryant12929363232258
53Nick Gill12533343533260
54Enid Klapper13331323431261
Rodney Ashely12931293438261
56Barb Mingo13626323434262
57Bobby Kirby12935363633269

Amateur Scores for 1997 $10,000 Commissioner's Cup

Total forRoundPrize
PlayerRounds 1-45678TotalMoney
1Donnie Carpenter12027322829236$ 30.00
2Rusty Taylor12133332928244$ 30.00
3Jim Cruse, Jr.12029343032245$ 30.00
4Tony Davenport11936373127250$ 30.00
5Dwain Willett12435352533252$ 30.00
6Brian Martin12633303232253
7Stan Seethoff12330353432254
8Chris Hudson12928343036257
Jonathan Reid12634343131257
10J. L. Coffey12732323244267
11Justin Taylor14230353435276
12Rick Rybaczek13736343635278

  Novice Scores for 1997 $10,000 Commissioner's Cup

Total for


PlayerRounds 1-45678Total
1Salman Qureshi13139373236275
2Aaron Ashley14842384134303
3Brandon Ashley14938423547311
4Lee Ashley15839373644314
5Chris Cox16447393941330



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