Reeves Reaps Rewards at the $20,000  1997 PPA National Championship

reeves.jpg (7543 bytes)Orlando, FL - Randy Reeves of Montgomery, AL, proved to be the best putter in America, Saturday, as he broke away from the pack to earn not only $4,000 but the National title during the 1997 PPA National Championship at Orange Lake Resort & Country Club.

Competing against a field of 79 pros, Reeves entered the second day of competition tied for fourth place. Ahead of him in the standing and trailing the leader by only two strokes was defending champion, Mike Brown of Springfield, PA. The competition would be unmerciful.

"When I shot 22 after the first round (round 5 of the tournament competition) to tie the course record it increased my confidence, and I knew I had the chance to win it all," said Reeves. Brown also shot a 22 on round 5. Reeves remained hopeful applying pressure of his own. "I was in the third group from the end, so I tried to make as many aces as possible to put a little pressure on the rest of them."

The 36-year old National Pro, fired 22, 28, 27, 25 for a 144 hole total of 208, 80 under par edging out Charlie Greenwalt of Indianapolis, IN, 209, 79 under par. Brown tied for third place after shooting 210, 78 under par, along with Ron Frederick of Chandler, AZ.

The first time National Champion, Reeves added that winning the title has "been a lifelong dream," and credits the late Russ Maddox, a Putt-Putt course owner in Montgomery, AL, with the inspiration to win it all. Maddox, who never achieved his lifelong dream of becoming the National Champion, took a very young Reeves under his wing, encouraging him to become involved in the PPA and supporting him along the way. Reeves dedicated his win to Maddox, indicating, "in a way, my victory fulfills Maddox's dreams as well as my own."

In the Amateur division, Robb Titchell of Columbus, OH, won on the last hole of an 18 hole playoff over William Glisson of Augusta, GA, to earn his first title as the Amateur Putters Association National Champion.

Professional Scores in 1997 National Championship

1Randy Reeves2625292622282725208$ 4,000.00 
2Charlie Greenwalt2725272725272427209$ 2,400.00 
3Ron Frederick2531272328272425210$ 1,450.00 
Mike Brown2526262622273028210$ 1,450.00 
5Andy Coradini2528252525262929212$ 1,100.00 
6Jay Klapper2427233225262927213$ 900.00 
7Greg Ward2727262724312725214$ 675.00 
Bill Kirby2827302427262527214$ 675.00 
9David McCaslin2522272929293024215$ 550.00 
Danny McCaslin2726292625282925215$ 550.00 
Kevin Lacey2427303023302526215$ 550.00 
12Dan Anders2827262627282727216$ 475.00 
13Jim Heikkinen2624282327303029217$ 450.00 
14Peter Neumann2528303027262626218$ 400.00 
15Frank Warren2829242628263127219$ 337.50 
Jimmy Mott2828262526282830219$ 337.50 
Todd Barfield2726272826282928219$ 337.50 
Rainey Statum2526292630292628219$ 337.50 
19Rick Baird2629223326303124221$ 231.25 
Roger Beckerman2727282427263230221$ 231.25 
Tony Jackson2828292427282928221$ 231.25 
Todd Fowler2827282628262731221$ 231.25 
23Dave Taylor2826312429282927222$ 200.00 
Michael Hitt2426293026263130222$ 200.00 
25Larry Simpson2627263324302631223$ 200.00 
Rick Alessi2827282926322726223$ 200.00 
Robert Johnson2529272926312828223$ 200.00 
Lee Messinger2630292324313129223$ 200.00 
David Lynch3031272824292628223$ 200.00 
30Lewis Burton2526262830332531224$ 200.00 
31Rod Miller3028292628282729225
Angelo Korogianos2932273028232531225
Mike Damsky3125292628302432225
34Gary English2728312831302428227
Darrell Britt2526303231273026227
Brad Lebo2833243026312530227
37Danny Dore3032292426292632228
Bart Bason2830272926292930228
C. L. Jones3026303327282529228
40Alan Quinnelly2627263232273227229
Greg Newport2826292828292833229
Gene Reams3029243126312731229
Marc Portugal2628282927322930229
Don Parker2731312828312825229
45Jeff Smith2932262529332729230
Bo Luthie2230282830322931230
47John Napoli2429272931323030232
Todd Viau3429292630292827232
49Jeff McDonald2928333125332628233
50Greg Roberts2728313030312433234
Chris Morrison2829293030292831234
52Buddy Taylor3030302628332929235
53Randy Orr2628323126352830236
Bill Smith2730292930283231236
Jay Hadsell2634282830342729236
Robby Bryant3131272927292834236
57Paul Johns3032273028332829237
58Tim Jones2930323128303127238
Bob Davis2928302831283034238
Mark Rainey3128283125362930238
61Manfred Stewart2736293030283128239
62Michael Culligan2829283331313228240
Bruce Kaiser3431232734342829240
Tony Varnadore3031293129322830240
Barry Wyatt2627263130323335240
66Alan Cox2930283035332829242
Mark Hasty2929303531293029242
68Paul Pastilong2932312929313329243
69Thomas Rawles2928273430343132245
70Rodney Ashley3030282731333433246
71David Barnett3132312930293134247
Bob Haizlip2733303228303532247
73Barb Mingo2929322732333135248
74Tim Huber3232282830323433249
Jeff Garrison3230283331293333249
76Greg Williams3533303028333033252
Bill Walsh3231342829343133252
78Don Nicholas3137343131312934258
79Matt McCaslin3336333429343634269

Amateur Scores in 1997 National Championship

1Robb Titchell2832283027302425224$100.00
2William Glisson2729262629262833224$80.00
3Jeff Brown2826272927302632225$70.00
4Rusty Taylor3228292728282828228$60.00
5Jim Russell3229262626312930229$50.00
Jim Cruse2926293028293028229$50.00
7Dave Nutini2729283129313129235$50.00
Clayton Craft3130302928312729235$50.00
9Tony Davenport2829312931282733236$50.00
10Jim Comer2631312635302930238$25.00
Chris Robertson3130272935302630238$25.00
12Mike Conklin3130293032283030240
Brian Martin2931272830342932240
14Scott Buddie2729293328323132241
15Craig Smith3029293229303331243
16Mike Huckaby2933283129313431246
17Bill Hammons2833283138342931252
Ray Guthrie2933273232333234252
19Rick Rybaczek3629322734313334256
Billy Caudle3532333335302929256
21Randy Shreve3533283334303331257
Dom Perry3131323332363032257
23Justin Taylor2835333130373135260
24Andy McCoy3336343125353136261


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