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