Robert Johnson Rules Supreme in the $2,000 Spartanburg Open
Spartanburg, SC - 31 August 1997 - Robert Johnson, of Lake Wylie, South Carolina, and Lewis Burton, of Lawrenceville, GA, locked in a putting battle that resulted in an 18-hole sudden death playoff in Spartanburg, SC. Johnson eventually claimed the first place title and prize money by defeating Burton on the 18th hole of the playoff after Burton took a four, allowing Johnson to deuce the hole for the win. Johnson takes a qualifying spot for the National Match Play Championship and the opportunity to appear on television.
Qualifier for the National Pro event was Todd Barfield of Fort Mill, South Carolina. In the APA Division, the winner was Spartanburg's Johnny Hostetler.
The 46 players enjoyed great weather and the wonderful hospitality from the Sumerals in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Scores and tournament recap provided by the Putt-Put Home Office