Matthews Rises from JPA to Win Western Open
Lake Charles, LA - Twenty-three year old Cliff Matthews out-distanced the pack to win the $10,000 Western Open in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Sunday, June 14th with a score of 208, 80 under par. Matthews, who entered round two of the two-day tournament trailing Saturdays leader, Charlie Greenwalt, by only two strokes, took the lead on round eight with a low round of 23. "It was a close competition for awhile out there. The 23 helped build my momentum," said Matthews of the round that put him over the top.
Matthews, who climbed through the ranks to National Pro status, began his putting career in the JPA program, winning $4,500 in scholarships with three first place wins and one second place win. Turning Pro at 15, Matthews has had an impressive beginning to his putting career. After competing in the "1995 Skins Competition" on television, Matthews has his sights set on appearing on ESPN in the Putt-Putt Golf Championships.
Charlie Greenwalt, Indianapolis, Ind.; Jeffrey Smith of Dallas, Texas; and Peter Neumann of Fredericksburg, Va. tied for second place in the Pro Division of the $10,000 Western Open with a tournament score of 213, 75 under par.
William Glisson, Jr., of Martinez, Ga. captured the APA title with a score of 215, 73 under par, followed by local favorite Lindsay Midgett of Lake Charles, La. with a score of 234, 54 under par. Locals, Matt Sermon and Scott Baxter took first place and runner up in the Novice Division.