Richmond JPA Team Wins the 1999 JPA National
Memphis, TN - The JPA teams from Richmond, Virginia and Ypsilanti,
Michigan quickly established themselves as the teams to beat at the 1999 JPA National
Championship in Memphis, TN. The JPA National Championship, played in conjunction with the
1999 PPA Western Open, featured teams from
seven cities and included the 1998 JPA National Championship team from Ypsilanti,
The Richmond team quickly built a six stroke lead over the Ypsilanti team
after two-rounds of play on see the lead disappear in the third round. Tied after the
first three rounds were the Richmond and Ypsilanti teams at 376. Sunday's final three
rounds opened with the Richmond team once again starting quickly. Scores of 125 and 123 in
the fourth and fifth rounds gained four and six strokes on the defending champions from
Ypsilanti and the team from Richmond face the final round of play with a commanding ten
The defending champions from Ypsilanti once again picked up six strokes on
the team from Richmond in the final round of the day but came up four strokes short in the
end. The second day total for team Richmond of 377 placed them four strokes ahead of team
Ypsilanti who had to settle for second place.
Team Richmond, Steven Jones, Philip Wagoner, Paul Lowery,
Mandy Taylor, David Sharp and Amy Summey, collected $2,000 in scholarships for
their victory and the title as 1999 JPA National Champions. Returning champions, team
Ypsilanti, James Mangan, Mary Walkley, Alex Yerkey, Tommy Stimpson, Patrick
McFalls and Kyle Farlie, collected $1,000 in scholarships for their second place
finish. Team Lynchburg, hosts of the 1998 JPA National Championship, finished in third
closely followed by the team from Springfield, Ohio in fourth. The team from Fayetteville,
North Carolina, finished in fifth followed by the teams from Midland, Texas and the host
team of Memphis, Tennessee.
Special congratulations go out to Mary Walkley, of Ypsilanti, Mich., who
earned individual honors claiming the title of Most Valuable Player during the 1999 JPA
National Championships. Along with her award, she also received a $100 college scholarship
compliments of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, Inc. and the PPA.
Scores provided by Rick Baird and the Putt-Putt Home Office.