Napoli Takes 1999 PPA National Championship Title
Kissimmee, FL - 18 September 1999 - John Napoli of Clearwater Beach, FL didn't have to look over his shoulder Saturday at the Professional Putters Association 1999 National Championship Open. The professional putter blitzed the final four rounds of the $20,000.00 putting event for an eight round total 206 - (82 under par) to post a seven stroke victory in the National Putt-Putt event. Napoli a touring Putt-Putt pro since 1971 took the lead of the tournament during the seventh, eighteen hole round and never relinquished the top spot.
John Napoli aces the final hole of the 1999 PPA National Championship (Rick Baird appears directly behind Napoli).
Napoli, 43 years of age, was also the National Championship Tournament's single round low medalist firing 15 aces for a seventh round score of 21. Napoli is no stranger to low scores. Napoli is one of only two professional putters to have scored a perfect "18" during PPA competition. Napoli fired eighteen consecutive aces in a tournament in Columbus OH in 1979. Orlando, Fl pro Warren Morris, recorded the other perfect eighteen holes round in 1973. Over thirty-five million rounds of Putt-Putt Golf are played each year making the two perfect rounds one of the most precious events in sporting history.
Napoli recorded aces on 28 of 34 holes in the stretch from the 4th hole of the sixth round to the 1st hole of the eighth round to pull ahead of the field. Napoli blitzed the field of competitors finishing seven shots ahead of Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati, OH, Todd Fowler of Duncan, SC and Darrell Britt of Loganville, GA all tied at 213 (75 under par) for second place. Loganville, GA professional Greg Ward took the solo fifth position with a total 144 hole score of 214, eight shots out of the lead. The win in the National Championship brought Napoli's total career money winnings to $32,700.00.
Jeff Brown of North Olmsted, OH lost a hard fought effort to defend his 1998 National Championship title in the Amateur Putters Association (APA) division finishing second to Robb Titchell of Columbus, OH. Titchell, earned his second APA National Title by firing an eight round score of 214, 74 under par.
Titchell recorded eighteen hold rounds of 25-22-30-29-29-31-25-23. During the awards ceremony Titchell announced his plans to turn professional during the 1999 tour.
Since 1959 the PPA has crowned a National champion and to date, has awarded over 7.5 million dollars ($7,500,000.00) in prize money through its putting tournament competitions. Please visit www.putt-putt.com or www.proputters.com for more detailed information regarding the company and PPA tour.
Leaders of 1999 PPA National Championship by Round
|First Round Leaders||Andy Coradini, Cliff Matthews, Greg Ward, Lewis Burton, Bill Baus, John Napoli||25 (11-under par)|
|Second Round Leaders||Andy Coradini||49 (23-under par)|
|Third Round Leader||Andy Coradini||76 (32-under par)|
|Fourth Round Leader||Andy Coradini||103 (41-under par)|
|Fifth Round Leaders||Darrell Britt||130 (50-under par)|
|Sixth Round Leaders||Danny McCaslin||157 (59-under par)|
|Seventh Round Leader||John Napoli||180 (72-under par)|
Tournament recap and scores courtesy of the Putt-Putt Home Office.