40th Annual - $100,000 Professional Putters Association National Championship

Letter from Bobby Owens

February 1, 2000

Welcome to a new putting season:

Since 1959 Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America Inc. has remained committed to recognizing and rewarding the best putters in the world. Over $7,600,000 has been awarded by our company in the last 40 years to deserving professionals who have proven their talent to putt a golf ball in tournament  regulations of the Professional Putters Association. In this year 2000, our company is elevating the quest of championing the world's greatest putter to a new level.

We are proud to introduce the Putt-Putt $100,000 National Championship to be held a the 36-hole Putt-Putt facility located in Fayetteville, NC. In addition to the $100,000 medal play National Championship, Fayetteville, NC will also host four ESPN television shows offering $20,000 in prize money in match play competition. The tournaments will be held during the week of July 30th through August 5th, 2000.

You are invited to test your putting skills either as a professional or amateur in our competition program. I hope you will accept the enclosed invitation to challenge the best players in the world in a competition to determine who will claim the title of World's Champion Putter!

You could be the recipient of our national title and the financial benefit of the $50,000 first place prize check that comes along with the championship. Lastly, I would like to thank the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company and the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and our 216 Putt-Putt franchisees worldwide for their support and sponsorship. With them, this putting event is possible!

Sincerely,
Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, Inc.
Bobby Owens
President

2000 PPA Tournament Summary

The year 2000 Professional Putters Association Tour is proud to present the following information on our tournament series this year. There are eight national tournament event being staged this year for avid putters who are members of the three different divisions of the Professional Putters Association.

The National events being hosted by Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America are:

  • The 40th Annual - $100,000 PPA National Championship
  • The $2,000 Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Open Championship
  • The $2,000 Pepsi-Cola Open Championship
  • The 23rd Juniors Putters Association of America National Championship
  • The $20,000 Putt-Putt Championship ESPN Television Series (Three Shows)
  • The $6,000 Juniors Putters of America Team Television Championship

The prize money being guaranteed by Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, Inc. during 2000 totals $130,000. An additional $50,000+ in prize money is being offered in tournaments to members of the PPA through State and Regional programs that are sanctioned by the Professional Putters Association throughout the nation.

The 40th Annual - $100,000 PPA National Championship

The 2000 PPA National Championship presented by Putt-Putt Golf and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. is open to any member in good standing of the Professional Putters Association. Players may compete in either the Amateur or Professional Division.

The prize money for the PPA National Championship is $100,000 guaranteed by Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, Inc. First prize money is $50,000. A breakdown of all paid prize money positions for the PPA National Championship is included with this information.

The PPA National Championship will be run in accordance with the published rules and regulations of the Professional Putters Association. The national PPA tournament director's decisions are final. A copy of the rules and regulations for the Professional Putters Association are provided to each member of the association and additional copies of the PPA rule book are available upon request from the Putt-Putt International Home Office.

The PPA National Championship will be held at the 36-hole, Putt-Putt Golf & Games facility located at 3405 Putt-Putt Place in Fayetteville, NC, 28304; Telephone (910) 484-3171. The PPA National Championship will be held over three days:

Day One Tuesday, August 1st  Featuring two (2) 18-hole rounds on two different courses
Day Two Wednesday, August 2nd Featuring two (2) 18-hole rounds on two different courses
Day Three Thursday, August 3rd All players will compete in four round of competition

The format of the PPA National Championship is: eight (8) rounds of 18-hole competition with only the lowest six (6) rounds of competition counting towards the player's official score. Only the 8th and final round must count towards each participant's total score. The entire field will be re-paired after the 7th round on Thursday afternoon according to score and announced to the tee in reverse order for the final round of competition.

The field of players will start each morning by announced tee-off from the first hole of competition. The 1999 PPA National Champion, John Napoli from Clearwater Beach, Florida, will be top seed in the Professional Division. Robb Titchell, the 1999 APA National Champion will be the next, top seeded player representing the Amateur Division.

All prize money will be paid by check at the finish of the tournament in Fayetteville, NC by the Professional Putters Association. Any player may request their prize money be mailed to them, and those checks will be mailed within 48 hours. All prize money payments are guaranteed by Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, Inc., 3007 Ft. Bragg Road, Fayetteville, NC, 28303.

There will be two divisions of play during the PPA National Championship - Professional and Amateur. The tournament will feature Amateur and Professional players competing together against each other's total score. Any member of the Amateur Putters Association (APA) is entitled to enter the National Championship. However, only Professional players will be allowed to directly receive prize money. Amateurs may only receive reimbursements of expenses as shown in the prize money section of this package. Any Amateur who shoots a score sufficient to earn a share of prize money will designate a tax accredited charity. Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America will forward a check for the amount of the prize money directly to the charity of choice so as not to jeopardize the Amateur status of any player. The medallist APA player, or the winner of a play-off in the case of a tie, shall be recognized as the APA National Champion.

The $2,000 Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Open Championship
and
The $2,000 Pepsi-Cola Open Championship

The $2,000 Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Championship and the $2,000 Pepsi-Cola Open Championship are open to any competitor. Players may compete as an Amateur or Professional player.

The prize money is $2,000 in each tournament guaranteed by Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, Inc. First prize money is $350 in each event.

The tournaments will be held at the 36-hole, Putt-Putt Golf & Games facility located at 3405 Putt-Putt Place in Fayetteville, NC, 28305; Telephone (910) 484-3171. The tournaments will be held on two separate days: Sunday, July 30th and Monday, July 31st, 2000.

The format of the $2,000 Open events will be 36-hole of medal play competition. The player with the lowest two round score shall be determined the winner of the event and the first place prize money. In the event of a tie, the championship will be determined by an 18-hole play-off.

The $2,000 Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Open Championship and the $2,000 Pepsi-Cola Open Championship will be run in accordance with the published rules and regulations of the Professional Putters Association. The national PPA tournament director's decisions are final. A copy of the rules and regulations for the Professional Putters Association are provided to each member of the association and additional copies of the PPA rule book are available upon request from the Putt-Putt International Home Office.

The $20,000 Putt-Putt Championship ESPN Television Series

The $20,000 Putt-Putt Championship ESPN Television Series is only open to a select 32 competitors that earn their way into the nationally televised matches. The top 32 competitors in the PPA National Championship will be awarded a qualifying spot in a match play event to determine the four players that will appear in the television matches.

The $20,000 Putt-Putt Championship ESPN Television Series is only open to members of the Professional Division of the PPA. Amateurs are not permitted to participate in the TV events. All 32 top Professionals will be seeded into four, eight-player brackets on Friday, August 4, 2000 to compete in a 36-hole match play event. The finalist in each of these four brackets will "make TV."

The $20,000 Putt-Putt Championship ESPN Television Series consists of three 18-hole match play tournaments featuring the four finalists from the Friday qualifying tournament. The four players will be seeded as follows:

Winner - Bracket #1 Semi-finalist 2000 TV Championship

Show #1

Winner - Bracket #4
Winner - Bracket #2 Semi-finalist

Show #2

Winner - Bracket #3
Prize Money per match:
$2,500 $5,000 $10,000

The three Professional tournaments will be taped by PGA Tour Productions for series broadcast on the ESPN network in the second/third quarter of 2001. The $20,000 Putt-Putt Championship ESPN Television Series will begin its first match tee-off at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 5, 2000. The remaining matches will follow with a tee-off every two hours thereafter. The final award and check presentation will be taped at the end of the day, approximately 4:30 pm.

Tournament Entry Fees

2000 PPA National Championship Tournament
July 31st - August 5th

Professional Division

Option "A" - $750
Total amount is due and payable with a completed application if postmarked by March 10, 2000. Includes the entry fee into either the $2,000 Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Open Championship or the $2,000 Pepsi-Cola Open Championship, the 2000 annual PPA Membership Fees and the entry fee into the $100,000 PPA National Championship.

Option "B" - $950
Includes the entry fee into the $100,000 PPA National Championship and the 2000 annual PPA membership dues. Entry fees and dues are to be paid in the following manner.

  • $350 due and payable with a completed application if postmarked by March 10, 2000

  • $300 payment is due and payable by April 3, 2000

  • $300 payment is due and payable by May 1, 2000

Option "C" - $1175
Due and payable with completed application on or before July 15, 2000. Includes the entry fee into the $100,000 PPA National Championship and the 2000 annual PPA membership dues.

Entry in the 2000 PPA National Championship will be closed after July 15, 2000. Entry fees for the PPA National Championship will not be accepted at the tournament site in Fayetteville. All membership and entry fees are non-returnable. Failure to meet payment deadlines for paid fees will result in previous payment being forfeited by the player.

amateur Division

Option "D" - $85
Due and payable with competed application on or before July 15, 2000. Includes entry fee into the $100,000 PPA National Championship and annual APA membership dues. Entry in the PPA National Championship will be closed after July 15, 2000. Entry fees for the National Championship will not be accepted at the tournament site in Fayetteville. All fees paid are non-returnable. Failure to meet payment deadlines or paid fees will result in the previous payments being forfeited by the player.

The $2,000 Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Open Championship
and
The $2,000 Pepsi-Cola Open Championship
July 30th and July 31st

Professional Division

$60 for each event
Due and payable with the player's application, verification of PPA membership or payment of membership fee as outlined below, within 24 hours of the start of the $2,000 tournaments.

amateur Division

$25 for each event
Due and payable with the player's application, verification of PPA membership or payment of membership fee as outlined below, within 24 hours of the start of the $2,000 tournaments.

Membership Fees

2000 Professional Putters Association Membership Fees

Many past members of the PPA desire to continue their membership; however, are unable to participate in national tournament events. If you enjoy being a member of the PPA, receiving your Rub of the Green and membership credentials, and participating in local sanctioned PPA events, you have the opportunity to join the PPA in 2000. Membership options are listed below. (Note: Many of the tournament entry fee options include the annual membership fees.)

professional division

$100 is the cost for annual membership for members of the PPA Professional Division who held Professional playing privileges in 1999.

$125 is the cost for annual membership dues for new members of the PPA Professional Division or members who are upgrading their membership from APA status to the Professional Division.

amateur division

$25 is due and payable with player's application and membership fee.

All potential members must submit their full membership fee and the complete application form at the same time in order to be considered for membership.

Event Schedule

2000 PPA Tournament Events Schedule

July 30, 2000 (Sunday) 9:00 AM
$2,000 Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Open Championship
36-hole medal play event (order of play - course #1, course #2)
Entry fee $60 to all participants (pros)
July 31, 2000 (Monday) 9:00 AM
$2,000 Pepsi-Cola Open Championship
36-hole medal play event (order of play - course #2, course #1)
Entry fee $60 to all participants (pros)
August 1, 2000 (Tuesday) 8:00 AM
1st Day of the $100,000 PPA National Championship Tournament Competition
36 holes of medal play competition (order of play - course #1, course #2)
Junior Putters of America National Championship 1:00 PM
Team Competition - 36 holes of medal play competition - course #1
August 2, 2000 (Wednesday) 8:00 AM
2nd Day of the $100,000 PPA National Championship Tournament Competition
36 holes of medal play competition (order of play - course #2, course #1)
Junior Putters of America National Championship 1:00 PM
Team Competition - 36 holes of medal play competition - course #2
August 3, 2000 (Thursday) 8:00 AM
Final Day of the $100,000 PPA National Championship Tournament Competition
72 holes of medal play competition (order of play - course #2, #1, #2, #1)
August 4, 2000 (Friday) 8:00 AM
Play-off Match
18 hole play-off of ties (if any) from the $100,000 PPA National Championship Tournament to determine the top 32 placing contestants. Format - 18-hole medal play competition.
Bracket #1 and #2 begin play-off 9:30 AM
Format - 36-hole match play
Bracket #1 - 1st eight player bracket begins play on Course #1
Bracket #2 - 2nd eight player bracket begins play on Course #2
After 18 holes, the brackets will switch courses for the final round.
Bracket #3 and #4 begin play-off 12:00 Noon
Format - 36-hole match play
Bracket #3 - 1st eight player bracket begins play on Course #1
Bracket #4 - 2nd eight player bracket begins play on Course #2
After 18 holes, the brackets will switch courses for the final round.
August 5, 2000 (Saturday)
ESPN Television Taping - $26,000 in Prize Money and Scholarships
ESPN - Show #1 9:00 AM
$6,000 College Scholarship - Junior Putters of America Team Competition featuring the championship and runner-up teams from the Junior Putters of America National Championship.
ESPN - Show #2 11:00 AM
$2,500 Prize Money/winner advances
Semifinal match (featuring the winners of Bracket #1 and Bracket #4)
ESPN - Show #3 1:00 PM
$2,500 Prize Money/winner advances
Semifinal match (featuring the winners of Bracket #2 and Bracket #3)
ESPN - Show #4 3:00 PM
$10,000 Prize Money to champion, $5,000 Prize Money to runner-up
Final Championship Match - features the winners of the two semifinal matches

Prize Money Breakdown

2000 PPA Prize Money Breakdown

$100,000 PPA National Championship

$2,000 Open Championship

Place of finish Professional Division Amateur Division Place of finish Professional Division Amateur Division
1 $50,000 $85 1 $300 $25
2 $15,000 $85 2 $200 $25
3 $9,000 $85 3 $150 $25
4 $6,500 $85 4 $125 $25
5 $4,000 $85 5 $100
6 $3,000 6 $100
7 $1,500 7 $95
8 $1,200 8 $95
9 $1,100 9 $90
10 $1,000 10 $90
11 $900 11 $85
12 $850 12 $85
13 $800 13 $80
14 $700 14 $80
15 $650 15 $75
16 $600 16 $75
17 $550 17 $75
18 $500
19 $400
20 $300
21 $250
22 $200
23 $100
24 $100
25 $100
26 $90
27 $80
28 $75
29 $75 $20,000 Putt-Putt Championship ESPN Television Series Prize Money
30 $75
31 $75 Champion $10,000
32 $70 Finalist $5,000
33 $60 Semi-finalist (2) $2,500
34 $50
35 $50

Lodging

Fayetteville, NC and Travel Information

The location sponsor of the 2000 PPA National Championship, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, has aggressively made lodging arrangements for the 2000 PPA National Championship week. The staff of the Bureau has prepared additional information to welcome you and make your visit to Fayetteville, NC as enjoyable as possible. The Holiday Inn Bordeaux will be host hotel during our event. The Holiday Inn Bordeaux provides the best accommodations for a week-long stay in Fayetteville and is only 1/2 mile from the tournament site at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games facility off Owen Drive. Additional sponsoring hotel locations are listed for your considerations.

Hotel Room Rate Phone Number
Holiday Inn Bordeaux $70.00 + 9% tax (910) 323-0111
Holiday Inn I-95 $72.00 + 9% tax (910) 323-1600
Radisson Prince Charles $67.00 + 9% tax (910) 433-4444
Ramada Inn $50.00 + 9% tax (910) 484-8101

We are honored to host the 2000 PPA National Championship in 2000.

Sincerely,
Paul Gerhard
Director of Sales
Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

 

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