2001
PPA 
National Tour

The 2001 Professional Putters Association National Tournament Program is introduced with letters from David Callahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America; Brian Smith, Chairman of Putt-Putt National Tournaments Inc.; and Joe Aboid, PPA Commissioner. Following these letters of welcome are details of the program including membership fees, entry fees, prize money, and tournament formats.

From the desk of David Callahan (President and CEO of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America)

It gives me much pleasure, on behalf of the Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America and the Putt-Putt National Tournaments Inc. board of advisors, to announce that the Professional Putters Association will embark on a 42nd season, including competitions in the Amateur Putters Association and Junior Putters of America.

I commend PPA Commissioner Joe Aboid, PPA Executive Secretary Bill Kirby Jr. and the PPA Advisory Board: Peter Neumann (PPA Pros-Players Committee Chairman), Rick Baird, Bill Baus, Paul Johns, Jim Heikkinen, Dan Anders, Mark Ross, Andy Coradini, Bart Bason, Michael Hitt, Tom Gross, Bryan Boyd, Gary English, Jeff Smith, Lee Messinger, John Connor, Frank Warren, Dan Switzer, Gary Hinshaw, Bill Chrysan and Alan Quinnelly (2000 PPA National Champion) for the efforts they have put forth in developing a program that our national board of directors, franchise owners, managers and employees are confident will provide you with another season of recognition, rewards and enjoyment.

The 2001 PPA National Tour Program, worth nearly $50,000, including a syndicated television series, has been developed with you, the players in mind. It includes the $10,000 PPA National Invitational, the $10,000 PPA Southern Open and the $25,000 PPA National Championship Week, where we will continue with time-honored traditions such as the 42nd Annual PPA National Championship, the PPA Hall of Fame banquet and selection of the PPA Putter of the Decade.

We consider you the greatest players in the game, and we are proud and honored that you have chosen to exhibit your skills on PPA member courses. Our commitment to each of you is to provide excellent playing facilities where you can demonstrate your putting talents, to promote your accomplishments through national, regional and state media, ProPutters.com, which has been approved as the official PPA web site, and to continue developing a competitive program that will perpetuate the PPA for future generations.

Thank you for your patience and courtesy as the 2001 PPA National Tour Program was developed, one that I am confident you will find designed with your suggestions in mind. I genuinely look forward to meeting with each of you in the season ahead, and spending time with all of you at PPA National Championship Week in Lynchburg Virginia. Again, on behalf of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, its national board of advisors, franchise owners, managers and employees, may you have the most rewarding season ever.

David Callahan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America

From the desk of Brian Smith (Chairman, Putt-Putt National Tournaments Inc. Advisory Board)

Brian Smith (Chairman - Putt-Putt National Tournaments Inc. Advisory Board)

Brian Smith
Chairman
Putt-Putt National Tournaments Inc.
Advisory Board

It is my pleasure to join with David Callahan in welcoming pros, amateurs and juniors to the 2001 Professional Putters Association National Program. On behalf of my fellow board members, we hope this will be an enjoyable season for each of you.

We recognize your passions for PPA and its traditions.

Thank you for your patience as our PPA Advisory Board worked to develop a program that we believe each of you will be proud to be a part in 2001. We will continue to search for the best putter in the world, while declaring amateur, seniors and junior national champions as well as state champions through our PPA state tour programs.

Our hope is that it will be a rewarding season for each of you.

Brian Smith
Chairman
Putt-Putt National Tournament Inc.

From the desk of Joe Aboid (PPA Commissioner)

Fellow Putters,

Joe Aboid - PPA Commissioner

Joe Aboid
PPA Commissioner

A happy holiday season to all. It is a time to be with friends and family, to give thanks for all we have and to look forward to the promise of a new year.

I want to thank the PPA Committee members who came to Lynchburg, Va. on December 2nd and 3rd to discuss, develop and design the 2001 PPA tournament program. I applaud them for their efforts and decisions to put forward a well thought out program. Elsewhere on this page you will find the dates and sites for the national tournament events.

The first week of January, all membership applications will be mailed out. Please note the new memberships available. Also note the pre-payment plan open to Touring Pros. If you choose, you may download your membership application from this site. Please forward your application and membership fees to the PPA Home Office, attention: Renee Halliburton.

The committee members are excited by the program promise. However because of the self funding nature of the program, we must have a minimum of 60 Touring Pro memberships in the PPA Home Office prior to March 10th, 2001 to go forward with the program as outlined. Therefore I stress to you to complete the membership application and send with your membership fees as early as possible.

The 2001 tournament program has much promise. I hope you will join us.

Have a safe holiday,
Joe Aboid
PPA Commissioner

PPA Memberships for 2001:

2001 PPA Application
2001 PPA Application in Adobe Acrobat PDF Format

2001 PPA Rule Book
2001 PPA Rule Book in Adobe Acrobat PDF Format

Applications will be mailed to all current members of the PPA and APA the first week of January. A downloadable version of the PPA application in Adobe Acrobat format is also available on ProPutters.com for those players who wish to download the application. Click on the Adobe logo below to download Adobe Acrobat Reader from the Adobe web site. The downloadable version of the 2001 PPA Rules Book in Adobe Acrobat format is also available.

Touring Pro ($125)
Touring Pro is eligible to play in national, state, and local tournament competition.

Club Pro ($50)
Club Pro is eligible to play in state and local tournament competition (but no national tournaments except for the $2,000 Opens during the Week of the Nationals). A Club Pro can upgrade their membership to the Touring Pro level by paying $100 at any of the national tournament sites.

Associate Pro ($20)
Associate Pro will receive all mailings and a membership card but will not receive any playing privileges associated with membership in the PPA.

Amateur ($25)
Amateurs are eligible to play in national, state, and local tournament competition.

PPA National Tournaments for 2001:

$10,000 PPA National Invitational
May 19-20, 2001 (9 a.m. Tee-Off on May 19th and May 20th)
Burlington, North Carolina

Burlington, NC - Host course for the 2001 PPA National Invitational (May 19-20, 2001)

Holes 16 and 17 on Course 1 (Burlington, NC)
(Photo courtesy of Walter Kolb)

An eight round medal-play event will be played on the weekend of May 19-20, 2001 at the Putt-Putt Golf Course in Burlington, North Carolina. All Touring Pros and amateurs are eligible to play in this event. Entry fees for the event will be $150 for a Touring Pro and $30 for an Amateur.

The top 16 Touring Pros will earn qualification spots into the television qualification matches to be played on August 7th during the Week of the Nationals. A qualification fee of $75 will be charged for the spots and a player can earn only one qualifying spot.

The Professional Putters Association National Tour returns to the Burlington, North Carolina course for the first time since the 1997 PPA Hall of Fame Classic won by Mike Brown. The Burlington course has also played host to the annual Elton Davis Memorial Tournament for the last 26 years.

Information on hotel availability in Burlington, NC for the 2001 PPA National Invitational

$10,000 PPA Southern Open
June 30 - July 1, 2001
Augusta, Georgia

Augusta, GA - Host course for the 2001 PPA Southern Open (June 30 - July 1, 2001)

Augusta, Ga. Putt-Putt Golf Course
Host Course for 2001 PPA Southern Open
(Photo courtesy of Walter Kolb)

An eight round medal-play event will be played on the weekend of June 30 - July 1, 2001 at the Putt-Putt Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia (Martinez, Georgia). All Touring Pros and amateurs are eligible to play in this event. Entry fees for the event will be $150 for a Touring Pro and $30 for an Amateur.

The top 16 Touring Pros, who have not already earned a television qualification spot, will earn qualification spots into the television qualification matches to be played on August 7th during the Week of the Nationals. A qualification fee of $75 will be charged for the spots and a player can earn only one qualifying spot.

The Professional Putters Association National Tour returns to the Augusta, Georgia course for the first time since the 1998 PPA Southern Open won by Kevin Lacey which featured a round of 19 by Kevin Lacey on his way to victory.

Information on hotel availability in Augusta, GA for the 2001 PPA Southern Open

PPA National Championship Week
August 6-12, 2001
Lynchburg, Virginia

The 2001 Week of the Nationals will feature the 2001 National Medal-Play Championship to be contested over 12 rounds of play on August 10-12. In addition, the semifinals and final match of the PPA ProPutters.com Match-Play Championship are tentatively scheduled for television filming on August 7.

Other highlights of the Week of the Nationals include the PPA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and the Putter of the Decade for the 1990's presentation.

A complete list of events during the Week of the Nationals is included below with details on each event following the schedule for the 2001 PPA National Championship Week.

The Professional Putters Association National Tour returns to the Lynchburg, Virginia course for the first time since the 1998 PPA Eastern Open won by Greg Ward in a final round duel with Andy Coradini, 1993 PPA National Champion.

Information on hotel availability in Lynchburg, VA for the 2001 PPA Week of the Nationals

2001 PPA National Championship Week Schedule

Date (Time)Event
August 6th (10 a.m.)$2,000 PPA Hall of Fame Classic
All members of the PPA (Touring Pros, Club Pros, and Amateurs are invited to participate). The top 16 Touring Pros who have not already qualified for the television qualification matches will earn spots in this event. Following the tournament, the top 16 Touring Pros in points who have not already earned qualification spots in the television matches will earn spots in the television matches.
August 6th (6 p.m.)$2,000 National Doubles Championship
August 7th (8 a.m.)PPA ProPutters.com Match-Play Championship Qualification Matches
The 64 qualifiers will play 36-hole matches down to four players who will earn berths on the television shows to be filmed later in the day.
August 7th (TBD)$4,000 PPA ProPutters.com Match-Play Championship Television Filming
(Semifinal and Finals Matches filmed for television)
August 8thRain date for television filming
August 9th (10 a.m.)$2,000 PPA Challenger Classic
All members of the PPA (Touring Pros, Club Pros, and Amateurs) are invited to participate.
August 9th (TBD)PPA Hall of Fame Induction Banquet
PPA Hall of Fame induction ceremony and presentation of PPA Player of the Decade for the 1990's.
August 10 (TBD)$15,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship
Rounds 1-4 of the National Championship are played.
2001 PPA Senior National Championship
The 2001 PPA Senior National Championship will be contested over rounds 1-4 of the PPA National Championship.
2001 JPA National Championship
The 2001 JPA National Championship (team and individual) will be played on Friday, August 10.
August 11 (TBD)$15,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship
Rounds 5-8 of the National Championship are played.
2001 APA National Championship
The 2001 APA National Championship will conclude at the end of round 8 on Saturday, August 11th.
August 12 (TBD)$15,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship
Rounds 9-12 of the National Championship are played.

August 6th (10 a.m.) - $2,000 PPA Hall of Fame Classic
A three round medal-play event will be played on Monday, August 6th, beginning the 2001 Week of the Nationals. All touring pros, club pros, and amateurs are eligible to play in this event. Entry fees for the event will be $50 for both Touring Pros and Club Pros and $20 for Amateurs.

The top 16 Touring Pros, who have not already earned a television qualification spot, will earn qualification spots into the television qualification matches to be played on August 7th during the Week of the Nationals. A qualification fee of $75 will be charged for the spots and a player can earn only one qualifying spot. In addition, the final 16 television qualification spots will be awarded to the top 16 Touring Pros, as determined by points, who have not already earned a television qualification spot. A $75 qualification fee will be charged for these spots earned by points.

August 6th (6 p.m.) - $2,000 National Doubles Championship
The 2001 National Doubles Championship will be played on Monday, August 6th, at 6 p.m. All Touring Pros, Club Pros, and Amateurs are eligible to play in this event. Entry fees for the event will be $50 for both Touring Pros and Club Pros (a total of $100 per professional team) and $20 for Amateurs (a total of $40 per amateur team). The format will be one round of better-ball, one round of alternate shot, and one round of combined score (both players' scores combined).

August 7th (8 a.m.) - PPA ProPutters.com Match-Play Championship Qualification Matches
The 64 Touring Pros who have earned television qualification spots will play down to four players through 36-hole match-play matches. The final four players will earn spots on the television matches to be filmed on the evening of August 7th.

August 7th (TBD) - $4,000 PPA ProPutters.com Match-Play Championship Television Matches
The semifinals and finals matches (18-hole matches) will be filmed for television broadcast. The semifinals losers will earn $500, the finals loser will earn $1,000, and the winner will earn $2,000.

August 8th - Rain Date for Television Filming
August 8th is a planned rain date in the event the television filming on the evening of August 7th is cancelled due to rain. If none of the events on August 6th or 7th are cancelled or delayed due to weather, this day will be an open date during the Week of the Nationals with no planned tournament play.

August 9th (10 a.m.) - $2,000 PPA Challenger Classic
An three round medal-play event will be played on Thursday, August 9th. All Touring Pros, Club Pros, and Amateurs are eligible to play in this event. Entry fees for the event will be $50 for both Touring Pros and Club Pros and $20 for Amateurs.

August 9th (TBD) - 2001 PPA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet
The Professional Putters Association will hold its Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on the evening of August 9th. In addition, the formal presentation of the PPA Player of the Decade for the 1990's will be made at this banquet. All players who have entered in the PPA National Medal-Play Championship are invited to attend the banquet.

August 10th (TBD) - $15,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship (Day 1)
The 2001 PPA National Medal-Play Championship begins on Friday, August 10th, with rounds 1 through 4. Entry fees for the 2001 PPA National Medal-Play Championship are $220 for Touring Pros and $50 for Amateurs.

2001 PPA Senior National Championship
The 2001 PPA Senior National Championship will be contested on Friday, August 10th, over rounds 1 through 4 of the 2001 PPA National Championship. Players competing in the 2001 PPA Senior National Championship will tee-off last on Friday to allow all players the opportunity to see the conclusion of the Senior National Championship. Players who are 50 years old or older by August 10, 2001 will be eligible for this event. A player who wishes to compete in just the 2001 PPA Senior National Championship and any of the $2,000 National events (none of the $10,000 events nor the $15,000 PPA National Championship) can be a Club Pro.

2001 JPA National Championship
The 2001 JPA National Championship will be contested on Friday, August 10th.

August 11th (TBD) - $15,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship (Day 2)
The 2001 PPA National Medal-Play Championship continues on Saturday, August 11th, with rounds 5 through 8.

2001 APA National Championship
The 2001 APA National Championship will conclude on Saturday, August 11th, counting rounds 1 through 8 of the 2001 PPA National Championship. Players competing in the 2001 APA National Championship will tee-off last on Saturday to allow all player the opportunity to see the conclusion of the APA National Championship.

August 12th (TBD) - $15,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship (Day 3)
The 2001 PPA National Medal-Play Championship concludes on Sunday, August 12th, with rounds 9 through 12. The formal award presentation for the 2001 PPA National Medal-Play Champion will be made immediately following the conclusion of the tournament.

Summary of Entry Fees for 2001:

The following is a summary of the entry fees and prize money for the 2001 National Tournaments.

Event

Touring Pro

Club Pro

Amateur

$15,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship$220N/A*$50
2001 PPA Senior National Championship$50**$50**N/A**
$10,000 National Events$150N/A*$30
$2,000 National Doubles Championship$50***$50***$20***
$2,000 National Events$50$50$20

* Club Pros are not eligible to play in the $10,000 National Events nor the $15,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship.

** Entry fees listed for the 2001 PPA Senior National Championship are for just the Senior National Championship. A Touring Pro who is 50 or older may play in both the Senior National Championship and the $15,000 PPA National Championship but must pay an entry fee for each of these events. There is no amateur division in the 2001 PPA Senior National Championship.

*** Entry fees listed for the 2001 National Doubles Championship are per player with each player on a doubles team required to pay the listed entry fee.

Summary of Prize Money for 2001:

The following is a summary of the prize money for the 2001 National Tournaments.

$15,000 PPA
National Championship

$10,000 PPA National Invitational and Southern Open

$2,000PPA Hall of Fame Classic and PPA Challenger Classic

$2,000 PPA National Doubles Championship (Prize Money for Team)

ProfessionalAmateurProfessionalAmateurProfessionalAmateurProfessionalAmateur
1$2,500$50$1,500$30$300$20$500$40
2$1,200$50$1,000$30$200$20$380$40
3$1,100$50$900$30$150$20$300
4$1,000$50$750$30$125$20$240
5$900$50$600$30$100$200
6$800$500$100$160
7$650$450$95$120
8$575$400$95$100
9$500$360$90
10$450$340$90
11$400$320$85
12$375$300$85
13$350$280$80
14$325$260$80
15$300$240$75
16$290$220$75
17$280$210$75
18$270$200
19$260$190
20$250$180
21$245$170
22$240$165
23$235$160
24$230$155
25$225$150
26$220
27$215
28$210
29$205
30$200

Pre-Payment Option for Touring Pros:

Those players applying for membership as a Touring Pro are also offered the option of pre-paying their 2001 Touring Pro membership fees and entry fees for the Week of the Nationals and will receive a discount on those fees. The total entry fees for the 2001 Week of the Nationals and the 2001 Touring Pro membership fees are $495 ($125 for the Touring Pro membership, $220 for the PPA National Medal-Play Championship, $50 for the 2001 National Doubles Championship, and $50 each for the two $2,000 National Events). The player may pay $450 (a $45 savings) by March 10th, 2001 and will receive their 2001 Touring Pro membership and entry into the events listed above during the 2001 Week of the Nationals.

Disclaimer on Proposed Tournament Program:

In order for the proposed 2001 PPA National Tournament Program to be executed, the Professional Putters Association must have a minimum of 60 Touring Pro membership fees received by March 10th, 2001. Because this program is self-funded, we must have the assurance that there are a sufficient number of Touring Pro members to support the proposed tournament program. If this membership goal is not met, the tournament program will be cancelled with all membership fees returned to the applicants.

 

 

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