Mike Brown Wins
2001 Elton Davis Memorial

9 September 2001 - Burlington, NC - A couple of well-played and intense rounds usually make good work for a perfect afternoon.  For Mike Brown, all it took was a pair of 23's on Course 1 in Burlington to come out with a deciding three-shot victory in the 27th annual Elton Davis Memorial tournament played on Sunday.  Brown had to take advantage of a key misfortune in the final round by defending champion Randy Reeves, who was trying to win this event for the second straight season, joining Greg Ward and Bill Kirby as the other two players to do so in back-to-back fashion.


Mike Brown playing in the 2000 PPA National Championship in Fayetteville, NC

This was the 27th annual Elton Davis Memorial Classic, a tournament that has been rich in tradition and is the second longest active PPA event in the country.   The tournament is named in honor of the late PPA member, who passed away at an early age in 1974 and every season, the tournament has been held in Burlington in his honor.  A memorial is placed on Course 2 by hole 13 for players to look at what accomplishments Elton had achieved in his playing days.

The event got underway with overcast skies and mist falling to start play.   The sun broke through in the first round and Randal Smith proved to be the brightest spot in the field, opening with a 24 to lead by one over the defending champion, Randy Reeves, and over Peter Neumann, who lost in a playoff earlier this year on this very course.   It would get more exciting as Reeves found himself atop the leader board with a 24 to go in as the new leader at 49. With that, he led by one shot over Peter Neumann, Mike Brown and Darrell Britt.

Reeves would maintain his lead and extended it to two shots.  A 26 in the third round enabled him to go in at 75 and it seemed a second consecutive Elton Davis title was on hand.  He would find problems down the stretch after a great start to the final round.  Reeves aced the first five holes to begin the fourth round, but only closed out with three aces on the last 13 holes for a final round 28 and finished in the house at 103.  Brown would take advantage of the debacle and fire his second 23 of the tournament to win by three shots.

Brown finally got his first win in North Carolina since he won the 2000 season opener in Durham and his first major win since the 1996 NCPPA Match Play.  He joins a list of the greatest players that have achieved victory in this prestigious event.   Among those were Daryl Freeman, who won the first ever tournament that was contested on Course 2 in 1975 with an impressive score of 67 for three rounds. In 2001, Freeman placed a top five finish that included a 21 in the third round. It is the third 21 recorded this season on Course 1 in Burlington (Greg Newport in the final round of the Howard Loy Memorial, and Opie Roberts in the sixth round of the PPA National Invitational).

Brown would tally a final four-round score of 100 to win by three. Vince Batten had a chance to finish second by making the final hole, but lipped out and had to settle for a tie for second with Reeves at 103. Britt wound up in fourth at 106, while Freeman and Smith tied Jay Klapper for fifth at 107 .


Brian Hutchins - 2001 APA Elton Davis Memorial Tournament Champion

One of the hottest players on the APA circuit has come out victorious for the third consecutive time he has played in North Carolina.  Brian Hutchins dominated play after consistent rounds of 26, 24, 25, and 26 gave him a three-stroke victory on Course 2. Hutchins, who has one previous major victory (1999 South Carolina APA State Championship), won his third North Carolina event in a row and secured his first major title in the state of North Carolina. With a winning score of 101, Hutchins won by three over Todd Trent, who won the previous APA event on Course 2 back in May for his first career win. Trent would take second at 104. Keith Waters placed third for the second consecutive day at 105.


Jay Klapper - 2001 Elton Davis Memorial Dedication Award recipient

Every season before the beginning of the play, there is always a special dedication award going out to the one person who devoted his time to the game of Putt-Putt.  Bill Kirby has been the spoken word every season since the inception and this year, he honored Jay Klapper as the 2001 Elton Davis Memorial Dedication Award recipient.  Kirby talked about Klapper's career lasting almost as long as the Elton Davis Classic.  He also mentioned about his personal struggles over the past few seasons, but somehow managed to climb back and play on a full-time basis.  Upon accepting, the first thing Klapper said was that he had wished his sister, Enid, was there to witness because it was her dedication that got him to continue playing.

There were 20 spots paid out for the Pro Division and four for the APA.   The cash line for the Pro Division was set at 112 for a full share and the APA's was at 106.  The Pro Division State Qualifying spot went to Britt with his fourth-place finish.  There were two Match Play spots taken in this event as they went to Smith and Kevin Garrett.  Chuck Nance took the two-day spot for the APA.   Tommy Barbour and Rick Rybaczek nailed the final two points spots for the NCPPA Match Play to be played in Durham next Sunday.

Special thanks went out to Brian Patterson and Bobby Gilmore for another opportunity to host the Elton Davis tournament.  There were 41 professionals, 18 amateurs, and 19 novices partaking despite the gloomy conditions on Sunday.

North Carolina has concluded its regular season for 2001. The next events on the tour will be next weekend, September 15 & 16 in Durham. Saturday's tournament will be the Teams Championship for the Pros starting at 10:00am. Sunday will be the double-elimination Match Play Championship that will begin at 9:00am.

Scores provided by Rick Rybaczek and tournament recap provided by Opie Roberts.

Professional Division of the 2001 Elton Davis Memorial Tournament
(Burlington, NC - 9 September 2001)

RoundNCPrize
Player1234TotalPointsMoney

1

Brown, Mike

27

23

27

23

100

40.00

$ 300.00

2

Reeves, Randy

25

24

26

28

103

33.50

$ 185.00

Batten, Vince

26

25

26

26

103

33.50

$ 185.00

4

Britt, Darrell

27

23

31

25

106

32.00

$ 150.00

5

Freeman, Daryl

31

29

21

26

107

30.00

$ 113.33

Klapper, Jay

26

25

28

28

107

30.00

$ 113.33

Smith, Randal

24

28

30

25

107

30.00

$ 113.33

8

English, Gary

28

25

28

27

108

27.50

$ 92.50

Baird, Rick

30

24

30

24

108

27.50

$ 92.50

10

Varnadore, Tony

30

23

27

29

109

25.00

$ 85.00

Garrett, Kevin

29

28

27

25

109

25.00

$ 85.00

Neumann, Peter

25

25

30

29

109

25.00

$ 85.00

13

Rawles, Thomas

27

29

27

27

110

21.50

$ 68.50

Newport, Greg

30

30

26

24

110

21.50

$ 68.50

Boyd, Brian

26

28

30

26

110

21.50

$ 68.50

Coradini, Andy

28

28

29

25

110

21.50

$ 68.50

17

Caudle, Billy

27

26

29

29

111

18.50

$ 60.00

Hester, Gary

31

26

28

26

111

18.50

$ 60.00

19

Simpson, Larry

27

29

30

26

112

16.50

$ 60.00

Griffin, Mike

31

29

27

25

112

16.50

$ 60.00

21

Arrington, Glenwood

27

29

26

31

113

14.00

Barbour, Tommy

32

28

28

25

113

14.00

Benfield, Gary

28

30

25

30

113

14.00

24

Sharpe, Gilbert

27

27

34

26

114

11.50

Witcofski, Lee

27

28

31

28

114

11.50

26

Haizlip, Bob

30

27

30

28

115

9.50

Rybaczek, Rick

30

25

31

29

115

9.50

28

Bunting, Chris

31

28

28

29

116

7.00

Jackson, Tony

31

30

25

30

116

7.00

Moore, Gary

28

32

27

29

116

7.00

31

Johnson, Robert

29

31

27

30

117

5.00

Roberts, Opie

29

34

27

27

117

5.00

Guthrie, Ray

30

26

29

32

117

5.00

34

Kirby Jr, Bill

28

33

28

30

119

5.00

Jackson, Bob

30

33

30

26

119

5.00

Ansbacher, Peter

29

29

32

29

119

5.00

37

Ashley, Rodney

28

29

28

36

121

5.00

Ward, Robert

29

30

30

32

121

5.00

39

Lebo, Brad

31

29

31

31

122

5.00

Carter, Randy

32

29

28

33

122

5.00

41

Cardwell, Michael

32

31

29

31

123

5.00

Professional Teams Scores for of the 2001 Elton Davis Memorial Tournament
(Burlington, NC - 9 September 2001)

RoundNCPrize
Players1234TotalPointsMoney

1

Baird - Coradini

58

52

59

49

218

15.00

$ 20.00

2

Neumann - Rawles

52

54

57

56

219

14.00

$ 10.00

3

Brown - Lebo

58

52

58

54

222

13.00

4

Moore - Roberts

57

66

54

56

233

12.00

 

Amateur Division of the 2001 Elton Davis Memorial Tournament
(Burlington, NC - 9 September 2001)

RoundNCPrize
Player1234TotalPointsMoney

1

Hutchins, Brian

26

24

25

26

101

23.00

$ 25.00

2

Trent, Todd

27

26

24

27

104

19.00

$ 25.00

3

Waters, Keith

26

27

25

27

105

18.00

$ 25.00

4

Landin, Bear

28

26

25

27

106

17.00

$ 25.00

5

Smith, Adam

30

26

27

27

110

16.00

6

Comer, Jimmy

25

26

30

33

114

14.50

Hutchinson, Tommy

27

30

31

26

114

14.50

8

Nance, Chuck

28

27

30

31

116

13.00

9

Helton, Steve

30

32

28

28

118

12.00

10

Boyd, Chris

26

30

31

32

119

11.00

11

Mauney, Maxwell

30

27

35

29

121

9.50

Boyd, Alex

34

28

30

29

121

9.50

13

Cyr, Chuck

33

30

30

32

125

8.00

14

Kolb, Walter

32

35

31

31

129

6.50

Gregor, David

29

30

29

41

129

6.50

16

Johnson, Russell

30

35

34

31

130

5.00

17

Wagner, Derek

30

34

33

34

131

5.00

18

Chetister, Bob

34

35

33

32

134

5.00

 

 

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