2002
Professional Putters Association Season

"... I know that one more time, God just smiled on us."
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Don Clayton, Founder,
Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America
1926-19
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A $20,000 PPA National Championship, a $15,000 PPA World Match Play Championship, the $12,000 PPA National Invitational and the $12,000 PPA Northern Open highlight the 2002 Professional Putters Association summer tour, it was announced Dec. 14 by the Professional Putters Association.

The $65,000 season is schedule to begin May 18-19 in Fredericksburg, Va., with the $12,000 PPA National Invitational. The $12,000 PPA Northern Open is scheduled for June 29-30 in Richmond, Ind. "PPA National Championship Week," is scheduled for Aug. 4-11 in Martinez, Ga., where the PPA will conduct its 43rd Annual PPA National Championship, the PPA National Seniors Championship, the $2,000 PPA National Doubles Championship, the Junior Putters of America National Championships and the $15,000 PPA World Match Play Championship.

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

Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf Course host course for 2002 PPA National Championship

"We are grateful to our membership for its patience as the PPA National Players Board of Advisors worked to develop this ambitious 2002 PPA program," said Bill Kirby Jr., executive director of the Professional Putters Association. "We listened to our membership and wanted to live up to the promises made as a result of their individual and collective efforts in the 2001 PPA season, one of the most successful in our organization's history. We increased tournament prize monies by more than 20 percent with no increase in membership and entry fees, and this season will add a $15,000 PPA World Match Play Championship, with negotiations under way for a syndicated television production that will be solely owned by the Professional Putters Association membership for sale and distribution to franchise owners of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America."


Greg Ward
2001 PPA National Champion

"This program would not have been possible without the generosity of the Putt-Putt National Board of Advisors, which has provided the PPA with a $10,000 stipend as a result of the successful 2001 PPA season. Nor would it have been possible without franchise owners Mark and Liz Ross of Martinez, Ga., John Snyder and Craig Brown of Richmond, Ind. and Barbara Naggs-Hall of Fredericksburg, Va. Or franchise owners who will host PPA state, regional and local events throughout the 2002 PPA season."

Richmond, IN - Host course for the 2002 PPA Northern Open (June 29-30, 2002)

Richmond, Indiana Putt-Putt Golf Course host course for 2002 PPA Northern Open

"Further, we would be remiss if we did not recognize the work of the 2001 PPA National Players Advisory Board of Rick Baird, Bill Baus, Bryan Boyd, Andy Coradini, Gary English, Jim Heikkinen, Gary Hinshaw, Paul Johns, Peter Neumann, Jeff Smith, Lee Messinger, Tom Gross, Bart Bason, Michael Hitt, Alan Quinnelly, Frank Warren, Dan Anders, Bill Chrysan, Dan Switzer and Joe Aboid that built the foundation of 'the new PPA' and the 2002 PPA National Players Advisory Board that developed this season's program, particularly Andy Coradini, Rick Baird and Kevin Lacey, architects of the PPA World Match Play Championship," Kirby said.

Fredericksburg, VA - Host course for the 2002 PPA National Invitational (May 18-19, 2002)

Fredericksburg, Virginia Putt-Putt Golf Course host course for 2002 PPA National Invitational

"We are grateful to the 2002 PPA National Players Board who were in Fayetteville earlier this month to assist with developing all facets of the 2002 PPA season - Bryan Boyd, Darrell Britt, Lewis Burton, Dean Dwiggins, Rick Rybaczek, Jim Heikkinen, Gary English, Cyndi Carlson, Robert Johnson, Andy Coradini, Rick Baird, Daryl Freeman, Jeff Brown, our APA representative, and particularly Peter Neumann, ProPutters.com web site master who spent countless hours in the past week preparing this site for the 2002 PPA season. Other board members who could not be there will nevertheless be integral parts of our success in 2002. They are Gary Hinshaw, Rainey Statum, Brice Bergesen, Bill Thompson, Paul Johns, Roger Beckerman, Kevin Lacey, Rick Alessi. All are men with great passion for the PPA, and we are indebted for their willingness to be a part of helping us build into the future. Last, we thank Trish Clayton, majority stockholder of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, and David Callahan, president and chief executive officer of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, for keeping Don Clayton's dream alive and allowing us to take the Professional Putters Association, the Amateur Putters Association and Junior Putters of America into the 21st Century."

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

First, allow me to offer my congratulations to the Professional Putters Association, the Amateur Putters Association and Junior Putters of America membership on a successful 2001 season. It was a pleasure being with each of you at the 2001 "PPA National Championship Week" in Lynchburg, Va.

Your efforts, individually and collectively, in the 2001 PPA season did not go unnoticed by the Putt-Putt National Advisory Board at its November meeting in Orlando, Fla., and we look forward to having each of you as part of the 2002 PPA season. We think you will find the tournament sites state-of-the-art, where you can display your remarkable putting talents.

Mark and Liz Ross at our Putt-Putt Golf & Games franchise in Martinez, Georgia; John Snyder and Craig Brown at our Putt-Putt Golf & Games franchise in Richmond, Indiana; and Barbara Naggs-Hall at our Putt-Putt Golf & Games franchise in Fredericksburg, Virginia are respected owners in the Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America franchise system. We are grateful to them, and to franchise owners who will host state, regional and local events in 2002.

Again, my thanks to each of you for helping make the 2001 PPA season one to remember. My best to each of you and your families in the holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you in the 2002 PPA season ahead.

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

From Joe Aboid (PPA Commissioner)


Joe Aboid
PPA Commissioner

Welcome to PPA 2002. As you will read on this web site, many exciting things are happening with the Professional Putters Association this season.

  • 40 % increase in Prize Money
  • PPA World Match Play Championship
  • No increase in tournament entry fees
  • No increase in membership fees
  • New National tournament sites
  • New National Tournament Director
  • Putt-Putt sponsorship
  • PPA TV shows**

Once again your player representatives have developed a tournament program that is as creative as I have seen in sometime. I want to thank them for their efforts, time and commitment. I also thank the Putt-Putt Board of Directors for its support of our program. The final success of this years tournament program rests in your hands.

Thanks in advance for your support,
Joe Aboid
PPA Commissioner

From Andy Coradini
(Chairman PPA Pros Players Committee)

First, let me thank the 2002 PPA National Players Advisory Board members who were able to make the trip to Fayetteville, NC on Dec. 1-2. I feel that with the help of David Callahan, CEO and president of the Putt-Putt Corporate Office, Cyndi Carlson, compliance officer with the company; and the Putt-Putt National Board of Advisors, the PPA is heading in the right direction for the future. Let me also thank Bill Kirby and Joe Aboid for signing on for another year.

I am proud to be representing the PPA players as your PPA Pros Players Committee chairman. I feel that the coming year has promise to be a great step forward to reaching the goals that we have for the PPA. We as a body need to understand that everything that we portray is seen by all who may be looking to spend advertising dollars with our organization, and we as members of the PPA must abide by the rules that are set forth in our PPA Rules & Regulations.

There are many changes to the rule book for 2002. I ask that all members be aware that these rules must be taken seriously so that we as members of the PPA National Players Advisory Board and the PPA Pros Players Committee will be able to enforce these rules at all levels of play. A summary of the rule changes and existing rules that will be enforced in 2002 is presented below:

  • Ball spacing errors - If a ball is spaced incorrectly and played, the ball is returned to the correct spacing, counting all previous strokes and adding a one-stroke penalty.
  • Marking of carpets/rails by a player - If any PPA or APA member is witnessed by the PPA National Tournament Director, a PPA National Advisory Board member, a PPA Pros Players Committee member, Putt-Putt franchise owner, manager or employee to have marked carpets or rails, the violations will result in the following actions: first infraction - $250 fine; second infraction - revocation of PPA membership.
  • Table hole ruling - If a player's golf ball comes to rest on the table ledge, the ball can be played as it lies or placed in the fairway carpet runway one club length from the table edge and played with no penalty.
  • Entry fee refunds will only be considered for medical reasons only or family emergency. A player seeking tournament entry fee refunds may be asked to provide a written medical documentation from a physician or health care representative.
  • Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to the $12,000 tournaments on all days except for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 17-19 and June 28-30).  A player must have paid their entry fee to be exempt from paying greens fees on  those dates. Any player practicing without paying proper greens fees will assessed a $25.00 fine.
  • Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to Saturday, August 3, for all players at the Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Saturday, August 4, a player can practice the day before and the day of any PPA National event that he/she has paid their entry fee. Any player practicing without paying proper greens fees will be assessed a $25.00 fine.
  • The rules governing "Delay in Play" will be strictly enforced for all PPA National and State Tour events. It is important that all players read the existing rules that govern "Delay in Play" and are aware of the criteria that will be used to determine delays and tardiness in tournament competition. The 2001 PPA Rules Book, under Rule VI-10, "Delay in Play," on the bottom of page 12 and top of page 13, defines the rule. All players are encouraged to reread this section of the 2002 PPA Rules & Regulations. If a player has any question about the enforcement of this rule, the player is encouraged to contact Joe Aboid, PPA Commissioner; Al Simpson, 2002 PPA National Tournament Director; or a member of the PPA Pros Players Committee.

I understand that many of these issues have been addressed in the past, but be assured that changes must be made in the coming year. Other Pros Players Committee members for 2002 are: Daryl Freeman, Bristol, TN; Jeffrey Smith, Dallas, TX.; Bill Baus, Cleveland Heights, OH; Paul Johns, Gahanna, OH; Peter Neumann, Blacksburg, VA.

Also, on another note, I need to let all players know that the number of bracket berths for the 2002 PPA World Match Play Putting Championship that are available to the PPA State Tour programs will be determined by the number of PPA National Pros who sign up by the Feb. 28, 2002, membership registration deadline. To insure that your respective state programs have the greatest benefit to as many qualifying opportunities as possible, each member needs to support the state level by registering as a PPA National Pro.

Thank you again for your support and I hope you will join us for a great year of putting in 2002.

Andy Coradini,
Chairman,
PPA Pros Players Committee

2002 PPA Pros Players Committee

Andy Coradini - Chairman PPA Pro Players Committee

Daryl Freeman - PPA Pro Players Committee

Jeffrey Smith - PPA Pro Players Committee

Andy Coradini
Loganville, Georgia
Chairman
PPA Pros Players Committee

Daryl Freeman
Bristol, Tennessee
PPA Pros Players Committee

Jeffrey Smith
Dallas, Texas
PPA Pros Players Committee

Bill Baus - PPA Pro Players Committee

Paul Johns - PPA Pro Players Committee

Peter Neumann - PPA Pro Players Committee

Bill Baus
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
PPA Pros Players Committee

Paul Johns
Gahanna, Ohio
PPA Pros Players Committee

Peter Neumann
Blacksburg, Virginia
PPA Pros Players Committee

Simpson Appointed PPA National Tournament Director

Al Simpson, 65, of Lake Charles, La., has been appointed PPA National Tournament Director for the 2002 Professional Putters Association season. Simpson, a PPA charter member, 1998 PPA Hall of Fame inductee and former franchise owner, will direct all PPA events, including tournament tee-offs, rules and regulations and post-tournament awards presentations at all 2002 PPA National tournaments. Simpson was approved unanimously by the Putt-Putt National Board of Advisors at its quarterly meeting in Orlando, Fla., and the PPA National Players Advisory Board at its annual meeting in Fayetteville, NC


Al Simpson
2002 PPA National Tournament Director

"I look forward to serving the Professional Putters Association," Simpson said. "I consider it an honor. For years our players have followed rules set by the PPA Pros Players Committee. My vision for the PPA will require strict compliance to these rules for the benefit of all. Slow play, unsportsmanlike conduct and appropriate attire will be under scrutiny throughout the season at the national and state levels. We will accomplish our goals, plus have a great time playing competitive Putt-Putt for years to come."

Simpson owns four PPA National Tour victories - the 1965 Fort Worth Open, the 1966 Waco Open, the 1968 Port Arthur Open and the 1971 Lake Charles Open. He is the 1986 PPA Louisiana State Champion and winner of the Gulf Coast Tournament of Champions in 1986, 1975 and 1971. His PPA lifetime prize money earnings are an estimated $4,000. His PPA lifetime state prize money winnings are an estimated $2,000. His PPA lifetime stroke average is 30.28. Simpson is former owner and operator of the Putt-Putt Golf Course in Lake, Charles.

"Al Simpson brings a lifetime of knowledge to the Professional Putters Association," said Joe Aboid, PPA Commissioner. "He will rule fairly on issues from rules and regulations to slow play to unsportsmanlike conduct, etc. He is the right man for the job, and we are proud to have Al Simpson as our PPA National Tournament Director."

Simpson will be assisted by Clarence N. Hoodlet, 68, a retired Ohio Bell Telephone Co. supervisor from Columbus, Ohio.

Al Simpson,
2002 PPA National Tournament Director

Jeff Brown Appointed to PPA National Players Advisory Board

Jeff Brown, 44, of North Euclid, Ohio will represent the Amateur Putters Association as a voting member on the PPA National Players Advisory Board.


Jeff Brown
PPA National Players Advisory Board Member

"These were the wishes of our Amateur Putters Association membership at a general membership meeting at 'PPA National Championship Week' this past season at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Lynchburg, Va.,'' said Bill Kirby Jr., executive director of the PPA. "Jeff was appointed to the PPA National Players Advisory Board in November and made a positive impact on behalf of the APA membership at the PPA National Players Advisory Board meeting on Dec. 1-2 in Fayetteville, NC We believe the APA membership will see that impact when the 2002 PPA National program is released.''

Brown will serve a one-year term on the PPA National Players Advisory Board.

One of the premier members of the APA, Brown owns four of the association's major titles - the 1998 APA National Championship, the 1996 APA Match Play Classic, the 1992 APA Hall of Fame Championship and the 1992 APA Commissioners Cup title. Brown was APA Player of the Year in 1992. He won the APA New York State Championship in 1995, 1994, 1992, 1988 and 1987, and the Great Lakes APA Championship in 1995. He won the APA Orange Lake Classic in 1997 and 1999 and the APA Old Pro Classic in 1999. Brown was awarded the APA Sportsmanship honor in 1989. His lifetime APA stroke average is 30.50. He joined the APA in 1969. Brown is a graduate of Cleveland State University.

"I feel we made some very positive decisions for APA members,'' Brown said. "And I think our APA membership will be pleased with the 2002 APA program.''

PPA State Tour Directors

Following have been appointed PPA State Tour Directors for 2002. It is their responsibility to administer all 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship state qualifying and be responsible for collection and dissemination of 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship qualifying fees to Rick Baird, chairman of the PPA State Tour Directors Board. PPA State Tour Directors must have preliminary state tour tournament sites, dates and times into the Putt-Putt Corporate Office by Jan. 25 for review and approval. No state tour sites may be publicized without approval of the Putt-Putt Corporate Office.

PPA Memberships for 2002

2002 PPA Application
2002 PPA Application in Adobe Acrobat Format

The PPA membership fees for 2002 remain unchanged from 2001 season. We sincerely hope that all members of the PPA in 2001 will renew their membership for 2002. Applications will be mailed to all current members of the PPA and APA during the first two weeks of January, 2002. A downloadable version of the PPA application in Adobe Acrobat format is available on ProPutters.com. The 2002 PPA Rule Book will be available for download in the near future. Click on the image of the 2002 PPA Application to download this years application.

PPA National Touring Pro ($125)
A PPA National Touring Pro is eligible to play in national, state and local tournament competition. PPA National Touring Pros are eligible to earn bracket berths in the 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship.

PPA Club Pro ($50)
A PPA Club Pro is eligible to play in PPA state and local tournament competition, but no national tournaments except for the $2,000 PPA Hall of Fame Classic and the PPA Proputters.com Classic during "PPA National Championship Week.'' A PPA Club Pro can earn a bracket berth in the 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship through the PPA State Tours. To accept the bracket berth, the PPA Club Pro must upgrade his or her membership to PPA National Touring Pro status by paying $100, in addition to the $75 for the World qualification spot. A PPA Club Pro can also upgrade his or her membership to PPA National Pro by paying $100 at any of the 2002 PPA National Tournament sites.

Amateur Putters Association Membership ($25)
Amateur Putters Association members are eligible to play in PPA national, state and all local tournament competition.

Official PPA Golf Ball for 2002

The Titleist Tour Balata, official golf ball of the PPA since 1998, is no longer being produced by Titleist, according to Titleist. A number of replacement golf balls, including the Strata Tour Ultimate and the Strata Tour Ultimate 2, have been proposed by the PPA National Players Advisory Board as replacements for the Titleist Tour Balata ball for the 2002 PPA season. Peter Neumannn and Rick Baird are evaluating these options with input from a number of other PPA members. A decision on the official golf ball for 2002 PPA season will be announced as soon as possible.

PPA National Tournaments for 2002

$12,000 PPA National Invitational
May 18-19, 2002
Fredericksburg, Virginia


Cliff Matthews
2001 PPA National
Invitational Champion

The 2002 PPA National Invitational, a $12,000 tournament, is scheduled May 18-19, 2002, at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The 2002 PPA National Invitational marks the first major PPA National event at the Fredericksburg, Virginia course built in the mid-1990s, and owned and operated by Barbara Naggs-Hall.
Rounds:
8
Tee off:
Noon (May 18th), 9 a.m. (May 19th)
Eligible Players:
All PPA National Touring Pros and Amateur Putters Association members.
Entry fees:
National Touring Pro - $150.00. APA - $25.00. These entry fees are unchanged from 2001 with a 20% increase in the tournament purse.
Greens Fees:
Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to the $12,000 tournaments on all days except for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 17-19).  A player must have paid their entry fee to be exempt from paying greens fees on  those dates. Any player practicing without paying proper greens fees will assessed a $25.00 fine.
Prize Monies:
First through 35th place. The number of prize money spots has been increased from 25 spots to 35 spots as part of the increase in the purse from $10,000 to $12,000.
World PPA Match Play Championship Qualifying:
16 bracket berths @ $20.00 for attempting to qualify. A qualification fee of $75 will be charged to those players who earn the 16 bracket berths.
Defending PPA Champion:
Cliff Matthews of Arlington, Texas
Defending APA Champion:
William Glisson of Martinez, Georgia
Course Manager: Barbara Naggs-Hall
Course Address: 2401 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Course Telephone: (540) 373-4401

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$12,000 PPA Northern Open
June 29 - 30, 2002
Richmond, Indiana


John Snyder


Andy Coradini
1999 PPA Northern Open Champion

The $12,000 PPA Northern Open is scheduled June 29-30, 2002, at the Putt-Putt Golf Course in Richmond, Indiana. The 2002 PPA Northern Open marks the first time since 1999 that the PPA Northern Open has been contested. The facility is owned and operated John Snyder, former PPA pro, and Craig Brown.
Rounds:
8
Tee off:
Noon (June 29th), 9 a.m. (June 30th)
Eligible Players:
All PPA National Touring Pros and Amateur Putters Association members.
Entry Fees:
National Touring Pro - $150.00. APA - $25.00. These entry fees are unchanged from 2001 with a 20% increase in the tournament purse.
Greens Fees:
Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to the $12,000 tournaments on all days except for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 28-30).  A player must have paid their entry fee to be exempt from paying greens fees on  those dates. Any player practicing without paying proper greens fees will assessed a $25.00 fine.
Prize Monies:
First through 35th place. The number of prize money spots has been increased from 25 spots to 35 spots as part of the increase in the purse from $10,000 to $12,000.
World PPA Match Play Championship Qualifying:
16 bracket berths @ $20.00 for attempting to qualify. A qualification fee of $75 will be charged to those players who earn the 16 bracket berths. *Pros who have earned 2 qualifying bracket berths are not eligible.
Defending PPA Champion:
Andy Coradini of Loganville, Ga.
Defending APA Champion:
Tony Davenport of LaVergne, Tenn.
Course Manager: Craig Brown
Course Address: 410 Commerce Road, Richmond, IN 47374
Course Telephone: (765) 965-6513

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PPA Championship Week
August 4-11, 2002
Martinez, Georgia

The "2002 PPA Week of the Nationals" will feature the 43rd Annual PPA National Medal-Play Championship, the most prestigious tournament in the organization's history, to be contested over 12 rounds of play on Aug. 9-11, 2002, at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Martinez, Ga. In addition, the semifinals and final match of the 2002 $15,000 PPA World Match Play Championship are tentatively scheduled for syndicated television taping on Aug. 7.

Other highlights of "PPA National Championship Week" include the PPA National Seniors Championship, the $2,000 PPA National Doubles Championship, the $2,000 PPA Hall of Fame Classic, the $2,000 PPA Proputters.com Classic, the Junior Putters of America National Championships and the PPA Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Liz RossMark Ross
Owners
Putt-Putt Golf & Games
Martinez, Georgia

"Liz and I are delighted to host 'PPA National Championship Week' and look forward to seeing old and new friends in August,'' said Mark Ross, owner of the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Martinez. "Augusta is part of the proud heritage of the Professional Putters Association, going back to the days when Tracy Moore first opened the Putt-Putt franchise at Fort Gordon Highway and later went on to win the 1965 PPA National Championship. Our staff is excited and we are already in the process of preparing for this grand week of putting. We are proud of our city and our state, and Liz and I hope that players and their families will take the time to enjoy its Southern heritage and its Southern hospitality.''

"Our membership was so impressed with the Martinez facility and the professionalism of franchise owners Mark and Liz Ross for the 2001 PPA Southern Open that it was an obvious choice for our national championships," PPA Commissioner Joe Aboid said. "They just do a remarkable job, and they will leave no stones unturned in preparing for these championships."

It marks a return to Martinez for the second consecutive year. The Professional Putters Association National Tour returns to the Martinez, Georgia course, site of the 2001 PPA Southern Open, with Greg Ward out to defend his 2001 PPA National Championship title that he won in Lynchburg, Virginia in August, 2001. Ward also won the 2001 PPA Southern Open played on this course, posting a six-stroke victory over Cliff Matthews who came to the 2001 PPA Southern Open as the 2001 PPA National Invitational Champion. A complete list of events during the "PPA Week of the Nationals" is included below with details on each event following the schedule for the 2002 PPA National Championship Week:

PPA Hall of Fame Classic
August 4, 2002
Rounds:
3
Tee off:
9 a.m.
Eligible Players:
PPA National Pros, PPA Club Pros and Amateur Putters Association members.
Entry Fees:
PPA National Pro - $50.00; PPA Club Pro - $50.00; APA - $20.00
Greens Fees:
Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to Saturday, August 3, for all players at the Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Saturday, August 4, a player can practice the day before and the day of any PPA National event that he/she has paid their entry fee. Any player practicing without paying proper greens fees will be assessed a $25.00 fine.
Prize Monies:
PPA, first through 22nd place; APA, first through 10th place ($40 expense reimbursement)
PPA World Match Play Championship Qualifying:
The top 8 National Touring Pros who have not already qualified twice for the 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship and who paid the $10 fee to attempt to qualify will earn bracket berths.
Defending PPA Champion:
Randy Reeves of Montgomery, Alabama
Defending APA Champion:
Wade Sahmel of Deer Park, Texas
Course Manager: Mark and Liz Ross
Course Address: 3763 Martinez Boulevard, Martinez, GA 30907
Course Telephone: (706) 868-0083

PPA ProPutters.com Classic
August 5, 2002
Rounds:
3
Tee off:
8 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA National Pros, PPA Club Pros and Amateur Putters Association members.
Entry Fees:
PPA National Pro - $50.00; PPA Club Pro - $50.00; APA - $20.00
Greens Fees:
Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to Saturday, August 3rd, for all players at the Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Saturday, August 4th, a player can practice the day before and the day of any PPA National event that he/she has paid their entry fee. Any player practicing without paying proper greens fees will assessed a $25.00 fine.
Prize Monies:
PPA, first through 22nd place; APA, first through 10 place ($40 expense reimbursement)
PPA World Match Play Championship Qualifying:
The top 8 National Touring Pros who have not already qualified twice for the 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship and who paid the $10 fee to attempt to qualify will earn bracket berths.
Defending PPA Champion:
Greg Ward of Loganville, Georgia
Defending APA Champion:
Robin Ventura of Cincinnati, Ohio
Course Manager: Mark and Liz Ross
Course Address: 3763 Martinez Boulevard, Martinez, GA 30907
Course Telephone: (706) 868-0083

$15,000 PPA World Match Play Championship
August 5-7, 2002

Last played in 1978, the PPA World Match Play Championship returns to the PPA National Tournament Program. The list of past PPA World Match Play Putting Champions reads like a "Who's Who of the PPA, with past champions Rick Smith, Indianapolis, Ind., 1969 and 1972; Dick Florin, Fayetteville, Ga., 1970 and 1976; Vance Randall, Asheville, NC, 1971; Mike Baldoza, Fort Worth, Texas, 1973; Gary Miller, Columbus, Ga., 1975; Eugene Carter, South Africa, 1977; and Buddy Taylor, Gambrills, Md., 1978. Randall and Taylor, PPA Hall of Famers, are still active on the PPA Tour.
Rounds:
Two 64 player brackets (Tracy Moore bracket and Roger Moore bracket) playing 36-hole single elimination matches down to 2 players. Seeding in each bracket will be done by 2002 PPA National Tour points. Final two players from each bracket play in semifinals and finals, which are tentatively scheduled for syndicated television production.
Tee off: To be announced.
Eligible Players:
All PPA National Touring Pros and PPA Club Pros may attempt to qualify through the PPA State Tours, which will award 80 of the 128 qualifying spots through tournament play from March through July, 2002. If a PPA Club Pro earns a bracket berth into the 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship, he or she must upgrade his/her membership to PPA Touring Pro status through payment of $100 in an addition to the $75 for the PPA World Match Play Championship qualifying berth. An additional 48 qualifying spots will be awarded in the 2002 PPA National Tournaments with only PPA National Touring Pros eligible for those spots.s
Entry Fees: PPA National Touring Pros and PPA Club Pros will pay $75 for each qualifying spot (up to a maximum of two spots); APA members will pay an entry fee of $25 with no qualification process.
Greens Fees:
Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to Saturday, August 3, for all players at the Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Saturday, August 4, a player can practice the day before and the day of any PPA National event that he/she has paid their entry fee. Any player practicing without paying proper greens fees will be assessed a $25 fine.
Prize Monies:
PPA, first through 128th place (players earning qualification berths are guaranteed at least $50 in prize money for each spot); APA, first through eighth place ($50 expense reimbursement).
Course Manager: Mark and Liz Ross
Course Address: 3763 Martinez Boulevard, Martinez, GA 30907
Course Telephone: (706) 868-0083

2002 PPA/APA National Doubles Championship
August 8, 2002

The PPA /APA National Doubles Championship Proputters.com Classic is scheduled for Aug. 8, consisting of two-man teams competing separate divisions.
Rounds:
4 rounds; two rounds of better-ball competition and two rounds of alternate shot competition.
Tee off: 2 p.m.
Eligible Players: PPA National Pros, PPA Club Pros and Amateur Putters Association members.
Entry Fees: PPA National Pro - $50.00 per player; PPA Club Pro - $50.00, per player; APA - $15.00 per player
Greens Fees: Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to Saturday, August 3, for all players at the Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Saturday, August 4, a player can practice the day before and the day of any PPA National event that he/she has paid their entry fee. Any player practicing without paying proper greens fees will be assessed a $25 fine
Prize Monies:
First through 8th place; APA - first through fourth place (expense reimbursement).
Defending PPA Champion: Roger Beckerman of South Euclid, Ohio and Bill Thompson of Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Defending APA Champion: Steven Jones of Richmond, Virginia and Wayne Saunders of Richmond, Virginia
Course Manager: Mark and Liz Ross
Course Address: 3763 Martinez Boulevard, Martinez, GA 30907
Course Telephone: (706) 868-0083

2002 JPA National Championship
August 8, 2002


Springfield, OH
2001 JPA National Championship Team

The 2002 JPA Team and Individual National Championship will be held on Thursday, August 8t The JPA team from Springfield, Ohio will be out to defend the title it won in Lynchburg, Virginia by two-strokes over the team from Richmond, Virginia. Also expected to contend for the 2002 JPA Team Championship title is the team from the host course, Martinez, Georgia.
Rounds:
4 of medal play in individual competition; aggregate totals of each 4-player team.
Tee off:
4 p.m.
Eligible Players: Girls and boys, ages 8-16. No player can be 16 years of age or older as of August 1, 2002 and all players must be 8 years old or older by June 1, 2002. Entry Fees: $40 per 4-player team; $10 per individual not affiliated with team representation.
Prizes:
Trophy, JPA Individual Champion; Trophy, JPA Individual Runner-up; Trophy, JPA Team Champion; Trophies, each member of JPA Championship Team; Participation Plaques for all participants.
Defending JPA Champion:
Bennie Williams, Springfield, Ohio
Defending JPA Team Champion:
Springfield, Ohio
Course Manager: Mark and Liz Ross
Course Address: 3763 Martinez Boulevard, Martinez, GA 30907
Course Telephone: (706) 868-0083

2002 PPA Seniors National Championship
August 9, 2002


Bill Baus
2001 PPA Senior National Champion

The PPA National Seniors Championship is scheduled for Aug. 9 and is open to PPA National Touring Pros and PPA Club Pros who are 50 years or older. PPA National Touring Pros are eligible to continue competition in the 43rd Annual PPA National Championship, if they have pre-registered and previously paid PPA National Championship entry fees. The PPA National Seniors Champion will be honored at the PPA National Championship and PPA Hall of Fame Induction banquet.
Rounds:
4
Tee off: 9 a.m.
Eligible Players:
PPA National Pros and PPA Club Pros who are age 50 or older by Aug. 9, 2002.
Entry Fees: PPA National Pro - $50.00; PPA Club Pro - $50.00.
Greens Fees: Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to Saturday, August 3, for all players at the Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Saturday, August 4, a player can practice the day before and the day of any PPA National event that he/she has paid their entry fee. Any player practicing without paying proper greens fees will be assessed a $25 fine
Prize Monies:
To be determined based on participation.
Defending PPA Senior Champion: Bill Baus, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Course Manager: Mark and Liz Ross
Course Address: 3763 Martinez Boulevard, Martinez, GA 30907
Course Telephone: (706) 868-0083

2002 APA National Championship
August 9-10, 2002


Don Ferrell
2001 APA National Champion

The 43rd Annual APA National Amateur Championship is scheduled for Aug. 9-10, bringing the top amateurs in the nation together in a 144-medal play competition. Participants will tee-off last on Aug. 10 to allow all players the opportunity to see the conclusion of the APA National Championship.
Rounds:
8
Tee off: 9 a.m. (August 9th and 10th)
Eligible Players:
Amateur Putters Association members; novice players are not eligible.
Entry Fees: $50.00
Greens Fees: Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to Saturday, August 3, for all players at the Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Saturday, August 4, a player can practice the day before and the day of any PPA National event that he/she has paid their entry fee. Any player practicing without paying proper greens fees will be assessed a $25 fine
Prize Monies:
First through 10th place; $80 expense reimbursement.
Defending Champion: Don Ferrell of Columbus, Ohio
Course Manager: Mark and Liz Ross
Course Address: 3763 Martinez Boulevard, Martinez, GA 30907
Course Telephone: (706) 868-0083

$20,000 PPA National Championship
August 9-11, 2002

Greg Ward playing the 215th hole of the 2001 PPA National Championship in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The 43rd Annual PPA National Amateur Championship is scheduled for Aug. 9-11, bringing the top professionals in the nation to battle in a 216-medal play marathon. Contestants will play 72 holes each day. The PPA National Champion is the organization's most prestigious title. Greg Ward of Loganville, Ga., earned the title in 2001 by scoring holes-in-one on 10 of his last 11 holes in the final round to win the title at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Lynchburg, Va.

"Winning the PPA National Championship means so much to me,'' said Ward, who recorded scores of 24-30-26-27-26-25-26-29-24-29-22-24 for a 312 total, 120-under par, for the three-day, 216-hole event in the Microwave-like Virginia heat where temperatures reached as high as 100 degrees. Ward earned $2,500, bringing his PPA career prize money earnings to almost $115,000, while claiming his sixth PPA major crown The 39-year-old is the all-time winningest player in PPA history with 138 PPA-sanctioned victories.
Rounds:
12
Tee off: 9 a.m. (August 9th, 10th and 11th)
Eligible Players:
PPA National Pros.
Entry Fees: $220.00, including ticket to PPA National Champion and PPA Hall of Fame banquet.
Greens Fees: Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to Saturday, August 3, for all players at the Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Saturday, August 4, a player can practice the day before and the day of any PPA National event that he/she has paid their entry fee. Any player practicing without paying proper greens fees will be assessed a $25 fine
Prize Monies:
First through 45th place.
Defending Champion: Greg Ward of Loganville, Georgia
Course Manager: Mark and Liz Ross
Course Address: 3763 Martinez Boulevard, Martinez, GA 30907
Course Telephone: (706) 868-0083

Radisson Suites Inn - Augusta, Georgia
Official Hotel for the 2002 Week of the Nationals

The Radisson Suites Inn located at 3038 Washington Road in Augusta, Georgia will be the official hotel for the 2002 PPA Week of the Nationals. Liz Ross of the Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf & Games has negotiated a room rate of $59/night at this outstanding hotel. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (800) 654-7452 and identifying that you are with Putt-Putt Golf.

The Radisson Suites Inn is located at I-20 and Washington Road (Exit 199). Rooms that are available include executive suites with a king bed or two double beds. A full hot breakfast buffet is included in the room rate. Each suite includes a microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator.

Summary of Entry Fees for 2002

The following is a summary of the entry fees and prize money for the 2002 National Tournaments. Please note that entry fees have not been increased for the 2002 PPA National Tournament Program. A player may earn up to two spots, $75 per spot in qualification fees, in the 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship.

Event

Touring Pro

Club Pro

Amateur

$20,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship$220N/A*$50
$15,000 PPA World Match Play Championship$75**N/A*$25**
2002 PPA Senior National Championship$50***$50***N/A***
$12,000 National Events$150N/A*$25
$2,000 National Doubles Championship$50****$50****$15****
$2,000 National Events$50$50$20

* Club Pros are not eligible to play in the $12,000 National Events, $15,000 PPA World Match Play Championship, or the $20,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship.

** Entry fees listed for the 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship are the qualification fee paid after a player has earned a spot. A player may earn up to two spots in the 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship. Entry fees listed for the 2002 APA World Match Play Championship are the entry fee for tournament. Spots will not be awarded for the APA division of the APA World Match Play Championship.

*** Entry fees listed for the 2002 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 $20,000 PPA National Championship but must pay an entry fee for each of these events. There is no amateur division in the 2002 PPA Senior National Championship.

**** Entry fees listed for the 2002 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 2002

The following is a summary of the prize money for the 2002 National Tournaments excluding the 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship which is shown in its own table below.

$20,000 PPA
National Championship

$12,000 PPA National Invitational and Northern Open

$2,000 PPA Tournaments

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

ProfessionalAmateurProfessionalAmateurProfessionalAmateurProfessionalAmateur
1$2,500$80$1,500$50$300$40$500$60
2$1,200$80$1,000$50$200$40$380$60
3$1,000$80$800$50$150$40$300$60
4$900$80$700$50$120$40$240$60
5$800$80$600$50$105$40$200
6$700$80$500$50$100$40$160
7$650$80$450$50$95$40$120
8$600$80$400$50$90$40$100
9$550$80$380$50$85$40
10$500$80$360$50$80$40
11$480$340$75
12$460$320$70
13$440$300$65
14$420$280$60
15$400$260$55
16$390$250$50
17$380$240$50
18$370$230$50
19$360$220$50
20$350$215$50
21$340$210$50
22$330$205$50
23$320$200
24$310$195
25$300$190
26$295$185
27$290$180
28$285$175
29$280$170
30$275$165
31$270 $160     
32$265 $155     
33$260 $155     
34$255 $155     
35$250 $155     
36$245       
37$240       
38$235       
39$230       
40$225       
41$220       
42$215       
43$210       
44$205       
45$200       

Prize Money in the 2002 PPA World Match Play Championship

$15,000 PPA World Match Play Championship

Professional

Amateur

1st$2,500$50
2nd$1,000$50
3rd - 4th$750$50
5th - 8th$300$50
9th - 16th$200 
17th - 32nd$100 
33rd - 64th$75 
65th - 128th$50 
 

The PPA National Players Board reserves the right to make corrections of mistakes and omissions to the 2002 Professional Putters Association tour.

 

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