Bonnie White Wins the
2003 APA World Match Play Championship

28-29 July 2003 - Lubbock, TX - Bonnie White is a charter member of the APA playing in the 1960's and early 1970's. She won the New York State Ladies Putting Championship six consecutive years (1968 - 1973) but retired from the competitive game in 1974 when she became engaged to her husband, James White. She joined the APA ranks again for the 2003 season and after nearly thirty years away from the competitive game, won the 2003 APA World Match Play Championship in Lubbock, TX.


Bonnie White
2003 APA World Match Play Champion

A field of 33 amateurs (up from 28 amateurs in 2002) were in Lubbock, TX to vie for the prestigious title. An opening match between Gary Glasscock of Humble, TX and Robert Nelson of Denver, CO pared the field to 32 players. For any of the remaining players, it would take winning five consecutive matches to win the 2003 APA World Match Play Championship title.

Only one player from the 2002 APA World Match Play Championship quarter-finals was able to make it to the quarter-finals in the 2003 APA World Match Play Championship. Bill Hammons of Indianapolis, IN who finished in a tie for second in the 2002 APA National Championship and lost in the semi-finals of the 2002 APA World Match Play Championship to Todd Trent won his first two matches over Jimmy Van Buskirk of Midwest City, OK and Jeff Carr of Orangeburg, SC but lost in the quarter-finals to Steven Clark of Aurora, CO. Steven Clark's next match was against Bonnie White who had defeated Gary Glasscock of Humble, TX, Oniel Mercure of Denver, CO and Robert Martin of Ft. Worth, TX to reach the semi-finals. White's winning streak against players from west of the Mississippi River continued as she defeated Steven Clark to reach the final match out of the top bracket.

In the bottom bracket, Seth Smith of Lubbock, TX was moving through his matches. Smith defeated Walter Kolb of Arlington, VA, Josh Garrison of Morganton, IN and Jack Ramsey of Cypress, TX to reach the semi-final match. Smith would face James Taylor of Lubbock, TX who he had faced before in the 2003 Texas Open played on the Lubbock, TX course in June. Smith won the amateur division of the 2003 Texas Open on his home course by six strokes and again showed his mastery of the Lubbock, TX course defeating James Taylor to reach the final match against White. Bonnie White's fortunes against players from the west continued as she defeated Seth Smith in the finals to earn her first PPA National Tour title.

Amateur Division (Final Four) of the 2003 APA World Match Play Championship
(Lubbock, TX - 28-29 July 2003)

Semi-FinalsFinals 
Bonnie WhiteBonnie White
Steven Clark
 Bonnie White
James TaylorSeth Smith 
Seth Smith 

Top Bracket of APA Players of the 2003 APA World Match Play Championship
(Lubbock, TX - 28-29 July 2003)

   Quarter-FinalsSemi-Finals
 1 Bonnie WhiteBonnie White 
32 Gary GlasscockGary Glasscock
33 Robert Nelson
  Bonnie White 
 16 Barbara MingoOniel Mercure  
 17 Oniel Mercure  
  Bonnie White
 8 Robert MartinRobert Martin  
 25 Michael Foster  
   Robert Martin 
 9 Jeff BrownJeff Brown  
 24 Anthony Amick  
     
 4 Larry HooverSteven Clark  
 29 Steven Clark  
   Steven Clark 
 13 Carey BaileyJohn Tritz  
 20 John Tritz  
    Steven Clark
 5 Jimmy Van BuskirkBill Hammons  
 28 Bill Hammons  
   Bill Hammons 
 12 Jeff CarrJeff Carr  
 21 Adam Sahmel  

Bottom Bracket of APA Players of the 2003 APA World Match Play Championship
(Lubbock, TX - 28-29 July 2003)

  Quarter-FinalsSemi-Finals
2 Jace EvansMickey DeLucca  
31 Mickey DeLucca  
  Trevor Lewin 
15 Trevor LewinTrevor Lewin  
18 David Chisum  
   James Taylor
7 Nick DanielJames Taylor  
26 James Taylor  
  James Taylor 
10 Danny HoelDanny Hoel  
23 Bill Combs  
    
3 Josh GarrisonJosh Garrison  
30 Charles W. Cyr  
  Seth Smith 
14 Walter KolbSeth Smith  
19 Seth Smith  
   Seth Smith
6 Jason Van BuskirkJack Ramsey  
27 Jack Ramsey  
  Jack Ramsey 
11 Don HobsonPhil Kosobucki  
22 Phil Kosobucki  

 

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