Robert Johnson Wins
2003 PPA National Championship


Robert Johnson
2003 PPA National Champion

31 July - 2 August 2003 - Lubbock, TX - Robert Johnson completed an unforgettable week in Lubbock, Texas with his win in the 2003 PPA National Championship. Johnson opened the week with a win in the 2003 PPA Senior National Championship, successfully defending the title he won in Martinez, Georgia in 2002. Two days later he came up one match short of winning the 2003 PPA World Match Play Championship losing in the finals to Jim Heikkinen. In the 2003 PPA National Championship, Johnson lead after 144 holes of play at 195, 93 under par.

Johnson nearest pursuer entering the final day of play was a familiar one. Greg Ward who won the 2001 PPA National Championship and finished second in the 2002 PPA National Championship was again in position for a run at this most prestigious PPA title. Ward trailed Johnson by four strokes with four rounds to play.


Greg Ward
Runner-Up in the
2003 PPA National Champion

Johnson opened the third day with a 10 under par round of 26 that expanded his lead to six strokes over Ray Guthrie and seven strokes over Greg Ward and Charlie Greenwalt. The tenth round saw Johnson's lead cut to two strokes as he fired a round of 27. Charlie Greenwalt's opening rounds of 23 and 22 had cut what was a ten stroke deficit down to two strokes with just 36 holes to play. Greg Ward who trailed Johnson by four strokes now trailed by five and was tied with Cliff Matthews, 2002 PPA National Champions, in third place with two rounds to play.

Johnson put his first two rounds of the final day behind him and fired a round of 25, 11 under par, to open up a lead of four strokes over Greg Ward and Charlie Greenwalt entering the final round. With only 18 holes left to play, Johnson lead at 273 with Greg Ward and Charlie Greenwalt were tied for second at 277, Ray Guthrie was in fourth at 279 and Ron Frederick was in fifth at 280.

The final round saw Ron Frederick who trailed by seven strokes entering the final round shoot a 21, 15 under par, with Greg Ward in the final round group nearly matching that score with a 22 of his own. Robert Johnson who lead entering the final round would not be shaken as he fired a final round 23 of his own to post a three stroke victory over Greg Ward who closed with rounds of 24 and 22. Ron Frederick who closed the event with rounds of 24 and 21 tied Charlie Greenwalt for third with Ray Guthrie alone in fifth.

Leaders of 2003 PPA National Championship by Round

1st Round LeadersKevin Lacey21 (15 under par)
2nd Round LeadersKevin Lacey and Greg Ward45 (27 under par)
3rd Round LeadersKevin Lacey67 (41 under par)
4th Round LeaderKevin Lacey and Robert Johnson96 (48 under par)
5th Round LeaderRobert Johnson121 (59 under par)
6th Round LeadersRobert Johnson146 (70 under par)
7th Round LeaderRobert Johnson172 (80 under par)
8th Round LeaderRobert Johnson195 (93 under par)
9th Round LeaderRobert Johnson221 (103 under par)
10th Round LeaderRobert Johnson248 (112 under par)
11th Round LeadersRobert Johnson273 (123 under par)

Scoreboard from the 2003 PPA National Championship
(Lubbock, Texas - 31 July - 2 August 2003)

RoundPrize
Player123456789101112TotalMoney
1Robert Johnson (Lake Wylie, SC)252127232525262326272523296$ 3,000.00
2Greg Ward (Loganville, GA)222327282823232529252422299$ 2,000.00
3Ron Frederick (Chandler, AZ)252726262524252629232421301$ 1,450.00
 Charlie Greenwalt (Indianapolis, IN)242523253125272523222724301$ 1,450.00
5Ray Guthrie (High Point, NC)232330242626272424272524303$ 1,100.00
6Cliff Matthews (Arlington, TX)252428262626232626232826307$    950.00
 Kevin Lacey (Cincinnati, OH)212422293025262429262724307$    950.00
8Daryl Freeman (Bristol, TN)252428292525272229232923309$    850.00
9Rainey Statum (Kingwood, TX)282331243228232227232723311$    775.00
 Marc Portugal (N. Richland Hills, TX)242426272824262728262625311$    775.00
11Andy Coradini (Loganville, GA)262423292628252326282727312$    700.00
12Rod Phillips (Lubbock, TX)263025252724282822262428313$    600.00
 Robert Smith (Dallas, TX)262325272334222824272925313$    600.00
 Jay Klapper (Loganville, GA)262625272528262523302725313$    600.00
15James Heikkinen (North Olmsted, OH)252522272630272530282326314$    500.00
16Steve Norman (Irving, TX)262725252425272730242629315$    437.50
 Gary Reed (Lubbock, TX)252728282825262426282624315$    437.50
18Greg Newport (Liberty, NC)252530282729252824252624316$    387.50
 Don Parker (Houston, TX)292524242926262430272626316$    387.50
20Rick Shelton (Lakewood, CO)232427252929272924212932319$    350.00
21Brad Lebo (Shippensburg, PA)252826282729242726272627320$    335.00
 Lee Messinger (Addison, TX)272726262528302727242627320$    335.00
23Byron Kirby (Sulphur, LA)262727262725282428282728321$    320.00
24John Napoli (Clearwater Beach, FL)232725243127283030262526322$    305.00
 Paul Johns (Gahanna, OH)292928272625272626232630322$    305.00
26Roger Beckerman (South Euclid, OH)252732282628292824282226323$    290.00
 Brice Bergesen (Houston, TX)322626272825272925252627323$    290.00
 Wade Sahmel (Huffman, TX)312726262625242923273029323$    290.00
29Mike Chisum (Wichita Falls, TX)262728262828293026252625324$    275.00
 Frank Warren (Augusta, GA)263126272428282627262629324$    275.00
 Joel Woodall (Lubbock, TX)252726272825303028262725324$    275.00
32Tony Varnadore (Rock Hill, SC)252625302526302928262728325$    257.50
 John Bambling (Pittsburgh, PA)282626272727283127262428325$    257.50
 Vince Batten (Richmond, VA)292626312630262926282424325$    257.50
 Rick Rybaczek (Greensboro, NC)232627293127232927302429325$    257.50
36Rick Baird (Pineville, NC)273128292926252825252627326$    247.50
 Tom O'Brien (Cleveland, OH)272927312827302724272227326$    247.50
38Randy Reeves (Montgomery, AL)262629232727292628302828327$    242.50
 Paul Sample (Bend, OR)272727322426283027282724327$    242.50
40Rod Miller (Columbus, OH)262929282429262826262928328$    240.00
41Bill Baus (Cleveland Heights, OH)263229242623262828313026329$    233.33
 Gary English (Buford, GA)262626302929252624273031329$    233.33
 Mark O'Guinn (Lubbock, TX)232924342829302824282725329$    233.33
44Vance Randall (Asheville, NC)312630292825262926232829330$    227.50
 Nate Nichols (Edinburgh, IN)262827282826302725272830330$    227.50
46David Graffe (Federal Way, WA)262928302928312528242627331 
 Randy Orr (Lawrenceville, GA)282632292927262527262729331 
48Rick Culverhouse (Brunswick, GA)342823262527313026262630332 
49Lewis Burton (Lawrenceville, GA)272929282627303024272729333 
 Dave Nutini (Dublin, OH)282830252628273127243227333 
 Steve Wood (Mansfield, TX)262728253029252531253329333 
52Mike Baldoza (Austin, TX)242230283122272929312932334 
 James White (Concord, OH)272727312532282828272727334 
54Manfred Stewart (Richmond, VA)282729263224312729302726336 
 Kelly Mize (Lubbock, TX)292627252928302829253426336 
56Jimmy Clark (Calhoun, LA)262532312430273224302927337 
57Jeffrey Garrison (Morgantown, IN)292227292930322930282430339 
58Alan Morris (Miloura, Australia)282932292825263226272632340 
59Robin Ventura (Cincinnati, OH)283128252633292726312633343 
60Terry Smith (McPherson, KS)262830303131322431252630344 
 Steve Tanton (Whitney, TX)252931272531313128312827344 
62Scott Buddie (West Lake, OH)272728282929293230322727345
63Dom Perry (Canfield, OH)253028303026333327273028347 
64Robb Titchell (Columbus, OH)272932272931273229293026348 
 Keith Barfield (Coppell, TX)282631302932312829302925348 
66Billy Caudle (Harrisburg, NC)332528292732293128293127349 
67Thomas Rawles (Portsmouth, VA)262931302528302936312431350 
68Greg Sandlin (Hutchinson, KS)333129333230302631262623350 
69Jonathan Drexler (Houston, TX)292928262932292732332829351 
70Richard Gillooly (The Netherlands)312931313130283027282730353 
71Kendall Payne (Coffeyville, KS)312930292731303129303128356 
72Al Simpson (Lake Charles, LA)302834272732342435282929357 
73Chris Enders (Oklahoma City, OK)293129302929333226362929362 
74Greg Simpson (Lake Charles, LA)312934312933253327323028362 
75Charles Simpson (Sulphur, LA)303134302833343327293128368 
76Gerry Labayen (Overland Park, KS)353037333631352732303330389 
 Chad Greer (Mobile, AL)32Withdrew  
 

 

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