Robert Johnson Wins His Second PPA National Seniors Championship
2002 and 2003 PPA Senior National Champion
28 July 2003 - Lubbock, TX - The field for the 2003 PPA Senior National Championship featured the prior two champions, Bill Baus - 2001 PPA Senior National Champion and Robert Johnson - 2002 PPA Senior National Champion; Daryl Freeman, PPA Hall of Fame Member and winner of two PPA State Tour events this season; Rod Miller, 2003 PPA National Invitational Champion and Roger Beckerman, 1984 PPA National Champion and two-time PPA National Match Play Champion.
Daryl Freeman opened play with a 23 for the first round lead with the defending champion, Robert Johnson trailing but just one stroke. Johnson equaled Freeman's tournament best round of 23 to take the lead at the midway point with a score of 47, 25-under par. Freeman trailed by one stroke at 48 with Tom O'Brien and Brice Bergesen in a tie for third at 51.
2003 PPA Senior National Championship Runner-Up
Johnson's third round of 29 gave him a three round score of 76 and a one stroke lead over Tom O'Brien who pulled closer with a round of 26. Bergesen who trailed by four entering the third round cut that in half with a round of 27 to be alone in third at 78. Robert Smith, 1972 PPA National Champion and 1974 PPA National Champion, was tied with Daryl Freeman, 1973 PPA National Champion, at 79, three strokes behind Johnson.
Johnson who entered the final round in the 2002 PPA Senior National Champion with a one stroke lead, knew what it would take to defend the title he won in Martinez, GA last year. Johnson's final round of 25 matched the best in the field at allowed him to pull away from the field to post a three stroke margin of victory. Tom O'Brien who trailed Johnson by one stroke entering the final round posted a final round 29 to fall into a tie for fourth. Brice Bergesen who finished in second place in the 2002 PPA Senior National Championship duplicated that finish in Lubbock, TX with a final round 26. Robert Smith posted a final round 26 to match Bergesen and finish alone in third. 2001 PPA Senior National Champion Bill Baus used closing rounds of 26 and 25 to move into a tie for fourth with O'Brien at 104. Daryl Freeman who was one stroke behind Johnson at the midway point closed with rounds of 31 and 28 to fall into a tie for sixth place at 107. John Bambling finished alone in seventh with Rod Miller and Roger Beckerman in a tie for eighth.
Leaders of 2003 PPA Senior National Championship by Round
|1st Round Leader||Daryl Freeman||23 (13-under par)|
|2nd Round Leader||Robert Johnson||47 (25-under par)|
|3rd Round Leader||Robert Johnson||76 (32-under par)|
Scoreboard from the 2003 PPA Senior National Championship
(Lubbock, TX - 28 July 2003)
|1||Robert Johnson (Lake Wylie, SC) ||24||23||29||25||101|| $ 275.00 |
|2||Brice Bergesen (Houston, TX) ||27||24||27||26||104|| $ 175.00 |
|3||Robert Smith (Dallas, TX) ||26||25||28||26||105|| $ 150.00 |
|4||Bill Baus (Cleveland Heights, OH) ||27||28||26||25||106|| $ 12.50 |
| ||Tom O'Brien (Cleveland, OH) ||24||27||26||29||106|| $ 112.50 |
|6||Daryl Freeman (Bristol, TN) ||23||25||31||28||107|| $ 75.00 |
|7||John Bambling (Pittsburgh, PA) ||30||28||26||25||109|| $ 50.00 |
|8||Rod Miller (Columbus, OH) ||27||29||27||27||110|| $ 25.00 |
| ||Roger Beckerman (South Euclid, OH) ||29||32||23||26||110|| $ 25.00 |
|10||Vance Randall (Asheville, NC) ||30||33||24||27||114|| |
|11||James White (Concord, OH) ||29||28||28||30||115|| |
|12||Don Parker (Houston, TX) ||28||28||31||29||116|| |
|13||Gary English (Buford, GA) ||30||31||27||29||117|| |
|14||Hank Mersereau (Fort Walton Beach, FL) ||29||30||31||30||120|| |
| ||Greg Roberts (Pasadena, TX) ||33||29||31||27||120|| |
| ||Steve Armstrong (Arlington, TX) ||32||30||29||29||120|| |
|17||Alan Morris (Miloura, Australia)||32||32||30||28||122|| |
| ||David Graffe (Federal Way, WA) ||28||29||29||36||122|| |
|19||Al Simpson (Lake Charles, LA) ||27||35||31||32||125|| |