Robert Johnson Wins His Second PPA National Seniors Championship

Robert Johnson
2002 and 2003 PPA Senior National Champion

28 July 2003 - Lubbock, TXThe 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.

Brice Bergesen
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 LeaderDaryl Freeman23 (13-under par)
2nd Round LeaderRobert Johnson47 (25-under par)
3rd Round LeaderRobert Johnson76 (32-under par)

Scoreboard from the 2003 PPA Senior National Championship
(Lubbock, TX - 28 July 2003)

Player1234Total Money
1Robert Johnson (Lake Wylie, SC)  24232925101 $ 275.00
2Brice Bergesen (Houston, TX) 27242726104 $ 175.00
3Robert Smith (Dallas, TX)  26252826105 $ 150.00
4Bill Baus (Cleveland Heights, OH)  27282625106 $   12.50
 Tom O'Brien (Cleveland, OH)  24272629106 $ 112.50
6Daryl Freeman (Bristol, TN)  23253128107 $   75.00
7John Bambling (Pittsburgh, PA)  30282625109 $   50.00
8Rod Miller (Columbus, OH)  27292727110 $   25.00
 Roger Beckerman (South Euclid, OH)  29322326110 $   25.00
10Vance Randall (Asheville, NC)  30332427114 
11James White (Concord, OH)  29282830115 
12Don Parker (Houston, TX) 28283129116 
13Gary English (Buford, GA)  30312729117 
14Hank Mersereau (Fort Walton Beach, FL) 29303130120 
 Greg Roberts (Pasadena, TX)  33293127120 
 Steve Armstrong (Arlington, TX)  32302929120 
17Alan Morris (Miloura, Australia)32323028122 
 David Graffe (Federal Way, WA)  28292936122 
19Al Simpson (Lake Charles, LA)  27353132125 


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