2004
Professional Putters Association (PPA)
National Tournament Program

Robert Johnson - 2003 PPA National Champion
Robert Johnson
2003 PPA National Champion

A $25,000 PPA National Championship, a $20,000 PPA World Match Play Championship, the 2004 JPA National Championship and the $5,000 ProPutters.com Classic highlight the 2004 Professional Putters Association National Tournament Program.

The 2004 PPA National Tournament Program will be played in Richmond, Virginia beginning on July 19th and ending on July 24th. The "Week of the Nationals" will begin with the $5,000 ProPutters.com Classic and the 2004 PPA Senior National Championship on Monday, July 19th. The 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship, with 128 qualifications spots, will be played on July 19th, 20th and 21st. The 2004 JPA National Championships (Team and Individual) will be played at the Richmond, Virginia course on Wednesday, July 21st. The 2004 PPA National Doubles Championship will also be contested on Wednesday, July 21st. The 2004 PPA National Championship will again be played over three days beginning on July 22nd (Thursday) and ending on July 24th (Saturday). The 2004 APA National Championship will be contested over 144 holes on July 22nd and 23rd with the amateurs teeing off last on Friday, July 23rd, to allow all the PPA and APA players to watch their final round.

Richmond, VA - Host course for the 2004 PPA National Championship

Richmond, Virginia Putt-Putt Golf Course
Host course for the 2004 PPA National Championship

The Richmond, Virginia course last hosted the PPA National Championship in 1992 when Bryan Boyd posted a two-stroke victory over Bill Kirby for the 1992 PPA National Championship title. The course also hosted the PPA National Championship in 1987 when Ray Miller of Columbus, Ohio claimed the title. Marc Portugal made history when he defended his PPA Eastern Open title at the course in 1981. The course has more recently hosted the $5,000 Richmond Open in 1997 won by Danny Dore.

A popular tour stop on the PPA Virginia State Tour and the annual host for the Virginia Open, the course has become famous for the record low scores shot there. In 2002, Brad Lebo set the 108-hole PPA scoring record in the 2002 Virginia Open held on the newly redesigned course #3. With the tournaments to be played on course #1 and #3 during the "Week of the Nationals," it is expected that several PPA scoring records may be challenged by the top field of professionals and amateurs expected to attend.

From Joe Aboid
(PPA Commissioner)


Joe Aboid
PPA Commissioner

Welcome to the 2004 PPA season. This year brings great promise as the PPA begins its 45th season.

Our appreciation to Gary Hinshaw for his support of the PPA in hosting this years National Tournament Week in Richmond. While many of the plans are still to be finalized, we wanted to get the tournament information we have and dates to you as early as possible so you can make plans to attend.

Please be sure to review the information in its entirety, as membership changes and deadlines for memberships are explained.

I am grateful to the 2004 PPA National Players Board, Bill Baus, Rick Baird, Andy Coradini, Daryl Freeman, Gary Hinshaw, Peter Neumann and Steve Tanton, each who traveled to Lynchburg at their own expense, in assisting with developing all facets of the 2004 program. All have a passion for the PPA and we are indebted for their willingness to be a part of helping us build for the future.

Thanks in advance for your support,
Joe Aboid
PPA Commissioner

PPA State Tour Directors

Following have been appointed PPA State Tour Directors for 2004. PPA State Tour Directors must have preliminary state tour tournament sites, dates and times submitted to Joe Aboid, PPA Commissioner, by January 30th, 2004, for review and approval. No state tour sites may be publicized without approval of Joe Aboid, PPA Commissioner.

PPA Memberships for 2004

The PPA membership structure for 2004 has been changed from the 2003 season. For the 2004 season, there will be a single PPA Pro membership fee of $100 which makes the member eligible for all national, state and local tournament competition. Applications will be mailed to all current members of the PPA and APA near the end of January, 2004, with the 1099-Misc tax forms to minimize mailing costs. A downloadable version of the 2004 PPA Application is available for download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

2004 PPA Application
2004 PPA Application in Adobe Acrobat Format

PPA Pro ($100)
A PPA Pro is eligible to play in national, state and local tournament competition. PPA Pros are eligible to earn bracket berths in the 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship.

Amateur Putters Association Membership ($25)
Amateur Putters Association members are eligible to play in PPA national, state and all local tournament competition. Any member of a JPA Team (with a letter from the course owner, manager or JPA team captain) may join the Amateur Putters Association without charge for the 2004 season.

Please send your completed application to the following address (also noted on the 2004 PPA application):
The Professional Putters Association
5225 28th Street
Lubbock, TX 79407

Important Notice for 2004 PPA Applications

All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. the Thursday prior to a tournament in order to be processed and for the player to be eligible to play in that weekend's events.

Official PPA Golf Ball for 2004

The official golf ball for the 2004 PPA season has not yet been chosen. As soon as the golf ball manufacturer and model has been formally selected, notice will be posted here. Please be aware that the Strata Tour Ultimate golf balls from 2003 and all PPA golf balls sold prior to 2003 will not be legal for tournament play or practice for the 2004 PPA season.

PPA National Tournaments for 2004

PPA Championship Week
July 19 - 24, 2004
Richmond, Virginia

Gary Hinshaw
Manager Putt-Putt Golf & Games
Richmond, Virginia

The "2004 PPA Week of the Nationals" will feature the 45th Annual PPA National Medal-Play Championship, the most prestigious tournament in the organization's history, to be contested over 12 rounds of play on July 22nd through the 24th, 2004, at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Richmond, Virginia. The PPA will also contest the PPA World Match Play Championship with 128 spots available through the membership application process, PPA sanctioned state tour events and the $5,000 ProPutters.com Classic.

Other highlights of "PPA National Championship Week" include the PPA National Seniors Championship, the PPA National Doubles Championship, the $5,000 PPA ProPutters.com Classic, and the PPA Banquet.

General Information on the
Richmond, Virginia Putt-Putt Golf Course:

Greens Fees: Greens fees of $10 (PPA) and $5 (APA) per player per day will be charged for practice prior to Sunday, July 18th, for all players at the Richmond, Virginia Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Sunday, July 18th, 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.
Course Manager:
Gary Hinshaw
Course Address: 7901 Midlothian Pike, Richmond, Virginia 23235
Course Telephone: (804) 272-4373

Recommended Hotels for the 2004 PPA National Championship Week

The PPA encourages all players coming to Richmond, Virginia for the 2004 PPA Week of the Nationals to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible. Gary Hinshaw, manager of the Richmond, Virginia course, has arranged for special rates and has blocked rooms at several hotels close to the course.

Homestead Studio Suites
Homestead Studio Suites is located at 241 Arboretum Parkway and is within five minutes of the course. There are 24 rooms blocked that are king rooms with a sleep sofa and 20 rooms blocked with one queen bed. The room rate is $49/night plus tax (about 12%) and the rooms have been blocked until June 15th, 2004. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (804) 272-1800 with the rooms reserved under the name of Putt-Putt and Professional Putters Association. Reservations at this room rate can be made starting in January 2004.

Comfort Inn
Comfort Inn is also within five minutes of the course and is located at 8710 Midlothian Turnpike. There are 12 king rooms with a sleep sofa blocked at a rate of $55/night plus tax and 12 double rooms blocked at a rate of $60/night plus tax. The rooms are blocked until March 15th, 2004. Up to four may stay in a room and all rooms have a microwave and a refrigerator. The hotel provides a continental breakfast and has a swimming pool. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (804) 320-8900 with the rooms reserved under the name of Putt-Putt and Professional Putters Association.

Intown Suites
Intown Suites is located about 12 to 15 minutes from the course at 11551 Green Springs Road. They offer rooms with two beds for two people only or two people and a child for $240/week plus tax. There is a minimum booking of seven days with the office open only from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. and closed on Sunday. There is no Sunday check-in or check-out on Sundays. Reservations can be made 180 days in advance but they do not block room. The hotel is near the Chesterfield Town Center (west of the course) in a nice area. The rooms have two double beds, a refrigerator, microwave, two burner stove, and bath.

$5,000 PPA ProPutters.com Classic
July 19, 2004

Greg Newport - 2003 PPA ProPutters.com Classic Champion
Greg Newport
2003 PPA ProPutters.com Classic Champion

The 2004 PPA ProPutters.com Classic will begin the "Week of the Nationals" in Richmond, Virginia.
Rounds: 4
Tee off:
9 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA Pros and Amateur Putters Association members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $80.00; APA - $20.00
Prize Monies:
PPA, first through 30th place; APA, first through 10 place ($40 expense reimbursement)
PPA World Match Play Championship Qualifying:
Eight spots in the 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship will be available in the $5,000 ProPutters.com Classic.
Defending PPA Champion:
Greg Newport of Liberty, North Carolina
Defending APA Champion:
Michael Foster of Smithville, Missouri

2004 PPA Seniors National Championship
July 19, 2004


Robert Johnson
2003 PPA Senior National Champion

The PPA National Seniors Championship is scheduled for July 19 and is open to PPA National Touring Pros and PPA Club Pros who are 50 years or older. The 2004 PPA Senior National Championship will be played in conjunction with the ProPutters.com Classic. The competitors in the 2004 PPA Senior National Championship will be paired together at the end of the field so they will finish last, allowing all other players to watch the conclusion of the 2004 PPA Senior National Championship. The PPA National Seniors Champion will be honored at the PPA National Championship and PPA Banquet.
Rounds:
4
Tee off: 9 a.m.
Eligible Players:
PPA Pros who are age 50 or older by July 19, 2004.
Entry Fees: PPA Pros - $50.00.
Prize Monies: To be determined based on participation.
Defending PPA Senior Champion: Robert Johnson of Lake Wylie, South Carolina

$20,000 PPA World Match Play Championship
July 19-21, 2004

James Heikkinen - 2003 PPA World Match Play Champion
Jim Heikkinen
2003 PPA World Match Play Champion

Bonnie White - 2003 APA National Champion
Bonnie White
2003 APA World Match Play Champion

The PPA World Match Play Championship returns to the PPA National Tournament Program for the 2004 season. 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; Buddy Taylor, Gambrills, Md., 1978; Greg Ward, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2002; and James Heikkinen, North Olmsted, Ohio, 2003. Randall, Taylor and Ward, all members of the PPA Hall of Fame, 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.
Tee off: TBA
Eligible Players:
One-hundred twenty-eight (128) spots will be available for the 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship. All players making application for PPA Pro membership may pay for one (1) spot when they submit their membership application (postmarked by 27 February 2004 and received by 5 March 2004) by including an additional $125. The remaining spots, if any are available, will be awarded through sanctioned PPA state tour events and the PPA ProPutters.com Classic in 2004 with details to be announced. Players with spots in the 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship are required to "dot in" by 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 18th, the day before the ProPutters.com Classic to secure their spot or spots. Any spots not dotted in will be forfeited and filled through alternates in the ProPutters.com Classic tournament.
Entry Fees: $125 per qualification spot with a PPA Pros eligible to earn up to two (2) spots. Please note that all qualification fees paid are non-refundable. Qualification spots awarded through the state tours may charge up to $125 from the player earning the spot.
Prize Monies:
PPA, first through 128th place (players earning qualification berths are guaranteed at least $100 in prize money for each spot); APA, first through eighth place ($50 expense reimbursement).
Defending PPA World Match Play Champion: James Heikkinen of North Olmsted, Ohio
Defending APA World Match Play Champion: Bonnie White of Concord Township, Ohio

2004 JPA National Championship
July 21, 2004

The 2004 JPA Team and Individual National Championship will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at the Putt-Putt Golf Course in Richmond, Virginia. The JPA team from Burlington, North Carolina will be out to defend the title it won in 2003 by twelve-strokes over the team from Lynchburg, Virginia..
Rounds:
4 of medal play in individual competition; aggregate totals of each 4-player team.
Tee off:
TBA
Eligible Players: Girls and boys, ages 8 to 15. No player can be 16 years of age or older as of August 1, 2004 and all players must be 8 years old or older by June 1, 2004. 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:
Keegan Pace, Burlington, NC
Defending JPA Team Champion:
Burlington, North Carolina

2004 PPA/APA National Doubles Championship
July 20, 2004

Dave Nutini - 2003 PPA National Double Champion Tony Varnadore - 2003 PPA National Double Champion
Dave Nutini (left) and Tony Varnadore (right)
2003 PPA National Doubles Champions

The PPA /APA National Doubles Championship is scheduled for July 20, consisting of two-man teams competing in separate divisions.
Rounds:
4 rounds; two rounds of better-ball competition and two rounds of alternate shot competition.
Tee off: 5 p.m. (July 20th)
Eligible Players: PPA Pros and Amateur Putters Association members.
Entry Fees: PPA Pros - $50.00, per player; APA - $15.00 per player
Prize Monies: To be announced (TBA).
Defending PPA Champion: Dave Nutini of Dublin, Ohio and Tony Varnadore of Rock Hill, South Carolina
Defending APA Champion: Jeff Carr of Orangeburg, South Carolina and Larry Hoover of Winston-Salem, North Carolina

2004 APA National Championship
July 22 - 23, 2004

Bonnie White - 2003 APA National Champion
Bonnie White
2003 APA National Champion

The 45h Annual APA National Amateur Championship is scheduled for July 22-23, bringing the top amateurs in the nation together in a 144-medal play competition. Participants will tee-off last on July 23rd to allow all players the opportunity to see the conclusion of the APA National Championship.
Rounds:
8
Tee off: 9 a.m. (July 22nd and 23rd)
Eligible Players:
Amateur Putters Association members; novice players are not eligible.
Entry Fees: $50.00
Prize Monies: First through 10th place; $80 expense reimbursement.
Defending Champion: Bonnie White of Concord Township, Ohio

$25,000 PPA National Championship
July 22 - 24, 2004

Robert Johnson - 2003 PPA National Champion
Robert Johnson
2003 PPA National Champion

The 45th Annual PPA National Championship is scheduled for July 22 - 24, 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. Robert Johnson of Lake Wylie, South Carolina, earned the title in 2003 in Lubbock, Texas, with Greg Ward of Loganville, Georgia, finishing in second place for the second consecutive year.
Rounds:
12
Tee off: 9 a.m. (July 22nd, 23rd and 24th)
Eligible Players:
PPA Pros.
Entry Fees: $220.00, including ticket to PPA National Champion and PPA Banquet.
Prize Monies: First through 45th place.
Defending Champion: Robert Johnson of Lake Wylie, South Carolina

Summary of Entry Fees for 2004

The following is a summary of the entry fees and prize money for the 2004 National Tournaments. Please note that entry fees have not been increased for the 2004 PPA National Tournament Program. A player may earn up to two spots, $100 per spot in qualification fees, in the 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship.

Event

PPA Pro

Amateur

$25,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship$220$50
$20,000 PPA World Match Play Championship$100*$25**
2004 PPA Senior National Championship$50***N/A***
$5,000 ProPutters.com Classic$80$20
PPA National Doubles Championship$50****$15****

* Qualification spots for the 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship earned through a PPA sanctioned state tour event or through the 2004 ProPutters.com Classic have a $100 qualification fee. Each PPA Pro may purchase one qualification spot at the time of application (up to February 27th, 2004) for $125. A player may earn up to two spots in the 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship.

** Entry fees listed for the 2004 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 2004 PPA Senior National Championship are for just the Senior National Championship. A PPA Pro who is 50 or older may play in both the Senior National Championship and the $5,000 ProPutters.com Classic but must pay an entry fee for each of these events. There is no amateur division in the 2004 PPA Senior National Championship.

**** Entry fees listed for the 2004 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 2004

The following is a summary of the prize money for the 2004 National Tournaments excluding the 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship which is shown in its own table below. Prize money for the 2004 PPA Senior National Championship and 2004 PPA National Doubles Championship will be determined at the tournament site. The professional prize money for these two tournaments will be equal to the total of all the professional entry fees. Please note that all entry fees and qualification fees for 2004 PPA National Tournaments are non-refundable.

$25,000 PPA
National Championship

$5,000 PPA ProPutters.com Open

ProfessionalAmateurProfessionalAmateur
1$3,000$80$500$40
2$2,000$80$400$40
3$1,600$80$325$40
4$1,300$80$280$40
5$1,100$80$240$40
6$1,000$80$220$40
7$900$80$200$40
8$850$80$190$40
9$800$80$180$40
10$750$80$170$40
11$700$160
12$650$155
13$600$150
14$550$145
15$500$140
16$450$135
17$425$130
18$400$125
19$375$120
20$350$115
21$340$110
22$330$105
23$320$100
24$310$95
25$300$90
26$295$90
27$290$85
28$285$85
29$280$80
30$275$80
31$270   
32$265   
33$260   
34$255   
35$250   
36$250   
37$245   
38$245   
39$240   
40$240   
41$235   
42$235   
43$230   
44$230   
45$225   

Prize Money in the 2004 PPA World Match Play Championship

$20,000 PPA World Match Play Championship

Professional

Amateur

1st$2,000$50
2nd$1,000$50
3rd - 4th$600$50
5th - 8th$350$50
9th - 16th$200 
17th - 32nd$150 
33rd - 64th$125 
65th - 128th$100 

The PPA National Players Board reserves the right to make corrections of mistakes and omissions to the 2004 Professional Putters Association tour.

 

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