Roger Beckerman Wins
National Seniors Championship
2004 PPA National Seniors Champion
2004 PPA National Seniors Runner-Up
19 July 2004 - Richmond, VA - Roger Beckerman of
South Euclid, Ohio, fired a near-perfect round of 19 in the final
round of the $5,000 ProPutters.com Classic, then beat Ron Frederick
of Chandler, Ariz., in an 18-hole playoff for his fifth major
Professional Putters Association title.
Beckermans almost flawless round over the No. 3
course at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games on Midlothian Turnpike assured
him of the PPA National Seniors crown that was played simultaneously
with the ProPutters.com event.
Ill have to shoot 19, said Beckerman, 53, who
entered the final round two strokes behind Frederick, a PPA Hall of
Famer. Conceivably, I could do it. But, no, Ron was in at 89 and I
wasnt thinking about shooting a 19. I was just thinking about
winning the PPA National Seniors going into the final round.
Frederick had posted scores of 22, 24, 22 and 21 to
set a world record of 89 as Beckerman began his fourth round. He
previously turned in scores of 23, 24 and 23 before scoring holes-in-one
on the first 12 holes, missing the 13th and then acing in to
deadlock with Frederick. Beckerman and Frederick eclipsed the
previous PPA four-round mark of 90, previous held by Mike Brown of
His 19 was one-stroke away from perfection in the
the sport that has been played since 1960. Only two other players
have scored perfect games of 18 - former PPA National Champion John
Napoli of Clearwater, Fla., in 1979 and Warren Morris of Orlando,
Fla. in 1973.
Beckerman then scored a 26 in the 18-hole playoff,
Frederick suffering two costly bogeys at the 14th and 15th holes,
assuring Beckerman of his fourth major crown. He won the 1984 PPA
National Championship and the 1996 and 1991 PPA National Match Play
Brad Lebo of Shippensburg, Pa., was third at 94.
Randy Reeves of Montgomery, Ala., was fourth at 96. Cliff Matthews
of Arlington, Texas, and Darrell Britt of Loganville, Ga., and Bill
Baus of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, shared fifth at 97. Daryl Freeman
of Bristol, Va., was eighth at 98. Rounding out the top 10 were
Randall Smith of Stoneville, NC, Brown., Frank Warren of Augusta,
Ga., David Lynch of Balch Springs, Texas, and Gary Watson of Fulton,
N.Y., all at 99.
Vince Batten, the hometown favorite, was 11th at 100
along with Jay Hadsell of Olmsted, Ohio; Rick Culverhouse of
Brunswick, Ga., Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati, Ohio; and John Bambling
of Pittsburgh., Pa. Hans Olofsson of Stockholm, Sweden, was at 101
along with Jay Klapper of Loganville, Ga.; Ray Guthrie of High
Point, NC, and PPA National Champion Robert John of Lake Wylie,
Beckerman earned $500 for his PPA ProPutters.com
victory and $225 for the PPA National Seniors title, bringing his
PPA lifetime earnings to more than $46,000 since he turned
professional in 1978. He won the National Seniors crown by eight
strokes over Baus, the 2001 PPA National Seniors Champion.
Roger Beckerman was destined for the PPA Hall of
Fame, said Joe Aboid, PPA Commissioner, and todays performance
absolutely assured him of his place in our shrine. His 19 was
magnificent, one of the greatest comebacks in the history of our