2005 Professional Putters Association (PPA)
National Tournament Program

Cliff Matthews - 2004 PPA National Champion
Cliff Matthews
2004 PPA National Champion

Darrell Anderson - 2004 PPA World Match Play Champion
Darrell Anderson
2004 PPA World Match Play Champion

Roger Beckerman - 2004 PPA Seniors National Champion
Roger Beckerman
2004 PPA Seniors National Champion

The PPA formally announces that the 2005 PPA National Championship Week will be hosted at the Putt-Putt Golf Course in Louisville, KY July 24th - 29th. The $25,000 PPA National Championship, the $20,000 PPA World Match Play Championship, the JPA National Championship and the $5,000 ProPutters.com Classic will highlight the 2005 Professional Putters Association National Tournament Program.

Ricky D. Schults - 2004 APA National Champion
Ricky D. Schults
2004 APA National Champion

Michael Foster - 2004 APA World Match Play Champion
Michael Foster
2004 APA World Match Play Champion

The "Week of the Nationals" will begin with the $5,000 ProPutters.com Classic and the PPA Senior National Championship on Sunday, July 24th. The PPA World Match Play Championship, with a bracket of 128 qualifiers will be played on July 25th - 26th. The JPA National Championships (Team and Individual) will be played on Sunday, July 24th. The PPA National Doubles Championship will be held on Monday, July 25th. The PPA National Championship will again be played over three days beginning on July 27th (Wednesday) and ending on July 29th (Friday). The APA National Championship will include 144 holes of competition over July 27th - 28th with the amateurs teeing off last on Thursday, July 28th to allow all players to watch the final round of the APA National Championship.

Louisville, KY last hosted the annual PPA National Championship in 1970. Tony Cross defeated Bill Baus in  an eighteen hole playoff with Baus taking a four on the 12th hole (a Y-hole) of the playoff. Cross and Baus had tied at 230, 58 under par, with Rick Smith in third at 233 and Howell Sherrod, Ray Browning and Roger Moore in a tie for fourth at 235.

In 1968 Bob Marcellino of Rockville, MD earned the PPA National Championship in Louisville, KY. Marcellino posted a score of 225, 63 under par, to finished two strokes ahead of Richard Buchan of Raleigh, NC and three strokes ahead of Bob Poltis of Cleveland, OH.

In 1983 Danny Edwards of Atlanta, GA won the $5,000 PPA "Non-Winner's Invitational" by one stroke over Rex Thayer of Dayton, OH. Vince Batten and Rudy Cuellar, both from Houston, TX, finished in a tie for third two strokes behind Edwards.

PPA Memberships for 2005

The PPA membership structure for 2005 is unchanged from the 2004 season but the membership fees have been increased for professionals. For the 2005 season, there will be a single PPA Pro membership fee of $150 which makes the member eligible for all national, state and local tournament competitions and includes two (2) PPA shirts (color and size to be selected by the applicant). Applications will be mailed to all current members of the PPA and APA near the end of January, 2005. A downloadable version of the 2005 PPA Application is now available for download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

2005 PPA Application
2005 PPA Application in Adobe Acrobat Format

PPA Pro ($150)
A PPA Pro is eligible to play in national, state and local tournament competitions. PPA Pros are eligible to earn bracket berths in the 2005 PPA World Match Play Championship. The 2005 PPA Pro membership fee of $150 includes two (2) PPA shirts (color and size to be selected by the applicant).

Amateur Putters Association Membership ($25)
Amateur Putters Association members are eligible to play in PPA national, state and all local tournament competitions. 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 2005 season.

Please send your completed application to the following address:
The Professional Putters Association
5225 28th Street
Lubbock, TX 79407

Important Notice for 2005 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.

Important Rule Changes for the 2005 PPA Season

There are several important rule changes for the 2005 PPA season that are summarized below. The 2005 PPA Rule Book (available for download in January 2005) will include the rule changes listed below. With the number of changes and revisions, we encourage all players to download this years rule book. Any questions please contact Joe Aboid or a member of the Player advisory board (names are listed in this years book) for explanation.

Official PPA Golf Ball for 2005

2005 PPA Rules Book
2005 PPA Rule Book in Adobe Acrobat Format

2005 PPA Sponsorship Form
2005 PPA Player Sponsorship Form in Adobe Acrobat Format

For the 2005 PPA tournament season, there has a significant rule change to the allowed golf balls in practice and tournament play. Any golf ball that appears on the USGA conforming golf ball list published on January 5th, 2005 will be legal for PPA practice and tournament play. The 2004 PPA golf balls (Top Flite Strata Tour Soft) will be legal for tournament play in 2005. PPA golf balls from 2003 and prior years are not legal for the 2005 PPA tournament season. In addition, only white golf balls will be allowed and the only logo (besides the manufacturer's) that may appear on the golf ball is the PPA mark on the 2004 PPA golf balls.

Download the USGA Conforming Golf Balls (5 January 2005)

Non-Sanctioned Tournaments

For the 2005 PPA tournament season, the rule prohibiting PPA members (PPA Pro and APA members) from playing in non-sanctioned putting tournaments has been withdrawn. As a consequence of this rule change, the PPA will schedule no PPA State Tour events during the weekends of May 7th and 8th and October 8th and 9th and the USPMGA will schedule no tournaments events during the 2005 PPA Week of the Nationals.

Local Player Sponsorship

The 2005 PPA tournament season will also see a policy on individual player sponsorship. Individual players will be allowed to secure sponsorship within the guidelines set forth by the PPA. Limitations on individual player sponsorship will include allowing a sponsor's name to appear on specified areas of a player's PPA shirt. Only PRO memberships may have local sponsorships and only those shirts that are included with the Pro memberships may be used for local sponsorship names or logos. More details on this rule change are found in the 2005 rule book.

Please send your PPA Player's Sponsorship Forms to the following address:
The Professional Putters Association
5225 28th Street
Lubbock, TX 79407

Please do not send your application with a return signature receipt required as this will significantly delay the delivery of your application.

PPA National Tournaments for 2005

PPA Championship Week
July 24 - 29, 2005
Louisville, Kentucky

Tim Greenert
Owner Putt-Putt Golf & Games
Louisville, Kentucky

The "2005 PPA Week of the Nationals" will feature the 46th 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 27th through the 29th, 2005, at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Louisville, Kentucky. 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
Louisville, Kentucky 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 Saturday, July 23rd, for all players at the Louisville, Kentucky Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Saturday, July 23rd, 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 Owner:
Susan and Tim Greenert
Course Address: 5720 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40291-1914
Course Telephone: (502) 239-7336

Recommended Hotels for the 2005 PPA National Championship Week:

There are two recommended hotels for the 2005 PPA National Championship Week in Louisville, Kentucky.

Holiday Inn

The Holiday Inn Hotel in Louisville, KY is offering a rate of $49/night for the PPA. The Holiday Inn Hotel in Louisville can be reached at (502) 426-2600 and is located at 1325 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222.

The Holiday Inn will the site of the 2005 PPA banquet which will be held on Wednesday, July 27th. The 2005 PPA National Awards banquet will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

Homestead Studio Suites Hotel

The Homestead Studio Suites Hotel in Louisville, KY is offering a rate of $39.99/day for a minimum 7 night stay for the PPA. The Homestead Studio Suites Hotel in Louisville can be reached at (502) 267-4454 and is located at 1650 Alliant Drive, Louisville, KY 40299.

$5,000 PPA ProPutters.com Classic
July 24, 2005

Roger Beckerman - 2004 PPA Seniors National Champion
Roger Beckerman
2004 PPA ProPutters.com Champion

The 2005 PPA ProPutters.com Classic will begin the "Week of the Nationals" in Louisville, Kentucky.
Rounds: 4 (Course order will be course 3, 1, 3 and 1)
Tee off:
8 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 2005 PPA World Match Play Championship will be available in the $5,000 ProPutters.com Classic.
Defending PPA Champion:
Roger Beckerman of South Euclid, Ohio
Defending APA Champion:
Jeff Carr of Orangeburg, South Carolina

2005 PPA Seniors National Championship
July 24, 2005

Roger Beckerman - 2004 PPA Seniors National Champion
Roger Beckerman
2004 PPA Seniors National Champion

The PPA National Seniors Championship is scheduled for July 24 and is open to PPA Pros who are 50 years or older. The 2005 PPA Senior National Championship will be played in conjunction with the ProPutters.com Classic. The competitors in the 2005 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 2005 PPA Senior National Championship. The PPA National Seniors Champion will be honored at the PPA National Championship and PPA Banquet.
Rounds:
4 (Course order will be course 3, 1, 3 and 1)
Tee off: 8 a.m.
Eligible Players:
PPA Pros who are age 50 or older by July 24, 2005.
Entry Fees: PPA Pros - $50.00.
Prize Monies: To be determined based on participation.
Defending PPA Senior Champion: Roger Beckerman of South Euclid, Ohio

2005 JPA National Championship
July 24, 2005

The 2005 JPA Team and Individual National Championship will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2005, at the Putt-Putt Golf Course in Louisville, Kentucky. The JPA team from Lynchburg, Virginia will be out to defend the title it won in 2004 over the team from Burlington, North Carolina.
Rounds:
4 of medal play in individual competition; aggregate totals of each 4-player team.
Tee off:
11 a.m. (All rounds played on course 2)
Eligible Players: Girls and boys, ages 8 to 15. No player can be 16 years of age or older as of August 1, 2005 and all players must be 8 years old or older by June 1, 2005. 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:
John Petrie of Lynchburg, Virginia
Defending JPA Team Champion:
Lynchburg, Virginia

$20,000 PPA World Match Play Championship
July 25-27, 2005

Darrell Anderson - 2004 PPA World Match Play Champion
Darrell Anderson
2004 PPA World Match Play Champion

Michael Foster - 2004 APA World Match Play Champion
Michael Foster
2004 APA World Match Play Champion

The PPA World Match Play Championship returns to the PPA National Tournament Program for the 2005 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; James Heikkinen, North Olmsted, Ohio, 2003; and Darrell Anderson, Mechanicsville, Virginia. 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: 8 a.m. (Monday, July 25th), 8 a.m. (Tuesday, July 26th) and final match played on Wednesday, July 27th, approximately 1 hour after final professional group concludes their first day of play in the 2005 PPA National Medal Play Championship
Eligible Players:
One-hundred twenty-eight (128) spots are available for the 2005 PPA World Match Play Championship. Players with spots in the 2005 PPA World Match Play Championship are required to "dot in" by 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 23rd, 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: Darrell Anderson of Mechanicsville, Virginia
Defending APA World Match Play Champion: Michael Foster of Smithville, Missouri

2005 PPA/APA National Doubles Championship
July 25, 2005

Greg Newport - 2004 PPA National Double Champion Rick Rybaczek - 2004 PPA National Double Champion
Greg Newport (left) and Rick Rybaczek (right)
2004 PPA National Doubles Champions

The PPA /APA National Doubles Championship is scheduled for July 25, consisting of two-man teams competing in separate divisions.
Rounds:
4 rounds; alternate shot, best ball, best ball, alternate shot.
Tee off: Approximately 2 hours after match play bracket play on July 25th concludes
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: Greg Newport of Burlington, NC and Rick Rybaczek of Greensboro, NC
Defending APA Champion: Marty Handschuh of Montpelier, VA and Malcolm Shumaker of Farmville, VA

2005 APA National Championship
July 27 - 28, 2005

Ricky D. Schults - 2004 APA National Champion
Ricky D. Schults
2004 APA National Champion

The 46th Annual APA National Amateur Championship is scheduled for July 27-28, bringing the top amateurs in the nation together in a 144-medal play competition. Participants will tee-off last on July 28th to allow all players the opportunity to see the conclusion of the APA National Championship.
Rounds:
8 (Course order will be course 3, 1, 3 and 1 each day)
Tee off: 8 a.m. (July 27th) and 9 a.m. (July 28th)
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: Ricky Schults of Spartanburg, SC

$25,000 PPA National Championship
July 27-29, 2005

Cliff Matthews - 2004 PPA National Champion
Cliff Matthews
2004 PPA National Champion

The 46th Annual PPA National Championship is scheduled for July 27-29, 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. Cliff Matthews of Euless, Texas, earned the title in 2004 in Richmond, Virginia.
Rounds:
12 (Course order will be course 3, 1, 3 and 1 each day)
Tee off: 8 a.m. (July 27th), 9 a.m. (July 28th and 29th)
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: Cliff Matthews of Euless, Texas

Summary of Entry Fees for 2005

The following is a summary of the entry fees and prize money for the 2005 National Tournaments. Please note that entry fees have not been increased for the 2005 PPA National Tournament Program. A PPA professional member may earn up to two spots in the 2005 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**
2005 PPA Senior National Championship$50***N/A***
$5,000 ProPutters.com Classic$80$20
PPA National Doubles Championship$50****$15****

* Qualification spots for the 2005 PPA World Match Play Championship earned through a PPA sanctioned state tour event or through the 2005 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, 2005) for $125. A player may earn up to two spots in the 2005 PPA World Match Play Championship.

** Entry fees listed for the 2005 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 2005 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 2005 PPA Senior National Championship.

**** Entry fees listed for the 2005 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 2005

The following is a summary of the prize money for the 2005 National Tournaments excluding the 2005 PPA World Match Play Championship which is shown in its own table below. Prize money for the 2005 PPA Senior National Championship and 2005 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 2005 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 2005 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 reserves the right to make corrections of mistakes and omissions to the 2005 Professional Putters Association tour.

 

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