2006 Professional Putters Association (PPA)
National Tournament Program

Augusta will play host to over 100 of the worlds best miniature golf professionals and amateurs this summer. Professional Putters Association (PPA) Commissioner Joe Aboid announced on Saturday that the 2006 Week of Nationals will be held at the Martinez Putt-Putt Fun Center on July 3-7, 2006.


Jay Klapper
2005 PPA World Match Play and
2005 PPA National Champion

The annual event brings the finest professional and amateur putters from around the world together to crown the Associations National and World Champions. Jay Klapper of Lawrenceville, GA is the defending PPA National Champion and PPA World Match Play Champion. Klapper made history at last years event held in Louisville, KY by becoming the first person in the sports history to win both titles in the same year.

Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati, OH and Greg Ward of Loganville, GA will also defend their PPA National Doubles Championship in team competition. Other events scheduled include the 2006 PPA National Seniors Championship and the ProPutters.com Classic.


Walter Kizzie III
2005 APA National Champion

In the amateur events, Walter Kizzie III from Pittsburg, PA will defend his Amateur Putters Association National Championship title, and Anthony Russell from Louisville, KY will defend the APA World Match Play Championship title. Other amateur events include the 2006 National Amateur Doubles Championship, the 2006 APA Seniors Championship and the AmPutters.com Classic.

Mark Ross, manager of the Martinez Putt-Putt Fun Center, is excited about the announcement. The Week of Nationals is the sports most prestigious event, and were glad Augusta was selected to host the event again says Ross. The Martinez course last hosted the championships in August 2002.


Anthony Russell
2005 APA World Match Play Champion

This year is the 48th Annual National Championship for the Professional Putters Association, which began its national tournament program in 1959. Since then, over $7,500,000 in prize money has been awarded in addition to the Associations acclaimed National and World Championship titles.

Corporate sponsorship of the events as well as sponsorships of individual professional putters are still available. For more information on sponsoring an event or a player, please contact PPA Commissioner Joe Aboid by e-mail at joe@proputters.com.

The 2006 JPA National Championship will be played at the Putt-Putt Golf Course in Roanoke, Virginia on Saturday, July 29th, in conjunction with the PPA Virginia State Tour events which will be played there on July 29th and 30th. The JPA Team from Springfield, Ohio which won the 2005 JPA Team Championship title in Louisville, KY will be out to defend its title against the team from Lynchburg, Virginia which finished second in 2005.

Article courtesy of AmPutters.com

PPA Memberships for 2006

For the 2006 season, there will be a single PPA Pro membership fee of $125 which makes the member eligible for all national, state and local tournament competitions. Applications will be mailed to all current members of the PPA and APA near the end of January, 2006. A downloadable version of the 2006 PPA Application is now available for download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

2006 PPA Application
2006 PPA Application in Adobe Acrobat Format

PPA Pro ($125)
A PPA Pro is eligible to play in national, state and local tournament competitions. PPA Pros are eligible to earn bracket berths in the 2006 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 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 2006 season.

Please send your completed application 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.

2006 PPA Rules Book
2006 PPA Rule Book in Adobe Acrobat Format

2005 PPA Sponsorship Form
2006 PPA Player Sponsorship Form in Adobe Acrobat Format

Important Rule Changes for the 2006 PPA Season

There are several important rule changes for the 2006 PPA season that are summarized below. The 2006 PPA Rule Book (available for download) includes the rule changes listed below. With the number of changes and revisions, we encourage all players to download this years rule book.

For any questions please contact Joe Aboid or a member of the Player advisory board (names are listed in this years book) for explanation.

Official Playing Attire for 2006

For the 2006 PPA tournament season, the PPA rules for playing attire have been changed. In particular the rule governing shirts and hats has been modified and all players are advised to read the new rule (page 6 of the rule book).

Official PPA Golf Ball for 2006

For the 2006 PPA tournament season, any golf ball that appears on the USGA conforming golf ball list published on January 4th, 2006 or on a subsequent listing during 2006 (list is updated on the first Wednesday of each month) will be legal for PPA practice and tournament play.

The 2004 PPA golf balls (Top Flite Strata Tour Soft) will continue to be legal for tournament play in 2006. PPA golf balls from 2003 and prior years are not legal for the 2006 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.

Other Rule Changes and Clarifications for 2006

Several other rule have been changed or clarified for the 2006 PPA tournaments season:

  • The rule covering the cup and placing a piece of carpet in the bottom of the cup to prevent a golf ball from bouncing out of the cup has been rewritten to clarify this rule (page 8).
  • The rule covering delay in play has been rewritten (page 10).

PPA National Tournaments for 2006

PPA Championship Week
July 3-7, 2006
Martinez, Georgia

Mark Ross
Owner of the
Putt-Putt Golf & Games
Martinez, Georgia

The "2006 PPA Week of the Nationals" will feature the 47th Annual PPA National Medal-Play Championship, the most prestigious tournament in the organization's history, to be contested over 8 rounds of play on July 6th and 7th, 2006, at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Martinez, Georgia. The PPA will also contest the PPA World Match Play Championship with 96 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 and the $5,000 PPA ProPutters.com Classic.

General Information on the
Martinez, Georgia 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 2nd, for all players at the Martinez, Georgia Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Sunday, July 2nd, 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:
Mark Ross
Course Address: 3763 Martinez Boulevard, Martinez, GA 30907
Course Telephone: (706) 868-0083

Discounted Room Rate at Augusta Suites Inn for 2006 PPA Nationals Week

A special rate of $64/night has been arranged at the Augusta Suites Inn for the 2006 PPA National Championship Week. Complete information on this hotel and room rate are provided in the PDF linked below.

Click here for the details on the PPA Room Rate at the Augusta Suites Inn

Bill Baus - 2005 PPA Seniors National Champion
Bill Baus
2005 PPA Seniors National Champion

2006 PPA and APA Seniors National Championship
July 3, 2006

The PPA National Seniors Championship is scheduled for July 3rd and is open to PPA Pros and APA members who are 50 years or older. The 2006 PPA Senior National Championship.
Rounds:
3 (All rounds to be played on blue course)
Tee off: 9 a.m.
Eligible Players:
PPA Pros who are age 50 or older by July 3, 2006.
Entry Fees: PPA Pros - $50.00, APA - TBA.
Prize Monies: To be determined based on participation.
Defending PPA Senior Champion: Bill Baus of Cleveland Heights, Ohio

2006 PPA/APA National Doubles Championship
July 3, 2006

Kevin Lacey - 2005 PPA National Double Champion Greg Ward - 2001 PPA Southern Open Champion
Kevin Lacey (left) and Greg Ward (right)
2005 PPA National Doubles Champions

The PPA /APA National Doubles Championship is scheduled for July 3rd, consisting of two-man teams competing in separate divisions.
Rounds:
3 rounds (alternate shot, best ball, combined score) on blue course
Tee off: 60-90 minutes after Seniors National Championship
Eligible Players: PPA Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees: PPA Pros - $50.00, per player; APA - $15.00 per player
Prize Monies: To be announced (TBA).
Defending PPA Champion: Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati, Ohio and Greg Ward of Loganville, Georgia
Defending APA Champion: Steve Helton of Spartanburg, South Carolina and Ricky Schults (now a PPA Pro) of Spartanburg, South Carolina

$5,000 ProPutters.com Classic and AmPutters.com Classic
July 4, 2006

Tim Greenert - 2005 ProPutters.com Champion
Tim Greenert

2005 ProPutters.com Champion

Jeff Carr - 2005 AmPutters.com Champion
Jeff Carr
2005 AmPutters.com Champion

The 2006 ProPutters.com Classic and AmPutters.com Classic will begin the "Week of the Nationals" in Louisville, Kentucky.
Rounds: 4 (Course order will be red course, blue course, red course, blue course)
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 2006 PPA World Match Play Championship will be available in the $5,000 ProPutters.com Classic.
Defending PPA Champion:
Tim Greenert of Louisville, Kentucky
Defending APA Champion:
Jeff Carr of Orangeburg, South Carolina

$15,000 PPA World Match Play Championship
July 5, 2006

Jay Klapper - 2005 PPA World Match Play Champion
Jay Klapper
2005 PPA World Match Play Champion

Anthony Russell - 2005 APA World Match Play Champion
Anthony Russell
2005 APA World Match Play Champion

The PPA World Match Play Championship continues as part of the PPA National Tournament Program for the 2006 season with some modifications in the semifinal and final matches. 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; Darrell Anderson, Mechanicsville, Virginia, 2004; and Jay Klapper, Lawrenceville, Georgia, 2005. Randall, Taylor and Ward, all members of the PPA Hall of Fame, are still active on the PPA Tour.
Rounds:
Three 32 player brackets playing 36-hole single elimination matches down to 2 players.
Tee off: 8 a.m.
Eligible Players:
Ninety-six (96) spots are available for the 2006 PPA World Match Play Championship. Players with spots in the 2006 PPA World Match Play Championship are required to "dot in" by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 3rd, 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 96th 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: Jay Klapper of Lawrenceville, Georgia
Defending APA World Match Play Champion: Anthony Russell from Louisville, Kentucky

2006 APA National Championship
July 6 - 7, 2006

Walt Kizzie - 2005 APA National Champion
Walter Kizzie III
2005 APA National Champion

Jay Klapper - 2005 PPA National Champion
Jay Klapper
2005 PPA National Champion

The 47th Annual APA National Amateur Championship is scheduled for July 6-7, bringing the top amateurs in the nation together in a 144 hole medal play competition.
Rounds:
8 (Course order red, blue, red, blue each day)
Tee off: 9 a.m.
Eligible Players:
APA members; novice players are not eligible.
Entry Fees: $50.00
Prize Monies: First through 10th place; $80 expense reimbursement.
Defending Champion: Walter Kizzie of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

$25,000 PPA National Championship
July 6 - 7, 2006

The 47th Annual PPA National Championship is scheduled for July 6-7, bringing the top professionals in the nation to battle in a 144 hole medal play competition. Contestants will play 72 holes each day. The PPA National Champion is the organization's most prestigious title. Jay Klapper of Lawrenceville, Georgia, earned the title in 2005 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Rounds:
8 (Course order red, blue, red, blue each day)
Tee off: 9 a.m.
Eligible Players:
PPA Pros.
Entry Fees: $250.00
Prize Monies: First through 45th place.
Defending Champion: Jay Klapper of Lawrenceville, GA

Summary of Entry Fees for 2006

The following is a summary of the entry fees and prize money for the 2006 National Tournaments. A PPA professional member may earn up to two spots in the 2006 PPA World Match Play Championship.

Event

PPA Pro

Amateur

$25,000 PPA National Medal-Play Championship$250$50
$15,000 PPA World Match Play Championship$100*$25**
2006 PPA Senior National Championship$50TBA
$5,000 ProPutters.com Classic$80$20
PPA National Doubles Championship$50***$15***

* Each PPA Pro may purchase one qualification spot at the time of application. A player may earn up to two spots in the 2006 PPA World Match Play Championship.

** Entry fees listed for the 2006 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 2006 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 2006

The following is a summary of the prize money for the 2006 National Tournaments excluding the 2006 PPA World Match Play Championship which is shown in its own table below. Prize money for the 2006 PPA Senior National Championship and 2006 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 2006 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 2006 PPA World Match Play Championship

$15,000 PPA World Match Play Championship

Professional

Amateur

1st$1,300$50
2nd$ 750$50
3rd - 6th$ 425$50
7th - 12th$ 275 
13th - 24th$ 150 
24th - 47th$ 125 
48th - 96th$ 100 

2006 JPA National Championship
July 29, 2006

The 2006 JPA Team and Individual National Championship will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2006, at the Putt-Putt Golf Course in Roanoke, Virginia. The JPA team from Springfield, Ohio will be out to defend its 2005 JPA Team Championship title from the team from Lynchburg, Virginia who finished in second place.
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, 2006 and all players must be 8 years old or older by June 1, 2006. 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:
Tyler Lacey of Springfield, Ohio
Defending JPA Team Champion:
Springfield, Ohio

The PPA reserves the right to make corrections of mistakes and omissions to the 2006 Professional Putters Association tour.

 

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