2007 Professional Putters Association (PPA)
National Tour

High Point, NC; Abingdon, MD; Webster, TX; and Columbus, IN will be the host sites for the 2007 PPA National Tour. In a departure from the format over the last three years which featured just the PPA National Championship week, the 2007 PPA National Tour will also feature four tournaments hosted by the PPA State Tours. The PPA Southern Open will be hosted by the Southern Putting Tour in High Point, NC on May 20th. Three weeks later the Virginia State Tour will host the PPA Eastern Open in Abingdon, MD on June 10th.


Brad Lebo
2006
PPA National Champion

As previously announced at the 2006 PPA National Championship banquet, the 2007 PPA National Championship will be contested over eight rounds at the Webster, TX course on July 20th and 21st. On July 19th the ProPutters.com Classic and AmPutters.com Classic will be played in conjunction with the PPA and APA Seniors National Championship. Later in the day on July 19th the PPA and APA National Doubles Championship will be played.

The annual event brings the finest professional and amateur putters from around the world together to crown the PPA and APA National Champions. Brad Lebo of Shippensburg, PA is the defending PPA National Champion having won the title in Martinez, Georgia in July 2006. Caleb Kennedy of Asheboro, North Carolina is the defending APA National Champion.

The final events of the 2007 PPA National Tour will be played in Columbus, IN with the PPA Northern Open opening the weekend of play on Saturday, August 25th. The PPA Tournament Players Championship will be played on Sunday, August 26th, with a field of 45 PPA National Pros and 45 APA members who have qualified through the prior PPA national tournaments. Qualification spots can be earned through the PPA Southern Open, Eastern Open and Northern Open (8 spots in each tournament); the ProPutters.com Classic and AmPutters.com Classic (2 spots in each tournament) and the 2007 PPA National Championship (10 spots). A final eight spots will be awarded following the PPA Northern Open to the top eight players in points without a qualification spot. A player who turns down a qualification spot is no longer eligible to earn a qualification spot awarded to the top eight players in points without a qualification spot. A player who turns down a spot in a tournament may earn a spot in a later tournament but not through points.


Caleb Kennedy
2006 APA National Champion

An important change to the PPA membership structure has been made. For the 2007 tournament season there will be a two-tier professional membership structure. A PPA National Pro membership ($125 up to April 1st and $140 after April 1st) entitles the player to participate in PPA national, state and local tour events. New for 2007 is a PPA Club Pro membership ($50) which entitles the player to participate in PPA state and local tour events. The intent of the two-tier professional membership structure is to allow those player who wish to compete on just the PPA state tours to do so at a reduced cost relative to those players who wish to also compete on the PPA National Tour. The increased membership fee for PPA National Pros covers the additional cost of running the PPA National Tour events. It is the hope of the PPA Advisory Board that this change to the PPA professional membership structure for 2007 both increases the number of PPA members and increases the number of PPA pros competing on the PPA state tours.

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.

PPA Memberships for 2007

For the 2007 season, there will be a two-tiered PPA Pro membership. A PPA National Pro, with a membership fee of $125, makes the member eligible for national, state and local tournament competitions. A PPA Club Pro, with a membership fee of $50, make the member eligible for state and local tournament competition.

Applications will be mailed to all current members of the PPA and APA near the end of February, 2007. A downloadable version of the 2007 PPA Application is also available for download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

2007 PPA Application
2007 PPA Application in Adobe Acrobat Format

PPA National Pro
($125 prior to April 1, 2007 - $140 on April 1, 2007 or later)

A PPA Pro is eligible to play in national, state and local tournament competitions. PPA Pros are eligible to earn berths in the 2007 PPA Tournament Players Championship.

PPA Club Pro ($50)
A PPA Club Pro is eligible to play in state and local tournament competitions. A PPA Club Pro can upgrade their membership to PPA National Pro membership by paying the difference between the current PPA National Pro membership fee and their $50 PPA Club Pro membership fee.

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 coach) may join the Amateur Putters Association without charge for the 2007 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.

2007 PPA Rule Book

2007 PPA Rules Book
2007 PPA Rule Book in Adobe Acrobat Format

The 2007 PPA Rule Book (available for download) is largely unchanged from 2006. 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 PPA Golf Ball for 2007

The PPA golf ball rule for 2007 will remain unchanged for the 2007 season. For the 2007 PPA tournament season, any golf ball that appears on the USGA conforming golf ball list published on January 3rd, 2007 or on a subsequent listing during 2007 (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 2007. 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.

Interpretation of the Delay in Play Rule in the 2007 PPA Rule Book

The rule covering "Delay in Play" in the 2007 PPA Rule Book (page 10) applies to all putts by a player. There have been some players who are interpreting this rule to only cover a player's first putt (ace putt) on a hole but that is not correct.

Other Rule Changes and Clarifications for 2007

The rule covering a player who reverts from professional to amateur status has been rewritten to clarify the process.

Tracy Moore Stroke Average Award for 2007

The Tracy Moore Stroke Average Award for 2007 will be awarded to the player with the lowest relative stroke average (also called weighted stroke average) who has played in at least 20 of the 28 PPA National Tournament rounds. For a player to be eligible they must play in the 2007 PPA National Championship in Webster, Texas. The following tournaments (rounds listed in parentheses) will count toward the Tracy Moore Stroke Average Award for 2007:

  • 2007 PPA Southern Open (4 rounds)
  • 2007 PPA Eastern Open (4 rounds)
  • 2007 ProPutters.com Open (4 rounds)
  • 2007 PPA National Championship (8 rounds)
  • 2007 PPA Northern Open (4 rounds)
  • 2007 PPA Tournament Players Championship (4 rounds)

PPA National Tournaments for 2007

Greg Ward - 2001 PPA Southern Open Champion
Greg Ward
2001 PPA Southern Open Champion

2007 PPA Southern Open
May 20, 2007
High Point, North Carolina

The 2007 PPA Southern Open returns to the PPA National Tour as the Southern Putting Tour hosts the tournament at the High Point, NC course.

Course Owner: Todd Lecka
Course Manager: Chris Graney
Course Address: 2418 N. Main Street, High Point, NC 27260
Course Telephone: (336) 869-4273

Rounds: 4 (Course #1)
Tee off:
9 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA National Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $80.00; APA - $20.00
Greens Fees:
Greens fees of $5 (PPA and APA) per player per day will be charged for the tournaments on May 19th and 20th.
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
PPA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Eight spots in the 2007 PPA Tournament Players Championship will be available in the 2007 PPA Southern Open.
Defending PPA Champion:
Greg Ward of Loganville, Georgia (2001 PPA Southern Open)
Defending APA Champion:
Robin Ventura (now a PPA Pro) won the 2001 APA Southern Open

Charlie Greenwalt - 1999 PPA Eastern Open Champion
Charlie Greenwalt
1999 PPA Eastern Open Champion

Donnie Carpenter - 1999 APA Eastern Open Champion
Donnie Carpenter
1999 APA Eastern Open Champion

2007 PPA Eastern Open
June 10, 2007
Abingdon, Maryland

The 2007 PPA Eastern Open returns to the PPA National Tour as the Virginia State Tour hosts the tournament at the Abingdon, MD course. Jay Mottley, owner of the Abingdon, MD course, will be waiving the greens fee for practice on the days prior the 2007 PPA Eastern Open for any player who is practicing in a Putt-Putt collared shirt.

Course Owner: Jay Mottley
Course Address: 416 Constant Friendship Boulevard, Abingdon, MD 21009
Course Telephone: (410) 569-4700

Rounds: 4 (Course #1)
Tee off:
9 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA National Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $80.00; APA - $20.00
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
PPA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Eight spots in the 2007 PPA Tournament Players Championship will be available in the 2007 PPA Eastern Open.
Defending PPA Champion:
Charlie Greenwalt of Indianapolis, Indiana (1999 PPA Eastern Open)
Defending APA Champion:
Donnie Carpenter of Conover, North Carolina (1999 APA Eastern Open)

The 2007 PPA National Championship Week
July 19-21, 2007
Webster, Texas

The "2007 PPA National Championship Week" will feature the 48th 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 20th and 21st, 2007, at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Webster, Texas.

Other highlights of "PPA National Championship Week" include the PPA and APA National Seniors Championship, the PPA and APA National Doubles Championship, the ProPutters.com Classic and the AmPutters.com Classic. On the evening of July 18th there will be a players award banquet.

General Information on the
Webster, Texas 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 Wednesday, July 18th, for all players at the Webster, Texas Putt-Putt Golf Course. Beginning on Wednesday, 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 Owner:
Jim and Carol Saxe
Course Address: 806 E. NASA Road #1, Webster, TX 77598
Course Telephone: (281) 333-0579

2007 Professional Putters Association
National Championships

26 June 2007 - A number of details for the 2007 PPA National Championships in Webster, TX have now been finalized. Entry fees will be accepted on the following days at the set times:

  • Sunday (July 15th) - 10 a.m. - 12 Noon

  • Monday (July 16th) - 10 a.m. - 12 Noon

  • Tuesday (July 17th) - 10 a.m. - 12 Noon

  • Wednesday (July 18th) - 10 a.m. - 12 Noon and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Pairings will be done at the following times:

  • ProPutters.com, AmPutters.com, Senior National Championship (PPA/APA) and National Doubles Championship (PPA/APA) will be done at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18th

  • PPA and APA National Championship will be done at the conclusion of the National Doubles Championship on Thursday, July 19th

The course order for the tournaments on July 19th, 20th and 21st has also been finalized.

  • ProPutters.com and AmPutters.com  (July 19th) - Courses 3, 1, 3 and 1

  • PPA and APA Senior National Championship (July 19th) - Courses 3, 1 and 3 and 1

  • PPA and APA National Doubles Championship (July 19th) - Courses 1 (Better ball), 3 (alternate shot) and 1 (alternate shot)

  • PPA and APA National Championship (July 20th and 21st) - Courses 3, 1, 3 and 1 each day

Tournament play will begin at 9 a.m. on July 19th, 20th and 21st. The PPA and APA National Doubles Championship will begin approximately 60 to 90 minutes after the conclusion of the ProPutters.com and AmPutters.com tournaments.

2007 ProPutters.com Classic and AmPutters.com Classic
July 19, 2007

Rick Culverhouse - 2006 ProPutters.com Champion
Rick Culverhouse
2006 ProPutters.com Champion

Jeff Brown - 2006 AmPutters.com Champion
Jeff Brown
2006 AmPutters.com Champion

The 2007 ProPutters.com Classic and AmPutters.com Classic will begin the PPA National Championship Week in Webster, TX.

Rounds: 4 (Course order is 3, 1, 3 and 1)
Tee off:
9 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA National Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $80.00; APA - $20.00
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Two spots in the 2007 PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship will be available in the 2007 ProPutters.com Classic and AmPutters.com Classic.
Defending PPA Champion:
Rick Culverhouse of Chapin, South Carolina
Defending APA Champion:
Jeff Brown of North Olmsted, Ohio

Steve Toomey - 2006 PPA Seniors National Champion
Steve Toomey
2006 PPA Seniors National Champion

Michael Foster - 2006 APA Seniors National Champion
Michael Foster
2006 APA Seniors National Champion

2007 PPA and APA Seniors National Championship
July 19, 2007

The PPA National Seniors Championship is scheduled for July 19th and is open to PPA Pros and APA members who are 50 years or older.

Rounds: 4 (Course order is 3, 1, 3 and 1)
Tee off: 9 a.m.
Eligible Players:
PPA Pros who are age 50 or older by July 19, 2007.
Entry Fees: PPA Pros - $50.00, APA - $10.00.
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
Defending PPA Senior Champion: Steve Toomey of Augusta, Georgia
Defending APA Senior Champion: Michael Foster of Smithville, Missouri

2007 PPA/APA National Doubles Championship
July 19, 2007

Jay Klapper - 2006 PPA National Double Champion Randy Orr - 2006 PPA National Double Champion
Jay Klapper (left) and Randy Orr (right)
2006 PPA National Doubles Champions

The PPA /APA National Doubles Championship is scheduled for July 19th, consisting of two-player teams competing in separate divisions.

Rounds: 3 rounds - Courses 1 (Better ball), 3 (alternate shot) and 1 (alternate shot)
Tee off: 60-90 minutes after Seniors National Championship
Eligible Players: PPA National Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees: PPA Pros - $50.00, per player; APA - $20.00 per player
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
Defending PPA Champion: Jay Klapper of Lawrenceville, GA and Randy Orr of Lawrenceville, GA
Defending APA Champion: Jeff Carr of Orangeburg, SC and Larry Hoover of Winston-Salem, NC

2007 APA National Championship
July 20-21, 2007

Caleb Kennedy - 2006 APA National Champion
Caleb Kennedy
2006 APA National Champion

The 48th Annual APA National Amateur Championship is scheduled for July 20-21, bringing the top amateurs in the nation together in a 144 hole medal play competition.

Rounds: 8 (Course order is 3, 1, 3, 1 each day)
Tee off: 9 a.m.
Eligible Players:
APA members; novice players are not eligible.
Entry Fees: $50.00
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
APA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying: Ten spots in the 2007 APA Tournament Players Championship will be available in the 2007 APA National Championship.
Defending Champion: Caleb Kennedy of Asheboro, North Carolina

2007 PPA National Championship
July
20-21, 2007

Brad Lebo - 2006 PPA National Champion
Brad Lebo
2006 PPA National Champion

The 48th Annual PPA National Championship is scheduled for July 20-21, 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. Brad Lebo of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, earned the title in 2006 in Martinez, Georgia.

Rounds: 8 (Course order is 3, 1, 3, 1 each day)
Tee off: 9 a.m.
Eligible Players:
PPA National Pros
Entry Fees: $250.00
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
PPA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying: Ten spots in the 2007 PPA Tournament Players Championship will be available in the 2007 PPA National Championship.
Defending Champion: Brad Lebo of Shippensburg, PA

2007 PPA Northern Open
August 25, 2007
Columbus, Indiana

Andy Coradini - 2002 PPA Northern Open Champion
Andy Coradini
2002 PPA Northern Open Champion

The 2007 PPA Northern Open returns to the PPA National Tour as the Northern Putting Tour hosts the tournament at the Columbus, IN course.

Course Owner: Carl Miller
Course Address: 1080 North Marr Road, Columbus, IN 47201
Course Telephone: (812) 376-3136

Rounds: 4 (Course #2)
Tee off:
9 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA National Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $80.00; APA - $20.00
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Eight spots in the 2007 PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship will be available in the 2007 PPA Northern Open.
Defending PPA Champion:
Andy Coradini of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee (2002 PPA Northern Open)
Defending APA Champion:
James Weber (now a PPA Pro) won the 2002 APA Northern Open

2007 PPA Tournament Players Championship
August 26, 2007
Columbus, Indiana

Jay Klapper - 1993 PPA Players Champion
Jay Klapper
1993 PPA Players Champion

The 2007 PPA Tournament Players Championship wraps up the 2007 PPA National Tour at the Columbus, IN course. The tournament features 45 PPA National Pro and 45 APA members who have qualified through the tournaments held during the 2007 PPA National Tour season. Qualification spots can be earned through the PPA Southern Open, Eastern Open and Northern Open (8 spots in each tournament); the ProPutters.com Classic and AmPutters.com Classic (2 spots in each tournament) and the 2007 PPA National Championship (10 spots). A final nine spots will be awarded following the PPA Northern Open to the top nine players in points without a qualification spot.

Rounds: 4 (Course #2)
Tee off:
9 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA National Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $100.00; APA - $25.00
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
Defending PPA Champion: Jay Klapper of Lawrenceville, Georgia (1993 PPA Players Championship)

Qualification Spots for the
2007 PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship

31 July 2007 - To produce a field with all threesomes, there will be 45 (instead of 44) qualifications spots for both the PPA and APA Tournaments Players Championship being held in Columbus, IN on August 26th. There will be eight (8) spots awarded in the 2007 PPA Northern Open and nine (9) spots awarded following the PPA Northern Open to the top nine players in points without a qualification spot. Pairings for the 2007 PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship will be done based upon National Tour points standings through the 2007 PPA Northern Open being played on August 25th.

Summary of Entry Fees for 2007

The following is a summary of the entry fees and prize money for the 2007 National Tournaments. A PPA National Pro may earn one spot in the 2007 PPA Tournament Players Championship.

Event

PPA Pro

Amateur

2007 PPA/APA National Medal-Play Championship$250$50
2007 PPA/APA Senior National Championship$50$10
2007 PPA/APA National Doubles Championship$50*$20*
2007 ProPutters.com and AmPutters.com Classic$80$20
2007 PPA Southern, Eastern and Northern Opens$80$20
2007 PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship$100**$25**

* The entry fees listed for the 2007 National Doubles Championship are per player with each player on a doubles team required to pay the listed entry fee.

** The entry fee listed for the 2007 PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship is payable at the time the player qualifies for the event.

Summary of Prize Money for 2007

The prize money in all 2007 PPA National Tournaments will be determined by the number entries in each division (professional and amateur). The professional prize money for all tournaments will be equal to the total of all the professional entry fees. Please note that all entry fees and qualification fees for 2007 PPA National Tournaments are non-refundable.

Click here for the prize money schedule for the 2007 PPA National Tournament Program

The PPA reserves the right to make corrections of mistakes and omissions to the 2007 Professional Putters Association tour.

 

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