2010 Professional Putters Association (PPA)
National Tour

24 January 2010 - The Professional Putters Association proudly announces its 2010 PPA National Tour schedule.  The tournament itinerary includes four regional PPA National Opens as well as the events of the PPA National Championship week.
 
The 2010 PPA National Tour schedule will commence in Killeen, TX on April 17-18 with the contesting of the PPA Western Open, hosted by the PPA Western Putting Tour.  On May 15-16, the Southern Putting Tour will host the PPA Southern Open at the Burlington, NC Putt-Putt Golf and Games.  The Virginia PPA Tour will host the PPA Eastern Open on June 19-20 at the Putt-Putt Golf and Games facility in Roanoke, VA.  The PPA National Tour will then travel to Warren, OH on July 17-18 for the PPA Northern Open, which will be co-hosted by the Great Lakes Tour and the Indiana Putting Tour.   The PPA National Tour will take a month off in August before returning to action in Lynchburg as previously announced for the PPA National Championship on September 13-18.

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

This article and the rest of the preview articles below were provided by Brad Lebo.

2010 PPA Membership Application

The membership fees for the 2010 season remain the same as they were for the 2009 season.  The membership fee for the PPA Pro division remains at $75 and the fee for APA membership remains at $25.  Membership will make a player eligible for national, state and local tournament competitions. Applications will be mailed to all current members of the PPA and APA. A downloadable version of the 2010 PPA Application is also available for download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

2008 PPA Application
2010 PPA Application in Adobe Acrobat Format

PPA Pro Membership ($75)
A PPA Pro is eligible to play in national, state and local tournament competitions. PPA Pros are eligible to earn berths in the 2010 PPA Tournament Players 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 coach) may join the Amateur Putters Association without charge for the 2010 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.

2010 PPA Rule Book

2010 PPA Rules Book
2010 PPA Rule Book in Adobe Acrobat Format

The 2010 PPA Rule Book (available for download) is unchanged from 2009. 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 2010

The PPA golf ball rule will remain unchanged for the 2010 season. For the 2010 PPA tournament season, any golf ball that appears on the USGA conforming golf ball list published on January 6th, 2010 or on a subsequent listing during 2010 (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 2010. PPA golf balls from 2003 and prior years are not legal for the 2010 PPA tournament season.  Please note that as of the beginning of this year, none of the Nike "Soft" balls were listed, thus none were legal for play in 2010.  That included the Nike Power Soft, and PD Soft golf balls.  As of May 2010, one of the PD Soft balls has reappeared on the list and is now legal.  As with any golf ball you wish to use, it is your responsibility to compare the pole markings to those on the USGA lists to make sure your ball is legal.   

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.

Addendum to the 2010 PPA Rule Book

The following rule changes are effective immediately:

6. OFFICIAL BALL

All golf balls used in a PPA sanctioned tournament must be approved by the Tournament Director. Golf balls that will be approved are those that are white in color and listed at the web site of the USGA (linked from ProPutters.com) and any golf ball with the PPA logo from the year 2004 and after. Golf balls required by any sponsors of the tournament event must be used and purchased by all members. If a player is found to be playing with a non-conforming golf ball during a competitive round, the player shall be disqualified from that tournament.

12. CHANGING MEMBERSHIP STATUS

Players who request membership in the Pro Division agree to maintain their Pro status until the end of the calendar year, at which time players may revert to APA status. Any Pro desiring to revert to Amateur status after beginning his or her season as a Pro may do so by submitting his/her resignation in writing to the PPA. After reverting from Pro to Amateur status during a season, the Amateur may not become a member of the Pro Division again for a minimum of two (2) seasons defined as completing the current season and the following year's season. 

Players that were members of the Pro Division at the end of last season who reverted to Amateur status at the beginning of this season agree to maintain their Amateur status until the end of the calendar year.  After completing a full season as an Amateur, the player will be allowed to become a member of the Pro Division the following season.

Tracy Moore Stroke Average Award for 2010

The Tracy Moore Stroke Average Award for 2010 will be awarded to the player with the lowest relative stroke average (also called weighted stroke average) who has played in at least 38 of the 50 PPA National Tournament rounds. For a player to be eligible they must play in the first eight rounds of the 2010 PPA National Championship in Lynchburg, Virginia. The following tournaments (rounds listed in parentheses) will count toward the Tracy Moore Stroke Average Award for 2010:

  • 2010 PPA Western Open (8 rounds)
  • 2010 PPA Southern Open (8 rounds)
  • 2010 PPA Eastern Open (8 rounds)
  • 2010 PPA Northern Open (8 rounds)
  • 2010 ProPutters.com Classic (4 rounds)
  • 2010 PPA Tournament Players Championship (4 rounds)
  • 2010 PPA National Championship (8/10 rounds)

PPA National Tournaments for 2010

2010 PPA Western Open
April 17-18, 2010
Killeen, TX

Greg Ward
Randy Reeves
2009 PPA Western Open Champion

The 2010 PPA National Tour schedule will kick off with the contesting of the two-day, 144-hole PPA Western Open, hosted by the PPA Western Tour. After an eight-year hiatus from 2000-2007, the event will be held for the third consecutive season. The 2010 version will be played on course # 2 of the Killeen, TX Putt-Putt Fun Center, a regular stop on the PPA Western Tour managed by Todd Fox.

Doyle Smith captured the first PPA Western Open in Denver, CO in 1967. In 2009, 1997 PPA National Champion Randy Reeves survived an inspired late rally by 1993 PPA National Champion Andy Coradini to earn a two-stroke victory in the PPA Western Open on the unique Tyler, TX layout. Players expected to challenge Reeves' title defense in 2010 include Coradini, two-time PPA Western Open Champion Greg Ward, and 1998 Western Open Champion Cliff Matthews, who won the 2007 Texas State Championship in Killeen. Headlining a formidable bevy of PPA Western Tour stalwarts who also promise to contend are six-time and reigning PPA Western/Texas Tour Champion Jeffrey Smith; Brice Bergesen, who notched the 2009 Texas Open title in Killeen; Wade Sahmel, who established the current course record of 19 in a runner-up performance in the 2009 Texas Open; PPA Hall of Fame member Mike Baldoza; and talent-laden Texans Joel Baker and Rainey Statum.

Course Manager: Todd Fox
Course Address:  2508 Cross Drive, Killeen, TX 76543
Course Telephone: (254) 699-5646

Rounds: 8 (Course #2)
Tee off: Noon Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday
Eligible Players:
PPA Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $150.00; APA - $30.00
Greens Fees:
$10.00 per player ($5.00 per tournament day)
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
PPA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Twelve spots in the 2010 PPA Tournament Players Championship and Six spots in the 2010 APA Tournament Player's Championship will be available in the 2010 PPA Western Open.
Defending Western Open Champions:
PPA:
Randy Reeves of Montgomery, Alabama (2009 PPA Western Open)
APA:
Mickey Delucca of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2009 APA Western Open)

 

2010 PPA Southern Open
May 15-16, 2010
Burlington, NC

Jay Klapper
Jay Klapper
2009 PPA Southern Open Champion

The PPA Southern Putting Tour will host the 2010 PPA Southern Open, first contested in Atlanta, GA in 1961, on course # 1 at the beautiful and storied Burlington, NC Putt-Putt Fun Center. For many years course owners Brian Patterson and Bobby Gilmore graciously have welcomed the PPA to their facility, widely regarded as one of the most immaculately-maintained and popular tour stops in the country, for many prominent PPA State and National Tour events, including the Elton Davis Memorial Classic, the PPA's longest continuously-running medal play tournament.

Pete Reed captured the inaugural PPA Southern Open held in 1961 in Atlanta, GA. Last season on the Blue Course in Martinez, GA, 2005 PPA National Champion Jay Klapper outlasted 2007 PPA National Champion Rick Baird in an exciting 18-hole playoff to capture the PPA Southern Open title. Joining Klapper and Baird in the highly-competitive 2010 field will be early favorite Greg Newport, who has won numerous titles, including the 2002 Elton Davis Memorial, on the Burlington layout and possesses unmatched local course knowledge and experience. Others expected to contend include two-time PPA National Champion Cliff Matthews, who won the 2001 PPA National Invitational in Burlington; PPA Hall of Fame members Greg Ward, Bill Kirby Jr., and Daryl Freeman, who respectively have notched five, four, and two Elton Davis Memorial titles; and Vince Batten, who won the 2003 NC State Championship in Burlington. Also slated to compete are Allen Wall and 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo, who respectively captured the 2009 Southern Putting Tour Championship and Elton Davis Memorial titles in Burlington. In addition to defending champion Klapper, past PPA Southern Open Champions anticipated to be in the field are three-time champion Ward, 2007 winner Lebo, and 1998 victor Kevin Lacey.

Course Owner: Brian Patterson
Course Address:
1340 N. Church St. Burlington, NC 27217
Course Telephone:
(336) 228-6217

Rounds: 8 (Course #1)
Tee off: Noon Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday
Eligible Players: PPA Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $150.00; APA - $30.00
Greens Fees: $10.00 per player ($5.00 per tournament day)
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
PPA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Twelve spots in the 2010 PPA Tournament Players Championship and Six spots in the 2010 APA Tournament Player's Championship will be available in the 2010 PPA Southern Open.
Defending Southern Open Champions:
PPA:
Jay Klapper of Lawrenceville, Georgia  (2009 PPA Southern Open)
APA:
Brandon Davis of Cincinnati, Ohio (2009 APA Southern Open)

 

2010 PPA Eastern Open
June 19-20, 2010
R
oanoke, Virginia

Jay Klapper
Greg Newport
2009 PPA Eastern Open Champion

Course owner and former PPA professional David Mitchell will welcome the PPA National Tour to course # 2 at the Roanoke, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center for the contesting of the 2010 PPA Eastern Open, hosted by the VA PPA Tour. Several seasons ago, pristine new bump boards were placed on the boundaries of all of the course's holes. With players commonly relying upon using one or more rails on at least fifteen of the tee shots on the Roanoke layout, field scoring plummeted upon replacement of the previous rails. Weather permitting, low scoring will be anticipated for the 2010 PPA Eastern Open.

In 1961, PPA Hall of Fame member Neil Conner captured the inaugural PPA Eastern Open title in Long Island, NY. Last season, Greg Newport made a brilliant second-day charge in the violent winds of Richmond, VA to defeat defending champion Jay Klapper in an 18-hole playoff. Newport and Klapper will be challenged in the 2010 field by two-time PPA National Match Play Champion Charlie Greenwalt and PPA Hall of Fame member Greg Ward, who respectively won the 1999 and 1998 PPA Eastern Opens, and 1997 PPA National Champion Randy Reeves, who has won the 1995 PPA Roanoke Open as well as two VA Tour events in Roanoke. A strong VA PPA Tour contingent will be led by Vince Batten, who has notched four career VA Tour titles, including the 2008 VA State Championship, in Roanoke; Roanoke local standout Dennis Biesma, who posted 54-hole scores of 66 and 68 in Roanoke local tournaments in 2009; and 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo, who set the current course record of 20 in April 2009 and has won four career VA Tour titles in Roanoke.

Course Owner: David Mitchell
Course Address: 6801 Peters Creek Road Roanoke, VA 24019
Course Telephone: (540) 366-3660

Rounds: 8 (Course #2)
Tee off:
Noon Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday
Eligible Players: PPA Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $150.00; APA - $30.00
Greens Fees:
$10.00 per player ($5.00 per tournament day)
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
PPA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Twelve spots in the 2010 PPA Tournament Players Championship and Six spots in the 2010 APA Tournament Player's Championship will be available in the 2010 PPA Eastern Open.
Defending Eastern Open Champions:
PPA:
Greg Newport of Greensboro, North Carolina (2009 PPA Eastern Open)
APA:
Larry Smith of Birmingham, Alabama (2009 APA Eastern Open)

 

2010 PPA Northern Open
July 17-18, 2010
W
arren, Ohio

Jay Klapper
Jay Klapper
2009 PPA Northern Open Champion

The PPA National Tour will make its initial visit to the immaculately-maintained Warren, OH Putt-Putt Fun Center to contest the 144-hole 2010 PPA Northern Open, hosted jointly by the PPA Great Lakes and Indiana Tours. Players having competed in past PPA Tour events at the Warren, OH facility widely consider its courses to be among the nation's truest tests of putting skill.

Daryl Hayden captured the inaugural PPA Northern Open title in Youngstown, OH in 1969. Last season, 2005 PPA National Champion Jay Klapper earned a dominating eight-stroke PPA Northern Open victory over globetrotting local star Nate Nichols in Columbus, IN. With his eight-round total of 191, Klapper established a new 144-hole PPA scoring record, surpassing by one stroke the previous record of 192 set by 1997 PPA National Champion Randy Reeves in 2002 in Martinez, GA. Past PPA Northern Open champions anticipated to challenge Klapper and Nichols in the 2010 field include Jerry Pinotti and Rick Culverhouse, who won the 2008 and 2007 titles, respectively; and two-time champion Andy Coradini. Among players from the Great Lakes and IN Tours expected to compete are reigning Great Lakes Tour Champion Scott Buddie; 2009 IN Tour Medal Play Champion Kevin Lacey; John Bambling, who notched the 2007 Great Lakes Tour Medal Play Championship in Warren; Jim Cruise, who won the eight-round 2005 Great Lakes Open in Warren; Paul Johns, whose multiple Warren triumphs include the 2003 Great Lakes Tour Championship; and Warren local standout David Jones.

Course Owners: Ed and Renea Ackerman
Course Address: 3937 Youngstown Road Warren, OH 44484
Course Telephone: (330) 369-1965

Rounds: 8 (Course #3)
Tee off:
Noon Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday
Eligible Players: PPA Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $150.00; APA - $30.00
Greens Fees:
$10.00 per player ($5.00 per tournament day)
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying: Twelve spots in the 2010 PPA Tournament Players Championship and Six spots in the 2010 APA Tournament Player's Championship will be available in the 2010 PPA Northern Open.
Defending Northern Open Champions:
PPA:
Jay Klapper of Lawrenceville, Georgia  (2009 PPA Northern Open)
APA: Brandon Davis of Cincinnati, Ohio (2009 APA Northern Open)

 

The 2010 PPA National Championship Week
September 13-18, 2010
Putt-Putt Golf and Games of Lynchburg, Virginia


Joe Aboid

As previously announced, the 51st annual PPA National Championship will be played in Lynchburg, VA, September 13-18, 2010.

The week long tournament events include the Proputters.com, TPC, Doubles and Seniors National Championship. The APA National Championship will be an eight round, two day tournament while the Pro division will be a three day, 10 round tournament that includes taping of the final two rounds that will produce a 30 minute TV show. This show will be made available to all Putt-Putt owners for airing in their respective markets.

"It's been 6 years since the last TV show production in Richmond, VA", recalls Joe Aboid, PPA Commissioner. "With the support of all Putt-Putt Course Owners, we are producing a Championship highlight show that will feature the final two rounds of the tournament and the crowning of the PPA National Champion. We are very pleased that APA member and our local Lynchburg ABC Sports Director, Dennis Carter will again be the lead commentator."

The most recent National Championship played in Lynchburg was in 2001. At that time, Greg Ward tamed the 54 hole facility with a 12 round score of 312, 120 under par. Since that event, the Lynchburg facility has undergone a facelift, reducing the number of holes to 36. This unique facility has only a handful of the 2001 putting holes in their original design. Each of the holes has updated bump boards while many holes have two cups to challenge Lynchburg customers.

In addition, the 2010 awards banquet will celebrate the year long award winners and include the presentation of the 2000-2009 Putter of the Decade and the induction of Jay Klapper as the 42nd member of the PPA Hall of Fame.

This will be the 51st Annual National Championship for the Professional Putters Association, which began its national tournament program in 1959. Since then, over $8,000,000 in prize money has been awarded.  The annual event brings the finest professional and amateur putters from around the world together to crown the Association's National Champions. Tony Varnadore of Rock Hill, SC is the defending PPA National Champion and Larry Smith of Birmingham, AL is the defending APA National Champion.

General Information on the
Putt-Putt Golf and Games of Lynchburg, Virginia

Greens Fees: None
Course Owner:
Joe Aboid
Course Address: 8105 Timberlake Rd Lynchburg, VA 24502
Course Telephone:
(434) 237-7888

Special Rates available at the Lynchburg Extended Stay America:

The Extended Stay America Hotel located just 5 miles away from the Putt-Putt Golf and Games facility in Lynchburg has been named the official hotel of the 2010 PPA National Championship. We have been given excellent rates of $49.99 for a double and $46.99 for a single. All rooms offer a kitchenette. These rates are available during the PPA Nationals and will also be honored for the March and August Virginia State Tour events as well.  To obtain these rates, you must call the hotel directly at 434-239-8863 and specifically state you are with Putt-Putt or the PPA. The hotel address is 1910 University Blvd, Lynchburg VA 24502 and is very near Liberty University.

 

2010 PPA/APA National Doubles Championship
September 13, 2010

Vince Batten Brad Lebo
Nate Nichols (left) and Jerry Pinotti (right)
2009 PPA National Doubles Champions

The 2010 PPA National Championship week will commence with the contesting of the 10th annual PPA National Doubles Championship on courses # 1 and # 2 at the beautiful Lynchburg, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center. In the unique 72-hole medal play format, two-person teams will play successive rounds of alternate hole, better ball, better ball, and alternate hole competition.

Last season in Orlando, FL, 2008 Northern Putting Tour Medal Play Champion Nate Nichols and 2008 PPA Northern Open Champion Jerry Pinotti notched a hard-fought, come-from-behind one-stroke victory in the event with a 72-hole total of 93 when Pinotti recorded a dramatic ace on the final hole of regulation play. Defending champions Vince Batten and Brad Lebo, who led the 2009 event after the first, second, and third rounds, and the 2005 victorious tandem of Kevin Lacey and Greg Ward shared runner-up honors at 94. Past PPA National Doubles Champions expected to join defending champions Nichols and Pinotti in the 2010 field include Batten and Lebo, Lacey and Ward, two-time winners Greg Newport and Rick Rybaczek, and 2006 champions Jay Klapper and Randy Orr.

Rounds: 4 rounds - one round of better ball and one round of alternate stroke on both courses
Tee off: 11 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees: PPA Pros - $50.00, per player; APA - $20.00 per player
Greens Fees: None
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
Defending National Doubles Champions:
PPA:
Nate Nichols and Jerry Pinotti (2009 PPA National Doubles Championship)
APA: Art Koerber and David Myers (2009 APA National Doubles Championship)

 

2010 ProPutters.com Classic
September 14, 2010

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Cliff Matthews
2009 PPA ProPutters.Com Champion

Larry Smith
Bonnie White
2009 APA ProPutters.Com Champion

In 2010, the 9th annual PPA ProPutters.com Classic will be held as a four-round event on the creatively-designed courses # 1 and # 2 at the Lynchburg, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center. Last season in Orlando, FL, two-time PPA National Champion Cliff Matthews built a dominating seven-stroke 54-hole lead before ultimately recording a four-shot, wire-to-wire victory over runner-up Greg Newport with a 72-hole score of 96. Past PPA ProPutters.com Classic winners expected to join Matthews in the 2010 field include Rick Culverhouse, Tim Greenert, and two-time champions Newport and Greg Ward.

Rounds: 4  (Course Order: TBA)
Tee off:
11 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $80; APA - $20
Greens Fees: None
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Eight spots in the 2010 PPA Tournament Players Championship and Six spots in the 2010 APA Tournament Player's Championship will be available in the 2010 ProPutters.com Classic.
Defending ProPutters.Com Classic Champions:
PPA:
Cliff Matthews of Haltom City, Texas (2009 PPA ProPutters.Com Classic)
APA:
Bonnie White of Tiffin, Ohio (2009 APA ProPutters.Com Classic)

 

2010 PPA Tournament Players Championship
September 15, 2010


Greg Ward
2009 PPA Tournament Players Champion


Lynn Self
2009 APA Tournament Players Champion

The 2010 PPA Tournament Players Championship will be contested on courses #1 and #2 at the Lynchburg, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center. In its brief history, the event has produced illustrious winners. 2005 PPA National Champion Jay Klapper captured the inaugural tournament in 1993 in Columbus, OH. The event then went on hiatus until 2007, when Vince Batten defeated James Taylor in a playoff for victory in Columbus, IN. In 2008 in Richmond, VA, Kevin Lacey fired an impressive 72-hole total of 93 in steady rainfall for a one-stroke triumph over PPA Hall of Fame member Daryl Freeman. And last season in Orlando, FL, PPA Hall of Fame member Greg Ward, the sport's all-time career leader in wins and money earnings, opened up a five-shot lead on the field after three rounds with a 54-hole total of 69 and cruised to a wire-to-wire two-stroke victory with a 72-hole total of 98.

The 72-hole PPA Tournament Players Championship will feature 66 professional and 36 amateur players who will have qualified for the event through tournaments held throughout the 2010 PPA National Tour season. The PPA Western, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Opens each will have available twelve professional and six amateur qualification spots for the PPA Tournament Players Championship. Eight professional and six amateur spots will be offered in the PPA ProPutters.com Classic. An additional nine professional and five amateur spots will be awarded by 2010 PPA National Tour points rankings following the PPA ProPutters.com Classic to those players who have not otherwise earned a qualification spot. As defending champions, Greg Ward in the professional division and Lynn Self in the amateur division are qualified automatically for their respective fields.

Rounds: 4 (Course Order: TBA)
Tee off:
10 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $100.00; APA - $25.00 (Qualifying Fees)
Greens Fees: None
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
Defending Tournament Players Champions:
PPA:
Greg Ward of Loganville, Georgia (2009 PPA Tournament Players Championship)
APA:
Lynn Self of Birmingham, Alabama (2009 APA Tournament Players Championship)

 

2010 PPA and APA Seniors National Championship
September 15, 2010

Daryl Freeman
Robert Johnson
2009 PPA National Seniors Champion

Bonnie White
Larry Smith
2009 APA National Seniors Champion

In 2010, the 12th PPA Senior National Championship will be held on courses # 1 and # 2 at the Lynchburg, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center. The 72-hole tournament will be played concurrently with the 2010 PPA Tournament Players Championship. Only players 50 years of age or older as of September 15, 2010 will be eligible to participate in this event.

This tournament previously was contested in 1984, 1985, and from 2001-2009. PPA Hall of Fame member Buddy Taylor captured the inaugural PPA Senior National Championship in 1984. Last season in Orlando, FL, 2003 PPA National Champion Robert Johnson and two-time Midwest States Tour Champion Gary Watson tied at the end of regulation play with a 72-hole total of 100. Johnson subsequently defeated Watson in an 18-hole playoff to become the first player to win the event three times. Past PPA Senior National Champions anticipated to challenge Johnson's title defense include PPA Hall of Fame member Daryl Freeman, Frank Warren, Steve Toomey, two-time winner Bill Baus, and Taylor.

Rounds: 4 (played in conjunction with the TPC)
Tee off: 11 a.m.
Eligible Players: Players who are age 50 or older by September 15, 2010.
Entry Fees: PPA Pros - $50.00, APA - $10.00.
Greens Fees: None
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
Defending National Seniors Champions:
PPA:
Robert Johnson of Lake Wylie, South Carolina (2009 PPA National Seniors Championship)
APA:
Larry Smith of Birmingham, Alabama (2009 APA National Seniors Championship)

 

2010 APA National Championship
September 16-17, 2010

Bonnie White
Larry Smith
2009 APA National Champion

Veteran amateur Larry Smith of Birmingham, AL will attempt to defend his APA National Championship on courses # 1 and # 2 at the sprawling Lynchburg, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center. In 2009 in Orlando, FL, Smith capped off a stellar 2009 National Tour amateur campaign by grinding out a two-stroke come-from-behind victory over runner-up Chris Alley with an eight-round total of 218. In the process, Smith earned his first APA National Championship title and rectified several previous narrow misses in the tournament.

The 2010 APA National Championship, first won by Jack Bien in 1961, will mark the landmark 50th annual staging of the event. Past APA National Champions anticipated to challenge Smith for the 2010 title include Bonnie White, Jeff Brown, and two-time winner Clayton Craft, Esq. of nearby Roanoke, VA. A prodigious gaggle of Lynchburg local amateurs certain to factor prominently into the tournament's outcome includes three-time defending VA APA State Champion Conway Coffey, who has won seven VA Tour APA titles in Lynchburg since 2004; 2004 JPA National Champion John Petrie, who between 2008 and 2009 notched four consecutive VA Tour APA victories in Lynchburg; reigning Dogwood Open APA Champion Bill Petrie; 2007 JPA National Champion Ryan Carter; Randy Baldwin; Dennis Carter; and Wade Driskill.

Rounds: 8 (Course Order: TBA)
Tee off: 11 a.m.
Eligible Players:
APA members; novice players are not eligible.
Entry Fees: $50.00
Greens Fees: None
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
Defending Champion: Larry Smith of Birmingham, Alabama (2009 APA National Championship)

 

2010 PPA National Championship
September 16-18, 2010

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Tony Varnadore

2009 PPA National Champion

The 2010 PPA National Tour schedule will be highlighted by the 51st annual contesting of the PPA National Championship, professional putting's premier event. For the first time since 2001, the tournament will return to the picturesque and sprawling Lynchburg, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center, owned and managed by long-time PPA Tour Commissioner Joe Aboid. The 2010 event will be a three-day, ten-round affair conducted on the facility's two courses. The two rounds of the final day of action are slated to be taped to produce a 30-minute television show. APA member Dennis Carter, Sports Director of Lynchburg's local ABC-TV affiliate, will serve as lead commentator.

PPA Hall of Fame member Neil Conner captured the first PPA National Championship title in 1960 in Atlanta, GA. Last season in the tropical setting of the Putt-Putt Golf complex in the Orange Lake Resort and Country Club in Orlando, FL, Tony Varnadore, a 45-year-old postal worker from Rock Hill, SC, recorded an unfathomable final-day 72-hole total of 89 to earn a historic eight-stroke victory over runner-up Greg Newport with a 216-hole total of 292. PPA Hall of Fame member Daryl Freeman completed the event a stroke behind Newport at 301, with 2005 PPA National Champion Jay Klapper and 2007 PPA Northern Open Champion Rick Culverhouse rounding out the tournament's top five finishers.

In 2001 in Lynchburg, PPA Hall of Fame member Greg Ward, the PPA's all-time career leader in wins and money earnings, fired a final-round 24 to notch his sole PPA National Championship by four strokes over Ray Guthrie with a 216-hole total of 312. In addition to Ward, other past PPA National Champions expected to provide challenge to Varnadore's title defense include Kevin Lacey, Rick Baird, Brad Lebo, Klapper, Cliff Matthews, Robert Johnson, Lewis Burton, Randy Reeves, Bill Kirby Jr., Andy Coradini, Freeman, and two-time champion Vance Randall. Virginian Vince Batten, who captured both the 2001 PPA National Match Play Championship and 2007 VA State Championship in Lynchburg, headlines a tenacious litany of VA PPA Tour players anticipated to vie for the 2010 PPA National Championship.

Rounds: 10 (Course Order: TBA)
Tee off: Day 1 and 2 at 11 a.m. and Day 3 at 8 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA Pros
Entry Fees: $250.00
Greens Fees: None
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
Defending Champion: Tony Varnadore of Rock Hill, South Carolina (2009 PPA National Championship)

 

Summary of Entry Fees for 2010

The following is a summary of the entry fees and prize money for the 2010 National Tournaments. A PPA Pro may earn one spot in the 2010 PPA Tournament Players Championship.

Event

PPA Pro

Amateur

2010 PPA/APA National Medal-Play Championship$250$50
2010 PPA/APA Senior National Championship$50$10
2010 PPA/APA National Doubles Championship$50*$20*
2010 ProPutters.com Classic$80$20
2010 PPA Western, Eastern, Southern and Northern Opens$150$30
2010 PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship$100**$25**

* The entry fees listed for the 2010 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 2010 PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship is payable at the time the player qualifies for the event.

Summary of Prize Money for 2010

Prize monies for all of the 2010 PPA National Tournaments will be determined by the number entries in each division (professional and amateur). Expenses for trophies to the winners of all tournaments as well as any expenses for player of the year, stroke average, PPA Hall of Fame awards, and all other tournament related expenses will be paid from the entry fees for these tournaments. All remaining funds will be used for prize money. Please note that all entry fees and qualification fees for 2010 PPA National Tournaments are non-refundable.

Disclaimer

The PPA reserves the right to make corrections of mistakes and omissions to the 2010 Professional Putters Association tour.  All events are subject to change without notice.

 

 

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