2011 Professional Putters Association (PPA)
National Tour

18 December 2010 - The Professional Putters Association proudly announces its 2011 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 2011 PPA National Tour schedule will commence in Memphis, TN on April 16-17 with the contesting of the PPA Western Open, hosted by the PPA Southwest Putting Tour.  On June 4-5, the Southern Putting Tour will host the PPA Southern Open at the Martinez, GA Putt-Putt Golf and Games.  The PPA National Tour will then travel to Columbus, IN on July 9-10 for the PPA Northern Open, which will be co-hosted by the Great Lakes Tour and the Indiana Putting Tour.  The Virginia PPA Tour will host the PPA Eastern Open on August 6-7 at the Putt-Putt Golf and Games facility in Richmond, VA.  The PPA National Tour will then return to Memphis as previously announced for the PPA National Championship on September 12-16.

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.

The preview articles below were provided by Brad Lebo.

2011 PPA Membership Application

The membership fees for the 2011 season remain the same as they were for the 2010 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. A downloadable version of the 2011 PPA Application is available for download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

2008 PPA Application
2011 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 2011 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 2011 season.

Please send your completed application to the following address:
The Professional Putters Association
8105 Timberlake Rd
Lynchburg, VA  24502

Please do not send your application with a return signature receipt required as this will significantly delay the delivery of your application.  Please send your application First Class Mail via the US Postal Service.  Applications may also be presented in person at any official PPA sanctioned tour event.

 

2011 PPA Rule Book

2010 PPA Rules Book
2011 PPA Rule Book in Adobe Acrobat Format

The 2011 PPA Rule Book (available for download) has several rules that have been changed from 2010.  Significant rule changes have been put in place as directed by the advisory committee regarding amateur participation including expense reimbursement payouts.  Other rules that have changed regard changing membership status, starting times, and a ruling regarding balls going out of bounds having jumped an American's with Disability Act (ADA) bumpboard requirement.  For any questions please contact Joe Aboid or a member of the Player advisory board (names are listed in this years book) for explanation.

Addendum to the 2011 Rulebook:

The 2011 PPA Rulebook has been amended to include the following rulings:

Section IV - Playing Rules: Rule # 6 - first paragraph has been amended as follows:

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. No golf balls with logos except those used by the golf ball manufacture, Putt-Putt, PPA or other corporate or personal sponsorships are permitted.


Section VIII - General Rules - Rule # 21 - New rule has been added:

Rule 21. Cell phone and personal message devices.
At no time during tournament competition, may the use of cell phones or other personal messaging devices for calling or receiving phone calls, receiving or sending text messages be used without permission of the tournament director.

Ruling: All devices should be put on silent or vibrate mode as not to disturb the other tournament competitors. If the device rings during tournament play the device will be put on silent mode by the player. A second violation will require the device to be removed from the player or the player may choose to withdraw from play without refund of any kind.

If an emergency requires the use of the cell phone or portable device during tournament play, a request to the tournament director is required. If granted, the group will be allowed up to a 5 minute break to handle the situation at which time they will resume play. If the break takes longer than 5 minutes, then the player involved will be disqualified without appeal or refund while the other players complete their round.

Official PPA Golf Ball for 2011

The PPA golf ball rule will remain unchanged for the 2011 season. For the 2011 PPA tournament season, any golf ball that appears on the USGA conforming golf ball list published on January 5th, 2011 or on a subsequent listing during 2011 (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 2011. PPA golf balls from 2003 and prior years are not legal for the 2011 PPA tournament season. 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.

 

Tracy Moore Stroke Average Award for 2011

The Tracy Moore Stroke Average Award for 2011 will be awarded to the player with the lowest relative stroke average (also called weighted stroke average) who has played in at least 36 of the 48 PPA National Tournament rounds. For a player to be eligible they must also play in the 2011 PPA National Championship in Memphis, Tennessee. The following tournaments (rounds listed in parentheses) will count toward the Tracy Moore Stroke Average Award for 2011:

  • 2011 PPA Western Open (8 rounds)
  • 2011 PPA Southern Open (8 rounds)
  • 2011 PPA Northern Open (8 rounds)
  • 2011 PPA Eastern Open (8 rounds)
  • 2011 ProPutters.com Classic (4 rounds)
  • 2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship (4 rounds)
  • 2011 PPA National Championship (8 rounds)

PPA National Tournaments for 2011

2011 PPA Western Open
April 16-17, 2011
Memphis, TN


Greg Ward
2010 PPA Western Open Champion

The 2011 PPA National Tour schedule will commence with the contesting of the two-day, 144-hole PPA Western Open, hosted by the PPA Southwest Putting Tour. After an eight-year hiatus from 2000-2007, the PPA Western Open will be held for the fourth consecutive season. The 2011 version of the event will be staged on course # 2 at the Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center. Long-time course owner Aubrey Smith will welcome the PPA National Tour to his sprawling facility for the first time since the 1999 season.

Doyle Smith captured the inaugural PPA Western Open in Denver, CO in 1967. In 2010, PPA Hall of Fame member Greg Ward fired a spectacular total of 69 for his final three rounds in chilly Killeen, TX to win his third-career PPA Western Open title by five strokes over sixth-round leader Rainey Statum and by six strokes over past PPA National Champions Rick Baird and Brad Lebo. Dethroning Ward will be a daunting task in 2011, as Ward dominated the field for an eleven-stroke victory when the PPA Western Open last was played in Memphis in 1999.

Past PPA Western Open Champions expected to challenge Ward in the 2011 field include 2009 winner Randy Reeves and 1998 victor Cliff Matthews. In addition to Statum and Matthews, a formidable bevy of PPA Southwest Tour stalwarts who promise to contend includes six-time PPA Western/Texas Tour Champion Jeffrey Smith, PPA Hall of Fame member Mike Baldoza, 1998 Texas State Champion Brice Bergesen, former television contestant Joe Lea, 2009 PPA Western Putting Tour Player of the Year Wade Sahmel, and reigning PPA Eastern Open Champion Joel Baker, who in 1991 lost in a playoff to Alan Quinnelly in the PPA National Championship in Memphis.

Course Owner: Aubrey Smith
Course Manager: Phillip Gray
Course Address:  5484 Summer Avenue, Memphis, TN 38134
Course Telephone: (901) 386-2992

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:
$8,500 if a minimum of 40 Pros compete
PPA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Twelve spots in the 2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship and Six spots in the 2011 APA Tournament Player's Championship will be available in the 2011 PPA Western Open.
Defending Western Open Champions:
PPA:
Greg Ward of Loganville, Georgia (2010 PPA Western Open)
APA:
Pat Simpson of Denton, Texas (2010 APA Western Open)

 

2011 PPA Southern Open
June 4-5, 2011
Martinez, GA

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Tony Varnadore
2010 PPA Southern Open Champion

The PPA Southern Putting Tour will host the 2011 PPA Southern Open on the Red Course at the beautiful and storied Martinez, GA Putt-Putt Fun Center. Course owner and PPA professional Mark Ross for many years has welcomed the PPA State and National Tours to his facility, the courses of which are widely regarded as among the nation's truest tests of putting skill. With favorable weather conditions, record scoring will be quite possible.

Held in 1961 in Atlanta, GA, the first PPA Southern Open was won by Pete Reed. Last season in Burlington, NC, 2009 PPA National Champion Tony Varnadore crafted a brilliant final-day 72-hole total of 92 to outduel three-time PPA Southern Open Champion Greg Ward by two strokes to capture the PPA Southern Open title. Past PPA Southern Open Champions slated to join Varnadore and Ward in the 2011 field include 2009 victor Jay Klapper, 2007 winner Brad Lebo, and globetrotting Kevin Lacey, who shot a fifth-round score of 19 on the Red Course in Martinez during his run to the 1998 title.

PPA Southern Putting Tour standouts also expected to contend in 2011 include Martinez local star Frank Warren, who captured the 2007 GA State Championship on Martinez' Red Course; Jeff Carr, who en route to the 2008 GA State Championship title established the current 108-hole PPA scoring record of 136 on Martinez' Red Course; reigning PPA National Champion Greg Newport, who tied Carr's 108-hole PPA scoring record during his ten-stroke victory in the 2009 GA State Championship on the Red Course in Martinez; and 1997 PPA National Champion Randy Reeves, who highlighted his triumph in the 2002 GA State Championship on Martinez' Red Course by setting a new 144-hole PPA scoring record of 192, which stood for nearly seven years.

Course Owner: Mark Ross
Course Address: 3763 Martinez Boulevard, Martinez, GA 30907
Course Telephone: (706) 868-0083

Rounds: 8 (Course Red)
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:
$8,500 if a minimum of 44 Pros compete
PPA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Twelve spots in the 2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship and Six spots in the 2011 APA Tournament Player's Championship will be available in the 2011 PPA Southern Open.
Defending Southern Open Champions:
PPA:
Tony Varnadore of Rock Hill, South Carolina  (2010 PPA Southern Open)
APA:
Randal Smith of Reidsville, North Carolina (2010 APA Southern Open)

 

2011 PPA Northern Open
July 9-10, 2011
Columbus, IN

Jay Klapper
Jay Klapper
2010 PPA Northern Open Champion

The PPA National Tour will return to the bucolic and picturesque setting of course # 2 at the Columbus, IN Putt-Putt Fun Center, the site of the 2007 and 2009 PPA Northern Opens and the 2007 PPA Tournament Players Championship, to contest the 2011 PPA Northern Open. The 144-hole event, first won by Daryl Hayden in Youngstown, OH in 1969, will be hosted jointly by the PPA Indiana and Great Lakes Tours. Tour players will look forward to the unparalleled hospitality of long-time course owners Carl and Karen Miller.

Last season in the baking sunshine and violent winds of Warren, OH, recently-inducted PPA Hall of Fame member Jay Klapper successfully defended his 2009 PPA Northern Open title by dominating the field for a second consecutive year as he recorded a six-stroke victory over two-time PPA National Doubles Champion Rick Rybaczek. In 2009 on course # 2 in Columbus, IN, Klapper established a new 144-hole PPA scoring record of 191 en route to an eight-stroke triumph over local standout Nate Nichols. In that same event, 2005 PPA ProPutters.com Classic Champion Tim Greenert soared out of the pack in the final four rounds to shoot an eye-popping closing 72-hole total of 90 to finish third.

Former PPA Northern Open Champions who in 2011 hope to halt Klapper's recent bona fide reign of terror in the event include 2008 winner Jerry Pinotti and two-time champion Andy Coradini. The litany of PPA Indiana Tour players expected to challenge Klapper includes Nichols, 2008 PPA National Champion Kevin Lacey, and two-time PPA National Match Play Champion Charlie Greenwalt, all of whom have won multiple PPA Indiana and Northern Tour major titles on Columbus' course # 2 layout.

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

Rounds: 8 (Course #2)
Tee off: 11 a.m. 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:
$8,500 if a minimum of 44 Pros compete
PPA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Twelve spots in the 2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship and Six spots in the 2011 APA Tournament Player's Championship will be available in the 2011 PPA Northern Open.
Defending Northern Open Champions:
PPA:
Jay Klapper of Lawrenceville, Georgia  (2010 PPA Northern Open)
APA: Randal Smith of Reidsville, North Carolina (2010 APA Northern Open)

 

2011 PPA Eastern Open
August 6-7, 2011
R
ichmond, Virginia

Jay Klapper
Joel Baker
2010 PPA Eastern Open Champion

Course manager, PPA Hall of Fame member, and host PPA professional Gary Hinshaw will welcome the PPA National Tour to the beautiful Richmond, VA Putt-Putt Fun Center for the contesting of the 2011 PPA Eastern Open, hosted by the Virginia PPA Tour. Under ideal conditions, Richmond's immaculately-maintained and highly skillful course # 3 layout should yield considerable low scoring and potentially produce an old-fashioned shootout.

In 1961, PPA Hall of Fame member Neil Conner captured the initial PPA Eastern Open in Long Island, NY. 1979 PPA Player of the Year Joel Baker impressively mastered the challenging carpets of Roanoke, VA in last season's version of the event to earn a two-stroke victory over PPA Hall of Fame member Greg Ward. Two seasons ago on course # 3 in Richmond, 2010 PPA National Champion Greg Newport defeated then-defending champion Jay Klapper in a playoff to notch the 2009 PPA Eastern Open title. In addition to Newport and Klapper, other past PPA Eastern Open Champions hoping to thwart Baker's title defense should include Ward and two-time PPA National Match Play Champion Charlie Greenwalt, who respectively triumphed in the event in 1998 and 1999.

Violent, swirling winds throughout the 2009 event in Richmond led to much higher general field scoring than had been anticipated. With more favorable conditions, the 2011 PPA Eastern Open promises to be a much more low-scoring affair. In the 2004 PPA ProPutters.com Classic in Richmond, PPA Hall of Famer Roger Beckerman fired a final-round 19 on course # 3 en route to victory. Since then, PPA Hall of Fame legend Daryl Freeman (twice), 2007 PPA Tournament Players Champion Vince Batten, and 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo have matched Beckerman's 19 on the course. In 2005, Freeman, who also competed in the first PPA Eastern Open in 1961, set the current 54-hole PPA scoring record of 63 in a VA Tour event on course # 3. The next day, 2004 PPA World Match Play Champion Darrell Anderson established a new 108-hole PPA scoring record of 139 (since broken by Jeff Carr in the 2008 GA State Championship) in the VA State Championship on course # 3, eclipsing the previous 108-hole mark of 142, which not-so-unexpectedly also had been set on course # 3 - by Lebo in the 2002 Virginia Open.

Course Owner: Todd Lecka
Course Manager: Gary Hinshaw
Course Address: 7901 Midlothian Pike, Richmond, Virginia 23235
Course Telephone: (804) 272-4373

Rounds: 8 (Course #3)
Tee off:
11 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday
Eligible Players:
PPA Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $150.00; APA - $30.00
Greens Fees:
TBA
Prize Monies:
$8,500 if a minimum of 44 Pros compete
PPA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Twelve spots in the 2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship and Six spots in the 2011 APA Tournament Player's Championship will be available in the 2011 PPA Eastern Open.
Defending Eastern Open Champions:
PPA:
Joel Baker of Arlington, Texas (2010 PPA Eastern Open)
APA: Randal Smith of Reidsville, North Carolina (2010 APA Eastern Open)

 

 

The 2011 PPA National Championship Week
September 12-16, 2011
Golf and Games Family Park of Memphis, TN


Joe Aboid

As previously announced, the 52nd annual PPA National Championship will be played in Memphis, TN, September 12-16, 2011.

The week long tournament events include the Proputters.com, TPC, Doubles and Seniors National Championship. The week's highlight will be the eight-round, two-day PPA National Championship

"We are thankful to Aubrey Smith for hosting our most prestigious event" said Joe Aboid, PPA Tournament Director. "The Memphis facility will provide a true test of skill and is among the most beautiful and well maintained Putt-Putt operations we play. It is a very fair test of everyone's putting ability"

The most recent National Championship played in Memphis was in 1991. In the 1991 PPA National Championship in Memphis, PPA Hall of Fame member Alan Quinnelly showcased his unmatched powers of concentration and flair for the dramatic on the ultimate stage, dazzling the gallery by acing his final four holes of regulation play to tie clubhouse leader Joel Baker, who had made a legendary second-day charge of his own, with a 108-hole total of 170 and force an 18-hole playoff. Quinnelly carried the momentum of his historic finish into the playoff, acing the first seven holes of the inward nine to defeat Baker by a playoff tally of 26-27 and notch the second of his three career PPA National Championship titles. With Quinnelly in retirement from the sport, 2010 PPA Eastern Open Champion Baker is anticipated to return to Memphis in 2011 in hopes of avenging his 1991 playoff loss

This will be the 52nd 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. Greg Newport of Greensboro, NC is the defending PPA National Champion and Joey Graybeal of Bristol, TN is the defending APA National Champion.

General Information on the
Golf and Games Family Park of Memphis, TN

Course Owner: Aubrey Smith
Course Manager: Phillip Gray
Course Address:  5484 Summer Avenue, Memphis, TN 38134
Course Telephone: (901) 386-2992
Courses being played: Course #2 and Course #3

The Quality Inn of Wolfchase Is The Recommended Hotel Of The 2011 PPA National Championship

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The Professional Putters Association is pleased to announce the Quality Suites of Wolfchase as our recommended hotel for the 2011 PPA National Championship. This hotel was used by several members during the Western Open and had very favorable reviews. When making reservations please mention either Putt-Putt or PPA to receive the special rate of $49.99 for single bed suites and $59.99 for double bed suites. There are a limited number of rooms blocked so we would suggest making reservations early. The hotel is located about 6 miles from Putt-Putt.

The hotel's address is 8166 Varnavas Dr., Cordova, TN. Their phone number is 901-386-4600.

2011 PPA/APA National Doubles Championship
September 12, 2011

Kevin Lacey
Kevin Lacey (left) and Greg Ward (right)
2010 PPA National Doubles Champions

The 2011 PPA National Championship week will kick off with the contesting of the 11th annual PPA National Doubles Championship on courses # 2 and # 3 at the sprawling Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center. A new format for the unique medal play tournament will be instituted in 2011, as two-person teams will play four rounds of better ball competition.

Last season in Lynchburg, VA, 2005 PPA National Doubles Champions Kevin Lacey and Greg Ward shot 25 in the alternate-hole format of the final round to erase a four-stroke deficit and force a playoff with third-round leaders Brice Bergesen and Joe Lea after the two squads completed regulation play deadlocked at a 72-hole score of 95. In the 18-hole alternate-hole playoff, Lacey and Ward opened up a seemingly insurmountable three-shot lead after 14 holes. Bergesen and Lea responded with three consecutive unanswered aces on holes 15-17, however, and ultimately sudden death would be needed to determine the title winners. Lacey and Ward aced the second hole of sudden death to escape with a hard-fought victory, the second of their careers in the event.

Past PPA National Doubles Champions expected to join Lacey and Ward in the 2011 field include 2009 victors Nate Nichols and Jerry Pinotti, 2008 champions Vince Batten and Brad Lebo, two-time winners Greg Newport and Rick Rybaczek, and the 2006 victorious tandem of Jay Klapper and Randy Orr.

Rounds: 4 rounds of better-ball (Course order: TBA)
Tee off: 10 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees: PPA Pros - $50.00, per player; APA - $20.00 per player
Greens Fees: TBA
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
Defending National Doubles Champions:
PPA:
Kevin Lacey and Greg Ward (2010 PPA National Doubles Championship)
APA: Bill Petrie and Malcolm Shumaker (2010 APA National Doubles Championship)

 

2011 ProPutters.com Classic
September 13, 2011


Michael Hitt
2010 PPA ProPutters.Com Champion

Larry Smith
Randal Smith
2010 APA
ProPutters.Com
Champion

In 2011, the 10th annual PPA ProPutters.com Classic will be held as a four-round event on courses # 2 and # 3 at the Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center. Last season in Lynchburg, VA, 2010 PPA Southern Putting Tour Champion Michael Hitt emerged from a tightly-bunched field to post a 72-hole total of 100 and earn a hard-fought, one-stroke victory over 2008 PPA Northern Open Champion Jerry Pinotti and 1997 PPA National Champion Randy Reeves. Former PPA ProPutters.com Classic Champions anticipated to challenge Hitt in the 2011 field include 2009 champion Cliff Matthews, 2006 winner Rick Culverhouse, 2005 victor Tim Greenert, and two-time champions Greg Newport and Greg Ward.

Rounds: 4  (Course Order: TBA)
Tee off:
10 a.m.
Eligible Players: PPA Pros and APA members.
Entry Fees:
PPA Pro - $80; APA - $20
Greens Fees: TBA
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship Qualifying:
Eight spots in the 2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship and Six spots in the 2011 APA Tournament Player's Championship will be available in the 2011 ProPutters.com Classic.
Defending ProPutters.Com Classic Champions:
PPA:
Michael Hitt of Greensboro, North Carolina (2010 PPA ProPutters.Com Classic)
APA: Randal Smith of Reidsville, North Carolina (2010 APA ProPutters.Com Classic)

 

2011 PPA Awards and Hall Of Fame Banquet
September 13, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

The 2011 PPA Awards and Hall Of Fame Banquet will be held Tuesday evening on September 13th in the Pavilion area of the Memphis Putt-Putt Fun Center. 

 

2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship
September 14, 2011


Kevin Lacey
2010 PPA
Tournament Players Champion

Larry Smith
Randal Smith
2010 APA
Tournament Players Champion

The 2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship will be contested on courses # 2 and # 3 at the Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center. In its relatively brief history, the event has produced an illustrious litany of winners. PPA Hall of Fame member Jay Klapper captured the inaugural title 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. Another PPA Hall of Fame member, Greg Ward, found the winner's circle in 2009 in Orlando, FL by opening up a five-shot lead after three rounds with a 54-hole total of 69 and ultimately cruising to a wire-to-wire victory with a four-round score of 98. Last season in Lynchburg, VA, Lacey became the first two-time winner of the event by dominating the field with a 72-hole total of 95 for a four-stroke triumph over two-time PPA Senior National Champion Frank Warren.

The 72-hole 2011 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, Northern, and Eastern 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 to those players who otherwise have not earned a qualification spot according to the 2011 PPA National Tour points rankings following the PPA ProPutters.com Classic. As defending champions, Kevin Lacey in the professional division and Randal Smith 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: TBA
Prize Monies:
To be determined by number of entries.
Defending Tournament Players Champions:
PPA: Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati, Ohio (2010 PPA Tournament Players Championship)
APA: Randal Smith of Reidsville, North Carolina (2010 APA Tournament Players Championship)

 

2011 PPA and APA Seniors National Championship
September 14, 2011


Frank Warren
2010 PPA
Seniors National Champion

Larry Smith
Randal Smith
2010 APA
Seniors National Champion

In 2011, the PPA Senior National Championship will be held on courses # 2 and # 3 at the Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center. The 72-hole tournament will be played concurrently with the 2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship. Only players 50 years of age or older as of September 14, 2011 will be eligible to participate in this event.

This tournament previously was contested in 1984, 1985, and from 2001-2010. PPA Hall of Fame member Buddy Taylor captured the inaugural PPA Senior National Championship in 1984 in Columbus, OH. Last season in Lynchburg, VA, Frank Warren entered the final round of the tournament trailing third-round leader Jeff Carr by one stroke. Drawing upon his deep well of experience, Warren crafted a brilliant closing-round 23 for a 72-hole score of 99 to earn a one-stroke victory over Carr and notch his second-career PPA Senior National Championship title. Warren also won the event in 2007 in Webster, TX.

Former PPA Senior National Champions hoping to dethrone Warren in 2011 likely will include three-time winner Robert Johnson, 2008 victor Daryl Freeman, and two-time champion Bill Baus. Additionally, a gaggle of newly AARP-eligible rookies expected to join their chronologically-challenged brethren in the field includes PPA Hall of Famers Jay Klapper and Greg Ward, past PPA National Champions Brad Lebo and Randy Reeves, two-time PPA National Match Play Champion Charlie Greenwalt, and tour Beau Brummell Mark Hasty.
 

Rounds: 4 (played in conjunction with the TPC)
Tee off: 10 a.m.
Eligible Players: Players who are age 50 or older by September 14, 2011
Entry Fees: PPA Pros - $50.00, APA - $10.00
Greens Fees: TBA
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
Defending National Seniors Champions:
PPA:
Frank Warren of Augusta, Georgia (2010 PPA National Seniors Championship)
APA: Randal Smith of Reidsville, North Carolina (2010 APA National Seniors Championship)

 

2011 APA National Championship
September 15-16, 2011

Bonnie White
Joey Graybeal
2010 APA National Champion

Reigning champion Joey Graybeal of Bristol, TN will attempt to defend his APA National Championship title on courses # 2 and # 3 at the Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center in a two-day, 144-hole format. In 2010, Graybeal capped off a stellar amateur rookie campaign on the National Tour by manufacturing an epic final-round charge in the APA National Championship in Lynchburg, VA. Trailing seventh-round leader Danny Tatum by three strokes entering the eighth and final round, Graybeal aced the first seven holes of the closing round to tie Tatum. Graybeal finally wrestled the lead from Tatum by acing the 14th hole and held on to notch a dramatic one-shot triumph over Tatum with a 144-hole total of 215. Despite recording a top-three finish in all six of his 2010 National Tour amateur division starts, the victory was the first for Graybeal on the National Tour in his brief amateur career.

First won by Jack Bien in 1961 in Cincinnati, OH, the APA National Championship will be staged for the 51st consecutive season in 2011. Past APA National Champions anticipated to challenge Graybeal for the 2011 title include 2003 winner Bonnie White, 1998 victor Jeff Brown, and two-time champion Clayton Craft, Esq.

Rounds: 8 (Course Order: TBA)
Tee off: 10 a.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday
Eligible Players:
APA members; novice players are not eligible.
Entry Fees: $50.00
Greens Fees: TBA
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
Defending Champion: Joey Graybeal of Bristol, Tennessee (2010 APA National Championship)

 

2011 PPA National Championship
September 15-16, 2011

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Greg Newport

2010 PPA National Champion

The 2011 PPA National Tour schedule will be highlighted by the 52nd annual contesting of the PPA National Championship, professional putting's premier event. For the first time since 1991, the tournament will return to the picturesque and sprawling Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center, owned by Aubrey Smith. The 2011 event will be a two-day, eight-round affair conducted on the facility's course # 2 and # 3 layouts.

PPA Hall of Fame member Neil Conner captured the first PPA National Championship title in 1960 in Atlanta, GA. Last season in Lynchburg, VA, Greg Newport, a 40-year-old laboratory client supply specialist from Greensboro, NC entered the final day of the three-day, ten-round PPA National Championship mired in a two-way tie for tenth place and positioned five strokes behind the second-day leader. The windswept finishing 36 holes of play proved magical for Newport, however, as he carded spectacular closing rounds of 21 and 23 to soar out of the pack and cruise to a four-shot victory with a 180-hole total of 258 to earn the first PPA National Championship title of his storied twenty-year professional career. Second-day leader and 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo, 49, a dentist from Shippensburg, PA settled for sharing runner-up honors at 262 with fifteen-year-old putting prodigy Olivia Prokopova of the Czech Republic.

In the 1991 PPA National Championship in Memphis, PPA Hall of Fame member Alan Quinnelly showcased his unmatched powers of concentration and flair for the dramatic on the ultimate stage, dazzling the gallery by acing his final four holes of regulation play to tie clubhouse leader Joel Baker, who had made a legendary second-day charge of his own, with a 108-hole total of 170 and force an 18-hole playoff. Quinnelly carried the momentum of his historic finish into the playoff, acing the first seven holes of the inward nine to defeat Baker by a playoff tally of 26-27 and notch the second of his three career PPA National Championship titles. With Quinnelly in retirement from the sport, 2010 PPA Eastern Open Champion Baker is anticipated to return to Memphis in 2011 in hopes of avenging his 1991 playoff loss.

Past PPA National Champions expected to join Newport and Baker in the 2011 field include Tony Varnadore, Kevin Lacey, Rick Baird, Brad Lebo, Jay Klapper, two-time champion Cliff Matthews, Robert Johnson, Greg Ward, two-time winner Lewis Burton, Randy Reeves, Bill Kirby Jr., Andy Coradini, and Daryl Freeman.

Rounds: 8 (Course Order: TBA)
Tee off: 10 a.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday
Eligible Players: PPA Pros
Entry Fees: $250.00
Greens Fees: TBA
Prize Monies: To be determined by number of entries.
Defending Champion: Greg Newport of Greensboro, North Carolina (2010 PPA National Championship)

 

Summary of Entry Fees for 2011

The following is a summary of the entry fees and prize money for the 2011 National Tournaments. A PPA Pro may earn one spot in the 2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship.

Event

PPA Pro

Amateur

2011 PPA/APA National Medal-Play Championship$250$50
2011 PPA/APA Senior National Championship$50$10
2011 PPA/APA National Doubles Championship$50*$20*
2011 ProPutters.com Classic$80$20
2011 PPA Western, Eastern, Southern and Northern Opens$150$30
2011 PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship$100**$25**

* The entry fees listed for the 2011 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 2011 PPA/APA Tournament Players Championship is payable at the time the player qualifies for the event.

Summary of Prize Money for 2011

Prize monies for all of the 2011 PPA National Tournaments with non-guaranteed purses 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 2011 PPA National Tournaments are non-refundable.

$35,000 PPA
National Championship
ProAmateur
1st$5,000 $100
2nd$2,000 $90
3rd$1,500 $80
4th$1,200 $70
5th$1,000 $60
6th$975 $50
7th$950 $50
8th$925 $50
9th$900 $50
10th$875 $50
11th$850
12th$825
13th$800
14th$780
15th$760
16th$740
17th$720
18th$700
19th$680
20th$660
21st$640
22nd$620
23rd$600
24th$580
25th$560
26th$540
27th$520
28th$500
29th$480
30th$460
31st$440
32nd$420
33rd$400
34th$390
35th$380
36th$370
37th$360
38th$350
39th$340
40th$330
41st$320
42nd$310
43rd$300
44th$295
45th$290
46th$285
47th$280
48th$275
49th$265
50th$260

Disclaimer

The PPA reserves the right to make corrections of mistakes and omissions to the 2011 Professional Putters Association tour.  All events are subject to change without notice.