History of the PPA and APA

PPA National Tour History
by Decades:

PPA National Tour  2010 - 2019
PPA National Tour  2000 - 2009
PPA National Tour  1990 - 1999
PPA National Tour  1980 - 1989
PPA National Tour  1970 - 1979
PPA National Tour  1960 - 1969

PPA TELEVISION APPEARANCES
Television Series Contestants thru 2004

PPA SCORING RECORDS:
All-time PPA Scoring Records

PPA NATIONAL TOUR:
2011 PPA National Tour Preview
2010 PPA National Tour Preview
2009 PPA National Tour Preview
2008 PPA National Tour Preview
2007 PPA National Tour Preview
2006 PPA National Tour Preview
2005 PPA National Tour Preview
2004 PPA National Tour Preview
2003 PPA National Tour Preview
2002 PPA National Tour Preview
2001 PPA National Tour Preview
2000 PPA National Tour Overview

1999 PPA National Tour Overview

PPA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS:
2011 Medal-Play - Andy Coradini
2010 Medal-Play - Greg Newport
2009 Medal-Play - Tony Varnadore
2008 Medal-Play - Kevin Lacey
2007 Medal-Play - Rick Baird
2006 Medal-Play - Brad Lebo
2005 Medal-Play - Jay Klapper

2004 Medal-Play - Cliff Matthews
2003 Medal-Play - Robert Johnson

2002 Medal-Play - Cliff Matthews
2001 Medal-Play - Greg Ward
2000 Medal-Play
- Alan Quinnelly
1999 Medal-Play - John Napoli
1998 Medal-Play - Lewis Burton
1997 Medal-Play - Randy Reeves
1996 Medal-Play - Mike Brown
1995 Medal-Play - Bill Kirby, Jr.
1994 Medal-Play - Marc Portugal
1994 Match-Play - Jeff Estep
1993 Medal-Play - Andy Coradini
1992 Medal-Play - Bryan Boyd
1991 Medal-Play - Alan Quinnelly
1990 Medal-Play - Steve Haeseker
1990 Match-Play - Ray Miller
1989 Medal-Play - Lewis Burton
1989 Match-Play
- Jeff Estep
1988 Medal-Play - Ron Frederick
1988 Match-Play - Charlie Greenwalt
1987 Medal-Play - Ray Miller
1987 Match-Play - Ron Frederick
1986 Medal-Play - Mark Coup
1986 Match-Play - Rob Poston
1985 Medal-Play - Alan Quinnelly
1985 Match-Play
- James Christina
1984 Medal-Play - Roger Beckerman
1984 Match-Play - Charlie Greenwalt
1983 Medal-Play - Steve Guyton
1982 Medal-Play - Jeff Estep
1982 Match-Play - Ron Frederick
1981 Match-Play - Jeff Estep
1980 Medal-Play - Ray Browning
1980 Match-Play - Ed Haggerty
1979 Medal-Play - Eddie Coy
1978 Medal-Play - Steve Lange
1977 Medal-Play - Jim Borchelt
1976 Medal-Play - Steve McPherson
1975 Medal-Play - Ray Browning
1974 Medal-Play - Robert Smith
1973 Medal-Play - Daryl Freeman
1972 Medal-Play - Robert Smith
1971 Medal-Play - Randy DeLoach
1970 Medal-Play - Tony Cross
1969 Medal-Play - Vance Randall
1968 Medal-Play - Bob Marcellino
1967 Medal-Play - Vance Randall
1966 Medal-Play - Richard Buchan
1965 Medal-Play - Tracy Moore
1964 Medal-Play - Bob Williamson
1963 Medal-Play - John Spotts
1962 Medal-Play - Paul Garrison
1961 Medal-Play - Lee Weldy
1960 Medal-Play - Neil Connor

PPA WORLD PUTTING CHAMPIONS:
2006 World Putting Champion - Peter Neumann
2005 World Putting Champion - Jay Klapper

2004 World Putting Champion - Darrell Anderson
2003 World Putting Champion - James Heikkinen
2002 World Putting Champion - Greg Ward

1978 World Putting Champion - Buddy Taylor
1977 World Putting Champion - Eugene Carter
1976 World Putting Champion - Dick Florin
1975 World Putting Champion
- Gary Miller
1973 World Putting Champion - Mike Baldoza
1972 World Putting Champion - Rick Smith
1971 World Putting Champion - Vance Randall
1970 World Putting Champion - Dick Florin
1969 World Putting Champion - Rick Smith

PPA NATIONAL SENIORS CHAMPIONS:
2011 Seniors Champion - Ken Hastings
2010 Seniors Champion - Frank Warren
2009 Seniors Champion - Robert Johnson

2008 Seniors Champion - Daryl Freeman
2007 Seniors Champion - Frank Warren
2006 Seniors Champion - Steve Toomey
2005 Seniors Champion - Bill Baus
2004 Seniors Champion - Roger Beckerman
2003 Seniors Champion - Robert Johnson
2002 Seniors Champion - Robert Johnson
2001 Seniors Champion - Bill Baus

1985 Seniors Champion - David Gies
1984 Seniors Champion - Buddy Taylor

PPA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
2011 Inductee - Andy Coradini
2011 Inductee - Brice Bergesen
2010 Inductee - Jay Klapper
2008 Inductee - Jim Borchelt
2008 Inductee - Jimmy Harritos
2008 Inductee - Lewis Burton
2007 Inductee - Jeff Estep
2007 Inductee - Mike Baldoza
2005 Inductee - Roger Beckerman

2003 Inductee - Marc Portugal
2002 Inductee - Ron Frederick
2002 Inductee - Greg Ward

Purpose

  • Since 1959, members have competed annually in the quest to be known as the "best" in the sport of putting and earn the annual National Championship title. In addition to the acclaim afforded national titles, the opportunity to earn over $7,500,000 in prize money which has been given away over the past 39 years and the opportunity to be selected to compete on our annual national television series are two of the many reasons men and women of all ages have committed themselves to the PPA over the years. Not the least of the reasons for participating in the PPA tournament program is the "sheer love of the sport" and putting is a sport!

Beginnings

  • In 1955, the first local tournament event was held in Fayetteville, NC with the winner receiving a free vacation to Miami Beach.
  • First national putting competition was held in 1957. The winner, Warren Gaines, took home a 1957 Cadillac.
  • Putt-Putt Professional Golfers Association (PPPGA) was formed in 1959. The name was changed after the 1960 season to the Professional Putters Association
  • Over the years the PPA has grown both in popularity and in prize money offered. More than $7,500,000 in prize money has been awarded since the PPA's inception.

The PPA Today

  • The PPA continues to grow and develop, striving annually to offer enhanced programs and benefits to its members. The PPA tournaments have received national acclaim and have been publicized in major national publications. The Putt-Putt Golf Courses Championship TV series has become the longest running syndicated sports program in television history.

PPA Highlights

  • 1960 - The first National Tournament Program of the PPA offered $26,000
  • 1961 - The first putting match ever to be filmed for television was the PPA "Parade of Champions" TV Series.
  • 1965 - The PPA expanded to worldwide tournaments. The first foreign tournaments were held in Africa, with Australia, Japan, and Canada following soon after.
  • 1969 - The Amateur Putters Association (APA) evolved. Today, amateur putters compete in their own division in all PPA tournaments.
  • 1970 - Vance Randall was honored as the 1960's Putter of the Decade.
  • 1973 - The PPA sponsored the World Putting Championship tournament offering over $200,000 in prize money. Mike Baldoza captured the first place money of $50,000.
  • 1980 - Dick and Evelyn Florin were honored as the 1970's Putters of the Decade.
  • 1987 - The PPA inducted its first members into the newly created Putt-Putt/PPA Hall of Fame.
  • 1990 - Ron Frederick was honored as the 1980's Putter of the Decade.
  • 1995 - The PPA TV Series is shown worldwide on ESPN.
  • 1998 - Over $7,500,000 awarded in the 39 years of the PPA
  • 2000 - The PPA awards $100,000 in prize money for the 2000 PPA National Championship
  • 2001 - Greg Ward was honored as the 1990's Putter of the Decade
  • 2002 - The PPA World Match Play Championship returns to the schedule and is won by Greg Ward in Martinez, Georgia

2002 Inductee - Jack Champagne
2001 Inductee - Ed Haggerty

2001 Inductee - Joe Aboid
2001 Inductee - Larry Lloyd

1999 Inductee - Tracy Moore
1999 Inductee - Gary Hinshaw

1998 Inductee - Al Simpson

1998 Inductee - Daryl Freeman
1997 Inductee - Ken Boy
1997 Inductee - Alvin Taylor
1996 Inductee - Buddy Taylor
1994 Inductee - Bill Kirby, Jr.
1994 Inductee - Alan Quinnelly
1994 Inductee - David Lloyd
1993 Inductee - Robert Smith
1993 Inductee - Ken Smith
1993 Inductee - Tommy Hoag
1992 Inductee - L. R. Diveley
1992 Inductee - John Connor
1992 Inductee - E. G. Clayton
1991 Inductee - Todd Lecka
1991 Inductee - Earl Capps
1991 Inductee - Evelyn Florin
1990 Inductee - Wilbur Hildebrand
1990 Inductee - Ray Browning

1989 Inductee - Phil Aboid
1989 Inductee - Dick Florin
1989 Inductee - Roger Moore
1988 Inductee - Rick Smith
1988 Inductee - Neil Connor
1987 Inductee - Vance Randall
1987 Inductee - Don Clayton

APA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS:
2011 Medal-PlaySteve Tanton
2010 Medal-PlayJoey Graybeal
2009 Medal-PlayLarry Smith
2008 Medal-Play - James Walker
2007 Medal-Play - Nathan Anderson
2006 Medal-Play - Caleb Kennedy
2005 Medal-Play - Walter Kizzie

2004 Medal-Play - Ricky D. Schults
2003 Medal-Play - Bonnie White
2002 Medal-Play - Paul Lowery

2001 Medal-Play - Don Ferrell
2000 Medal-Play
- Wesley Pollard
1999 Medal-Play - Robb Titchell
1998 Medal-Play - Jeff Brown
1997 Medal-Play - Robb Titchell
1996 Medal-Play - Clayton Craft
1995 Medal-Play - Clayton Craft
1994 Medal-PlayDom Perry
1993 Medal-Play - Michael Marsh
1992 Medal-Play - Dennis Pasquantino
1991 Medal-Play - Michael Marsh
1990 Medal-Play - Jim Russell
1989 Medal-Play - Richard Zack
1988 Medal-Play - Joe Shirey
1988 Match-Play - Michael Foster
1987 Medal-Play - Jim Schaffer
1987 Match-Play - Jim Schaffer
1986 Medal-Play - Don Ferrell
1986 Match-Play - Jim Schafer
1985 Medal-Play - Paul Johns
1985 Match-Play
Paul Johns
1984 Medal-Play - Paul Johns
1984 Match-Play - Kelly Morris
1983 Medal-Play
- Lewis Burton
1983 Match-Play - Ron Howard
1982 Medal-Play - Lewis Burton
1982 Match-Play - Paul Johns
1981 Match-Play - Craig Creasy
1980 Medal-Play - Austin Jones
1980 Match-Play - Richard Futch
1979 Medal-Play - Don Ferrell
1978 Medal-Play - Dennis Broderick
1977 Medal-Play - Steve Guyton
1976 Medal-Play - Ron Burkhard
1975 Medal-Play - Duke Wellman
1974 Medal-Play - Mike Carano
1973 Medal-Play - Shawn Dunahoe
1972 Medal-Play - David Gies
1971 Medal-Play - Roger Hart
1970 Medal-Play - Alan Barton
1969 Medal-Play - Mike Baldoza
1968 Medal-Play - Randy DeLoach
1967 Medal-Play - Ricky Strickland
1966 Medal-Play - William Hammock
1965 Medal-Play - Gil Caito
1964 Medal-Play - Tom Kehl
1963 Medal-Play - Joe Gehling
1962 Medal-Play - John Roessner
1961 Medal-Play - Jack Bien

APA WORLD PUTTING CHAMPIONS:
2006 World Putting Champion - Jeff Carr
2005 World Putting Champion - Anthony Russell

2004 World Putting Champion - Michael Foster
2003 World Putting Champion - Bonnie White
2002 World Putting Champion - Zach Smith

1978 World Putting Champion - Doug Baer
1977 World Putting Champion - Eddie Michalko
1976 World Putting Champion - Rick Borrell
1975 World Putting Champion - Quincy Scarborough
1973 World Putting Champion - Ricky Myatt
1972 World Putting Champion - Scott Farmer
1971 World Putting Champion - Bill Kirby, Jr.
1970 World Putting Champion - Herb Hull

APA NATIONAL SENIORS CHAMPIONS:
2011 Seniors Champion - Steve Tanton
2010 Seniors Champion - Randal Smith
2009 Seniors Champion - Larry Smith
2008 Seniors Champion - Bonnie White

2007 Seniors Champion - Larry Smith
2006 Seniors Champion -
Michael Foster

JPA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS:
2008 - Lincoln Pennington (Burlington, NC)
2007 - Ryan Carter (Lynchburg, VA)
2006 - Logan Whitton (Richmond, VA)

2005 - Tyler Lacey (Springfield, OH)
2004 - John Petrie (Lynchburg, VA)
2003 - Keegan Pace (Burlington, NC)
2002 - Matthew Page (Burlington, NC)
2001 - Bennie Williams (Springfield, OH)
2000 - Steven Jones (Richmond, VA)
1999 - David Sharp (Richmond, VA)
1997 - Jason Kile (Richmond, VA)

1987 - Hector Garcia (Ft. Worth, TX)

1983 - Chris Chandler (Memphis, TN)
1982 - Chris Graham (Springfield, OH)


1978 - Alan Quinnelly

JPA NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONS:
2008 - Burlington, NC #1
2007 - Lynchburg, VA
2006 - Springfield, OH
2005 - Springfield, OH

2004 - Lynchburg, VA
2003 - Burlington, NC
2002 - Martinez, GA
2001 - Springfield, OH
2000 -Richmond, VA
1999 - Richmond, VA
1998 - Ypsilanti, MI
1997 - Richmond, VA

1983 - Memphis, TN

1977 - Columbus, OH (PPA Course)