Cincinnati, OH (Sunnybrook Dr)

July 3-4, 1961

Lee Weldy Captures 1961 National Putting Championship

Long, lean Lee Weldy, 23-year-old salesman from Savannah, GA, spread-eagled the field to sweep to a one-sided victory in the $7,500 National Championship Tournament of the Professional Putters Association.

Weldy, wielding a blazing hot putter, fired a record-equaling 246 total for the 144-hole distance on the Putt-Putt Golf Course at 16 Sunnybrook Drive to whip his nearest challenger by nine shots.

Weldy, scoring his first major PPA tournament triumph, was 42-under par to tie the record set by Neil Connor of Greenville, SC, in winning the 1961 Durham Open two weeks ago.

Connor, 1960 National Champion, and Frank Holt, leading money winner of 1960, failed to make the 147 cut-off point after the first 72 holes of qualifying and watched the final 72 holes of competition from the sidelines. Connor, who had won two tournaments on the 1961 cross country tour, stood at 149 and Holt's 148 missed qualifying by one stroke.

Weldy uncorked final rounds of 29-30-30-31 to come from two shots off the pace at the halfway point and beat Vance Randall of Asheville, NC, who collected $1,500 for his runner-up finish of 255. Weldy, who pocketed $3,000 first place money, scored 46 aces in winning the blue ribbon event of the second annual PPA tournament trail.

Ron Nixon of Columbus, GA, halfway leader at 122, finished in a fourth place tie with Bob Williamson of Jacksonville, FL at 257. Harold Hardester of Orlando, FL, who was one shot behind Nixon after the first 72 holes, blew himself out of the money with a disastrous 44 on the final day. His score card showed one 9.

The low amateur was Jack Bein of Cincinnati, Ohio. His 282 total won the handsome trophy presented by PPA President Don Clayton, who also presented the $3,000 check to Weldy. Jack Horner, Sports Editor of the Durham (NC) Herald, won the National Sportswriter-Sportscasters tournament with a 36-hole score of 64, eight under par.

Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Lee WeldySavannah, GA3133323029303031246$ 3,000.00
2Vance RandallAsheville, NC3130323330313335255$ 1,500.00
3Bob DuncanLynchburg, VA3531353132333128256$ 750.00
4Ron NixonColumbus, GA2932333036303433257$ 350.00
Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL3730353031313429257$ 350.00
6Ken BoyBristol, TN3433352731333629258$ 225.00
Gene McDonaldSavannah, GA3436312932333429258$ 225.00
8Jim GarrisonIndianapolis, IN3333313530313432259$ 183.33
Bill RettigCincinnati, OH3334333234322932259$ 183.33
Gene VonWaldnerSavannah, GA3134333231323333259$ 183.33
11LeRoy CooperAtlanta, GA3433313029353633261$ 125.00
Lehman KeyLake Charles, LA3532323431343033261$ 125.00
13Cliff MooseAtlanta, GA3134333133343432262$ 100.00
14Jim BryanEast Point, GA3827323235323235263$ 100.00
15Condy RobersonSavannah, GA3433323333313534265$ 100.00
16Roy CollinsworthMacon, GA3331343534353529266
John ConnorGreenville, SC3636323532313232266
Bob McDowellHigh Point, NC3339343031333333266
Don VarneyBaltimore, MD3733303437283730266
20Harold HardesterOrlando, FL3230313233443332267
Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD3437333432323233267
22Earl FrittsSavannah, GA3632323434333235268
Warren GrayIndianapolis, IN3630303934343530268
Tom MyersSavannah, GA3434343535313530268
Herb SeatonJohnson City, TN3829303332373435268
26Tom BennettFayetteville, NC3437323332353234269
27Daryl FreemanBristol, TN3332333036353636271
Charlie JonesDecatur, GA3535363336333231271
Fritz SchaferJacksonville, FL3736373236283431271
30Charlie HayesWinston-Salem, NC3232383537353132272
Charlie McIntoshBirmingham, AL3833333135343236272
Pete ReedAtlanta, GA3833343633353132272
33Irvin HalesGoldsboro, NC3433333428393636273
William KeyMeridian, MS3735313731313635273
Ron SlocumbColumbus, GA3832353436303236273
36Sam HendricksonFayetteville, NC3436343730353533274
37Don ClaytonFayetteville, NC3636313333333736275
38Gerald DeFilippoElmira, NY3733363530363831276
Harold ElliottGreensboro, NC3632403532363233276
Tony LositoElmira, NY3532383533363433276
Dave WarringtonJacksonville, FL4032373632383328276
42Joe DrefahlNew Orleans, LA3733333830353734277
Jack HamiltonBirmingham, AL3237353734353532277
44Marshall SeigfriedCincinnati, OH3532343735333834278
45Fred JonesLouisville, KY3634343534373732279
Dick MinnickBristol, TN3431363632353738279
Mike MorriseyLouisville, KY3532324033373337279
48Jim CoxPhenix city, AL3436353935343631280
John LubbersHamilton, OH3838313539303831280
Chuck SchaferAugusta, GA3033323836374034280
Dwayne WallsNorcross, GA3832333235353738280
52Richmond HobsonShreveport, LA3732323433433733281
George KimmerCharleston, SC3830373632373635281
Bob PruittAtlanta, GA3833323333374035281
Jack TuckerStatesville, NC3337393536333731281
56Jan BowmanBristol, TN4030343836393530282
Charlie Connor JrGreenville, SC4034353533334032282
Tom MillerBrookville, OH3536413537343331282
Harry WilliamsRoseboro, NC4035323933383530282
60Bob ClearyDurham, NC3630373934353537283
Frank ReidAtlanta, GA4032353938333036283
Charlie ThompsonDurham, NC3735334034323537283
Merrill TuttleHigh Point, NC3833363635363435283
64Jerry AllmanKannapolis, NC3632364040353332284
George BudwitPontiac, MI3734373735313835284
John FishQuincy, IL3834393535313735284
67Glen GarvinPensacola, FL3536313335363841285
Bill TaylorBaltimore, MD3831393535373436285
69Charlie Connor SrGreenville, SC3435373937343634286
Jack ThomasYoungstown, OH3936363334393534286
71Dick RootsCincinnati, OH3236374031343740287
72Marion LanfordGreenville, SC3636353935383733289
Mitch SachsCincinnati, OH3636353935383733289
74Jerry ColletteAtlanta, GA3735383536374033291
75Robert ForsbergDayton, OH3837343836363934292
Fred GarrisonIndianapolis, IN4435304137383532292
Richard HaydenOwensboro, KY4234343735354134292
78Paul GarrisonIndianapolis, IN3639353535413933293
79Terry HudsonGreenville, SC3636324133394137295
80Greg SmithIndianapolis, IN3835393439363937297
81Bill StanleySanford, NC3439353737403942303
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Jack Bein282

Article and scores taken from PPA Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 5 (July 5, 1961)