$4,000 Pacific Open

Los Angeles, CA (Whittier)

August 26-27, 1961

Condy Roberson Winner of $4,000 Pacific Open

In a story-book finish, Condy Roberson of Savannah, Georgia, stroked a 30-foot putt dead into the center of the hole to win first place in the $4,000 Pacific Open concluded in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, August 27, 1961. Roberson, who had fought an uphill battle all day finally tied Neil Connor at the conclusion of the 143rd hole at 34 under par. Connor putted first on the final hole, missed his putt by about 6 inches and tapped it in for a two. Roberson, with a gallery of 500 watching, then completed his assignment in a business like fashion scoring the hole-in-one to give him the first place finish and third place in the PPA money winnings standings for the 1961 season beginning on June 4th and ending August 27th.

Lee Weldy, winner of the $7,500 National Championship of the PPA in Cincinnati, Ohio July 4th, finished in a 3rd place tie with Vance Randall, runner up in the National Championship, to each win $300. Connor was rewarded $850 for his efforts in winning second place which boosted his earnings for the season to $5,085 which put him at the top of the list of leading money winners.

Showing the way for the California putters in this event were Ron Koblin and Mike Kotzin both competing in their first National Tournament and both showing indications of being real threats on the tournament trial when the series begins again in the spring of 1962.

In the amateur division, Jeff Tufts of Burbank, California took first place with a 280, 8-under-par, with a one stroke lead over Jack Gratrix in second place with a 281, 7-under-par. In third place was Larry Cowan of Ventura, California with a 292.

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Condy RobersonSavannah, GA3430333233293230253$ 1,600.00
2Neil ConnorGreenville, SC3431303530343129254$ 850.00
3Vance RandallAsheville, NC3133313336333230259$ 300.00
Lee WeldySavannah, GA3433373230323130259$ 300.00
5Chuck SchaferLong Island, NY3533293432323332260$ 150.00
6Ron KoblinSanta Maria, CA3134343329313336261$ 150.00
7Jan BowmanBristol, TN3133363236323033263$ 100.00
8Mike KotzinSanta Maria, CA3334343130313438265$ 100.00
9Phil GeffertMobile, AL3233313432353633266$ 75.00
Hal NortonOrange, CA3132343432383530266$ 75.00
11Ron SlocumbColumbus, GA3634353532323232268$ 75.00
12John ConnorGreenville, SC3433363730323532269$ 56.25
Jim DesLondesHollywood, CA3232373431303538269$ 56.25
Frank HoltSavannah, GA3429393232363334269$ 56.25
Jim CoxPhenix city, AL3631383531313535269$ 56.25
16LeRoy CooperEast Point, GA3532393334313432270
17John CummingsStudio City, CA3431372835353734271
Edward HorsleyPica Rivera, CA3235293435373435271
19Pete ReedAtlanta, GA3332323235373536272
20Gene McDonaldSavannah, GA3536363330373531273
21Daryl FreemanBristol, TN3336383337333431275
22Dick KotzinSanta Maria, CA3631343634363434276
23Mel CurcieVentura, CA4033363638283333277
Chuck DumondRodondo, CA3138373729373533277
Les HinkleyWhittier, CA3532323341393233277
26George MarlowStudio City, CA3333343536333836278
Ralph RizzoSouth Gate, CA3236383334333537278
28Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL3937313734333335281
29Ron NixonColumbus, GA4237383133363332282
Dave WarringtonJacksonville, FL3539353538353233282
31Jack ConwayStudio City, CA3434383234364134283
32Ron FountainVan Nuys, CA3937363338353333284
33John RadleySanta Maria, CA3733343540383434285
34Jim PearsonStudio City, CA4034343339353534286
35Roy BrianSouth Gate, CA3438363736353537288
36Jose GarciaSanta Maria, CA3740343538343438290
Bill RodgersLos Angeles, CA3735333536373740290
38Jim O'NeilGranada Hills, CA3237403735363739293
39Tom LongHermosa Bch., CA3537403440363240294
40Wayne SnaveleyTorrance, CA3938343335403641296
MCDon ClaytonFayetteville, NC149MC
Al EvangelistSouth Gate, CA149MC
Gary BachleSeplveda, CA150MC
Clarence MrochCathedral City, CA150MC
Val ValenteBakersfield, CA151MC
Jim ColclasureLittle Rock, AR152MC
Frank PersichinoBurbank, CA155MC
Melvin ElrodSouth Gate, CA156MC
Harold SpenceLong Beach, CA156MC
Bob DownsSherman Oaks, CA157MC
Larry SaltzSanta Ana, CA158MC
Mike DancerSierra Villa, CA160MC
Louis HlcyeocichLynwood, CA160MC
Tom FerugiWoodland Hills, CA161MC
AJ PersichinoBurbank, CA161MC
Fred PrimoStudio City, CA163MC
Joe VettrainoSanta Maria, CA163MC
Tony DeLaVegaTorrance, CA165MC
Dennis McNallySouth Gate, CA165MC
John LaFataGlendale, CA167MC
Ralph LindstromAnaheim, CA169MC
AMATEUR DIVISION
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Jeff TuftsBurbank, CA280
2Jack Gratrix281
3Larry CowanVentura, CA292