$5,000 Eastern Open

Farmingdale, NY (Long Island)

June 16-17, 1962

Neil Connor Wins $5,000 Eastern Open

Neil Connor, the all-time leading money winner of the PPA, today added $1,200 to his bank roll and became the first repeat winner with his first place finish in the $5,000 PPA Eastern Open.

The annual putting classic of the metropolitan New York area was held on the 54-hole Putt-Putt course in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY, and drew a field of 70 pros.

Once again the putters from the south dominated the field as Neil Connor from Greenville, SC, was closely followed by Earl Fritts from Savannah, GA, who took second place money of $750 with a 43-under par followed by Daryl Freeman from Bristol, VA, with 42-under par for third place and $500. Ron Slocumb from Columbus, GA, took fourth place and then the northern pros were represented by Chuck Schafer and Tracy Moore both Long Island pros who finished in a deadlock for fifth place.

The tournament was a gallery's delight due to the fact that six of the final nin players entered their last 18 holes deadlocked for the lead at 38-under par. Connor finally took the commanding lead on the 142nd hole at 44-under par when Tracy Moore who was playing one hole behind, took a 4 to shoot himself out of contention.

Sue Scarbrough, America's Putting Queen, presented the winners check to Connor boosting his all time money winnings to $15,572.50.

Leading the amateur division was Bill Novotny at 261, 27-under par, followed by Larry Anderson of Levittown, NY, for second place for two years in a row.

The PPA tour heads to Cleveland, OH, for the $5,000 International Open on the Putt-Putt course in the Southland Shopping Center, Middleburg Heights, Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24.

Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Neil ConnorGreenville, SC3226333031333028243$ 1,200.00
2Earl FrittsSavannah, GA2928353230332830245$ 750.00
3Daryl FreemanBristol, VA3230362433312931246$ 500.00
4Ron SlocumbColumbus, GA2830333033322932247$ 400.00
5Chuck SchaferLong Island, NY3329323228332833248$ 325.00
Tracy MooreLong Island, NY3129332533323233248$ 325.00
7Charles GatewoodMississippi City, MS3132343030313132251$ 262.50
Ken MillerBirmingham, AL3331323032303033251$ 262.50
9Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL3235363129332927252$ 212.50
LeRoy CooperEast Point, GA3232313130343032252$ 212.50
11Ralph SappAugusta, GA3329343031373129254$ 162.50
Lee WeldySavannah, GA2932323132313334254$ 162.50
13Dave WarringtonJacksonville, FL2638322931333038257$ 56.25
Gene VonWaldnerSavannah, GA3137322932352833257$ 56.25
Gene McDonaldSavannah, GA3632323230323429257$ 56.25
John CrowellWashington, DC3235313432303231257$ 56.25
17Sam SchaferAugusta, GA3036372933352830258
18Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD3335362531333234259
John ConnorGreenville, SC3531362829353035259
Wayne PerdueRoanoke, VA3132373129383031259
21Vance RandallAsheville, NC3135382834303232260
Condy RobersonSavannah, GA3334323231333332260
23Glen GarvinPensacola, FL3430373130363033261
24Gene EdlemanSavannah, GA3331362632403331262
Ken BoyBristol, TN3133323233373133262
Bill EylerSavannah, GA2933382928413430262
Bill StewartFarmingdale, NY3330323234333434262
28Dick TribowWilmington, DE2933353634343032263
29Don ClaytonFayetteville, NC3335293131323736264
Cal SkidmoreBaltimore, MD3230373134353035264
Bob BowerRoanoke, VA2835393231353034264
32Mike LipstockArlington, VA3337343225313737266
33Dan AshwellWashington, DC3734303031383532267
34Bryan KelleherWilmington, DE3532342835323537268
35John ScottoIslip NY3435353034333534270
Charles SygowskiWilmington, DE3431353436323236270
Charlie Connor SrGreenville, SC3733373134333134270
38George BeardenSavannah, GA3332353333343734271
Bob PottersIslip NY3531383332373332271
40Bruce DavisIsland Park, NY3330373235393036272
41Eddie MeyersSavannah, GA3232323138393138273
Bob AgeeJacksonville, FL3234353238363531273
Charles HeissBaltimore, MD3234333433373634273
Charlie RocheSuccess Park, NY3634313240353728273
Pat YoumansSavannah, GA3435313837343133273
46Joe SengAllentown, PA3335353534323833275
47Charlie McIntoshBirmingham, AL3335373037373236277
Steve TarAllentown, PA3237353534333338277
49Ed McCabeLevittown, NY3132372838412942278
50Ken GillerPatchaque, NY2835403141383434281
51Pat HesslinInwood, NY3334363437413545295
MCPete ReedAtlanta, GA140MC
Jack CollinganLong Island, NY140MC
Clarence KurtzWashington, DC140MC
Paul BarryIslip NY141MC
Sam WallaceBaltimore, MD142MC
George MillerFarmingdale, NY144MC
Bill BlanchardWilmington, DE146MC
Harry WindsorLong Island, NY147MC
Tom ShimkaninAllentown, PA147MC
Ray PeisterLevittown, NY147MC
Fred ArborguistBethlehem, PA148MC
Bob WassmutFarmingdale, NY149MC
Bes HeslinFor Rockaway, NY151MC
Don MayerAllentown, PA152MC
Jerry CorcicaClifton, NJ155MC
Bruce WinklerRockville Center, NY159MC
Cliff HarrisPlushing, NY161MC
George VonDallnBay Shore, NY164MC
Henry HoheuserLawrence, NY200MC
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Bill NovotnyLong Island, NY261
2Larry AndersonLevittown, NY

Article and scores taken from PPA Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 5 (June 17, 1962)