$5,000 Houston Open

Houston, TX (Old Spanish Trail)

July 21-22, 1962

Ralph Sapp Shoots 44-Under Par To Win $5,000 PPA Houston Open

Ralph Sapp, Augusta, GA, putting pro, opened up with a ten-stroke lead after the first day's play and coasted home with a nine-stroke victory.

A 32-year-old working pro from Lake Charles, LA, Al Simpson, finished second at 38-under par to take second place money of $750.

70 pros from 13 states competed in this tournament which was the largest purse ever offered in a Texas putting event.

The 100°-plus heat had a definite effect on the putters as a number of the pros suffered sunburn and heat fatigue.

Paul Garrison of Indianapolis, IN, recently crowned National Champion; defending champion Ron Nixon of Columbus, GA; and well-known touring pro Gene Von Waldner, all fell victim to the heat and lightning putting surface and failed to qualify for the second day's rounds.

In the amateur division, Neil Neinhart of Houston, TX, won first place with a 10-under-par 278. Second place was won by Monroe Sharp of Houston, TX, with a 282. Third place was taken by George Thaxton of Houston, TX, with a 5-under-par 283. Fourth place was won by Jerry Woosley from Memphis, TN with a 292.

The National summer tour of the Professional Putters Association concludes its third season next week in Whittier, CA, with a $3,000 tournament.

Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Ralph SappAugusta, GA3324282931353034244$ 1,200.00
2Al SimpsonLake Charles, LA2931323332293232250$ 750.00
3Glen GarvinPensacola, FL2935382831322732252$ 450.00
Vance RandallAsheville, NC3231312832313334252$ 450.00
5Ron SlocumbColumbus, GA3132363031323031253$ 325.00
Lee WeldySavannah, GA2932313234323231253$ 325.00
7Daryl FreemanBristol, VA3532333232302832254$ 275.00
8Pat YoumansSavannah, GA2535343332323232255$ 250.00
9Neil ConnorGreenville, SC3031383135332831257$ 212.50
Chuck SchaferLong Island, NY2932383131313134257$ 212.50
11Paul GordonShreveport, LA3135343035313230258$ 175.00
12Ken MillerBirmingham, AL3530303038352833259$ 150.00
13Dick KotzinLos Angeles, CA3534313233333331262$ 100.00
14LeRoy CummiskyTulsa, OK3534323432362832263$ 62.50
Gene McDonaldSavannah, GA2735323333333634263$ 62.50
16Wayne PerdueRoanoke, VA3234333034343235264
17George BeardenSavannah, GA3132343335333038266
Frank KellyNew Orleans, LA3334373126343734266
19John ConnorGreenville, SC3134323737343230267
LeRoy CooperEast Point, GA2738343235353432267
Lehman KeyLake Charles, LA3134332932383634267
George SalterSavannah, GA3029323636343634267
23Richmond HobsonShreveport, LA3137373334342934269
Doyle SmithDallas, TX3134393438343128269
25Joe JoynerMacon, GA3335323335343335270
Condy RobersonSavannah, GA3234303535383135270
Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL3136283537363532270
28DL BennettBelaire, TX2930343737413232272
29Eddie MeyersSavannah, GA3433353135363435273
Charles RankinCorpus Christi, TX3536353134333435273
31Dave WarringtonJacksonville, FL3238343335363630274
32Ron KoblinLos Angeles, CA3430313732403338275
33Fred McLainLake Charles, LA3133334035363335276
34Jim BaileyEast Point, GA3732343535363236277
SE BolesHouston, TX3633353235403234277
Don ClaytonFayetteville, NC3233363435363239277
Doug FarrellSan Antonio, TX3834343438343332277
Charles McFarrenCorpus Christi, TX3332443534353232277
Dan TuckerShreveport, LA3736383330383332277
40Harry GonsoulinNew Orleans, LA3334363433373735279
Roger JoensonHouston, TX3740313236333238279
42Ben FarrarHouston, TX3234353638353238280
43Roy CollinsworthMacon, GA4131363333373634281
Frank SarverLake Charles, LA4131363333373634281
45Lewis BogueTulsa, OK3235373336383437282
Bill LindsayBeaumont, TX3436422833363736282
47Jim RossiterSavannah, GA3436353932353438283
48Charles GatewoodMississippi City, MS3532343335423241284
49Adam DempseyHouston, TX3531363735393636285
50Mike LaFleurLake Charles, LA3236403437383141289
51Bill EylerSavannah, GA3537373237393340290
MCJerry DanielsHouston, TX145MC
Bill StarbuckMobile, AL145MC
Gene VonWaldnerSavannah, GA145MC
Ron NixonColumbus, GA146MC
Larry SmithShreveport, LA146MC
Tom VaughnCharleston, WV146MC
Mel FosterTulsa, OK147MC
Daultin HardinLake Charles, LA147MC
Reid McCombsCorpus Christi, TX147MC
Henry PooleLake Charles, LA147MC
Paul GarrisonIndianapolis, IN148MC
Walter NassHouston, TX150MC
Carlton CrawfordLake Charles, LA153MC
Oscar BledsolePort Arthur, TX154MC
Richard HamleyTulsa, OK155MC
William KeyMeridian, MS156MC
Tommy GrahamNew York, NY157MC
Eddie MatreNew Orleans, LA157MC
Frank FoateLake Charles, LA159MC
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Neil NeinhartHouston, TX278
2Monroe SharpHouston, TX282
3George ThaxtonHouston, TX283
4Jerry WoosleyMemphis, TN292

Article and scores taken from PPA Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 9 (July 22, 1962)