$5,000 International Open

Cleveland, OH (Middleburg Heights)

June 23-24, 1962

Savannah Putter Wins $5,000 PPA International Open

Before a live television audience, estimated at 250,000, George Bearden of Savannah, GA, playing in the next to the last threesome, fired holes-in-one on the 141st and 142nd holes and parred the final two holes to win by one stroke in the $5,000 International Open held in Cleveland today.

The 28-year-old Bearden won his first national event after sharing first place with Pat Youman at 25-under par in the first day of play.

The first day of play was marred by torrential rains which forced a delay of play after only 15 putters had completed their qualifying rounds. The qualifying rounds were postponed until today. Those men who had failed to complete 72 holes of qualifying play begain action this morning at 9:00 o'clock and it was a long and exhausting day of putting which took its toll on the name putters, with names such as Neil Connor, leading money winner of the PPA, and Tracy Moore of Long Island, falling far behind the pace setter.

There was a second place tie at 43-under par by Daryl Freeman of Bristol and Bob Williamson of Savannah - each receiving $625 for their efforts.

Charles Gatewood of Mississippi City, MS, failed to qualify for the final rounds, his first tournament in which he failed to finish in the money.

Once again, the Southern pros dominated the field with Joe Mazie and Walt Moore being the only Ohio pros in the money. They were deadlocked for 10th place with two other qualifiers.

Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1George BeardenSavannah, GA3028303136312929244$ 1,200.00
2Daryl FreemanBristol, VA3030313236273029245$ 625.00
Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL3134313128313029245$ 625.00
4LeRoy CooperEast Point, GA3130322932293133247$ 400.00
5Vance RandallAsheville, NC3429303034303230249$ 325.00
Pat YoumansSavannah, GA2930273335313232249$ 325.00
7Earl FrittsSavannah, GA3033303234303329251$ 262.50
Glen GarvinPensacola, FL3033303236313029251$ 262.50
9Wayne PerdueRoanoke, VA3134363029303230252$ 225.00
10Ken BoyBristol, TN3332343431292931253$ 156.25
Joe MazieCleveland, OH3133282935323134253$ 156.25
Walt MooreCincinnati, OH3630293229353131253$ 156.25
Ralph SappAugusta, GA3132303433313230253$ 156.25
14John ConnorGreenville, SC3332283534353325255$ 62.50
Chuck SchaferLong Island, NY2931313232373132255$ 62.50
16Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD3433323232273034256
John SpottsIndianapolis, IN3334303034293234256
18Gene McDonaldSavannah, GA3129353230372934257
Bill RettigCincinnati, OH3132353233333031257
20Bob PoltisCleveland, OH3534323329333232260
21Gene EdlemanSavannah, GA3231323734313133261
Dick RootsCincinnati, OH3031353632343528261
Gene VonWaldnerSavannah, GA2833343232333633261
24John CrowellWashington, DC3629313430373332262
Paul HarrigalCleveland, OH3333333332342836262
Dwight MorganYoungstown, OH3432353231353231262
Ron SlocumbColumbus, GA3031283336363335262
28Lehman KeyLake Charles, LA3136333434303333263
29Jerry FoxAkron, OH3334313537333031264
Dan MolleyCleveland, OH3431323037333235264
Ken YoungCleveland, OH3132303435353433264
32Neil ConnorGreenville, SC3733313335313233265
Condy RobersonSavannah, GA3132343539313330265
34Bill EylerSavannah, GA3531353332432632267
Warren GrayIndianapolis, IN3135353232343137267
Bob KoenigYoungstown, OH3432323532343533267
Lee WeldySavannah, GA3635332934393032267
38Ted JonesN Middletown, OH3333343535363032268
39Jim GarrisonIndianapolis, IN3333363233323536270
Paul GarrisonIndianapolis, IN3835293334353333270
Sam WallaceBaltimore, MD3830333234353434270
42Ron AkinsCleveland, OH3234353534383134272
Charlie McIntoshBirmingham, AL3334353730323542272
44Bob AgeeJacksonville, FL3131383434393333273
45Eddie MeyersSavannah, GA3534323037363436274
46Lowell BarbourAkron, OH3433303634373242278
47John MascardineYoungstown, OH3632323237403735281
MCMickey HatfieldCincinnati, OH136MC
Ken MillerBirmingham, AL136MC
Dennis StraussCleveland, OH136MC
Charles GatewoodMississippi City, MS137MC
Jim MorrisCincinnati, OH138MC
Wayne CodySpringfield, IL139MC
Bob CoulsonCleveland, OH139MC
Tracy MooreLong Island, NY139MC
Ken SmithCleveland, OH139MC
Oscar SwearenginDetroit, MI139MC
Wallace GlassLexington, KY140MC
Bob KosekCleveland, OH140MC
Charlie TarkurWarren, OH140MC
Jerry MooreCleveland, OH141MC
Harry MuellerCleveland, OH141MC
Jack ThomasYoungstown, OH141MC
Bill CraysIndianapolis, IN142MC
Russ SalomonCleveland, OH142MC
John LubbersHamilton, OH143MC
Bill StonestreetCleveland, OH143MC
Elmer BerstlingYoungstown, OH144MC
George SwearenginDetroit, MI144MC
Ken SzaboCleveland, OH145MC
Ray VokatiCleveland, OH145MC
Ed WatsonFairland, IN145MC
George NitzskyCleveland, OH146MC
Joe HrusovskyWarren, OH147MC
Jeff FlorenAkron, OH148MC
Howard WeekleyCleveland, OH149MC
Ed BarnardPoland, OH151MC
Barny LincCleveland, OH151MC
Carl SavageAkron, OH151MC
Tom MyersSavannah, GA155MC
Roger IngrahamCleveland, OH156MC
Mel HanacekIndependence, OH157MC
Bill HaskellCleveland, OH160MC
Harry KempDallas, TX161MC
Mike McDermottCleveland, OH164MC
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Terry GradyCleveland, OH277
2Don RolleyCleveland, OH278

Article and scores taken from PPA Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 6 (June 24, 1962)