$3,000 Pacific Open

Los Angeles, CA (Whittier)

July 28-29, 1962

Daryl Freeman Wins $3,000 Pacific Open

Smooth-stroking Daryl Freeman of Bristol, VA, took an early lead and coasted to victory in the $3,000 Pacific Open on the nearby La Habra Putt-Putt course, July 29, winning by seven shots over three challengers who were deadlocked for second place.

The youthful Freeman blazed around the 144-hole distance in 229, 59 strokes under par, in winning the concluding stop on the 1962 cross country summer tour of the Professional Putters Association.

One of the most consistent scorers the three years the PPA has staged coast-to-coast tournaments, Freeman shook off the "Mr. Runner-Up", tag given him by his fellow putting professional to win his first major championship.

Freeman unleashed a nine-under par opening round 27 and was ahead by six shots at the halfway mark. On the final day, he uncorked another 27 and wound up by firing a 10-under 26 in the final round.

By virtue of his $1,000 first place check in the richest putting tournament ever held in California, Freeman leaped from sixth to fourth position on the money winning list for 1962.

Jan Bowman of Whittier, CA, put together a final round 25 to deadlock Vance Randall of Asheville, NC, who had a 27, and Chuck Schafer of Long Island, NY, who had a 28, for runner-up money. Each collected $350 for second place totals of 236.

Steve Saeger of Studio City, CA, turned in a 263 to win the amateur championship trophy. Ken Morgan, also of Studio City, was second, six shots behind.

Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Daryl FreemanBristol, TN2728283127293326229$ 1,000.00
2Chuck SchaferLong Island, NY2928283032303128236$ 350.00
Vance RandallAsheville, NC2831312829303227236$ 350.00
Jan BowmanBristol, TN2735273330312825236$ 350.00
5Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL2934272933282730237$ 158.33
Ralph SappAugusta, GA3029282832293130237$ 158.33
Condy RobersonSavannah, GA3130322632253031237$ 158.33
8Lee WeldySavannah, GA3028273229283133238$ 100.00
9Pat YoumansSavannah, GA2831303133283028239$ 85.00
10Ron SlocumbColumbus, GA3335302834282626240$ 75.00
11Neil ConnorGreenville, SC3033263229303031241$ 60.00
12Charles GatewoodMississippi City, MS3630323230282925242$ 50.00
13Paul GarrisonIndianapolis, IN3033332930263428243$ 40.00
Glen GarvinPensacola, FL2932273131293232243$ 40.00
15Mike DancerLos Angeles, CA2834323029293230244$ 25.00
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Steve SaegerStudio City, CA263
2Ken MorganStudio City, CA269

Article, scores and photos taken from Putt-Putt World Magazine, Volume 4, Number 6 (September 1962)