$5,000 Gulf Coast Open
Lake Charles, LA
August 3-4, 1963
Schafer Again Wins Gulf Coast Putting
A putter as hot as Sunday's blazing sun has brought 20-year-old Chuck Schafer a distinction held by only one other person.
The youngster from Massepequa, Long Island, NY, became the second player in the four-year history of the Professional Putters Association to successfully defend a national tournament title when he roared from behind to capture the $5,000 Gulf Coast Open Sunday afternoon at the local Putt-Putt Golf Course.
Eight strokes behind the leader going into the final four rounds, Schafer fired a blistering 35-under-par 109 Sunday to edge out all-time money winner Neil Connor by two strokes for the $1,200 first prize.
Schafer's total of 228, 60-under par, was only three strokes over the PPA national record for eight rounds of tournament play.
Connor, the only other man to win the same tournament two years in a row, finished second when the first-day leader, Gene McDonald of Savannah, GA, fell apart on the final 18 holes to end up in third place.
McDonald was 55-under par after seven rounds and in good position to break the national record when disaster struck. The 27-year-old Georgian was able to sink but three aces and took two disastrous bogey threes on the final 18 holes as a large gallery looked on under a scorching sun.
McDonald's 232 put him one stroke ahead of four putters who tied for fourth money at 233.
Among them was the top Lake Charles finisher, two-time national tourney winner Lehman Key, who finished with a flurry to beat out the other local contender, Henry Poole, by a single shot.
Key added $331.25 to his bankroll while Poole became the third local pro to win money in a national tournament when he received a check for $237.50.
The $1,200 first prize brought Schafer's all-time winnings up to $9,191. Connor, the only man to win more than three tournaments (he has won seven), increased his earning from putting to almost $19,000 with his $750 second place money. McDonald received $500 for third.
"This is the best I've ever shot in my life," Schafer claimed. But he wasn't the only one shooting well.
In last year's $500 tournament here, Ralph Sapp of Augusta, GA, won by averaging 6-under par per round. But in this tourney, that same average, or a score of 240 was not even good enough to place in the money.
Sapp finished two strokes under his average of last year and ended up in a tie for 13th place.
It turned out to be a good day for the Schafers all the way around. Chuck's brother, Sam, rallied to finish in the money in a tie for 11th place and was awarded the tournament sportsmanship trophy by his fellow players.
In the amateur division, Lake Charles' Paul Jessen ended up losing by a single stroke to Joe Schaedler of Atlanta, GA, the amateur who came the longest distance to play in the tourney. Schaedler's winning score was 243, 45-under par.
|Place||Player||City||Day 1||Day 2||Total||Cash|
|1||Chuck Schafer||Long Island, NY||119||109||228||$ 1,200.00|
|2||Neil Connor||Greenville, SC||117||113||230||$ 750.00|
|3||Gene McDonald||Savannah, GA||111||121||232||$ 500.00|
|4||Lehman Key||Lake Charles, LA||118||115||233||$ 331.25|
|Vance Randall||Asheville, NC||120||113||233||$ 331.25|
|John Spotts||Indianapolis, IN||114||119||233||$ 331.25|
|Glen Garvin||Pensacola, FL||116||117||233||$ 331.25|
|8||Henry Poole||Lake Charles, LA||116||118||234||$ 237.50|
|Lee Weldy||Savannah, GA||115||119||234||$ 237.50|
|10||Pat Youmans||Savannah, GA||117||118||235||$ 200.00|
|11||Sam Schafer||Augusta, GA||120||117||237||$ 162.50|
|Charlie McIntosh||Birmingham, AL||119||118||237||$ 162.50|
|13||Frank Kelly||New Orleans, LA||121||117||238||$ 87.50|
|Ralph Sapp||Augusta, GA||116||122||238||$ 87.50|
|15||Buddy Taylor||Baltimore, MD||123||116||239||$ 16.66|
|Eddie Meyers||Savannah, GA||118||121||239||$ 16.66|
|Ron Nixon||Columbus, GA||115||124||239||$ 16.66|
|18||Charles Gatewood||Mississippi City, MS||123||117||240|
|Claude Staggs||Manassas, VA||120||120||240|
|20||Daryl Freeman||Bristol, VA||124||118||242|
|21||Al Kalishman||Pensacola, FL||124||119||243|
|Dan Tucker||Shreveport, LA||124||119||243|
|Mike LaFleur||Lake Charles, LA||123||120||243|
|Tracy Moore||Augusta, GA||118||125||243|
|25||Pete Reed||Atlanta, GA||129||115||244|
|Richmond Hobson||Shreveport, LA||128||118||244|
|Paul Gordon||Shreveport, LA||124||120||244|
|28||Steve Jenkins||Houston, TX||118||127||245|
|29||Bob Williamson||Jacksonville, FL||120||126||246|
|30||Fred McLain||Lake Charles, LA||126||121||247|
|31||Frank Terrell||Lake Charles, LA||128||120||248|
|DL Bennett||Houston, TX||126||122||248|
|Ken Miller||Birmingham, AL||122||126||248|
|34||Ron Slocumb||Columbus, GA||120||129||249|
|35||Frank Sarver||Lake Charles, LA||124||126||250|
|Tom Belcher||Baton Rouge, LA||124||126||250|
|37||Roy Collinsworth||Macon, GA||130||122||252|
|William Key||Meridian, MS||122||130||252|
|Wayne Post||Bolton, MS||121||131||252|
|40||Ben Farrar||Houston, TX||129||125||254|
|41||John Roessner||Indianapolis, IN||127||128||255|
|Melvin White||Clinton, MS||125||130||255|
|JG Fournet||Lake Charles, LA||125||130||255|
|44||Larry Smith||Shreveport, LA||125||130||256|
|Daultin Hardin||Lake Charles, LA||125||130||256|
|Condy Roberson||Savannah, GA||127||129||256|
|47||Ron Mercadel||New Orleans, LA||127||130||257|
|48||Albert Landry||Lafayette, LA||126||132||258|
|49||Oscar Bedsole||Port Arthur, TX||130||132||262|
|50||Joe Drefahl||New Orleans, LA||128||139||267|
|Place||Player||City||Day 1||Day 2||Total||Cash|
|1||Joe Schaedler||Atlanta, GA||122||121||243|
|2||Paul Jessen||Lake Charles, LA||119||125||244|
|3||Lloyd Hoover||Baton Rouge, LA||128||122||250|
|4||Larry Johnson||Lake Charles, LA||127||127||254|
|5||Robert Atkins||Shreveport, LA||130||125||255|
|6||Mike Touchy||Lake Charles, LA||134||122||256|
|7||Charlie Price||Shreveport, LA||132||126||258|
|8||Jamie Hightower||Lake Charles, LA||129||130||259|
|9||Jerry Garvey||Lake Charles, LA||133||127||260|
|10||Tommy VanGossen||Lake Charles, LA||136||133||269|
|Louis Kimball||Lake Charles, LA||136||133||269|
Article and scores taken from Lake Charles American Press