$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
1Chuck SchaferLong Island, NY119109228$ 1,200.00
2Neil ConnorGreenville, SC117113230$ 750.00
3Gene McDonaldSavannah, GA111121232$ 500.00
4Lehman KeyLake Charles, LA118115233$ 331.25
Vance RandallAsheville, NC120113233$ 331.25
John SpottsIndianapolis, IN114119233$ 331.25
Glen GarvinPensacola, FL116117233$ 331.25
8Henry PooleLake Charles, LA116118234$ 237.50
Lee WeldySavannah, GA115119234$ 237.50
10Pat YoumansSavannah, GA117118235$ 200.00
11Sam SchaferAugusta, GA120117237$ 162.50
Charlie McIntoshBirmingham, AL119118237$ 162.50
13Frank KellyNew Orleans, LA121117238$ 87.50
Ralph SappAugusta, GA116122238$ 87.50
15Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD123116239$ 16.66
Eddie MeyersSavannah, GA118121239$ 16.66
Ron NixonColumbus, GA115124239$ 16.66
18Charles GatewoodMississippi City, MS123117240
Claude StaggsManassas, VA120120240
20Daryl FreemanBristol, VA124118242
21Al KalishmanPensacola, FL124119243
Dan TuckerShreveport, LA124119243
Mike LaFleurLake Charles, LA123120243
Tracy MooreAugusta, GA118125243
25Pete ReedAtlanta, GA129115244
Richmond HobsonShreveport, LA128118244
Paul GordonShreveport, LA124120244
28Steve JenkinsHouston, TX118127245
29Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL120126246
30Fred McLainLake Charles, LA126121247
31Frank TerrellLake Charles, LA128120248
DL BennettHouston, TX126122248
Ken MillerBirmingham, AL122126248
34Ron SlocumbColumbus, GA120129249
35Frank SarverLake Charles, LA124126250
Tom BelcherBaton Rouge, LA124126250
37Roy CollinsworthMacon, GA130122252
William KeyMeridian, MS122130252
Wayne PostBolton, MS121131252
40Ben FarrarHouston, TX129125254
41John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN127128255
Melvin WhiteClinton, MS125130255
JG FournetLake Charles, LA125130255
44Larry SmithShreveport, LA125130256
Daultin HardinLake Charles, LA125130256
Condy RobersonSavannah, GA127129256
47Ron MercadelNew Orleans, LA127130257
48Albert LandryLafayette, LA126132258
49Oscar BedsolePort Arthur, TX130132262
50Joe DrefahlNew Orleans, LA128139267
Place Player City Day 1 Day 2 Total Cash
1Joe SchaedlerAtlanta, GA122121243
2Paul JessenLake Charles, LA119125244
3Lloyd HooverBaton Rouge, LA128122250
4Larry JohnsonLake Charles, LA127127254
5Robert AtkinsShreveport, LA130125255
6Mike TouchyLake Charles, LA134122256
7Charlie PriceShreveport, LA132126258
8Jamie HightowerLake Charles, LA129130259
9Jerry GarveyLake Charles, LA133127260
10Tommy VanGossenLake Charles, LA136133269
Louis KimballLake Charles, LA136133269

Article and scores taken from Lake Charles American Press