$50,000 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Cleveland, OH (North Olmsted)

July 5-7, 1963

John Spotts New PPA National Champion

Twenty-year-old John Spotts of Indianapolis, IN, outlasted a strong field of eager putting pros to cop first place money of $10,000 to become PPA's 1963 National Champion. The "sure-putting" Spotts shot a sizzling 346, 86-under par in getting the job done. Young Spotts, a new face on the PPA tour, entered the final day's competition six strokes off the pace. He wasted no time in getting down to business as he fired a 28-28-29-25 to squeeze out his victory. Staying right on his heels all the way, making a strong bid for the lead, was Ralph Sapp of August, GA. Ralph finished one stroke off the pace with an 85-under par, 347, good for second place and $5,000. Third and fourth places proved to be an exciting battle as Tracy Moore of Augusta, GA, and Charles Gatewood of Mississippi City, MS, battled all the way down to the wire, tying with a 349.

Tracy Moore, a constant face on the PPA tour since its infancy, played his final round under heavy pressure. First and 2nd place winners, Spotts and Sapp, entered the final round 75-under par. Tracy Moore entered his final round 79 under par. With the leading score (86 under) already in, Moore had to fire a 29 to tie or 28 to win. The putts just wouldn't fall, and a disappointed Moore had to settle for a third place tie. The entire field for the pro division consisted of 231 pros, the largest ever gathered for a PPA event.

Young Joe Gehling of Cincinnati, Ohio came to Cleveland with a hot putter and put it to work in the amateur division by firing a 358, 74-under par, to claim the first place trophy. In second place, 9 strokes off the pace, was Jerry Pruitt of Atlanta, GA. Pruitt fired a 367, 65-under par. Shooting scores in the 20's was not confined to the pro division. In taking first place in the amateur division, Gehling fired 3 rounds of 29, one of 28, and a sizzling 25. A field of 67 amateurs started the first day's competition. The field was cut to the top 30 after the 2nd day's competition.

Many of the men in the putting spectacular will now move on to Indianapolis, IN; Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA; and Lake Charles, LA, to complete the 1963 circuit. Although the 1963 National Championship has ended, hundred upon hundreds of people who witnessed the event will remember it for a long time to come.

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
Place Player City Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total Cash
1John SpottsIndianapolis, IN125111110346$ 10,000.00
2Ralph SappAugusta, GA119117111347$ 5,000.00
3Charles GatewoodMississippi City, MS120112117349$ 2,500.00
Tracy MooreAugusta, GA116115118349$ 2,500.00
5Vance RandallAsheville, NC119115117351$ 1,000.00
6Pete ReedAtlanta, GA118116118352$ 1,000.00
7Charlie HayesWinston-Salem, NC116116121353$ 1,000.00
Sam SchaferAugusta, GA123116114353$ 1,000.00
9Daryl FreemanBristol, VA115120119354$ 1,000.00
Ron SlocumbColumbus, GA114120120354$ 1,000.00
11Ken BoyBristol, TN121110124355$ 1,000.00
John ConnorGreenville, SC117124114355$ 1,000.00
13Chuck SchaferLong Island, NY117115124356$ 1,000.00
Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD116122118356$ 1,000.00
15Ted BrownHigh Point, NC120120117357$ 1,000.00
Charlie McIntoshBirmingham, AL118116123357$ 1,000.00
Fred ScottBristol, TN123119115357$ 1,000.00
18Ken MillerBirmingham, AL117113128358$ 1,000.00
Claude StaggsManassas, VA118122118358$ 1,000.00
Gene VonWaldnerSavannah, GA119123116358$ 1,000.00
21Bob DuncanLynchburg, VA114118127359$ 1,000.00
22Jim BryanAtlanta, GA118121121360$ 1,000.00
Roy CollinsworthMacon, GA116119125360$ 1,000.00
Glen GarvinPensacola, FL120125115360$ 1,000.00
Paul GordonShreveport, LA117123120360$ 1,000.00
Harold HardesterOrlando, FL121124115360$ 1,000.00
Ron NixonColumbus, GA114125121360$ 1,000.00
28Lockland BryantJacksonville, FL123116122361$ 1,000.00
John HelmsCharlotte, NC123117121361$ 1,000.00
Al KalishmanPensacola, FL126112123361$ 1,000.00
Bob McDowellHigh Point, NC114127120361$ 1,000.00
Larry RichPensacola, FL123125113361$ 1,000.00
George SalterSavannah, GA117126118361$ 1,000.00
Carl StricklandMacon, GA116126119361$ 1,000.00
35Earl FrittsSavannah, GA362
Mike LaFleurLake Charles, LA362
37Neil ConnorGreenville, SC363
Gene McDonaldSavannah, GA363
Tom MyersSavannah, GA363
40Joe MazieCleveland, OH364
41LeRoy CooperEast Point, GA365
Gary GanimParma, OH365
Paul GarrisonIndianapolis, IN365
Warren GrayIndianapolis, IN365
Len MarloIndianapolis, IN365
Dennis StraussCleveland, OH365
47Roy EstesKingsport, TN366
Eugene HullIndianapolis, IN366
Lehman KeyLake Charles, LA366
Clarence KurtzWashington, DC366
Frank ReidAtlanta, GA366
Melvin SappAugusta, GA366
Herb SeatonGatlinburg, TN366
54Buddy GarrenGreenville, SC367
Bill RettigCincinnati, OH367
John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN367
57Don ElmoreShelby, NC368
58Don AlexanderMobile, AL369
Bill CraysIndianapolis, IN369
Gary PuckettAtlanta, GA369
Howard WeekleyBrookpark, OH369
62Bob BowerRoanoke, VA370
Lee WeldySavannah, GA370
64Harley BakerJackson, TN371
Tom BennettFayetteville, NC371
Richard BentonMiami, FL371
Ashley SlocumbColumbus, GA371
68Bob AgeeJacksonville, FL372
Wilbur HildebrandGreensboro, NC372
Nick LongBurlington, IA372
Dan MescallIndianapolis, IN372
Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL372
73James BarrySt. Louis, MO373
Willie EdwardsWinston-Salem, NC373
Jim GarrisonIndianapolis, IN373
76Frank SarverLake Charles, LA375
77David AsherSt. Louis, MO376
Jan BowmanBristol, TN376
Lamar BrownAtlanta, GA376
Wayne PerdueRoanoke, VA376
Jack WoodLynchburg, VA376
82Justin ColleyWestminster, CO377
Frank KellyNew Orleans, LA377
Don MartinLynchburg, VA377
Pat McMastersGreenville, SC377
Bob PotterIslip, NY377
Fred SchaferJacksonville, FL377
Eugene WrightHolliman, TX377
89Jack MeltonAtlanta, GA378
Jerry WilliamsTuscaloosa, AL378
Pat YoumansSavannah, GA378
92John ThomasMemphis, TN379
93Condy RobersonSavannah, GA380
Jim WelkerMiami, FL380
95John CrowellWashington, DC381
Howard FellowsWarren, OH381
Roger HolbrookGreensboro, NC381
Leonard PeakAtlanta, GA381
99George BeardenSavannah, GA382
Charlie Connor SrGreenville, SC382
Fred GarrisonIndianapolis, IN382
Paul HarrigalCleveland, OH382
Tom TeddyMemphis, TN382
104Bob PoltisCleveland, OH383
Dean StonierRantoul, IL383
106Bill LewisCharlotte, NC384
Bill PadgettCharlotte, NC384
108Tom CumminsLouisville, KY385
Vernon TaylorHigh Point, NC385
110Howell SmithAtlanta, GA387
111Irvin HalesGoldsboro, NC389
Cal SkidmoreBaltimore, MD389
113Ken JohnsonDenver, CO390
Don PoseyWinston-Salem, NC390
Hank SmithHopeville, GA390
116Paul ConkleFindlay, OH391
Jack HoffmanAsheville, NC391
118Bud IrelandHouston, TX392
119Ben FarrarHouston, TX398
120Walt MooreCincinnati, OH399
MCEd BanfieldArlington, TXMC
Oscar BedsolePort Arthur, TXMC
Don BelcherOrlando, FlMC
DL BennettBelaire, TXMC
Clyde BerryMiami, FLMC
Jim BlackAtlanta, GAMC
Roy BrianNorwalk, CAMC
Bob BurneyHamilton, OHMC
Bob ByerlyIndianapolis, INMC
Ralph CopleyThomasville, NCMC
Dick CramerHamilton, OHMC
Ken EdgeFayetteville, NCMC
John FosterWilmington, DEMC
Jerry FoxAkron, OHMC
Wallace GlassRichmond, KYMC
Harry GonsoulinNew Orleans, LAMC
Tom HarschBurlington, IAMC
Mickey HatfieldCincinnati, OHMC
Richard HaydenOwensboro, KYMC
AJ JarvisTallahassee, FLMC
Steve JenkinsHouston, TXMC
Ted JonesN Middletown, OHMC
Everett KoenigDetroit, MIMC
John MascardineYoungstown, OHMC
Philip MooreJackson, MSMC
Roger MooreAtlanta, GAMC
Cliff MooseGastonia, NCMC
Harry MuellerCleveland, OHMC
Forrest NewtonShelby, NCMC
Bob O'SteenJacksonville, FLMC
Roy PeaveyDarlington, SCMC
John PeckWhitehall, OHMC
Budge PerryDecatur, GAMC
Bill PogueDarlington, SCMC
Jim RossiterSavannah, GAMC
Mitch SacksCincinnati, OHMC
Ed SindalarCleveland, OHMC
Doyle SmithDallas, TXMC
Wayne SmithFlint, MIMC
John SnyderYoungstown, OHMC
Charles SygowskiWilmington, DEMC
GT TruettBirmingham, ALMC
Jack TuckerStatesville, NCMC
Jerry UnderwoodIndianapolis, INMC
Walter WendeOrlando, FlMC
David WilliamsKingsport, TNMC
Harry WilliamsFayetteville, NCMC
Jim WilliamsCincinnati, OHMC
Milton WiseNew Orleans, LAMC
Andy ZinkIslip, NYMC
AMATEUR DIVISION
Place Player City Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total Cash
1Joe GehlingCincinnati, OH121123114358
2Gerry PruittAtlanta, GA127123117367
3Dick FlorinAkron, OH370
4James FishellRaleigh, NC371
5David MarshAtlanta, GA372
Ray WingerterNew Orleans, LA372
7Joe ShaedlerAtlanta, GA373
Tommy VonGossenLake Charles, LA373
9Charlie PriceShreveport, LA374
10Terry GradyN. Olmstead, OH375
11Joe JessupGreensboro, NC377
12Joe CoxHigh Point, NC378
13Bill StoweGastonia, NC379
14Bill BrunckHamilton, OH380
Tom KehlCleveland, OH380
16Steve HeadColumbia, IN382
17Tom JonesNew Middletown, OH384
Jay SimececkCleveland, OH384
19Larry AndersonLevittown, NY385
Tommy HoagJacksonville, FL385
21Dave NeelyAshland, OH386
22John KolodziejQuincy, IL387
23Dave EvansWinston-Salem, NC392
24Tom AdelmanNorwalk, OH393
Joe MazzaliLouisville, KY393
26Philip ClemmerDurham, NC394
27Tom PadgettCharlotte, NC395
28Ronny BrunettAtlanta, GA399
29Larry BurneyHamilton, OH404
30Junior WoodWilmington, DE405
MCJim BeckKingsport, TNMC
Tom BelowIndianapolis, INMC
Julian BryceJackson, TNMC
Roger BuckSpringfield, ILMC
Gary BunchSt Louis, MOMC
Ted CainHamilton, OHMC
Gil CaitoIndianapolis, INMC
Ted CatoNorwalk, OHMC
Butch DavisPensacola, FLMC
Eddie DurhamKingsport, TNMC
Don GanimCleveland, OHMC
Steve GilbertStatesville, NCMC
Mark GreeneVermilion, OHMC
Mickey HarrisIndianapolis, INMC
Don HenkBuffalo, NYMC
Ted HoffmanSeattle, WAMC
Larry HolmesFayetteville, NCMC
Danny JohnsonPensacola, FLMC
Rich KaighinToledo, OHMC
George KimmerCharlotte, NCMC
Bill Kirby JrFayetteville, NCMC
Mike LindseyGreensboro, NCMC
Walt MeyersChampaign, ILMC
Marshall MinnickSan Antonio, TXMC
Ron MitchellFayetteville, NCMC
Henry MixonColumbus, GAMC
Jack MooreAugusta, GAMC
Terry NixonJackson, TNMC
Pete RayBurlington, NCMC
Tom RedickWilmington, DEMC
Ron ShaddixColumbus, GAMC
Frank StaleyWarren, OHMC
Stu WillisCincinnati, OHMC
John ZagerisColumbus, OHMC

Article, scores and photos taken from Putt-Putt World Magazine, Volume 5, Number 5 (August 1963)