Columbus, OH (Hamilton Rd)

July 3-5, 1964

Bob Williamson New Putting King

A very hot 4th of July weekend found Jacksonville pro, Bob Williamson, maintaining "a cool head" in dominating a field of 201 pro by copping the $5,000 first place purse and the 1964 PPA National Championship title.

Williamson held a personal duel throughout the tournament with handsome Pat Youmans of Savannah, GA. At the end of the first-day's rounds Youmans took the lead with a 115. Williamson finished three strokes back at 118. On the first round of the second day, Williamson fired a 27 to Youmans 30 to even the duel. However, at the end of the day's competition, Williamson found himself two strokes back with an eight round total of 244 as compared to Youmans' 242.

During the final day's rounds, Williamson began to put pressure on Youmans. Although Pat fired very respectable rounds of 27-33-30-29 for 25-under-par 119, Williamson posted scores of 26-31-28-30 for a 29-under-par 115. This moved Williamson out in front of Youmans with a 12-round total of 361, 71-under par.

With all the excitement displayed by these two champion putters, no one seemed to notice the determined John Connor of Greenville, SC. John, brother of all-time PPA money winner, Neil Connor, ended up just three strokes off the pace with a 70-under-par 362. During the three-day tournament and the week preceding the event only once did the rain hinder play. a very severe but "quite cooling" downpour appeared on the scene at the end of the first day's rounds. Only four remaining contestants caught the full force of the downpour.

In the amateur division Tom Kehl of Cleveland, Ohio, stole the show with a 60-under-par 372 for the three-day's competition. Although after the first day's rounds he was was holding a very weak four-stroke lead, he shifted into high gear and was able to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the remainder of the tournament. He ended with a score of 372, 12 strokes over his nearest competitor, Jimmy Davis of Atlanta. Davis claimed second place honors with a 48 under par 384.

Former National Amateur Champion Joe Gehling of Cincinnati, Ohio, found the going somewhat rough on his final day and had to settle for a mediocre 9th place.

Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Cash
1Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL293031282734353026312830359$ 5,000.00
2Pat YoumansSavannah, GA282629323033313327333029361$ 3,000.00
3John ConnorGreenville, SC323127312835332926283032362$ 2,200.00
4Sam SchaferAugusta, GA372634323132302829283027364$ 1,650.00
5Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD303635282931292928283132366$ 1,200.00
6Ralph SappAugusta, GA333232302830332730342633368$ 975.00
7Ken BoyBristol, TN292533333435313130332629369$ 930.00
8Daryl FreemanBristol, TN293231313233303231333026370$ 885.00
9Harold HardesterOrlando, FL323033342834302728333428371$ 795.00
Carl StricklandMacon, GA273234362931362929312928371$ 795.00
Herman StricklandMacon, GA292830322737323228363327371$ 795.00
12Neil ConnorGreenville, SC372$ 705.00
13Jim BryanEast Point, GA373$ 615.00
Nick LongBurlington, IA373$ 615.00
Tracy MooreAugusta, GA373$ 615.00
16Bob DuncanLynchburg, VA375$ 545.00
17John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN376$ 520.00
18Lee WeldySavannah, GA377$ 495.00
19John SpottsIndianapolis, IN378$ 470.00
20Ted BrownHigh Point, NC379$ 435.00
Jim GlassKettering, OH379$ 435.00
22Glen GarvinPensacola, FL380$ 385.00
Ken MillerBirmingham, AL380$ 385.00
Jim WilliamsCincinnati, OH380$ 385.00
25Richard BentonMiami, FL381$ 350.00
26John CrowellWashington, DC384$ 320.00
Ray RayfieldBirmingham, AL384$ 320.00
Pete ReedAtlanta, GA384$ 320.00
29Charlie HayesWinston-Salem, NC387$ 275.00
Vance RandallAsheville, NC387$ 275.00
Melvin SappAugusta, GA387$ 275.00
32Gary GanimCleveland, OH388$ 231.66
Len MarloIndianapolis, IN388$ 231.66
Bill RettigCincinnati, OH388$ 231.66
35Paul GarrisonIndianapolis, IN389$ 205.00
Fred ScottBristol, TN389$ 205.00
37Al KalterDayton, OH390$ 190.00
38Jim GarrisonIndianapolis, IN391$ 170.00
Bob PoltisCleveland, OH391$ 170.00
Chuck SchaferAugusta, GA391$ 170.00
41John PeckColumbus, OH392$ 145.00
Montgomery WoodWilmington, DE392$ 145.00
43Claude StaggsManassas, VA393$ 135.00
44Dan AlexanderMobile, AL394$ 122.50
Paul GordonShreveport, LA394$ 122.50
Tom HarschBurlington, IA394$ 122.50
47Jim CornettChampaign, IL395$ 110.00
48Charles GatewoodMississippi City, MS396$ 68.33
Eddie MeyersSavannah, GA396$ 68.33
Dave ReedyDenver, CO396$ 68.33
51Virgil Bryan SrAtlanta, GA397
John HelmsCharlotte, NC397
Bobby KirbyGreenville, SC397
54Bill BrunckHamilton, OH398
Roy EstesKingsport, TN398
56Earl FrittsSavannah, GA399
Jimmy HarritosAtlanta, GA399
Jim LittleAtlanta, GA399
Roger MooreAtlanta, GA399
David WilliamsKingsport, TN399
61Ron BaumannHamilton, OH400
Pete BurwellColumbus, OH400
Don HavlicekCincinnati, OH400
Ron NixonColumbus, GA400
Glenn ShirleyKnoxville, TN400
Mort WillisColumbus, OH400
67George KimmerSavannah, GA401
Bob McDowellHigh Point, NC401
Tom MillerBrookville, OH401
Fritz SchaferJacksonville, FL401
Tom TeddyMemphis, TN401
72Jim BartonDayton, OH402
Ron HallBristol, TN402
Jack HinkleColumbus, IN402
Bobby IngramGainesville, GA402
Jerry LeveretteMacon, GA402
George SalterSavannah, GA402
78Art BallRaleigh, NC403
Warren GrayIndianapolis, IN403
Gene McDonaldSavannah, GA403
Condy RobersonSavannah, GA403
82Lockland BryantJacksonville, FL404
Tom CumminsLouisville, KY404
Gene VonWaldnerSavannah, GA404
85Tom JonesMiddletown, OH405
Ike QuintonMorristown, TN405
John SnyderYoungstown, OH405
88Robert BukerWilmington, DE406
Dale ClemDayton, OH406
Bill LawsonKnoxville, TN406
DeWayne MitchellColumbia, TN406
92Larry ShipleyJohnson City, TN407
Ron SlocumbColumbus, GA407
94Eric PetersonAlliance, OH408
95Jack BrooksMemphis, TN409
Mike CheekMacon, GA409
Cliff MooseGastonia, NC409
98John DefordCarrollton, GA411
Mike HansenChampaign, IL411
George WhitworthTonawanda, NY411
101Jim TownsendIndianapolis, IN415
102Web DiGenovaDover, OH416
103Joe JoynerMacon, GA425
Remainder of field cut after 2nd day
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Cash
1Tom KehlCleveland, OH293232272935303229293929372
2Jimmy DavisAtlanta, GA313437322635273335292936384
3Stu WillisCincinnati, OH389
4Greg StrayerPensacola, FL394
5Phil ZornAtlanta, GA395
6Jerry WoosleyMemphis, TN396
7Charlie AllenDayton, OH397
Tommy VanGossenLake Charles, LA397
9Joe GehlingCincinnati, OH400
10Bo KurashWilloughby, OH402
11Rick SmithIndianapolis, IN406
12Noel TopperTonawanda, NY407
13Jay SimecekCleveland, OH408
14Mickey HarrisIndianapolis, IN409
15Daryl HaydenIndianapolis, IN411
16Tom BelowIndianapolis, IN413
17Eddie DurhamKingsport, TN414
Wayne SmithJohnson City, TN414
19Bill ThomasYoungstown, OH416
20Ronny BurnettAtlanta, GA417
21Bill HortonKettering, OH419
22Joe SchaedlerAtlanta, GA423
23John RessmanTonawanda, NY424
24Tom RedickWilmington, DE427
25Dick BeightlerColumbus, OH428
26Gilbert LandryLafayette, LA433
27Billy AlexanderMobile, AL434
28Gary JamesGahanna, OH437
Remainder of field cut after 2nd day

Article and scores taken from PPA Newsletter, Volume 5, Number 1 (July 5, 1964)