$1,000 Lynchburg Open

Lynchburg, VA

July 14, 1965

Weldy Takes Lynchburg Title Under Clear Skies

What could be classified as a PPA first for the 1965 touring season took place during this $1,000 putting event. To the best of the pro's knowledge, it was the first tournament of the season that rain DID NOT FALL.

During competition, a field of 46 local and touring pros teed off under starry skies and continued that way with only an occasional "Dark Cloud" hanging over a few of the putters.

Lee Weldy of Savannah, GA set the pace of the entire field as he fired an 11-under-par 25 in the opening round. Slight difficulties gave him a follow-up round of 33 for a total of 58. This briefly relinquished his lead to local pro, Larry Mason, who fired a first round 28 backed up with a second round 29. His total for 36 holes was 57, however, in the third round, Weldy once again went to glory and took just 27 strokes over the 18-hole run. Mason's 32 put him into second place where he remained as both players fired 30's for the last round.

Weldy's four round total of 115 consisted of 30 aces and one 3. All other putts were par 2's. Excitement ran high as over 100 people watched the tournament and Radio Station WWPD covered the event live.

In the amateur division, local putter, Kelly Wright fired a respectable 128 to win by one stroke over Glenn Miller, also of Lynchburg.

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 Total Cash
1Lee WeldySavannah, GA25332730115$ 300.00
2Larry MasonLynchburg, VA28293230119$ 200.00
3Bob BowerRoanoke, VA31293229121$ 116.66
Ray RayfieldBirmingham, AL30283330121$ 116.66
Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD29313130121$ 116.66
6Bob PoltisCleveland, OH31283132122$ 50.00
7Ken MillerBirmingham, AL29342832123$ 40.00
8John PeckColumbus, OH33273430124$ 25.00
John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN35303029124$ 25.00
10Fred ScottBristol, VA30333131125$ 10.00
AMATEUR DIVISION
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 Total Cash
1Kelly WrightLynchburg, VA30353429128
2Glenn MillerLynchburg, VA34313133129

Article and scores taken from PPA Newsletter, Volume 6, Number 7 (July 21, 1965)