$1,000 Morristown Open

Morristown, TN

July 7, 1965

Ohio Pro Becomes Tourney Winner

"Yankee, go home" was the common feeling among PPA pros as Cleveland, OH pro, Bob Poltis, took home top honors. Bob, a familiar face on the PPA tour for many seasons proved to be a real "Mudder" as he galloped his way through the rain-soaked course on his way to victory.

Although virtually unnoticed after the first two rounds of play, a blistering 10-under-par 26 for his third round brought him from seven strokes back to tie with the then leaders, Ken Boy of Bristol, TN, and Bill Lawson of Knoxville, TN. During the last round, Boy and Lawson fired highly respectable 29's but looked on in disbelief as Poltis fired his second consecutive 10-under-par 26.

All hands agreed that this was Bob's tournament. There was no staying with him once he got rolling.

While all of this excitement was going on, Vance Randall of Asheville, NC lived up to his nickname "Mr Runner-Up" by taking second best slot. While most of the other pros were eyeing the tremendous exhibition by Poltis, Randall was splashing around putting together a 9-under-par 27 for his final round.

In the amateur division, top honors went to Michael Stephenson with a score of 96.

Place Player City 1 2 3 4 Total Cash
1Bob PoltisCleveland, OH31312626114$ 300.00
2Ken BoyBristol, TN30283029117$ 158.33
Bill LawsonKnoxville, TN30302829117$ 158.33
Vance RandallAsheville, NC33282927117$ 158.33
5Ken MillerBirmingham, AL31293028118$ 62.50
Ray RayfieldBirmingham, AL32302828118$ 62.50
7John ConnorGreenville, SC31293029119$ 35.00
Bill HuxTalbott, TN34292927119$ 35.00
9Neil ConnorGreenville, SC28333030121$ 6.00
Willie EdwardsWinston-Salem, NC32302930121$ 6.00
Wilbur HildebrandHigh Point, NC27283432121$ 6.00
Stan WagnerBristol, VA31332829121$ 6.00
David WilliamsKingsport, TN31322929121$ 6.00
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 Total Cash
1Michael StephensonMorristown, TN33342996
2Jim DavisMorristown, TN33333197

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