$5,000 Cleveland Open

Cleveland, OH (Maple Heights)

September 4-5, 1966

Putt-Putt Tourney Won by Love, At First Sight

Love is a term usually reserved for tennis and people, but yesterday, Love conquered Putt-Putt.

Gary Love of Euclid, playing in his first national Putt-Putt tournament, shot a 55-under-par 233, to win the $5,000 Cleveland Open Putt-Putt Tournament at Southgate (Maple Heights) by two strokes.

Love, a junior at Kent State University, lives at 1865 Grand Boulevard in Euclid. Starting play yesterday, he was tied for second place, two strokes off the pace set by 16-year old Ricky Smith of Indianapolis, IN.

After 54-holes, Love and Smith were tied, one stroke behind the leader on the course, Dick Florin of Akron. Love scored a nine-under par 27, that included nine holes-in-one, while Florin went to 31 and Smith to 29, to win the title.

Florin was the talk of the course early in the morning, a low 26, a 27 and a 28 for the first three rounds. But it was all Love when the tournament ended. Gary, who had only won $15 on the PPA tour in his 11 months - not enough to pay the Cleveland Open entry fee - added $1,000 to his bank account with his first place finish.

Smith's $750 second prize, brought his earnings this summer to $2,750, best on the PPA tour. He had a 235, 53 under par. Florin, who lives in Akron and is the leading money winner on the Northern Ohio circuit, collected $550 for third place with a 236.

In the amateur division, 13-year old Ben Rakusin of Cleveland Heights won the trophy by shooting a 35-under-par 253. Ben lives at 3373 East Scarborough and has qualified for next week's Plain Dealer-Pepsi Cola Putt-Putt tournament. Sunday amateur leader, Mike Kalmin of Maple Heights finished tied for second place, five strokes back at 258, with Rick Zola of Maple Heights and Ron Plasman of Cleveland.

Place Player City Total Cash
1Gary LoveEuclid, OH233$ 1,000.00
2Rick SmithIndianapolis, IN235$ 750.00
3Dick FlorinAkron, OH236$ 550.00
4John ConnorGreenville, SC245$ 400.00
Chuck SchaferAugusta, GA245$ 400.00
Stu WillisCincinnati, OH245$ 400.00
7Les SedlakBedford, OH246$ 275.00
8Tom BrennandToronto, Canada247$ 250.00
9Ray RayfieldBirmingham, AL248$ 225.00
10Warren GreyIndianapolis, IN249$ 187.50
John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN249$ 187.50
12Richard BuchanHenderson, NC250$ 150.00
13John SnyderCleveland, OH251$ 87.00
John ThoburnCleveland, OH251$ 87.00
15Ken BoyBristol, TN252$ 25.00
Dennis StraussCleveland, OH252$ 25.00
17Tom KehlBel Air, CA253
Bob PoltisCleveland, OH253
20Charlie HayesWinston-Salem, NC254
Doyle SmithDallas, TX254
Carl StricklandAtlanta, GA254
23LeRoy CumminskyTulsa, OK255
Steve LangaMaple Hts., OH255
Len MarloIndianapolis, IN255
Stanley WagnerBristol, VA255
27Frank HoltDallas, TX256
Terry LaskyDayton, OH256
Lee WeldySavannah, GA256
Doug YoungToledo, OH256
31Ken BoldenCleveland, OH257
Dale ClemDayton, OH257
Larry MasonLynchburg, VA257
34Rick BehmKettering, OH258
Dick CarrColumbus, OH258
Web DiGenovaDover, OH258
Ron DeHaasYoungstown, OH258
38Ron HorsfieldFort Wayne, IN259
Earl RankinCleveland, OH259
Dick RootsCincinnati, OH259
George WhitworthTonawanda, NY259
42Ted JonesYoungstown, OH260
Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD260
44Ted CadyNorwalk, OH261
Daryl FreemanBristol, VA261
Paul RichmondDover, OH261
Phil TatumTulsa, OK261
48Jeff ImmellDover, OH262
Bob MarcellinoWashington, DC262
50Chris CrossCleveland, OH263
51Mike KramseyAllentown, PA264
James RussellLivonia, MI264
53Bernie DrausmarkTulsa, OK265
Gene McDonaldSavannah, GA265
55Skip FosterNorth Olnsted, OH266
Woodson GullickGlen Burnie, MD266
57Austin BennettIndianapolis, IN268
Joe GehlingCincinnati, OH268
59Charlie AllenDayton, OH269
Frank CollierLangley Park, MD269
Earl FrittsSavannah, GA269
Dave HatchettBloomington, IN269
Allan MallottBeloit, OH269
Jim NortonCleveland, OH269
Jim RegisterPascougola, MS269
Len ShawYoungstown, OH269
67Jimmy HarritosAtlanta, GA270
Larry SiebertWilkesboro, NC270
69Arthur MullinsCincinnati, OH271
70Mack BriggsPetersburg, VA273
71Joe SenxAllentown, PA274
72BR AbernathyBurlington, NC276
Billye BrazeltonHuntsville, AL276
74Paul EndicottColumbus, OH286
Place Player City Total Cash
1Ben RakusinCleveland Hts. OH253
2Mike KalminMaple Hts., OH258
Ron PlasmanCleveland, OH258
Rick ZolaMaple Hts., OH258
5Tom O'BrienEast Cleveland, OH259
6Rick BastinNorth Olmsted, OH261
7Bill BausEuclid, OH263
Mike LammersNorth Olmsted, OH263
9Greg HubasMaple Hts., OH271
10Tony HeylAllentown, PA273
11Andy KoskoBedford, OH274
12Dan LammersNorth Olmsted, OH279
Paul MassimillaCleveland, OH279
14Tim BerendtNorth Olmsted, OH280
15Richard StupanskyCleveland, OH281
16Jack PuskarCleveland, OH286

Article and scores by George Sweda, Cleveland Plain Dealer sportswriter