$5,000 Cleveland Open

Euclid, OH

August 5-6, 1967

Gary Love First in PPA History To Defend Previous Title

Gary Love of Euclid, OH, successfully defended his championship title by acing the 142nd, 143rd and 144th holes in the eight-round $5,000 Cleveland Open. Last year, Gary won the 1966 Cleveland Open in North Olmsted and now can boast being the only pro in PPA history to successfully defend his title.

Love was one stroke behind Chuck Schafer of Augusta, GA, and Bob Marcellino of Rockville, MD, when he stood at the tee of the 16th hole of the final round. As though he had learned much from National Champion Vance Randall (who did the very same thing in Greenville, SC), Love went on to duplicate the style and manner of the national champion, acing out holes 16, 17 and 18 in the last round to emerge two strokes ahead of the field and capture the Cleveland Open for the second time.

Gary shot a blistering 46-under-par 242 to pick up the $1,000 in first place prize money. This money earnings places him in the top 10 in national money winnings and gives him a tremendous opportunity now to vie for the possibility of competing in the Parade of Champions television series for 1968.

Bob Marcellino of Rockville, MD, and Willie Edwards of Raleigh, NC, along with Chuck Schafer of Augusta, GA, all finished 44-under par, tying for second place. These three gentlemen pocketed $583.33 each for their efforts.

John Connor surged into third place in leading money winnings by scoring a net total of 245 strokes over the eight-round tournament with a 43-under par and received $400. Charlie Hayes, well-known PPA pro from Winston-Salem, NC, followed John Connor, one stroke off his pace with a 42-under par and received $312.50. Parade of Champions putting whiz John Roessner, one-time national amateur champion of Indianapolis, IN, matched Hayes' 246 and also received $312.50.

The top putting professionals of the PPA were well represented at this $5,000 tournament in which Vance Randall of Asheville, NC, 1967 National Champion was on tap for the event along with many of the other outstanding pros. They included Ken Boy of Bristol, TN, 1966 South African Champion; Parade of Champions putting star, Bob Poltis of Euclid, OH; and 1966 national champion Richard Buchan of Henderson, NC. It is obvious that Gary Love had no particular advantage even though he competed on his own golf course, as the field of putting pros were the very finest in the world.

Place Player City Total Cash
1Gary LoveEuclid, OH242$ 1,000.00
2Willie EdwardsRaleigh, NC244$ 583.33
Bob MarcellinoWashington, DC244$ 583.33
Chuck SchaferAugusta, GA244$ 583.33
5John ConnorGreenville, SC245$ 400.00
6Charlie HayesWinston-Salem, NC246$ 312.50
John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN246$ 312.50
8Cliff MooseGastonia, NC247$ 250.00
9Vance RandallAsheville, NC250$ 225.00
10Neil ConnorGreenville, SC251$ 200.00
11Ken BoyBristol, TN252$ 125.00
Richard BuchanHenderson, NC252$ 125.00
Sonny HeissBaltimore, MD252$ 125.00
Bob PoltisEuclid, OH252$ 125.00
15Jim GrinsteadEuclid, OH253$ 16.66
Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD253$ 16.66
Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL253$ 16.66

Article, scores and photos taken from Putt-Putt World Magazine, Volume 9, Number 6 (September 1967)