$5,000 Southern Open

New Orleans, LA

June 10-11, 1967

Jeff Jeskin Wins $5,000 Southern Open Laurels

In the land of jazz, Jeff Jeskin of Metairie, LA, swings to the tune of a champion having successfully putted his way to the top. Against 76 other PPA contestants from across the nation, Jeskin captured first place in the $5,000 Southern Open held June 10-11.

The New Orleans event was the first of the large prize money tournaments included in the $85,000 Tournament Tour for 1967.

A $1,000 Pro-Am warm-up tournament was held June 9th in which Ricky Smith of Indianapolis, IN, with the aid of his amateur partner Tom Tompkins of Houston, TX, copped first place.

In the $5,000 affair, Neil Connor of Greenville, SC, led the field at the end of the first day of tournament activity with a 117, 27-under par. He was follored by veteran pro Vance Randall of Asheville, NC, with a 120 and Jeff Jeskin, the ultimate victor, with a 122, 22-under par at the end of the first 72 holes.

Connor ran into serious trouble on the second day of play and was forced to step aside as Jeskin charge with a 32-29-28-30 in the last four rounds for a 47-under-par total of 241 and the $1,000 winner's check.

Vance Randall and John Connor of Greenville, SC, both shot a 42-under-par 246 in an attempt to catch the young pro; however, this was not quite good enough and they had to settle for a second place tie and $650 each.

John Connor had a sizzling 25, the lowest score of the tournament, in his seventh round of the eight-round affair. Unfortunately, an even-par 36 in his fifth round stymied what culd have been a first-place win.

David Shirey of Shreveport, LA, placed first in the amateur division by shooting a 254, 34-under par. Six strokes out of first was Tom Stevens of Savannah, GA, who scored 260 for second place. Louis Raspino of New Orleans, LA, and Brice Bergesen of Houston, TX, tied for third place with a 265.

Thisteen different states were represented in the field of 77 pros and 32 amateurs who came from as far away as Los Angeles, CA, to participate in this exciting event.

PPA President Don Clayton commented on the success of the tournament and stated that he looks forward to seeing all the pros and amateurs again in Greenville, SC, July 2 and 3, for the $10,000 National Championship.

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
Place Player City Total Cash
1Jeff JeskinMetarie, LA241$ 1,000.00
2John ConnorGreenville, SC246$ 650.00
Vance RandallAsheville, NC246$ 650.00
4Neil ConnorGreenville, SC248$ 450.00
5Charlie HayesWinston-Salem, NC252$ 400.00
6Rick SmithIndianapolis, IN253$ 350.00
7Gene McDonaldSavannah, GA254$ 275.00
8William CoxPhenix City, AL255$ 250.00
9Dick FlorinOkron, OH256$ 212.50
Ken MillerBirmingham, AL256$ 212.50
11Jimmy HarritosAtlanta, GA257$ 141.66
Sandy SandersJacksonville, FL257$ 141.66
Carl StricklandAtlanta, GA257$ 141.66
14Earl FrittsSavannah, GA258$ 31.25
Joe GordonShreveport, LA258$ 31.25
Cliff MooseGastonia, NC258$ 31.25
Al SimpsonLake Charles, LA258$ 31.25
AMATEUR DIVISION
Place Player City Total Cash
1David Shirey254

Article and photos taken from Putt-Putt World Magazine, Volume 9, Number 4 (July 1967)
Scores taken from PPA Newsletter, Volume 8, Number 2 (July 20, 1967)