$5,000 Northern Open

Youngstown, OH

August 2-3, 1969

Hayden Captures Northern Open Title

Daryl Hayden of Indianapolis, Indiana, claimed top honors in Youngstown, Ohio, on August 2-3 by shooting a tremendous 55-under-par score of 233 to win the 1969 Northern Open and the $1,000 first place prize. After posting a 72-hole total of 114 on the first day of competition, the Indianapolis pro went on to maintain his lead and fight off the toughest competition in the PPA coming from such men as Buddy Taylor of Baltimore, Maryland; John Roessner of Indianapolis; Vance Randall of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and 74 other challenging pros.

Many of the top pros in the nation were entered in the Northern Open, and the competition was perhaps the most severe of any of the three national tournaments this year. Buddy Taylor maintained his first day score of 117, shooting 119 on the final day to finish at 236, three strokes behind Hayden, and received second place honors and a check for $750. John Roessner, Vance Randall and Gary Love tied for third place at 238.

Ron DeHaas of Youngstown defeated Jeff Jeskin of New Orleans in an 18-hole playoff for the qualifying position in the $110,000 tournament to be held in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Both men were tied with final scores of 242; however, DeHaas conquered the tremendous pressure as well as Jeskin for a qualifying position.

Excitement and pressure surrounded the field of 78 pros at the Northern Open, and fantastic putting performances were recorded at the money winners' scores indicate in the pro division. Yet plenty of excitement and pressure were also present in the Amateur Division as Mike Baldoza, 1969 National Amateur Champion from Fort Worth, Texas, turned in a final score of 239, 49-under par fir first place honors. As Baldoza stepped to the tee of the last hole of the tournament, he remarked that he needed an ace to take first place away from Chuck Galgas of Youngstown. Baldoza did just that and Gulgas finished one stroke off the lead with a 240!

Preceding the $5,000 Northern Open, was a $1,000 Pro-Am match play tournament which hosted a field of 51 teams. Sweeping away first place winnings in the Pro-Am was the team of Gary Love, defending Northern Open Champion from Kent, Ohio, and his amazing amateur partner, Tom Hatmaker of Youngstown. Runnersup in the event was the team of Vance Randall, 1969 National Champion and Mike Lecka of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Semifinialist in the match play were the teams of Gil Caito of Indianapolis and his amateur partner, Doug Cortellini, also of Indianapolis, and Cliff Moose of Gastonia, North Carolina, and his amateur, Tom Williams of Muncie, Indiana.

The Pro-Am tournament set a grueling pace for the 102 putters involved and the matches were frequently characterized by sudden death playoffs. The winners of the two qualifying positions from the Pro-Am were Dwight Morgan, host course owner in Youngstown, and Gary Rodik, also of Youngstown. This went the 1969 Northern Open held on the beautiful 54-hole course in Youngstown, a course which proved a challenge to the field of 130 pros and amateurs, but a course which quickly succumbed to the putting of the PPA winners.

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
Place Player City Total Cash
1Daryl HaydenIndianapolis, IN233$ 1,000.00
2Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD236$ 750.00
3Gary LoveEuclid, OH238$ 466.66
Vance RandallChattanooga, TN238$ 466.66
John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN238$ 466.66
6Ron DubinskyYoungstown, OH239$ 350.00
7Dwight MorganYoungstown, OH240$ 262.50
Bob PoltisCleveland, OH240$ 262.50
9Pat McMastersGreenville, SC241$ 212.50
Rick ZolaCleveland, OH241$ 212.50
11Ron DeHaasYoungstown, OH242$ 141.66
Jim GarrisonIndianapolis, IN242$ 141.66
Jeff JeskinNew Orleans, LA242$ 141.66
14Jimmy HarritosAtlanta, GA243$ 41.66
Bob LipscombFt. Worth, TX243$ 41.66
Walt SmithIndianapolis, IN243$ 41.66
AMATEUR DIVISION
Place Player City Total Cash
1Mike BaldozaFt. Worth, TX239
2Chuck GulgasYoungstown, OH240
3Herb HullAlliance, OH241
4Dave TaylorBaltimore, MD243
5George PihakisBirmingham, AL245

Article, scores and photos taken from Putt-Putt World Magazine, Volume 11, Number 6 (September 1969)