$10,000 National Championship

Winston-Salem, NC

July 3-4, 1971

Randy DeLoach Wins National Championship

Roger Hart Leads Amateurs

Randy Deloach, 20, of Atlanta, Georgia, topped the 96-man field in the recent $10,000 National Championship at Winston-Salem's Putt-Putt Golf Course with a fantastic score of 218 for the 144-hole event. DeLoach, the 1968 Amateur National Champion posted a final day score of 100 for 72-holes to capture a one-stroke lead in this prestigious putting event. This 72-hole score earned for DeLoach a new title for the lowest score ever tallied, an amazing 44-under par. The previous record of 39-under-par was earned by Tom O'Brien of Cleveland during the previous day's competition.

DeLoach finished the first 72 holes of competition with a score of 118, in a six-way tie for twelfth. But second day rounds of 25, 27, 24, and 24 pushed the mop-haired pro into a commanding lead. By the final round, only two men held a chance of catching DeLoach, Bob Williamson of Jacksonville, Florida, and Rick Zola of Maple Heights, Ohio. Williamson, the 1964 National Champion, dropped putts from all angles in an attempt to catch DeLoach, but, at the conclusion, found himself one stroke short of a victory which would have made him the second man in the history of the National Championship twice, a feat accomplished by Vance Randall of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Williamson commented, "I didn't win but I putted as well as I know how."

Rick Zola finished third with a score of 220. At the start of his last round, Zola stood an excellent chance of topping DeLoach's score but the Ohio pro was unable to claim the putts necessary for a victory. "I wasn't sure if I could catch him," stated Zola. "I figured I'd just have to play it hole by hole."

DeLoach's victory earned more than a new 72-hole record. It also tied the 144-hole record of 70-under par held by Dick Florin, the reigning champion of the $100,000 World Putting Championship.

The new National Champion is a popular member of the PPA tour. Many of his fellow pros joke with him about some of his comments in the past including "How big is a three inch pipe?" or "What color is a baby blue XKE? DeLoach's latest comment concerns his lovely wife, Mindy. "She brings me bad luck when she's watching me putt," states the veteran Putt-Putter with 14 years of experience. "Everytime she's on the course, I lose." Mindy DeLoach adds, "The best thing I can do for him while he's playing is to go to sleep in the car."

In the amateur division, Kettering's Roger Hart held a one-stroke lead through Saturday's competition and managed Sunday to stretch out an eight-stroke victory margin before the conclusion of play. The popular 14-year-old amateur elected by the fellow amateurs to receive the 1971 Amateur Service Award, paralleled his putting career to that of pro champion DeLoach. "As soon as I can turn pro," states Hart, "I'll be trying hard to follow Randy's example."

Roger Hart travels to tournaments with his father, Jim, and his younger brother, Jimmy. All three of the Harts are APA members and regular tournament participants. Roger's father, Jim Hart, explained, "I got tired of watching them (his sons) play... so I started to play. It's a little frustrating when I can't beat either one of them."

Roger's best round in this event was a 25, one stroke over his own previous best score. The young amateur did not maintain his commanding lead throughout the entire tournament. "I lost the lead during the first round Sunday but then I got it back in the second round."

Interestingly, the first five finishers in the amateur ranks after Saturday's competition were still int he top five on Sunday, although in some cases their positions changed. The top five amateurs included Hart, Robert Smith of Dallas, Doug Cortellini of Indianapolis, Bill Kirby of Fayetteville, and Jay Vetter of Louisville.

Cortellini, the recent winner of the $10,000 Amateur National Invitational in Indianapolis, dropped from second place and a one-stroke deficit on Saturday to third and a nine-stroke shortage after Sunday. "The putts just were not falling," stated Cortellini. "I don't know what I could have done differently. They just wouldn't go in the cup."

An amazing number of putts did fall for many participants in this event as evidenced by comparing the scores of the 1970 National Championship with this years tournament. Both the pro and amateur divisions of last year's Louisville tournament were won with scores of 230, 58-under par. This year a score of 230 would have only won $212.50 instead of the first prize of $2,000. Fourteen pros scored better than 230 this year. Three amateurs performed equally as well.

In the $2,500 Pro-Am held on Friday, July 2, pro Mark Lordahl of Jacksonville teamed with Jurry Krull of Cleveland to win the event. They defeated Randy DeLoach and his partner, Jimmy Craig of Orlando, by a margin of 4-up with three holes to play. The semi-finalist teams included pro Herman Strickland of Macon and amateur Glenn Thompson of Euclid; and pro Dennis Crispin of Baltimore with amateur Roy Zerner, also from Baltimore.

Both the PPA and the APA held their annual business sessions at the National Championship. The elective offices of each organization were filled and the annual honors and awards were bestowed. Here's a recap of those people recognized for various awards at this tournament.

Rick Smith of Muncie, Indiana, received the Tracy Moore Memorial Trophy for the best stroke average in the PPA over the last twelve months. Smith tallied a 29.29 stroke average, four hundredths of a point ahead of Winston-Salem's Wilbur Hildebrand, to win this coveted traveling trophy.

The Gil Caito Sportsmanship award was presented to Tommy Hoag of Jacksonville. Hoag was elected by his fellow pros to receive this coveted honor.

The Amateur Putter of the Year Award went to Gary English of Orlando. English has proven himself to consistently be one of the best competitors in the APA.

The Amateur Sportsmanship Award was presented to young Jimmy Craig of Orlando. Craig, an amputee as a result of complications arising from a broken leg, proved that, even on crutches, a man can be a strong competitor if he has the desire.

Six men were elected to the Pros Players Committee including Roger Moore (Chairman) of Atlanta, GA; Wilbur Hildebrand of Winston-Salem, NC; John Connor of Greenville, SC; Tom Belcher of Baton Rouge, LA; Carl Strickland of Atlanta; and Charlie Connor of Asheville, NC. Jeff Kipnis of Atlanta was selected to serve as the APA's representative to the Pros Players Committee and the Board of Directors.

Place Player City Total Cash
1Randy DeLoachAtlanta, GA218$ 2,000.00
2Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL219$ 1,300.00
3Rick ZolaMaple Heights, OH221$ 1,000.00
4Daryl FreemanBristol, VA222$ 900.00
Tom O'BrienEast Cleveland, OH222$ 800.00
6Roger MooreAtlanta, GA225$ 700.00
7Bob LipscombFt. Worth, TX227$ 575.00
8John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN228$ 343.75
Steve HollandsworthBaton Rouge, LA228$ 343.75
Ken BoyBristol, TN228$ 343.75
Rick SmithMuncie, IN228$ 343.75
12Bob HuebschmanBaltimore, MD229$ 250.00
13Larry PetersAtlanta, GA230$ 212.50
Vance RandallOglethorpe, GA230$ 212.50
15James WhiteSouth Euclid, OH231$ 150.00
Wilbur HildebrandWinston-Salem, NC231$ 150.00
Tony CrossLouisville, KY231$ 150.00
18Fred Settan JrBaltimore, MD232$ 87.50
Ray BrowningAvon Lake, OH232$ 87.50
20Dick FlorinAtlanta, GA233$ 50.00
21John ConnorGreenville, SC234
Jimmy HarritosAtlanta, GA234
23Richard BuchanHenderson, NC235
Daryl HaydenIndianapolis, IN235
Eddie CoxeyGastonia, NC235
26Buddy TaylorBaltimore, MD236
27Herman StricklandMacon, GA237
28Tom BelcherBaton Rouge, LA238
Gary UndersteinBethesda, MD238
Leo Gawor238
John KesslerBaltimore, MD238
John WhiteRaleigh, NC238
Neil ConnorGreenville, SC238
Kamal HarchaouiDayton, OH238
35Rocco BevilacquaParma Heights, OH239
36Bob PoltisMonroeville, PA240
Bill BausEuclid, OH240
Wendell SikesDecatur, GA240
39John SnyderEastlake, OH241
40Jack HowellEuclid, OH242
Willie EdwardsMcLean, VA242
42John RiddKettering, OH243
John ThoburnStrongsville, OH243
Clayton TurnerBurlington, NC243
Danny LaneWinston-Salem, NC243
Bob MarcellinoWashington, DC243
47Charlie McIntoshDecatur, GA244
Fred ScottBristol, VA244
Carl StricklandJonesboro, GA244
Mike PfeifferOrlando, FL244
51Eddie AustinLake Charles, LA245
52Lloyd JoyceHigh Point, NC246
Gene VonWaldnerSavannah, GA246
Don EssexJacksonville, FL246
Lee WeldyColumbus, GA246
56Stanley WagnerBristol, VA248
John ThomasNashville, TN248
Dennis SweeneyDayton, OH248
Alan RileyGreensboro, NC248
60Tommy HoagJacksonville, FL249
61Walt SmithIndianapolis, IN250
Cliff MooseGastonia, NC250
63Dan DiMarinoBaltimore, MD251
64Larry GilreathTitusville, FL252
Randy IsleyHaw River, NC252
Charlie PainterOak Ridge, TN252
67Evelyn FlorinAtlanta, GA253
Robert EvansMiddleburg Heights, OH253
Jim GrinsteadEuclid, OH253
Sam HurlbertJacksonville, FL253
71Eddie MyersShreveport, LA254
72Larry SiebertNorth Wilkesboro, NC256
73Pat SamsMontreat, NC257
74Tom HubbardJacksonville, FL258
Mark LordahlJacksonville, FL258
Tom FosterWilmington, DE258
77Richard EatonFlorence, SC259
Woodson GullickGlen Burnie, MD259
John StraussRaleigh, NC259
Murray HodgesJacksonville, FL259
81Charlie HayesWinston-Salem, NC260
82Les GardnerSyracuse, NY261
Marion MarcellinoWashington, DC261
84RB WilliamsAtlanta, GA262
Dennis CrispinBaltimore, MD262
86Howell SmithAtlanta, GA263
87Gary GraveleyMontgomery, AL264
88James MoteJonesboro, GA265
Dave BurdenArlington, TX265
90Warren MorrisOrlando, FL268
91Jerry LusenhopMt. Angel, OR269
Jim FosterWilmington, DE269
93James MellichampeHigh Point, NC271
George WhitworthTonawanda, NY271
95Garry McFallsFayetteville, NC276
96William CatesGreensboro, NC317
Place Player City Total Cash
1Roger HartKettering, OH221
2Robert SmithDallas, TX229
3Doug CortelliniIndianapolis, IN230
4Bill Kirby JrFayetteville, NC232
5Jay VetterLouisville, KY234
Andy YoungBirmingham, AL234
7Gary EnglishOrlando, FL235
8Roy ZernerBaltimore, MD236
9Dave TaylorBaltimore, MD238
Scooter DunahoeLuna Pier, MI238
Gregg HebrankXenia, OH238
12Jerry WoosleyJacksonville, FL239
13Tommy GodfreyGreenville, SC240
Dan AndersOrlando, FL240
15Alan BartonKnoxville, TN241
16Tim JonesHillsborough, NC242
Tom BlackwellOak Ridge, TN242
18Charlie DavisWinston-Salem, NC243
Harold MikellFayetteville, NC243
Danny KeeverHigh Point, NC243
21Jeff FlorinAkron, OH244
John KelseyWinston-Salem, NC244
Jimmy HartKettering, OH244
Eddie TurnerOrlando, FL244
25Wendel LovePinnacle, NC245
26Scott FarmerWinston-Salem, NC246
27Joe AboidParma, OH247
Glenn AbrahamKettering, OH247
Charlie ButlerNew Mexico247
Danny BrickerWinston-Salem, NC247
Glenn ThompsonEuclid, OH247
32Larry JessupBrown's Summit, NC248
Robert JohnsonGreenville, SC248
Ronnie ScarboroughGreenville, SC248
35Dan HendersonFayetteville, NC249
Larry MattinglyHigh Point, NC249
Parker WinstonOrlando, FL249
38David GiesFayetteville, NC252
Jeff KipnisAtlanta, GA252
Bob HaverstockFt. Wayne, IN252
41Charlie FormanColumbus, OH253
Scott BourneIndianapolis, IN253
43James MartinConley, GA255
Butch TomlinsonWinston-Salem, NC255
Charlie ZeniAltamonte Springs, FL255
46Jimmy CraigRockledge, FL256
Paul PastilongMaple Heights, OH256
Mark WilsonDenver, CO256
Billye BrazeltonHuntsville, AL256
50Deborah CollinsJacksonville, FL257
Bruce ParhamAtlanta, GA257
JD Phillips JrLynchburg, VA257
Gerald KrullCleveland, OH257
54Arnold Davis JrHigh Point, NC259
55JimLee HartKettering, OH262
56John GriceFayetteville, NC263
57Kelvin CopleyWinston-Salem, NC265
Jimmy GalbreathHuntsville, AL265
59Walter Ridd SrKettering, OH267
60Dave PhillipsLynchburg, VA268
61Phil MartinGreenville, SC269
62Louis FischerCleveland, OH271
Charles HalseyThomasville, NC271
64Gary HinshawGreensboro, NC273
65Paul SchlossmanKenmore, NY275
66Shawn DunahoeLuna Pier, MI277
67Philip DavisWinston-Salem, NC279
68James HedgecockHigh Point, NC286
69Gary NeumanDanville, VA288

Article, scores and photos taken from Putt-Putt World Magazine, Volume 13, Number 6 (August 1971)