$10,000 National Invitational

Indianapolis, IN (High School Rd)

June 12-13, 1971

Ken Boy Wins National Invitational

Doug Cortellini Tops Amateurs

The 1966 South African National Champion, Ken Boy, from Bristol, Tennessee, captured top honors at the $10,000 National Invitational Tournament held in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 12 and 13. Boy, a native of Bristol, Tennessee, shot a 144-hole total of 236, 52-under par, to lead the field of 75 members of the Professional Putters Association. Doug Cortellini won the amateur division with a 241 stroke total, 47-under par, just five strokes off the lowest score in the pro division.

In the pro division, Boy constantly vied against John Roessner of Indianapolis during the first three rounds of play on Sunday. But a superior knowledge of the course triumphed. During a practice round prior to tee-off, Boy shot 13 consecutive holes-in-one. While accepting his trophy and prize money, the winner attributed his success to constant practice.

In the meantime, Tony Cross, 1970 National Champion, who was tied for seventh place after Saturday's play, finished with a 238 total, only two strokes behind the winner. Tied for third were John Roessner, a course owner from a neighboring Indianapolis course and former National Amateur Champion, and Bob Lipscomb, the defending 1970 National Invitational champion from Fort Worth, Texas.

The amateur division was led by the tournament's defending amateur champion Mike Baldoza of Fort Worth, Texas, after Saturday's play. But Doug Cortellini, a sociology major at Indiana University, charged ahead to finish 3 strokes ahead of Baldoza with Sunday scores of 31, 25, 33 and 31 for a final day total of 120. Cortellini remarked, "I was five strokes down and in a good position to make my charge today - if I could catch Baldoza." After two years in the APA, Cortellini hopes to turn pro next season.

In the $2,500 Pro-Am event held on Friday, Jack Howell from Euclid, Ohio, and his amateur partner, Mike Sherrill from Atlanta, Georgia, led the field by defeating Indianapolis pro Jim Garrison and his amateur partner Glenn Abraham from Kettering, Ohio. Semi-finalists were Vance Randall of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and partner Doug Cortellini from Indianapolis; and Eddie Meyers from Shreveport, Louisiana, paired with Paul Lancaster, Buffalo, New York. Seventy pro-am teams competed for the honors.

Place Player City Total Cash
1Ken BoyBristol, TN236$ 2,000.00
2Tony CrossLouisville, KY238$ 1,300.00
3Bob LipscombFt. Worth, TX240$ 950.00
John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN240$ 950.00
5Rick SmithMuncie, IN241$ 800.00
6Roger MooreAtlanta, GA242$ 700.00
7Steve HollandsworthBaton Rouge, LA244$ 512.50
Daryl HaydenIndianapolis, IN244$ 512.50
9Herman StricklandMacon, GA245$ 350.00
10Eddie MyersShreveport, LA246$ 275.00
Charlie Connor JrAsheville, NC246$ 275.00
Daryl FreemanBristol, TN246$ 275.00
13Carl StricklandAtlanta, GA247$ 225.00
14Jim GarrisonIndianapolis, IN248$ 200.00
15Larry PetersAtlanta, GA249$ 162.50
Mike PfeifferOrlando, FL249$ 162.50
17John ConnorGreenville, SC250$ 87.50
Bill BausEuclid, OH250$ 87.50
Les SedlakAkron, OH250$ 87.50
John RiddKettering, OH250$ 87.50
Place Player City Total Cash
1Doug CortelliniIndianapolis, IN241
2Mike BaldozaFt. Worth, TX243
3Robert SmithDallas, TX244
4Glenn ThompsonEuclid, OH247
5Robert HartKettering, OH248

Article, scores and photos taken from Putt-Putt World Magazine, Volume 13, Number 5 (July 1971)