$1,000 New Orleans Open

New Orleans, LA

February 25, 1971

1971 World Putting Championship

Gulf Coast Qualifier

New Orleans Pro Wins First Tournament

On Thursday, February 25, a large group of Putt-Putt conventioneers converged on the New Orleans Putt-Putt Golf Course to "show their stuff" to the local pros and amateurs for the first tournament of the 1971 PPA/APA season.

But the tables were turned and the local pros and amateurs claimed top honors in both divisions.

In spite of a driving rain, pro Bill Nix knocked in rounds of 27-31-29 for a total of 87 and a one stroke lead over Wilbur Hildebrand of Winston-Salem, NC. New Orleans' Philip Berger edged past veteran pros David Mathews and Joe Gehling for third place.

In the amateur division, three New Orleans contestants finished with identical scores of 93. In the playoff which followed, Pete Tanzini dumped Maury Mollo and Buddy Orgeron into second place. Baton Rouge's Peter Snelling and Kettering's Glenn Abraham tied for the next spot with 99's.

Two qualifiers emerged from each division. Among the pros, David Mathews and Jeff Jeskin won berths in the World Putting Championship. Amateur qualifiers included Jeff Hy and Philip Ward.

Here are the round-by-round scores of all participants in the first event of the season.

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
Place Player City Total Cash
1Bill NixNew Orleans, LA87$ 175.00
2Wilbur HildebrandWinston-Salem, NC88$ 125.00
3Philip BergerNew Orleans, LA89$ 90.00
4David Mathews WPCShreveport, LA90$ 52.50
Joe GehlingLynchburg, VA90$ 52.50
6Jeff Jeskin WPCNew Orleans, LA91$ 45.00
7John ConnorGreenville, SC92$ 45.00
8Aubrey SmithMemphis, TN94$ 45.00
Bill DeweyNew Whiteland, IN94$ 45.00
Bob PoltisMonroeville, PA94$ 45.00
11John SchaubNew Orleans, LA95$ 30.00
Clyde BerryHialeah, FL95$ 30.00
Dennis PinetteMetairie, LA95$ 30.00
Roger MooreAtlanta, GA95$ 30.00
Louis Raspino JrMetairie, LA95$ 30.00
Buddy FowlerHigh Point, NC95$ 30.00
17Phil FruthalerMetairie, LA96
Gene ScallanMetairie, LA96
Les SedlakBedford Heights, OH96
Al SimpsonLake Charles, LA96
Robbie AustinLake Charles, LA96
22Danny WannageLake Charles, LA97
Condy RobersonCharleston, SC97
Joe DanielsOrlando, FL97
Ernest ButtitaBaton Rouge, LA97
26Lantice GreenJacksonville, FL98
John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN98
28Dan Switzer SrSpringfield, OH99
Ron KampWilliamsville, NY99
30Jim NortonCleveland, OH100
Gene VonWaldnerSavannah, GA100
Jim FosterWilmington, DE100
33Russ MaddoxWetumpka, AL101
James FuglerMetairie, LA101
Mack SnyderXenia, OH101
Duane ThorpTucson, AZ101
Eddie MyersShreveport, LA101
38George TateSpringfield, IL103
Eddie AustinLake Charles, LA103
Norman BolyardGroves, TX103
Ron HorsfieldIndianapolis, IN103
Rich RodriquezCovington, LA103
43Doyle SmithDallas, TX104
Richmond HobsonShreveport, LA104
45Jeff BellRossville, GA105
Bob CarverIndianapolis, IN105
Rick SmithMuncie, IN105
48Wade FranklinGreensboro, NC106
Dwight MorganYoungstown, OH106
Clarence DanielsFern Park, FL106
51Carl StricklandJonesboro, GA107
Tom ThompsonChattanooga, TN107
John BertrandBaton Rouge, LA107
54Forrest NewtonShelby, NC108
Stoney CollinsXenia, OH108
Tom BelcherBaton Rouge, LA108
57Ed BabinAtlanta, GA109
Bill StockOmaha, NE109
59Bob VanHoyMaple Heights, OH112
Barron WhittenerLynn Haven, FL112
61Donnie ClaytonFayetteville, NC113
62Robert KelleyChattanooga, TN114
Harold BarnettDayton, OH114
64Dean KelleyColumbus, GA116
Lloyd WoodCharlottesville, VA116
66Marty McGregorWest Germany117
67Tom CunninghamHialeah, FL118
Carl JohnsonCordele, GA118
69Buddy RowletteAtlanta, GA120
70Chuck ZamecnikColumbus, GA122
Ernest Baxter JrMoss Point, MS122
Don KelleyColumbus, GA122
73Ken DietzTyler, TX123
Jack LoutzenhiserSharon, PA123
Larry LloydFayetteville, NC123
76Angelo StaikosColumbia, SC147
AMATEUR DIVISION
Place Player City Total Cash
1Pete TanziniMetairie, LA93
2Maury MolloNew Orleans, LA93
Buddy OrgeronMetairie, LA93
4Peter SnellingBaton Rouge, LA99
Glenn AbrahamKettering, OH99
6Tom CarterCincinnati, OH101
7Philip WatskyMetairie, LA102
Gary ArnoldBaton Rouge, LA102
9Herb HullAlliance, OH103
10Jeff Hy WPCBuffalo, NY104
11Mark HolmesMetairie, LA105
12Charles WhiteBaton Rouge, LA109
13Charles WeastBessemer City, NC112
14Mike NietoMetairie, LA113
15Dennis FlynnPetersburg, VA114
16Philip Ward WPCHouston, TX115
Albert SingerPittsburgh, PA115
18Diann GehlingLynchburg, VA116
Pat HowardTucson, AZ116
20Ralph CopleyWinston-Salem, NC117
21Mike MorrisPetersburg, VA118
22Claude OgdenBaton Rouge, LA121
23Charles PospisilDurham, NC123
24Peter SotolongoHialeah, FL128
25Ray ArnoldBaton Rouge, LA129
26Philip AlexanderTonawanda, NY136
27Tump LewisFernandina Beach, FL141

Article, scores and photos taken from Putt-Putt World Magazine, Volume 13, Number 2 (April 1971)