2015 ppa southern Tour Kicks Off $20,000-Plus Season



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2015 PPA Southern Tour Kicks Off  $20,000-Plus Season

      The 10th Renewal of the annual Professional Putters Association Southern Tour  opens March 28-29 on Amelia Island and overlooking Fernandina Beach as a prelude  to the 56thAnnual PPA National Championship, which is scheduled for September. The PPA Southern Tour again pays homage in memory to the late PPA National Champion  Tracy Moore, PPA National Tournament Director Roger Moore, PPA Pioneer John Connor  and the late June B. Lecka. The Amateur Putters Association, meanwhile, will remember Bo Kurash, Rick Carter, Randy Carter, Art Koerber and Wayne Hancock.

              Johnny Brown To Defend Florida State Title 
        
  “We're Excited the 2015 PPA Southern Tour Is Coming Back,” Frank Blake Says
  

   Johnny Brown is scheduled to defend his PPA Florida State Championship when the 2015 PPA Southern Tour kicks off with a $3,000 prize-money weekend on March 28 and 29 at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

   “We are very excited the 2015 PPA Southern Tour is coming back to Fernandina Beach,” says Frank Blake, the franchise owner. “We have worked hard over the winter to ensure the course is where it should be and we are expecting the highest level of competition as never seen before at Fernandina Beach. Equally, my wife Janet and I are grateful the PPA has also chosen Fernandina Beach for the 2015 PPA National Championship in September. This is a great honor and the community is very excited to host such an event. The work has begun to ensure the PPA National Championship players – pros and amateurs – have the best experience and level of competition all have come to expect over the 56 years of PPA Tour competitions and events.”
   Brown, from Wilson, North Carolina, claimed The Enterprise Rent-a-Car Florida State Championship in 2014 his first professional victory – in an 18-hole playoff over Jeff Spainhour after both players deadlocked at 95, 49 under par, in the 72-hole regulation event. Former PPA National Champion Greg Newport of York, South Carolina, was third at 98. Joey Graybeal won the Florida State Amateur with a 103, with local favorite Jim Last at 111 and David Myers of High Point, North Carolina, at 112.

   Before Brown defends his Florida State title, pros and amateurs will open their respective seasons on March 28 in the inaugural $800 Bo Kurash Memorial, scheduled for noon, and the $1,000 John Connor Memorial, scheduled for 3 p.m.


   PPA entry fee in the Bo Kurash Memorial is $40, plus a $7 greens fee. APA entry fee is $10, with a $7 greens fee. 
   PPA entry fee in the John Connor Memorial is $50, sans greens fee. APA entry fee is $10, sans greens fee.

   The Florida State Championship is scheduled for 10 a.m. on March 29, with PPA entry fee $60, plus a $7 greens fee, and APA entry fee at $15, plus a $7 greens fee.

   Entry fees for the Amateur Putters Association is $10 in all $800 and $1,000 events, and $15 in all major events. Pros and amateurs will compete on Course No. 2 by the park pavilion.

   All events will offer two qualifying berths in the PPA Southern Tour Championship, which is scheduled for September 13 at White Lake, North Carolina. Qualifying fees are $150, and qualifers will be required to play $50 at the site of their qualifying berth, with $100 at the Southern Tour Championship. 


   APA Southern Tour qualifying fee is $20, with $10 being paid at the site of the qualifer and $10 at the Southern Tour Championship. APA reimbursement prizes will not exceed the cost of entry fees, and prize money reimbursements will be awarded to two thirds of the field, not to exceed five places.


Pros And Amateurs Converging on Fernandina Beach

Along with Brown, others anticipated for the Fernandina Beach events are Greg Ward of Loganville, Georgia, a two-time PPA National Champion and the sport’s most decorated player who in 2014 was selected as the No. 1 player in PPA history, circa 1960; 2013 PPA National Champion Matt McCaslin of  Holly Springs, North Carolina; 2011 and 1993 PPA National Champion Andy Coradini of Soddy-Daisey, Tennessee;  2006 PPA National Champion Dr. Brad Lebo of Shippensburg, Pa.; 2009 PPA National Champion Tony Varnadore of  Rock Hill, S.C.; 2007 PPA National Champion Rick Baird of Charlotte, and only the third player in history to score a perfect 18; 20015 PPA National Champion Jay Klapper of Lawrenceville, Georgia; 2003 PPA National Champion Robert Johnson of Lawrenceville, Ga., and 1995 PPA National Champion Bill Kirby Jr. of Fayetteville; and 2015 PPA Southern Tour Champion Terry Phillips of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Others include two-time PPA National Seniors Champion Frank Warren of Martinez, Georgia; Ricky Shults of Spartanburg, S.C.; Tony Jackson of Spartanburg, S.C., who was as a three-time Southern Tour winner in 2014 season with victories in the Mid-Atlantic Championship, the Harry G. Womble Invitational and the 30th Annual Carolinas Open;  2013 PPA Western Open Champion Thomas Rawles of Portsmouth, Va.; former PPA Florida State Champion Tim Jones of Altamonte Springs, Flordia; Darrell Britt of Loganville, Georgia; Chris Chafin of High Point, a former North Caroina PPA Champion; and Jeff Spainhour of Chesapeake, Virginia, winner of this past weekend’s Commissioner’s Open and Lynchburg Open in the PPA Virginia Tour openers.

Others expected to participate in the PPA Southern Tour opening weekend are Lee Messinger of Dallas, Texas; Greg Simpson, host of the 2014 PPA National Championships from Lake Charles, Louisiana; Wade Sahmel, Huffman, Texas, already off  to a quick start on the PPA Southwest Tour with a victory in the Webster, Texas Open; Danny Tatum, DeRidder, Louisiana;  and David McCollister, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tatum claimed the 2014 John Connor Memorial for his first professional victory.

PPA newcomers likely will include Mike Johnson of Gibsonville, North Carolina, and Joey Graybeal of Bristol, Virginia. Johnson won the 2014 APA National Championship and Graybeal is a two-time National Amateur Champion.  

 

David Myers of High Point, North Carolina, heads the amateur field as defending champion along with local favorite Jim Last and Randal Smith of Eden, North Carolina.  Myers turned in scores of 24, 31,29, 28, 30, 29, 23, and 32 – 226, 62 under par, to claim the 2013 Florida Amateur by two strokes over Todd Trent and Randal Smith.



Norma Jean Smith Memorial Doubles Tournament

 The PPA/APA Norma Jean Smith Memorial Doubles Tournament is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 27 in memory of the late franchise owner who purchased the franchise in 1981, and  where pros and amateurs will join with local customers and municipal celebrities on Course No. 1 for an aggregate doubles competition. 
    “This will give pros and amateurs an opportunity to familiarize themselves with Course 1 in anticipation of the PPA National Championships in September,” Joe Aboid, the PPA Commissioner said from PPA Headquarters in Lynchburg, Virginia.

    PPA entry fee is $20 per team. APA entry fee is $10 per team. Customers and celebrity guest entry fee is $6 per team or $3 each. 


   “We believe the Norma Jean Memorial event will be fun for pros and amateurs alike to have some fun!” Frank Blake says. “We will send out advertising in the local newspaper. We should get a good crowd, and we’ll have our concession area opens where we have hamburgers, hot dogs French fries, soft drinks and more. It's going to be a great weekend!”


Southern Tour Venues

Other 2015 Southern Tour stops are:



White Lake, North Carolina
 
The $800 Lady of the Lakes Open, 11 a.m., 54 holes, Course 1; the $1,000 White Lake Water Festival Prelude, 3 p.m., 54 holes, Course 1, April 25; and the $1,200 31st Annual Carolinas Open, 10 a.m., 108 holes, Course 1, April 26.
 

Martinez, Georgia

The $800 Roger Moore Memorial, 11 a.m., 54 holes ,Blue Course, May 2; the $1,000 Tracy Moore Memorial, 3 p.m., 54 holes, Blue Course,  May 2; the $1,200 Georgia State Championship, 10 a.m., 72 or 108 holes subject to Southern Tour Committee, Blue Course, May 3.



High Point, North Carolina
 

The $800 2nd Annual Rick Carter Memorial, 11 a.m., 54 holes, Course 2, June 27; the $1,000 5th Annual Randy Carter Memorial, 3 p.m., 54 holes, Course 2, June 27; the $1,200 2nd Annual June B. Lecka Memorial, 10 a.m., 72 holes, Course 2, June 28.


 
Goldsboro, North Carolina

The $800 2nd Annual Lloyd C. Collier Memorial, 11a.m., 54 holes, Course 1, July 11;; the $1,000 Old Pro Classic, 3 p.m., 54 holes, Course 1, July 11.



Wilson, North Carolina

 The $1,200 2nd Annual  PPA Mid Atlantic Championship, 11 a.m., 108 holes, Course 1,  July 12. 



Burlington, North Carolina

The $800 Annual Howard Loy Memorial, 11 a.m., 54 holes, Course 1, August 22; the $1,000 Elton Davis Memorial Classic, 3 p.m., 72 holes, Course 1; the $1,200 40th Annual N.C. State Championship, 10 a.m., 108 holes, Course 1.


White Lake, North Carolina

The $800 Glass Bottom Boat Classic, 11 a.m., 54 holes, Course 1, September 12; the $1,000 Harry G. Womble Invitational, 3 p.m., 54 holes, Course 1, September 12; and the PPA Southern Putting Tour Championship, 10 a.m., 108 holes, Course 1, September 13.


Proposed Prize Money Breakdown

$800 Purse Based on 20 Contestants @ $40 Entry Fee

Position

$800 Purse

$800 Fund Balance

1.

$100.00

$100.00

2.

$75.00

$175.00

3.

$60.00

$235.00

4.

$55.00

$290.00

5.

$50.00

$340.00

6.

$50.00

$390.00

7.

$50.00

$440.00

8.

$50.00

$490.00

9.

$50.00

$540.00

10.

$50.00

$590.00

11.

$45.00

$635.00

12.

$45.00

$680.00

13.

$40.00

$720.00

14.

$40.00

$760.00

15.

$20.00

$780.00

16.

$20.00

$800.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If There Are 23 Contestants, a 17th Position @ $20 Is Added Beginning at the 17th Position.

$800 Purse Based on 23 Contestants @ $40 Entry Fee

Position

$800 Purse

$920 Fund Balance

1.

$125.00

$125.00

2.

$100.00

$225.00

3.

$75.00

$300.00

4.

$70.00

$370.00

5.

$65.00

$435.00

6.

$60.00

$495.00

7.

$55.00

$550.00

8.

$50.00

$600.00

9.

$50.00

$650.00

10.

$50.00

$700.00

11.

$40.00

$740.00

12.

$40.00

$780.00

13.

$30..00

$810.00

14.

$25.00

$835.00

15.

25.00

$860.00

16.

$20.00

$880.00

17

$20.00

$900.00

18

$20.00

$920.00

 

 

 

 

 

 


For Every Contestant Beyond 23, Add 1 $20.00 Prize Money Spot Beginning at the 19th Position

 

 $1,000 Purse Based on 20 Contestants @ $50 Entry Fee




Position

$1,000 Purse

$1,000 Fund Balance

1.

$125.00

$125.00

2.

$100.00

$225.00

3.

$75.00

$300.00

4.

$70.00

$370.00

5.

$65.00

$435.00

6.

$60.00

$495.00

7.

$60.00

$555.00

8.

$60.00

$615.00

9.

$60.00

$675.00

10.

$60.00

$735.00

11.

$50.00

$785.00

12.

$50.00

$835.00

13.

$45.00

$880.00

14.

$45.00

$925.00

15.

$45.00

$970.00

16.

$30.00

$1,000.00

17.

 

 

18.

 

 

19.

 

 

20.

 

 

For Every Contestant Beyond 23, Add 1 $25.00 Prize Money Spot Beginning at the 17th Position
$1,000 Purse based on 23 Contestants @ $50 Entry Fee

Position

$1,000 Purse

$1,150 Fund Balance

1.

$150.00

$150.00

2.

$125.00

$375.00

3.

$100.00

$475.00

4.

$80.00

$555.00

5.

$75.00

$630.00

6.

$70.00

$700.00

7.

$65.00

$765.00

8.

$60.00

$825.00

9.

$50.00

$875.00

10.

$50.00

$925.00

11.

$50.00

$975.00

12.

$50.00

$1,025.00

13.

$40.00

$1,065.00

14.

$40.00

$1,105.00

15.

$25.00

$1,130.00

16.

$20.00

$1,150.00

17.

 

 

18.

 

 

19.

 

 

20.

 

 

For Every Contestant Beyond 23, Add 1 $20.00 Prize Money Spot Beginning at the 17th Position



$1,200 purse based on 20 Contestants @ $60 Entry Fee

Position

$1,200 Purse

$1,200 Fund Balance

1.

$200.00

$200.00

2.

$150.00

$350.00

3.

$100.00

$450.00

4.

$90.00

$540.00

5.

$80.00

$620.00

6.

$75.00

$695.00

7.

$70.00

$765.00

8.

$65.00

$830.00

9.

$60.00

$890.00

10.

$60.00

$950.00

11.

$60.00

$1,050.00

12.

$60.00

$1,010.00

13.

$50.00

$1,060.00

14.

$50.00

$1,110.00

15.

$50.00

$1,160.00

16.

$40.00

$1,200.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For Every Contestant Beyond 23, Add 1 $30.00 Prize Money Spot Beginning at the 17th Position


$1,200 purse based on 23 Contestants @ $60 Entry Fee

Position

$1,200 Purse

$1,380 Fund Balance

1.

$200.00

$200.00

2.

$150.00

$350.00

3.

$125.00

$475.00

4.

$100.00

$575.00

5.

$90.00

$665.00

6.

$80.00

$745.00

7.

$75.00

$820.00

8.

$70.00

$890.00

9.

$65.00

$955.00

10.

$65.00

$1,020.00

11.

$60.00

$1,080.00

12.

$60.00

$1,140.00

13.

$50.00

$1,190.00

14.

$50.00

$1,240.00

15.

$50.00

$1,290.00

16.

$40.00

$1,330.00

17.

$30.00

$1,360.00

18.

$20.00

$1,380.00

19.

 

 

20.

 

 

For Every Contestant Beyond 23, Add 1 $30.00 Prize Money Spot, Beginning at the 18th Position
 

Epilogue

All PPA and APA rules and regulations apply as per the 2015 PPA Rules Book. Players of the Year in PPA and APA will be based on the 2014 PPA Southern Tour points system format with the 2015 PPA Southern Tour administered by the elected body of the PPA Southern Tour Committee under governance of the PPA Commissioner and the PPA National Executive Board in accordance with Putt-Putt LLC, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.. *Putt-Putt LLC, the Professional Putters Association and the Amateur Putters Association and the PPA Commissioner reserve the right for editorial corrections, etc. 


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