Texan Claims $10,000 PPA
Burlington, N.C. -
Cliff Matthews of Arlington, Texas fired a 23, 13 under par,
Todd Barfield of Highlands, N.J., and
Robert Johnson of Lake Wylie, S.C., in an 18-hole playoff to
win the $10,000 PPA National Invitational.
First-day leader Randy Reeves playing
the 16th hole in the final round of the 2001 PPA National
Invitational in Burlington, N.C..
Matthews fashioned rounds of 22, 22, 23 and 24 Sunday to
finish with an 8-round total of 201 in regulation competition at
the Putt-Putt Golf Course on North Church Street. He began the
day 11 strokes behind first-day leader Randy Reeves of
"I knew that I had to go low with my scores today because I
began so far back," Matthews said. "I probably had the least
pressure of anybody."
Barfield scored holes-in-one on six of his last seven holes
in the final round of regulation for final day scores of 23, 23,
27 and 22 and a 201 total. Johnson finished with scores of 25,
23, 21 and 26 for 201, including a 30-foot hole-in-one attempt
at the final hole of regulation that denied the 48-year-pro from
"I hit that putt as good as I could," Johnson said. "It just
barely missed. I don't know what more I could have done."
The scoreboard tells the tale of the
18-hole playoff for the 2001 PPA National Invitational
Title in Burlington, North Carolina.
Matthews aced 13 of the first 16 holes in the playoff for a
two stroke lead over Barfield, then coasted in with routine pars
to claim the first prize of $1,500. Barfield and Johnson each
had 24s in the playoff and shared $950 each.
Two-time PPA National Match Play Champion
Charlie Greenwalt of Indianapolis, Ind.,
Bo Luthie of Poquoson, Va., and
Billy Caudle of Harrisburg shared fourth at 203, all earning
Reeves, the 1997 PPA National Champion, tied for seventh at
Ray Guthrie of High Point, both earning $425.
Rick Baird of Pineville and
Greg Ward of Loganville, Ga. tied for ninth at 205, each
All secured berths (except Billy Caudle who declined the
spot) in the PPA National Match Play Championship, scheduled for
Aug. 7 in Lynchburg, Va. Rounding out the 16 qualifiers were
Greg Newport of Liberty, Bob Haizlip of Whitsett, Rusty Taylor
of Gambrills, Md., Jeff Smith of Dallas, Texas, Jim Engel of
Canfield, Ohio and Tony Varnadore of Rock Hill, S.C.
William Glisson accepts his trophy
from Joe Aboid (PPA Commissioner) for winner the amateur
division of the 2001 PPA National Invitational Title in
Burlington, North Carolina.
William Glisson of Martinez, Ga., won the Amateur Putters
Association division with a 215 total. Brian Hutchins of
Ellenboro was second at 217 and Robin Ventura of Cincinnati,
Ohio third at 218.
Matthew Page, a 14-year-old local standout, took top honors
in the Novice Division with a 219 total. Jeff Barton was second
at 226 and Austin Bissell third at 243.
"Having the greatest players in the world in our city this
week was great," said Brian Patterson, owner and host of this
the first major championship of the 2001 PPA season. "The play
was splendid and we congratulate Cliff Matthews and our local
players who represented us so well. We could not have been more
honored to have the PPA tour come to Burlington and Alamance
The PPA Tour next moves to Augusta, Ga., for the $10,000 PPA
Southern Open on June 30 and July 31. It concludes with the PPA
National Championships, scheduled for Aug. 5-12 in Lynchburg,
The Professional Putters Association, which will award more
than $100,000 this season in national and state prize monies,
was founded in 1960 in Fayetteville, N.C., by the late Don
Leaders of 2001 PPA National
Invitational by Round
|First Round Leader
||Billy Caudle, Bo Luthie and
||22 (14-under par)
|Second Round Leaders
||Bo Luthie, Jeffrey Smith, C.
L. Jones, Ray Guthrie, John Ventura and Randy Reeves
||49 (23-under par)
|Third Round Leader
||71 (37-under par)
|Fourth Round Leaders
||99 (45-under par)
|Fifth Round Leaders
||124 (56-under par)
|Sixth Round Leader
||Randy Reeves and Bo Luthie
||150 (66-under par)
|Seventh Round Leader
||172 (80-under par)