Texan Claims $10,000 PPA National Invitational

Burlington, N.C. - Cliff Matthews of Arlington, Texas fired a 23, 13 under par, to edge 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 Montgomery, Ala.

"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 winning outright.

"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 $616.67. Reeves, the 1997 PPA National Champion, tied for seventh at 204 with Ray Guthrie of High Point, both earning $425. Rick Baird of Pineville and Greg Ward of Loganville, Ga. tied for ninth at 205, each winning 350.

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 County."

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, Va.,

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 Clayton.

Leaders of 2001 PPA National Invitational by Round

First Round Leader Billy Caudle, Bo Luthie and Daryl Freeman 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 Randy Reeves 71 (37-under par)
Fourth Round Leaders Randy Reeves 99 (45-under par)
Fifth Round Leaders Randy Reeves 124 (56-under par)
Sixth Round Leader Randy Reeves and Bo Luthie 150 (66-under par)
Seventh Round Leader Bo Luthie 172 (80-under par)

Professional Scores from the 2001 PPA National Invitational
(19-20 May 2001 - Burlington, N.C.)

    Round     Prize
  Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Points  Money
1 Cliff Mathews 23 29 25 33 22 22 23 24 201 100 $ 1,500.00
2 J. Robert Johnson 25 26 29 26 25 23 21 26 201 97 $ 950.00
  Todd Barfield 25 27 25 29 23 23 27 22 201 97 $ 950.00
4 Charlie Greenwalt 25 29 25 25 24 26 25 24 203 92 $ 616.67
  Billy Caudle 22 30 24 29 22 24 25 27 203 92 616.67
  William "Bo" Luthie 22 27 25 27 25 24 22 31 203 92 616.67
7 Randy Reeves 26 23 22 28 25 26 29 25 204 87 425.00
  Ray Guthrie 25 24 28 28 25 29 22 23 204 87 425.00
9 Rick Baird 25 25 29 25 24 27 23 27 205 83 350.00
  Greg Ward 25 25 25 29 26 26 25 24 205 83 350.00
11 Greg Newport 27 26 24 25 25 26 24 29 206 80 320.00
12 Bob Haizlip 25 25 27 30 25 26 24 25 207 77 $ 290.00
  Rusty Taylor 27 28 26 28 24 27 22 25 207 77 $ 290.00
14 Jeffrey Smith 23 26 25 33 23 26 24 28 208 70 $ 226.00
  Jim Engel 28 27 27 26 24 26 23 27 208 70 $ 226.00
  Tony Varnadore 28 23 31 27 26 28 22 23 208 70 $ 226.00
  Dave Nutini 24 28 29 28 25 26 24 24 208 70 $ 226.00
  Buddy Taylor 28 29 26 28 25 24 24 24 208 70 $ 226.00
19 Gary English 26 29 23 26 24 31 25 25 209 60 $ 173.00
  Daryl Freeman 22 30 26 28 25 28 24 26 209 60 $ 173.00
  Bill Baus 25 28 26 28 21 27 25 29 209 60 $ 173.00
  Mike D. Griffin 27 29 24 27 27 24 26 25 209 60 $ 173.00
  Lewis Burton 25 30 26 27 26 28 25 22 209 60 $ 173.00
24 Ed Haggerty 26 28 23 30 24 25 28 26 210 54 $ 155.00
25 Kevin Lacey 26 31 21 30 25 26 24 28 211 52 $ 150.00
26 Thomas Rawles 29 26 25 28 24 24 27 29 212 48  
  Mike Brown 29 26 25 27 28 27 24 26 212 48  
  John Ventura 25 24 29 30 26 26 28 24 212 48  
  Dean Dwiggins 24 26 27 32 28 27 23 25 212 48  
  Michael Hitt 27 28 27 28 24 25 26 27 212 48  
31 C. L. Jones 23 26 29 30 24 28 27 27 214 44  
  Opie Roberts 25 28 28 27 29 21 30 26 214 44  
  Richard Gillooly 27 34 24 27 24 26 25 27 214 44  
34 Dave Taylor 26 30 26 27 24 27 27 28 215 41.5  
  Dan Anders 30 28 26 29 23 24 27 28 215 41.5  
36 Rick Alessi 25 28 30 30 23 29 23 28 216 40  
37 Andy Coradini 26 29 27 29 25 30 24 27 217 38.5  
  Vance Randall 28 30 29 30 25 25 26 24 217 38.5  
39 Jimmy Mott 25 26 28 28 25 32 26 29 219 34.5  
  Peter Neumann 28 29 26 28 26 25 27 30 219 34.5  
  Tommy Barbour 28 26 27 31 26 29 23 29 219 34.5  
  Paul Johns 27 30 27 30 23 28 29 25 219 34.5  
  Darrell Britt 24 28 29 33 27 26 26 26 219 34.5  
  Bryan K. Boyd 27 33 27 30 25 27 25 25 219 34.5  
45 Mike O'Rourke 23 33 26 31 28 28 26 25 220 30  
  Kevin Garrett 24 30 30 30 23 30 30 23 220 30  
  John Napoli 27 33 27 29 23 26 26 29 220 30  
48 Jim Cruse 27 32 25 27 27 31 27 25 221 28  
49 Bart Bason 28 33 30 29 26 26 24 26 222 27  
50 Ken Hastings 25 28 24 30 29 34 26 27 223 25  
  Vince Batten 26 27 30 32 26 28 28 26 223 25  
  Jody C. Comer 27 30 28 30 25 26 28 29 223 25  
53 Frank Warren 28 25 25 31 32 30 25 28 224 23  
54 Brad Lebo 25 29 29 30 28 30 25 29 225 21  
  Manfred Stewart 27 30 28 30 31 28 27 24 225 21  
  Jay Klapper 31 27 33 29 27 27 25 26 225 21  
57 Gary Hester 30 28 26 29 28 30 27 28 226 18.5  
  Bob Davis 25 32 32 32 23 28 28 26 226 18.5  
59 Mark Hasty 28 28 31 28 28 31 27 26 227 17  
60 Ed Grajewski 27 31 29 30 23 31 29 28 228 16  
61 Larry Simpson 27 30 32 32 26 26 24 32 229 13.5  
  Lee Messinger 31 26 35 29 25 27 30 26 229 13.5  
  Robert Ward 30 32 30 30 25 28 24 30 229 13.5  
  Rick Rybaczek 28 32 30 34 28 27 25 25 229 13.5  
65 James Heikkinen 30 31 32 29 28 30 26 24 230 11  
66 Chris Bunting 26 32 30 31 29 28 30 25 231 10  
67 Rodney Ashley 29 32 30 30 28 29 26 28 232 9  
68 Peter Ansbacher 29 31 25 29 28 30 30 32 234 6.5  
  Thomas Gross 29 25 25 36 33 28 30 28 234 6.5  
  Mike Flavin 30 31 28 32 30 28 26 29 234 6.5  
  Gary Benfield 28 36 25 34 28 30 25 28 234 6.5  
72 Karl Moe 30 32 29 31 26 29 28 31 236 4  
73 Lee Witcofski 31 28 32 33 25 34 28 28 239 3  
74 Hank Mersereau 30 31 30 34 29 30 28 29 241 2  
75 Barbara A. Mingo 37 32 30 32 27 29 30 27 244 1  
76 Randy Orr 33 32 26 30 Withdrew

Players whose names appear in bold italics earned a qualifying spot into the ProPutters.com Match-Play Championship that will be held on Tuesday, August 7th, in Lynchburg, Virginia during the 2001 Week of the Nationals.

Amateur Scores from the 2001 PPA National Invitational
(19-20 May 2001 - Burlington, N.C.)

    Round  
  Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
1 William J. Glisson, Jr 33 28 27 28 26 25 23 25 215
2 Brian Hutchins 29 30 25 29 24 33 25 22 217
3 Robin Ventura 27 29 28 31 24 28 23 28 218
4 Jonathan H. Moore 29 27 28 29 27 31 26 26 223
  Jeff Brown 31 30 27 28 25 27 27 28 223
6 Jimmy Comer 26 33 27 27 30 25 27 31 226
  Arthur T. Hutchinson 31 30 29 27 25 27 27 30 226
8 Walter C. Hudson 25 29 29 32 26 31 30 25 227
9 Keith Waters 29 33 27 27 28 29 26 29 228
10 Danny Holcomb 28 31 30 31 25 30 26 28 229
11 Michael Foster 30 28 28 29 25 29 30 31 230
  Karen Hastings 26 32 31 33 26 31 25 26 230
13 Charles W. Cyr 27 31 29 33 27 32 28 28 235
  Tyler Proffitt 31 33 29 28 27 25 32 30 235
  Steve Helton 29 31 32 33 29 26 25 30 235
16 Todd Trent 26 29 27 33 31 30 28 34 238
  Chuck Nance 29 31 32 30 29 28 31 28 238
18 Adam Smith 32 31 28 31 31 33 27 29 242
  Amy M. Smith 32 36 26 32 28 33 27 28 242
20 Steven Jones 32 35 32 28 28 31 29 32 247
21 Bill Combs 31 35 26 33 31 38 27 31 252
22 Walter Kolb 34 37 33 37 28 33 39 39 280

 Novice Scores from the 2001 PPA National Invitational
(19-20 May 2001 - Burlington, N.C.)

    Round  
  Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
1 Mathew Page 23 27 32 30 26 28 26 27 219
2 Jeff Barton 29 25 23 34 28 31 29 27 226
3 Austin Bissel 30 30 32 29 33 32 30 27 243
4 Brandon Ashley 36 33 37 36 30 34 28 29 263
5 Travis Mullen 37 35 35 34 29 35 36 36 277
6 Aaron Ashley 42 34 34 36 39 36 39 40 300