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Tyler results
Saturday, August 12th, noon tee off
PPA
Jeffrey Smith - 83
APA
Gary Plain - 86

Sunday, August 13th, 10am tee off
PPA
Brice Bergesen - 87
APA
Greg Everly - 87

PPA/APA Stats on "stats and records" page thru 13 Aug
Next tournaments: Webster course 2
August 26th (noon start) and 27th (10am start)
        
12 August 2017--Saturday--Tyler Texas--noon tee off
                                         
                                                        Looking at holes 16, 17, and 18 at the beautiful Tyler Texas course

                 
The rain continued to follow the Southwest Putting Tour to Tyler for the weekend of August 12th and 13th.  The weather on Saturday was actually beautiful as the Friday night rains ended.  The course was wet but very playable on Saturday.  Rains started up again around 7pm Saturday night and intensified into Sunday morning, resulting in a over two hour tee off delay.  Fortunatly the course drains good and Gary Plain was an expert with the blower to blow the water off the course.  Once we did get started the weather was fine, the players just needed to adapt to the changing speeds of the carpet during the day.

                                                          
                                                         APA winner Gary Plain and 5 time SWPT winner in 2017 Jeffrey Smith

                                                
PPA
The two top players in wins this 2017 season, Lee Messinger with 6, and Jeffrey Smith with 4 (out of 17 tournaments) were tied for the lead after the first round with 27's, two shots ahead of Lubbock,s Joel Woodall who was at 29.  Jody Kimble of Ft Smith Arkansas was fourth at 30.  Host pro Tom Adair stormed the second round with a 25 to tie for the lead with Jeffrey at 58.  Brice Bergesen had a 28 and snuck into third place at 60, just one shot ahead of five players at 61.  Going into the back nine of the third and final round Jeffrey found himsel still two up on Brice, and Jody and Lee were tjree baclk.  Jody shot a back side 18, Lee hit into the water on 16, and Brice could only muster a 15 while Jeffrey made 6 of his last 7 holes for a back nine 12 and a third round 25, good for a 83.  Mason Spradlin came from a 10th place tie after two rounds to shoot a 25 of his own and tie Brice for second place at 88.  Lee and Tom tied for fourth place at 90.  The SWPT  tour final spots went to Byron Kirby, Rudy Cuellar and Wade Sahmel.

APA
Gary Plain, Tyler's number one APA player for many years got off to a great start with a first round 28, one shot ahead of the new Texan, Bryan Gentry, who moved from Memphis to just outside of Houston last month, and who aced 7 of his first 8 holes before settling for a 29.  Steady Chirs Conradi was in third place at 31.  Gary opened a three shot lead after two rounds with another 28 and a 56 total.  Bryan was at 59.  Charging into a third place tie with Chris was Mike Huckaby with the day's low APA score with a 27 and a 62 total.  In the final round Bryan got hot again on the front nine with a 12 to cut the lead to one shot, but a back nine 17 did him in, and his 29 for a 88 got him second place.  Gary was steady and a solid 30 was good for a 86 and the win.  Mike put together another good round and his 30 and 92 was good to claim third place by a stroke over the 2017 runaway point getter Greg Everly.  The SWPT final spots went to Bryan Gentry and Mickey DeLucca.


SWPT—2017



Tyler


SWPT-- 2017



Tyler

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12Aug


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12Aug
1 Jeffrey Smith 27 31 25 83 $160.00

1 Gary Plain 28 28 30 86 $26.00
2 Brice Bergesen 32 28 28 88 $90.00

2 Bryan Gentry 29 30 29 88 $13.00 1
2 Mason Spradlin 33 30 25 88 $90.00

3 Mike Huckaby 35 27 30 92 $13.00
4 Lee Messinger 27 34 29 90 $35.00

4 Greg Everly 32 31 30 93 $13.00
4 Tom Adair 33 25 32 90 $35.00

5 Chris Conradi 31 31 34 96 $13.00
6 Geoff Mosk 32 29 31 92 $15.00

6 Steven Yancey 32 33 32 97

6 Jody Kimble 30 31 31 92 $15.00

6 Scott Myers 35 32 30 97

8 Danny Tatum 35 29 29 93


8 Chris Walker 37 31 31 99

9 Matt Bellner 31 30 33 94


9 Ken Stanfill 36 33 33 102

10 Byron Kirby 34 30 31 95
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10 Mickey DeLucca 32 41 34 107
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10 Rudy Cuellar 32 30 33 95
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10 Wade Samuel 31 30 34 95
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13 Joel Woodall 29 34 33 96










14 Don Parker 32 35 30 97











13 August 2017--Sunday--Tyler Texas--10am tee off
                                            
                               PPA winner with his Chromax "silver bullet" golf ball, 9-time 2017 APA winner Greg Everly


PPA
Don Parker won the Sunday 2016 tournament, then finished last in the 2017 Saturday tournament, so for Sunday he leads after the first round with a strong 27, expecially since the carpets are still somewhat soaked after a two hour rain delay.  Don had a two shot lead over Saturday winner Jeffrey Smith, runnerup's Mason Spradlin and Brice Bergesen and Jody Kimble, all at 29.  Brice shot a second round 28 for a 57 and was surprised to see that he had a two shot lead, as all the other leaders after the first round shot 30 or worse.  There were four players at 59, including Matt Bellner, who shot a 27 the second round.  With four more players at 60, including the first round leader Don, it figured to be a shootout the final round.  The shootout never happened.  Of the top nine leaders, only Geoff Mosk broke 30, and his 28 was good enough for a 88 and second place.  Brice shot a steady 30 and it held up for a 87 and the win.  The fields are almost always tightly bunched at Tyler and this was shown to be true again as five players tied for third at 90; Jeffrey,  Mason, Jody, Byron Kirby and Don, and two more tied at 91. Tom Adair made only five aces his first two rounds, then shot a 27 his last round, tying the day's low roound. It is the little breaks that determine winners in Tyler.  Brice made the loop the loop number 9 back door at about 50 mph the first round, and made number 11 back door the second round, something host pro Tom Adair said he had never seen before.  At almost 71 years old, Brice said he would take a win on this course, lucky or not.  The two players that won spots for the SWPT finals were Byron Kirby and Rudy Cuellar.
                                              
APA
Greg Everly's fourth place finish on Saturday was one of his worst finishes of the 2017 season, so everyone expected the APA tour leader in all catagories to bounce back strong on Sunday.  He did, showing consistancy rarely seen.  Greg shot 14-15=29 his first round for a 2-shot lead over Mickey DeLucca and three shots over four other players.  Saturday winner Gary Plain was tied for last place at 34.  In the second round Greg shot 14-15=29 for a 58 total and a four shot lead over Mike Huckaby and Chris Conradi, both in at 62.  In the final round Greg shot another 14-15=29 for a smooth and easy 87.  We would like to report that Greg made the same seven holes each round, but he actually made 13 different holes, and somehow managed to bogey hole 16 the second round to shoot his back nine 15.  This was Greg's 9th win of the season in 16 starts.  Second place went to Gary, who shot a final round 14-15=29 for 94, seven shots back, cutting Mike and Scott Myers by one shot.  The spots went to Bryan Gentry and Mickey DeLucca.

SWPT—2017



Tyler


SWPT-- 2017



Tyler

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13Aug
1 Brice Bergesen 29 28 30 87 $160.00

1 Greg Everly 29 29 29 87 $26.00
2 Geoff Mosk 30 30 28 88 $100.00

2 Gary Plain 34 31 29 94 $13.00
3 Jeffrey Smith 29 30 31 90 $33.33

3 Mike Huckaby 32 30 33 95 $13.00
3 Mason Spradlin 29 30 31 90 $33.33

3 Scott Myers 32 32 31 95 $13.00
3 Jody Kimble 29 30 31 90 $33.33

5 Chris Conradi 32 30 34 96

3 Byron Kirby 31 29 30 90 $33.34 1
6 Ken Stanfill 32 34 32 98

3 Don Parker 27 33 30 90 $33.34

6 Mickey DeLucca 31 34 33 98
1
8 Lee Messinger 31 29 31 91 $5.00

8 Bryan Gentry 34 35 33 102
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8 Matt Bellner 32 27 32 91 $5.00









10 Rudy Cuellar 33 32 29 94
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10 Wade Samuel 32 30 32 94










12 Danny Tatum 33 31 31 95










13 Tom Adair 36 33 27 96










                                           Allen Thomas passes away at age 61
                                  

From Greg Everly: It is my sad duty to inform that Allen Thomas went to be with our Lord this morning a 11:53am, surrended by his family and loved ones,

As many of you have also said, Allen was an outstanding, loyal, and cherished friend who will be greatly missed.  He talked at length on Monday how happy and grateful he was to hear from so many over the past several days, and deeply values each and every one of you!

From Steve Willmann:  Allen began putting in 1963, and his mother brought me out to the Waco course in 1965.  Allen was my next door neighbor in Waco for many years.  Allen has played in an APA/PPA event every year that it had tourneys.  Allen played in the 207 Nationals and 2009 Western Open, his last majors.  I was almost in tears when Allen said he was sure that there was a Putt-Putt in heaven and that he would be playing Mike Baldoza again, soon.

Allen was unique in that he not only has held the Waco tournament course record for a long time, an incredible 21, but in bowling he had a 300 game, mastering both the big ball and the small ball.  

The services for Allen will be on Monday, March 6th, 2017.


The USA is sending a team to play in the World Adventure Golf Masters
in Prishtina Kosovo on the 25th and 26th of June 2016
Entire USA team to be composed of PPA players 

A team of four of the PPA's finest players will compete in Prishtina Kosovo for the first time at the World Adventure Golf Masters on June 25th and 26th.  This will be the first time the USA has sent a team, and there is expected to be 15 countries sending teams, some countries sending more than one team.
                          
               SWPT representitive Geoff Mosk with hole chart book and ball.  Chromax is the official ball for the USA team
Although new to European type tournaments, because of the type of course to be played and using regulation golf balls, we think the USA team has an excellent chance to bring back the title.  The team is being coached by longtime PPA pro Jon Drexler, with help from PPA pro Matt Bellner, who will also be doing the media work.  Bellner will also be a backup player if needed.  The team is led by Greg Newport, the 2010 PPA National Champion.  Also on the team are Matt Male, the 2015 Myrtle Beach Masters winner, Geoff Mosk-the 2015 Southwest Putting Tour Champion, and Michael Johnson, the APA 2014 National Champion.  All winners, all great players.
MIKE BALDOZA
1954-2015

It is with deep regret that we announce that Mike Baldoza passed away on Thursday, December 31st just before 1pm in Denton Texas.  Mike and his mom had moved to Denton in October after selling their lifelong house that Mike's grandfather built next to downtown Austin Texas.  Mike was a lifelong die-hard University of Texas fan, and had a love for the sport of Putt-Putt that was unsurpassed.  Besides being one of the handful of all time best players, the player many said had the most fluid and natural stroke ever in the game, most importantly Mike was everyone's friend.  Services are pending but will be in Austin early in the week of January11th.  

Mike's Memorial Service was held on Jan 11th at the San Jose Catholic Church in Austin.  Thirteen of Mike's Putt-Putt friends made the journey for the services.  Dan Anders was in Austin for the services but had an emergency and had to head home.  From left to right:  Danny Tatum, Greg Simpson, Ken Stanfill, Chris Conradi, Steve Norman, Joel Baker, Mickey DeLucca, Steve Tanton, Brice Bergesen, Allen Thomas, Jeffrey Smith, Jeff McDonald (came from San Diego California), and Matt Bellner.  Front and center is Mike's mother Juanita.  Mike's family are tremendously nice people and we had a great time talking to them about Mike.



2016 Southwest Putting Tour Season Recap
Date Location # Results
Spots
# Results
Spots


PPA



APA


Feb 27 2016 Webster 11 Brice Bergesen 83 Brice Bergesen (1)
13 Steve Tanton 87 Steve Tanton (1)

Course 2
Wade Sahmel 85 Lee Messinger (1)

Mickey DeLucca 89 Mike Huckaby (1)



Joe Lea 85 Geoffrey Mosk (2)

Tommy Phillips 89 Dwain Willett (1)











Feb 28 2016 Webster 10 Wade Sahmel 83 Wade Sahmel (1)
12 Alan Sahmel 87 Alan Sahmel (1)

Course 2
Geoffrey Mosk 84 Geoffrey Mosk (3)

Steve Tanton 87 Steve Tanton (2)



Brice Bergesen 86 Byron Kirby (1)

Ken Stanfill 88 Ken Stanfill (1)








Dwain Willett 88











Mar 12 2016 Victoria 11 Rainey Statum 79 Rainey Statum (1)
9 Steve Tanton 89 Steve Tanton (3)
noon Course 2
Joe Lea 84 Joe Lea (1)

Alan Sahmel 94 Alan Sahmel (2)



Don Parker 90 Don Parker (1)

Mickey DeLucca 95 Mickey DeLucca (1)











Mar 12 2016 Victoria 11 Rainey Statum 82 Rainey Statum (2)
9 Chris Conradi 94 Chris Conradi (1)
'3pm Course 2
Geoffrey Mosk 85 Geoffrey Mosk (4)

Jack Ramsey 95 Jack Ramsey (1)



Brice Bergesen 87 Brice Bergesen (2)

Steve Tanton 96 Steve Tanton (4)



Wade Sahmel 87





Apr 9 2016 Lake Charles 11 Geoffrey Mosk 78 Jeffrey Smith (1)
9 Charles Cox 89 Charles Cox (1)

Course 1
Jeffrey Smith 79 Lee Messinger (2)

Mike Huckaby 94 94 Mike Huckaby (2)



Joe Lea 80
David McCollister(1)

Mickey DeLucca 95 Mickey DeLucca (2)











April 10 2016 Lake Charles 11 Jeffrey Smith 78 Jeffrey Smith (2)
9 Adam Sahmel 85 Adam Sahmel (1)

Cpurse 1
Brice Bergesen 81 David McCollister(2)

Charles Cox 86 Ken Stanfill (2)



Joe Lea 81 Brice Bergesen (3)

Mike Huckaby 94 91 Mickey DeLucca (3)



Lee Messinger 81


Trevor Lewin 91



Don Parker 81






May 7 2016 Arlington 7 Joe Lea 86 Joe Lea (2)
13 Bill Shelar 93 Bill Shelar (2)
noon Course A
Gary Love 89 Gary Love (1)

Mason Spradlin 93 Mason Spradlin (1)



Cliff Matthews 89 Cliff Matthews (1)

Greg Everly 93 Greg Everly (1)



Brice Bergesen 89


Mickey DeLucca 93











May 7 2016 Arlington 8 Lee Messinger 88 Lee Messinger (3)
13 Bill Shelar 91 Bill Shelar (3)
3pm Course A
Gary Love 92 Gary Love (2)

Mason Spradlin 95 Mason Spradlin (2)



Geoffrey Mosk 94 Brice Bergesen (4) 


Mike Huckaby 96 Mike Huckaby (3)








Greg Everly 96
May 21 2016 Longview 12 Brice Bergesen 81 Jeffrey Smith (3)
12 Bill Shelar 89 Bill Shelar (4)

Course 1
Jeffrey Smith 87 Rainey Statum (3)

Greg Everly 92 Mason Spradlin (3)



Jody Kimble 90 Byron Kirby (2)

Robert Cook 95 Robert Cook (1)











May 22 2016 Longview 11 Geoff Mosk 83 Lee Messinger (4)
11 Charles Cox 90 Charles Cox (2)

Course 1
Brice Bergesen 84 Jody Kimble (1)

Mike Huckaby 93 Alan Sahmel (3)



Lee Messinger 87 Danny Tatum (1)

Greg Everly 94 Robert Cook (2)
4 June 2016 Waco 7 Joe Lea 82 Joe Lea (3)
13 Bill Shelar 92 Greg Everly (2)
noon Course 1
Lee Messinger 90 Jeffrey Smith (4)

Steve Tanton 94 Ken Stanfill (3)



Jeffrey Smith 91 Don Parker (2)

Greg Everly 96 Mickey DeLucca (4)








Ken Stanfill 96
4 June 2016 Waco 7 Jeffrey Smith 89 Danny Tatum (2)
13 Steve Tanton 94 Chris Conradi (2)
3pm Course 1
Lee Messinger 89 Don Parker (3)

Bill Shelar 94 Allen Thomas (1)



Danny Tatum 91 Tom Adair (1)

Chris Conradi 94 Mason Spradlin (4)

18 June 2016 Abilene 6 Lee Messinger 89 Gary Reed (1)
7 Greg Everly 91 Greg Everly (3)
noon Course 1
Brice Bergesen 89 Tom Adair (2)

Donnie Halpain 94 Donnie Halpain (1)



Gary Reed 90 Joel Woodall (1)

Mickey DeLucca 98 Chris Conradi (3)








Mason Spradlin 98
18 June 2016 Abilene 6 Lee Messinger 88 Gary Reed (2)
6 Greg Everly 90 Greg Everly (4)
3pm Course 1
Gary Reed 90 Joel Woodall (2)

Donnie Halpain 94 Donnie Halpain (2)



Jeffrey Smith 92 Tom Adair (3)

Chris Conradi 98 Chris Conradi (4)










30-31 July 16 MBTO 13 Wade Sahmel 210 Wade Sahmel (2)
11 Bill Shelar 225 Ken Stanfill (4)
noon/9am Webster
Geoff Mosk 215 Joe Lea (4)

Mason Spradlin 229 Charles Cox (3)



Joe Lea 218 Danny Tatum (3)

Ken Stanfill 249 Trevor Lewin (1)
27 Aug 2016 Arlington 16 Lee Messinger 86 Gary Love (3)
12 Chris Conradi 90 Steven Yancey (1)
noon Course 1
Brice Bergesen 88 Don Parker (4)

Greg Everely 90 Trevor Lewin (2)



Gary Love 88 Jody Kimble (2)

Bill Shelar 91 Jim Van Buskirk (1)










Jack Ramsey (2)










Gary Plain (1)
28 Aug 16 Arlington 15 Joe Lea 81 Jody Kimble (3)
12 Bill Shelar 83 Jim Van Buskirk (2)
3pm Course 1
Jody Kimble 83 John Kropinak (1)

Greg Everly 88 Jack Ramsey (3)



Geoff Mosk 84 Joel Woodall (3)

Mason Spradlin 93 Trevor Lewin (3)










Steven Yancey (2)










Gary Plain (2)
10 Sept 2016 Tyler 10 Jeffrey Smith 85 Tom Adair (4)
12 Mason Spradlin 89 Gary Plain (3)

Course 1
Lee Messinger 85 Jody Kimble (4)

Gary Plain 89 Mike Huckaby (4)



Geoff Mosk 86 John Kropinak (2)

Alan Sahmel 91 Scott Myers (1)
11 Sept 2016 Tyler 9 Don Parker 81 Matt Bellner (1)
9 Bill Shelar 83 Gary Plain (4)

Course 1
Tom Adair 88 John Kropinak (3)

Gary Plain 85 Trevor Lewin (4)



Jeffrey Smith 89 Rudy Cuellar (1)

Mason Spradlin 87



Lee Messinger 89








Matt Bellner 89





1-2 Oct 2016 LSC 8 Brice Bergesen 204 Danny Tatum (4)
6 Bill Shelar 217 none

Lake Charles
Danny Tatum 205 Byron Kirby (4)

Chris Conradi 231



Jeffrey Smith 205


Charles Cox 233
8 Oct 2016 Arlington 16 Jody Kimble 81 John Kropinak (4)
16 Bill Shelar 86 Steven Yancey (4)

Course A
Danny Tatum 84 Cliff Matthews (2)

Steve Tanton 88 Robert Martin (2)



Jeffrey Smith 86 Pat Simpson (2)

Chris Conradi 90 Jim Van Buskirk (4)





Joel Woodall (4)



Scott Myers (4)





Gary Love (4)



Greg Cole (2)





Rudy Cuellar (2))




    Legendary Mike Baldoza Announces his Retirement at the                           National Banquet in Ferdandina Beach
                                                                     Mike in 1969 as a 14-year old National Champ                                  Mike at Arlington Parks in 2014 after his last win

Mike Baldoza, in a emotional announcement at the 2015 National Championship banquet in Fernandina Beach Florida, announced he was retiring from PPA competition.  Mike has been battling health problems for the last several seasons and it has been difficult for him to keep his strength up to the conclusion of the tournaments,

Mike started playing as a 13-year old kid at the Camp Bowie Putt-Putt in Fort Worth Texas, owned and ran by Ken Smith.  Mike was fortunate in that he learned the game quickly from Bob Lipscomb, who had one of the all time great smooth strokes in PPA history.  Mike copied Bob, and with his own innate talent became one of the nations best players by the age of 14.  In Rockville Maryland at the 1969 National Championship Mike won the amateur championship and his score beat the PPA champ, Vance Randall.  Mike was again fortunate as an amateur to compete against his Dallas rivals, Robert Smith and Gerald Knott, two of the all time best players in PPA history.  When Mike was old enough to turn pro he qualified for the 1973 World Championship at the OST course in Houston, and took his spot all the way to win $50,000 in Tulsa by beating Charles McIntosh 8 and 7 in the 36 hole finals match.  Mike was now 17 years old.  In 1979 the TV series was the 'Greatest of the Great", and Mike won that by beating Vance Randall, Ricky Smith and Dick Florin back to back to back!!.

Mike returned to the PPA tour in the early 2000's and quickly won the Southwest Putting Tour championship twice, first in Longview in 2003 and then again in 2006.  He won his last tournament in Arlington Parks in July of 2014.

For over 20 years Mike was the all time money leader in the PPA, and one of the faces of the PPA.  His smooth stroke, his cool style, his friendliness to everyone he met made Mike one of a kind and he will be missed.  Mike said he will still come out and visit at some of the tournaments, and maybe he will bring his putter.  After all, never say never.  
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