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Blustery Winds = Bundled Up Players in Tyler


19 total players made their way to Tyler Saturday for a double header on the course that will host this year’s Mike Baldoza Texas Open. Though not as cold as last weekend, temperatures in the low 50’s and a constant wind that reached 25mph made most of the players bundle up to keep warm. The course is in great shape and playing well with freshly scraped and painted rails. However, due to the amount of shots that require a precise line and touch the constant wind caused scores to be higher than usual. The players were also greeted with a surprise appearance from hall of famer Cliff Matthews causing everyone to step their game up a notch.





4/14 3:00 PPA – By 3:00 temperatures had risen slightly but the wind was still fierce. Jeffrey Smith once again found himself in the lead after round one by shooting a 28. Jody Kimble, who finished the early tournament with back to back 29s, kept with tradition and found himself in a tie for second place with Tom Adair and John Kropinak by shooting another 29. In round two, Kimble was able to gain one stroke on Smith by shooting a 30, tying both players at 59. Through 11 holes in the final round Smith held a three stroke lead on Kimble who was at that point only -2 on the round. Kimble’s cold round did not last long as he aced hole 12 and then proceeded to ace every remaining hole but number 18. Smith finished his final round at 29 but was unable to match Kimble’s 28. Shooting an 87 overall Kimble was able to pick up his first win of the season. Smith finished second at 88 and Mason Spradlin finished third at 91. The spots went to Jody Kimble, Jeffrey Smith, and Mason Spradlin.

4/14 3:00 APA – In the second tournament of the day local Gary Plain finally got rolling, shooting a 28 to tie for the first round lead with Saturday morning winner Bryan Gentry. Round two saw Plain and Gentry continue to hold the lead at 60 overall with Greg Everly in second at 61 and Mike Huckaby in third at 62. Whether it was a bit of fatigue or the constant wind, the aces dried up for the APA as all but one of the players shot their worst round of the tournament. Both Everly and Plain were in prime position to take advantage of the high scores but neither could get anything going on the back nine as Everly shot an 18 and Plain shot a 17. Gentry was able to grind out a 33 for a total score of 93 to capture his second win of the day. Everly finished two shots back at 95 and Gary Plain was able to hold on for third place at 96. The spots went to Bryan Gentry, Greg Everly, and Mike Huckaby.


SWPT 2018 Tyler April 14
PPA 3:00 PM APA
1 Jody Kimble 29 30 28 87 $140 1 Bryan Gentry 28 32 33 93 $36
2 Jeffrey Smith 28 31 29 88 $70 2 Greg Everly 31 30 34 95 $18
3 Mason Spradin 32 29 30 91 $40 3 Gary Plain 28 32 36 96 $18
4 John Kropinak 29 31 32 92 $20 4 Mike Huckaby 30 32 36 98 $6
5 Tom Adair 29 34 30 93 $10 5 Chris Conradi 31 34 33 98 $6
6 Lee Messinger 32 30 32 94 6 Scott Myers 34 31 33 98 $6
7 Don Parker 30 31 34 95 7 Steven Yancy 32 34 34 100
8 Brice Bergesen 35 30 31 96
9 Matt Belner 33 31 32 96



4/14 12:00 PPA - In the PPA Jeffrey Smith and Local pro Tom Adair were the only two players to break 30 in the first round with matching 29s. Three players followed close behind one stroke back. In round two both Smith and Adair struggled to keep their momentum as neither broke 33 while Lee Messinger and Mason Spradlin both shot 29 making, Messinger the tournament leader at 59 overall with Spradlin one stroke back. In the last round; Messinger looked on his way to his third consecutive victory and fifth win in the last six tournaments as he was two strokes up with five holes to play; but after an unfortunate lip out on hole 14 and a miss on the aceable 15, Spradlin was able to pull even. Tied going into hole 17 Messinger left his ace putt just wide as Spradlin aced, taking a one stroke lead. Messinger was unable to ace hole 18 and Spradlin deuced to shoot 29 on the round and 89 for the tournament. John Kropinak launched himself back into contention by firing a tournament best 27 but came up just wide on hole 18 which would have forced a playoff with Spradlin. It was Spradlin’s first win since becoming a professional in 2017. Kropinak and Messinger tied for second at 90 overall. The spots went to Mason Spradlin, John Kropinak, and Jody Kimble.

4/14 12:00 APA – Nine APA players braved the conditions including Robert Martin and Chris Wiggins who players were glad to see return to the tour. In round one, Chris Conradi showed that playing in the local weekly tournament did him some good as he lead the field with a 30. Steven Yancey and Bryan Gentry followed one stroke back. Gentry kept up his steady play in round two with a 31 to take a two stroke lead over Conradi, Mike Huckaby, and 2017s APA player of the year Greg Every. After struggling with a 17 on the front nine to open round nine, Gentry was able to string together a few aces and shoot a 14 on the inner half. This put him at 31 on the round and 92 total which was good enough for a two stroke victory. Conradi, Huckaby, and Everly all shot matching 31s to tie for second. Steven Yancey was able to recover from a second round 35 with a 29 in the third round to sneak into fifth place. The spots went to Bryan Gentry, Mike Huckaby, and Greg Everly.




SWPT 2018 Tyler April 14
PPA Noon APA
1 Mason Spradlin 31 29 29 89  $140 1 Bryan Gentry 31 30 31 92 $36
2 Lee Messinger 30 29 31 90  $   55 2 Mike Huckaby 32 31 31 94 $18
3 John Kropinak 30 33 27 90  $   55 3 Greg Everly 35 28 31 94 $18
4 Jody Kimble 33 29 29 91  $   20 4 Chris Conradi 30 33 31 94 $18
5 Don Parker 30 34 31 95  $     5 5 Steven Yancy 31 35 29 95 $18
6 Jeffrey Smith 29 33 33 95  $     5 6 Gary Plain 34 33 32 99
7 Tom Adair 29 36 32 97 7 Scott Myers 35 35 30 100
8 Brice Bergesen 33 32 35 100 8 Chris Wiggins 33 33 36 102
9 Cliff Matthews 34 35 31 100 9 Robert Martin 38 34 33 105

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4/15 PPA – All those who were unhappy with the cold and windy weather Saturday were in for a surprise as the wind remained the same and the temperature dropped to the low 40s on Sunday. Players suspected that the poor shooting by Cliff Matthews on Saturday would not continue Sunday as he would eventually find his touch. They were right as his first round 29 put him only one stroke back of Saturday morning winner Mason Spradlin. John Kropinak continued his stellar play by also shooting a first round 29, tying him with Matthews and Lee Messigner for second place. Through two rounds it was anybody’s tournament as Matthews and Jeffrey Smith lead at 59 but an incredible six of the remaining eight players were within two strokes. After the final round, Smith once again found himself one stroke short at 89 overall as Don Parker shot a tournament tying best 28 and Matthews continued his hot play with a 29 putting the two players tied for the lead at 88 overall. In the 18 hole playoff, Parker took an early lead through three holes but had an unfortunate bogey on hole four. Matthews was able to capitalize with an ace and never looked back, soundly beating Parker. It was Matthews’ first win on the Southwest Putting Tour since 2012. In match play Brice Bergesen proved he had been sand bagging the field all weekend as he beat Saturday winner Mason Spradlin and Sunday runner-up Don Parker to win a spot. Matt Bellner was also able to beat a Saturday winner in Jody Kimble followed by a tight match with John Kropinak in which he was able to win 1-up.

4/15 APA – Sunday morning Scott Myers was the first player to show up to the course and it paid off. Myers lead out of the gates with a 30 and did not look back. After shooting a blistering seven under par 29 in round two, Myers found himself at 59 overall, four strokes ahead of the winner of both of Saturday’s tournaments Bryan Gentry. Gary plain rounded out the top three at 65. Myers proceeded to shoot a 32 putting him at 91 overall and good for a wire to wire victory. It was his first ever Southwest Putting Tour and could be the first of many as Scott continues to play more and more tournaments on the tour. Gentry was unable to complete the weekend sweep but played well enough to capture second place at 94 overall. Gary Plain finished third at 95 as the trio of Mike Huckaby, Chris Conradi, and Steven Yancey tied for the crumb in fourth at 98. In match play local pro Gary Plain was able to edge Chris Wiggins 1-up to win a spot. Steven Yancey was able to beat Chris Conradi in the first round, but could not get past Bryan Gentry who played well all weekend. Gentry was able to win the second match play spot 4 and 3.





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1 Cliff Matthews 29 30 29 88 $150.00 1
1 Scott Myers 30 29 32 91 $36.00 1
2 Don Parker 33 27 28 88 $75.00

2 Bryan Gentry 31 32 31 94 $18.00 1
3 Jeffrey Smith 31 28 30 89 $60.00

3 Gary Plain 33 31 31 95 $18.00 1
4 Lee Messinger 29 32 29 90 $25.00

4 Chris Conradi 31 36 31 98 $6.00
4 John Kropinak 29 31 30 90 $25.00

4 Mike Huckaby 32 33 33 98 $6.00
6 Mason Spradlin 28 33 31 92 $3.33

4 Steven Yancey 32 34 32 98 $6.00
6 Brice Bergesen 31 30 31 92 $3.33 1
7 Robert Martin 35 35 33 103

6 Jjody Kimble 31 29 32 92 $3.33

8 Chris Wiggins 35 35 34 104

9 Tom Adair 33 32 32 97










9 Matt Bellner 32 32 33 97
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THE FROZEN NINE: Par Temp of 36 Cooled Most of the Putters 


Dallas – April 7th

Ten players made it out to the beautiful Adventure Landing course on Coit Round in Dallas on April 7th to participate in the 6th Tournament of the young SWPT season.  Temperatures in the upper 30’s with wind chills in the 20’s greeted those brave enough to endure the conditions.  One of the players left after some practice after not being able to feel his hands well enough to putt.  So the “Frozen Nine” took to the course at noon to see who could battle the course and conditions. Who would survive? 

The course plays very well and low scores can be had, but it can be difficult to get anything going when it is cold and windy.  No player in either division was able to shoot below a 30 in the first round.  In the PPA both Lee Messinger and Geoff Mosk were able to get it to 30 and take a 3 stroke lead over Tom Adair.  In round two, Mosk was able to get a little better with a 28 to take a two stroke lead over Messinger.  In the last round it looked like a shootout would occur when Messinger shot a 12 on the front nine to not only catch, but pass Mosk for the lead.  When Mosk made the tricky 9th hole he had pulled back to within one stoke with just nine holes to go.  Messinger showed what a great player he is by keeping the pedal to the medal the acing six of the last nine holes to go along with one bogey after the outcome had already been determined.  Mosk was as cold as the weather making just two down the stretch with a bogey of his own to finish five stokes back.  Spots went to Messinger (his 4th and final spot), Mosk, and Adair.

In the APA division, the scores were tight all day.  After the first round, all six players were within four strokes of the leaders Greg Everly and Steve Yancey, who both shot a four under 32 in the opening round.  Scores stayed tight after two rounds as well.  Everly was in the lead at 65 by two over Yancey at 67.  Lurking just three stokes back were Trevor Lewin and Chris Conradi at 68.  The temperature at the course did not warm up, but Yancey did.  He fired the APA Low round of the day, a 30, finish at 97.  Everly needed to shoot two under the last nine holes to tie but could not get his putter hot and came up just one stroke shy at 98.  Mike Huckaby came in at 101 to claim the last cash spot.  Because of the very cold conditions it was determined before the tournament that there would be no match play and the three spots for the tour championship in September at Longview would go to the top stroke play scores.  This was the first win for Steve Yancey who has upped his game this year and looks to be a top player in the APA this year.





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1 Lee Messinger 30 30 25 85 $80.00 1
1 Steven Yancey 32 35 30 97 $36.00 1
2 Geoff Mosk 30 28 32 90 $40.00 1
2 Greg Everly 32 33 33 98 $18.00 1
3 Tom Adair 33 30 34 97
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3 Mike Huckaby 33 36 32 101 $18.00 1









4 Trevor Lewin 35 33 35 103










4 Chris Conradi 34 34 35 103










6 Ken Stanfill 36 34 38 108




Dallas – April 8th

On Sunday we again had 9 players at Coit Road.  Jeffrey Smith was able to feel his hands a little better than the day before and was able to play.  We all wished Mike Huckaby a happy birthday as he spent time with his family on the cold, but not quite as cold as the day before, Sunday morning.

It was 37 degrees at tee time, 1 degree warmer than at tee time the day before, but it was not nearly as windy so it didn’t feel quite as bad and the scores reflected it.  Both Geoffrey Mosk and Lee Messinger came out of the gate strong.  Both shot a six under 12 on the front nine.  Messinger finished the round with a 27 to have a one stroke lead.  Jeffrey Smith adjusted to the colder temperatures in the second round to shoot the low score of the weekend with a 24.  He didn’t gain much ground on the leaders as Mosk shot a 25 and Messinger a 26 to be tied at 53 after two rounds.  Disaster struck in the 3rd round for Mosk as he only managed a 1 under 17 on the front nine, and only managed a 30. Messinger’s third straight round in the 20’s gave him a three stroke lead at 80 heading into the final round. Tom Adair and Smith had fallen well off the pace going into the last round. Messinger played the first six holes at an amazing rate the first three rounds by acing 16 of the 18 through that stretch.  He finally stumbled on the front nine and amazingly missed three of the first six holes.  Mosk capitalized and was able to pull within one after the front nine.  Mosk made the 10th to have a chance to tie but Messinger topped him and then went on to blister the rest of the course to put Mosk away just like he had done the day before.  It was the third time in seven events that Messinger had finished 1st with Mosk in 2nd.  The spots went to Mosk, Smith, and Adair.

In the APA Division the players were again bunched up tightly.  After two rounds, four players were all within four stokes of the lead with Trevor Lewin leading the pack at 59.  Chris Conradi and Greg Everly were just three stokes back at 62 and Saturday’s winner Steve Yancey was at 63.  It got even tighter after round three.  Lewin still had the lead at 91, but playing partners Everly, 92, and Yancey, 93, had closed the gap.  Conradi was still lurking at 94.  A shootout was looming in the APA division and a shootout is what we got.  In the lead group Lewin made hole one while his playing partners missed.  There would not be another miss in the group until hole seven.  They all made holes 2 thru 6 for 16 aces in a row.  Lewin and Everly put a little distance between themselves and Yancey and it was a two man race down the stretch.  Lewin had a two stroke lead on Everly with three to play.  He went down the hill on hole 16 and missed the tricky putt coming back up to take a bogey.  Everly then calmly made a perfect putt to ace the hole and tie the score.  Both players missed 17.  Everly missed 18 and thought for sure he had lost the tournament with Lewin making hole 18 the previous three rounds.  Lewin’s putt was just a hair off and 18 more holes would be needed to determine a winner.  In the playoff Everly was able to limit mistakes and came out on top for his 1st win of the 2018 season.  It was a very close call for Lewin but he has nothing to hang his head about.  It was fun to watch these two players go head to head down the stretch.  Some were able to watch live on facebook as well where we will try to show any playoffs live.  Spots for the tour championship went to Everly, Lewin, and Yancey.


SWPT 2018 Dallas April 8
PPA APA
1 Lee Messinger 27 26 27 27 107 $90.00 1 Greg Everly 32 30 30 27 119 $36.00
2 Geoffrey Mosk 28 25 30 30 113 $50.00 2 Trevor Lewin 29 30 32 28 119 $18.00
3 Jeffrey Smith 33 24 34 29 120 $20.00 3 Steve Yancey 33 30 30 31 124 $18.00
4 Tom Adair 35 33 33 34 135 4 Chris Conradi 32 30 32 34 128
5 Ken Stanfill 33 35 34 36 138

Lee Messinger Sweeps and Joe Lea Goes Low on Sunday in          Lake Charles


There was a light sprinkle that greeted players as they arrived at the beautiful Lake Charles course on Saturday March 17th but it quickly cleared up providing excellent conditions for the start of the second weekend on the SWPT.  The course was primed for low scoring, but the players were not;  28 was as low as anyone could go in the pro division and that was good enough for Geoff Mosk to have a one stroke lead.  It was tightly packed as three players were tied for last at six under 30.  The next round was a little bit better as Brice Bergeses was surprised to find himself in the lead at 56 after shooting a 27.  Lee Messinger, Mason Spradlin, and Mosk were all just one stroke back trying to get hot.  In the last round finally had a player that took advantage of the course as Messinger fired a 10 on the front nine on his way to a 25.  Don Parker also finished strong with a 25 of his own.  The rest of the field continued to struggle as they hoped they would play better in the second tournament of the day.  Messinger’s 25 carried him to a two stroke win over Mosk and Bergesen, who rounded out the top three at 85.  All three players received spots for the SWPT Tour championship in Longview later this year.

In the APA 10 players were ready to battle it out.  The tournaments in Lake Charles are always highly contested in the APA Division.  A Familiar name was at the top of the list after 1 round.  Charles “Sharkey” Cox shot a 27 to have a one stroke lead over Charles Tarbell and two strokes over Steven Yancey and Dwain Willett.  After the second round Charles Tarbell would have been leading the pro division with a score of 54.  Willett remained two strokes back with Sharkey and Greg Simpson four and five strokes back respectively.  It is never over at Lake Charles until it is actually over as the course can render very low scores at any moment.  It can also give out a higher score without notice and that is what happened to Tarbell as he fell from first to a tie for 4th place with Steven Yancey at 91.  Three players tied for the top spot it, Dwain Willett, Greg Simpson and Sharkey Cox all finished at 87.   In the 18 hole playoff Simpson and Cox quickly separated themselves, making it a man race down to the 18th hole that Sharkey made to get the win.  The three spots went to Greg Simpson, Dwain Willett, and Charles Tarbell.




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1 Lee Messinger 29 28 25 82 $100.00 1
1 Charles Cox 27 31 29 87 $36.00 1
2 Geoff Mosk 28 29 27 84 $50.00 1
2 Dwain Willett 29 27 31 87 $18.00 1
3 Brice Bergesen 29 27 29 85 $40.00 1
2 Greg Simpson 30 29 28 87 $18.00 1
4 Don Parker 30 32 25 87


4 Steven Yancey 29 30 32 91 $18.00
5 Mason Spradlin 30 27 32 89


4 Charles Tarbell 28 26 37 91 $18.00
6 Joe Lea 30 31 30 91


6 Jack Ramsey 30 34 31 95 $18.00









7 Trevor Lewin 31 30 35 96










8 Ken Stanfill 33 32 32 97










9 Chris Conradi 30 38 32 100










10 Mickey DeLucca 36 34 33 103




The players reconvened at the course at 3pm to play the second tournament of the day.  The executive committee decided to have two weekends with three tournaments this year in an attempt to play the same number of events in fewer weekends in order to cut down on travel expenses for the players.  The pro players were hoping to improve on the lack luster scores of the morning but after one round it was again a 28 that was leading, Joe Lea and Geoff Mosk.  The noon tournament winner, Lee Messinger made his last four to get back to a tie for third at 30, along with Brice Bergesen and Mason Spradlin.  Messinger was able to build off of making his last four to turn in an excellent score of 24 the second round, which included a stretch of making 17 of 21.  His hot shooting was enough to pass everyone except Lea with both ties at 54.  No one else was closer than four strokes back.  Messinger continued to play well the last round and shot a 26 to finish at 80 to win by two over Lea.  Mosk and Spradlin tied for the crumb at 86.  Tour championship spots went to Messinger, Lea, and Spradlin

In the APA Division Dwain Willett lost in a playoff earlier in the day and was determined to not let it happen again.  He was one of only two players to shoot in the 20’s the first round and took a two stroke lead over Charles Tarbell, 27 to 29.  Five players were able to get into the 20s for round two but Willett’s 28 was able to expand his lead to three over Steven Yancey and Tarbell.  A solid at last round 28 from Willett made him very hard to catch, but with victory remained in question with very low scores possible.  Greg Simpson shot an 11 on the front nine to pull within one of Willett and Tarbell’s 13 had him two back, but neither player was able to mount a serious charge on the back nine. Willett’s 82 was enough to hold on for his first win of 2018.  Spots for the tour championship went to Willett, Simpson, and Tarbell.




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1 Lee Messinger 30 24 26 80 $100.00 1
1 Dwain Willett 27 28 28 83 $36.00 1
2 Joe Lea 28 26 28 82 $50.00 1
2 Greg Simpson 32 27 26 85 $18.00 1
3 Geoff Mosk 28 30 28 86 $20.00

3 Charles Tarbell 29 29 27 85 $18.00 1
3 Mason Spradlin 30 28 28 86 $20.00 1
4 Steven Yancey 31 27 31 89 $18.00
5 Brice Bergesen 30 29 28 87


5 Ken Stanfill 32 29 31 92 $18.00
6 Don Parker 35 31 23 89


6 Trevor Lewin 33 30 30 93 $18.00









7 Charles Cox 30 32 32 94










8 Chris Conradi 33 32 30 95










9 Jack Ramsey 33 35 34 102










10 Mickey DeLucca 37 40 28 105

Sunday saw great weather and players trying to go lower than they did on Saturday and most did.  Joe Lea and Byron Kirby came out of the gates on fire shooting scores of 10 and 11 on the front nine respectively.  The hot start allowed Lea to have a one stroke lead over Geoffrey Mosk and Kirby 24 o 25.  In round two it was Lee Messinger who went low shooting a weekend best score of 23.  A shootout was developing with Lea and Messinger at 50 and Mosk just one stroke back at 51.  Kirby was still in striking distance at 53, or so he thought.  As has happened on this course many times before Lea got on a streak like few players can.  Lea aced his first seven holes before taking a bogey  on hole eight from down the hill.  He then only missed one more hole the rest of the way to shoot a 21, two strokes off his personal best score on the course of 19.  Lea's 21 put away the rest of the field.  Messinger had a fine 26 to finish in second place at 76.  Mosk rounded out the top three by edging Mason Spradlin 79-80.    The top three scores would have won either tournament on Saturday, but were a day late.  Lea claimed the stroke play spot while Don Parker and Mosk claimed the Match play spots.

In the APA Bryan Gentry, who showed up in Lake Charles Saturday afternoon, made his presence felt by shooting a first round 25.  He was joined at the top of the leader board by Sharkey Cox and Steven Yancey. The 25 was Yancey's career best.  Cox stayed hot while the other players cooled off and his 51 after two rounds was good for a four stroke lead over Yancey and five over Charles Tarbell.  It would not be a walk in the park the last round for Cox. He limped in with a 30 to finish at 81.  Yancey shot an 11 on the front nine to pull within a single stroke but he was not able to close the deal and finished one stroke back at 82.  Tarbell also got to within a single stroke of the lead the last round but came up just short to tie Yancey for second at 82.  Spots for the tour championship went to Tarbell, Gentry, and Greg Simpson.


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1 Joe Lea 24 26 21 71 $120.00 1
1 Charles Cox 25 26 30 81 $36.00 1
2 Lee Messinger 27 23 26 76 $50.00

2 Charles Tarbell 28 28 26 82 $18.00
3 Geoff Mosk 25 26 28 79 $40.00 1
2 Steven Yancey 25 30 27 82 $18.00
4 Mason Spradlin 28 27 25 80 $20.00

4 Trevor Lewin 28 29 27 84 $18.00
5 Brice Bergesen 29 30 26 85


5 Chris Conradi 28 29 29 86 $18.00
6 Don Parker 30 29 28 87
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5 Bryan Gentry 25 34 27 86 $18.00 1
7 Byron Kirby 25 28 35 88


7 Dwain Willett 27 32 31 90










8 Greg Simpson 29 30 32 91
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9 Ken Stanfill 31 30 31 92










10 Jack Ramsey 36 36 36 108










11 Mickey DeLucca 40 46 44 130

The SWPT Opened 2018 in Webster, Tx; site of this year's Nationals

19 players came out to Webster to start the Southwest putting tour season and were greeted with outstanding weather.  The course was in great shape as is always the case at the beautiful course that will host the Putt Putt National championship in 6 short months.  The first round saw all but one of the players within 4 strokes of the lead with John Kropinak, Brice Bergesen and Robert Cook tied at 29.  In the second round Joe Lea, Jeffrey Smith and John distanced themselves from the field with outstanding scores on 23, 26, and 24.  John held a 2 stroke lead over 2015 National Champion Joe Lea with 2014 National Champion Jeffrey Smith just 1 more stroke back.  No player was able to shoot below 29 the final round and John cruised in with a 30 to shoot an 83 and win by 2 over Joe.  John had some close calls at Webster in the past but was not to be denied this time as he picked up the first professional win of his career  Spots went to John, Brice, and Byron Kirby.

In the APA division Alan Sahmel, who always plays Webster well, opened up with a 29 that was good for a 1 stroke lead over Todd Trent who came all the way from Georgia, and fellow local Dwain Willett.  Those 3 players stayed close all the way thru  the event with Alan pulling away at the end to win with a great score of 89.  Todd finished second at 91 and Dwain finished 3rd at 93.  In match play Ken Stanfill won a thrilling match over Todd Trent to win a spot.  Jack Ramsey, who is always tough in Match play at Webster, won the other match play spot.  As played ended on Saturday the players were all looking forward to the first SWPT event to be held on what is commonly called the customer course on Sunday.    


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1 John Kropinak 29 24 30 83 $150.00 1
1 Alan Sahmel 29 29 31 89 $36.00   1 
2 Joe Lea 32 23 30 85 $75.00

2 Todd Trent 30 31 30 91 $18.00  
3 Lee Messinger 30 29 29 88 $45.00

3 Dwain Willett 30 32 31 93 $18.00  
3 Jeffrey Smith 31 26 31 88 $45.00

4 Steven Yancey 32 35 31 98 $18.00  
5 Brice Bergesen 29 30 30 89 $20.00 1
5 Ken Stanfill 32 34 33 99 $9.00   1 
6 Don Parker 33 28 29 90 $10.00

5 Jason Sheffield 36 32 31 99 $9.00  
7 Byron Kirby 32 30 29 91
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7 Jack Ramsey 40 29 32 101
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8 Geoff Mosk 33 28 32 93


8 Chris Conradi 35 33 34 102
 
9 Robert Cook 29 35 30 94


8 Steve Willmann 36 33 33 102
 
10 Danny Tatum 34 33 32 99









 


Sunday morning was overcast with some slight drizzle but it quickly cleared out for prime putting conditions.  With this being the first SWPT event held on course 1 at Webster there was some doubt as to what it might take to win on the difficult course.  Some players prefer course one after minimal practice time to course 2.  Many thought that a local player that had more time on the course would win and after 1 round Brice was the only player to shoot below 30 with a solid 29.  Several other players were within striking distance and with this even being 4 rounds there was still time to gain strokes.  Brice extended his lead to 2 strokes over Lee Messinger after another solid round of 31.  Jeffrey Smith, Joe Lea, and Geoff Mosk, who had a 6 on hole 8 in round 1, were all lurking 3 strokes back at 63.  For the second consecutive round no player broke 30 in round 3.  Brice maintained his 3 stroke lead over Joe and Geoff while Lee slipped back with a 34.  Danny moved closer to the top of the leader board with a 30 of his own in round 3.  Going into the last round only 1 round below 30 had been shot on the course.  Round 4 saw 3 rounds in the 20's including the low round of the day of 26 from Lee.  Joe shot a 29 to tie Lee at 122.  Danny Tatum was 9 under with 2 holes to go and could tie Joe and Lee at 122 with 2 aces on the last 2 holes but it was not to be as he finished at 124 in 4th place.  Brice had a chance to win the tournament in regulation with an ace on 18 but the putt slid off to the left and we had a 3 way tie at 122.  In the playoff Joe and Brice both had great rounds going coming into the final 2 holes.  Remarkably both players caught the bottom of the lip on 17 to remain tied going in to hole 18.  Joe's putt was to firm and slid by the left lip leaving Brice with another chance to ace 18 for the win.  Brice pushed his putt into the right Cheese and took a 3, giving Joe his 1st win of the 2018 season. All 3 players in the playoff earned spots for the tour championship in September at Longview.

In the APA there were only 2 rounds shot in the 20's by the 8 players.  Todd Trent was very consistent all day long with his worst round being a 32 in round 2 and his best being a 29 in round 4.  Only the top 3 finishers of Todd, Dwain Willett, and Saturdays winner Alan Sahmel, were able to stay under par all 3 rounds.  The course has trouble lurking an nearly every hole and it is easy to get into trouble.  Dwain was able to stay close to Todd and was only down by 1 at 63 to Todd's 62.  Alan was still within striking distance at 64.  Todd's solid play continued into round 3 with his second 30 of the day as he extended his lead to 3 over Dwain heading into the final round.  Ken Stanfill made a charge the last round shooting the low APA round of the day with a 27.  It as not enough as Todd shot his best round with a 27 to win by 6 over Dwain and 8 over Alan.  Those 3 players each earned a spot for the tour championship in September.  The course proved to be a big challenge and will a much different test than the courses that normally host Nationals.  It will ot be an aces race this year.  Instead it will be a battle to see who can make the fewest mistakes and clutch putts.





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1 Joe Lea 32 31 30 29 122 $150.00 1
1 Todd Trent 30 32 30 29 121 $36.00 1
2 Brice Bergesen 29 31 30 32 122 $70.00 1
2 Dwain Willett 33 30 32 32 127 $18.00 1
2 Lee Messinger 31 31 34 26 122 $70.00 1
3 Alan Sahmel 34 31 33 31 129 $18.00 1
4 Danny Tatum 31 36 30 27 124 $40.00

3 Ken Stanfill 32 37 33 27 129 $18.00
5 Geoff Mosk 33 30 30 32 125 $20.00

5 Jack Ramsey 39 34 32 38 143

6 Jeffrey Smith 30 33 31 35 129 $10.00

6 Steven Yancey 34 41 34 37 146

7 John Kropinak 35 32 34 31 132


7 Chris Conradi 40 36 36 37 149

8 Robert Cook 31 34 32 37 134


8 Steve Willmann 38 33 33 47 151

9 Don Parker 32 35 38 32 137











9 Byron Kirby 36 33 35 33 137













2018 Nationals Coming to Webster

The Nationals week will be at Webster from Sept 10-14th.  Sept 10th will be the Nationals Doubles and Tuesday the 11th will be the $12,000 Western Open.  The National Championship and seniors National Championship begin on Wednesday the 12th.  The seniors will be crowned on Thursday the 13th and twelve rounds will determine the winner of the $25,000 PPA National Championship on Friday the 14th. More info

The 2018 National Tournament program starts at White Lake North Carolina with the Eastern Open on May 4-6th.

The $15,000 Tournament Players Championship will follow at Kingsport Tennessee on June 23-24th.

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2018 Tour Letter

We would like to thank all of the course owners and managers that have allowed us to play at their facilities in the past and again in the upcoming 2018 putting season. Their generosity in allowing us to play on their courses during the year is one of the key components necessary in making our tour a success.

 Membership applications should now be mailed to the address on the application for processing and approval. Once your application is approved, your name will be posted on proputters.org. The SWPT can accept membership fees and approve membership applications. If your name is not posted on proputters.org prior to an event you will not be permitted to play unless you pay your membership fees to the Southwest Putting Tour. Please send in membership applications as soon as possible to ensure your playing privileges are approved before the season starts.  Read more

The 2018 SWPT committee:

Geoff Mosk, Tour Director, Treasurer
Mason Spradlin, Tournament Director
Jeffrey Smith, Rulings Director 
Brice Bergesen, Statistics Coordinator
Mickey DeLucca, Statistics Assistant
Lee Messinger, Match Play Coordinator 
Adam Sahmel, Webmaster 
Help Needed in Waco!
The Waco course is looking to replace some carpet. Does anyone know how to do this and have the time? The course is looking to have this done before they open on March 2nd. I don’t know how much they are looking to replace or how much they would pay to have this done. Please let Geoff Mosk or Joe Aboid know if you are interested.


2018 Schedule
Entry Fees Spots
Date Location Tournament Tee Time PPA APA Course Rds MP Stroke Match
March 3 Webster 12pm, $53 $18 2 3 yes 1 2
March 4 Webster 9am $53 $18 1 4 no 3 0
March 17 Lake Charles 12pm, 3pm $53, $53 $18, $18 1 3 no 3,3 0
March 18 Lake Charles 10am $53 $18 1 3 yes 1 2
April 7 Dallas 12pm $53 $18 1 3 yes 1 2
April 8 Dallas 10am $53 $18 1 4 no 3 0
April 14 Tyler 12pm, 3pm $53, $53 $18, $18 1 3 no 3,3 0
April 15 Tyler 10:00am $53 $18 1 3 yes 1 2
April 28 Longview Greens 12pm $53 $18 1 3 no 3 0
April 29 Longview Greens 10am $53 $18 1 3 no 3 0
May 5 White Lake Eastern Open
May 12 Waco Allen Thomas Memorial 12pm, 3pm $53, $53 $18, $18 1 3 no 3,3 0
June 9 Arlington 12pm $53 $18 1 3 Yes 1 2
June 10 Arlington 10am $53 $18 1 3 yes 1 2
June 23 Kingsport TN National TPC
June 24
July 14 Lake Charles Louisiana State 12pm $106 $36 2 4 no
July 15 Lake Charles Championship 10am 2 4 3 0
July 28 Tyler Mike Baldoza 12pm $106 $36 1 8 no
July 29 Tyler Texas open 10am 1 3 0
August 11 Longview 12pm $53 $18 1 3 yes 1 2
August 12 Longview 10am $53 $18 1 4 no 3 0
August 25 Webster The "Brice" 12pm $106 $36 2 4 no
August 26 Webster 10am 1 4 2 0
September 7 Webster 10am $53 $18 1,2,1,2 4 no 2 0
September 10 Webster Doubles Championship
September 11 Webster Western Open
September 12 Webster National Championship
September 13 Webster National championship
September 14 Webster National Championship
September 29 Longview 9am $53 $18 1 3 no 2 0
Longview SWPT Team Championship $10 $10
Longview SWPT Pro-Am $10 $10 1
September 30 Longview Tour Championship 1
October 20 Lake Charles The "Al"
October 21 Lake Charles
Dallas Natives Dominate East Texas Winter Series


Longview - 1/28 1 2 3 Total  
Lee Messinger 29 26 25 80  $40.00
Tom Adair 31 27 36 94
Trevor Lewin 32 31 34 97
Tyler -1/28 1 2 3 Total  
Jeffrey Smith 30 29 27 86  $61.50
Geoffrey Mosk 29 31 31 91  $25.00
Gary Plain 25 32 34 91  $25.00
Lee Messinger 31 28 33 92  $10.00
Trevor Lewin 32 29 34 95
Ken Stanfill 33 31 31 95
Tom Adair 32 31 33 96
MasonSpradlin 33 32 33 98
Jack Ramsey 32 36 34 102
  Southwest Putting Tour 2017 Finals Results
PPA
Rainey Statum defeated Lee Messinger

APA
Greg Simpson defeated Greg Everly

PPA player of the year:  Lee Messinger
APA player of the year:  Greg Everly

PPA Low Stroke Average:  Lee Messinger
APA  Low Stroke Average:  Greg Everly


Team Championship
”The Codgers”
Jeffrey Smith - Rainey Statum
Lee Messinger - Mike Huckaby 


Pro-Am
Geoff Mosk - Jack Ramsey

        
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