Bergesen Goes Wire to Wire in Longview


PPA
The constant rain the players faced on Sunday at Longview created much higher scores for most players.  Jeffrey Smith won on Saturday with a average score of 25.3 but averaged 31.75 on Sunday.  The notable exception to that rule was Brice Bergesen, who possibly inspired by Jeffrey's first win of the season on Saturday, shot a 27 for a one shot lead over his nemesis at Longview, Geoffrey Mosk. Tom Adair was in third place at 29.  As the rain intensified, hard enough to soak everyone, but not hard enough to call the players in, Brice added a 29 for a 57 and was surprised to see his 56 gave him a 5-shot lead over Geoffrey and Joe Lea.  The rain slacked up the rest of the tournament and when Brice shot a third round 31, he was again surprised to see his lead up to six shots over Geoff and seven over Lee Messinger.  Geoff was in the group right behind Brice and when in the final round Geoffrey made 4 of his first 5 holes and Brice was one over par through six holes the lead was down to a single shot.  Brice played five under after hole six for a 32 and a 119, and Geoff never could quite tie for the lead and his 29 and 122 was three shots off the pace at the end.  Lee again finished third at 124.  It was a wet weekend but the monkey was off both Jeffrey Smith's and Brice Bergesen's back with solid wins.  The SWPT final spot went to Matt Bellner.

APA
The APA players had a little more trouble with the rain than the PPA players, as no one averaged 32 per round.  Gary Plain was the first round leader with the tied low APA score of the day, a 30, and he lead Chris Conradi and Ken Stanfill by one.  Gary shot one over his second round but still retained a share of the lead at 67, along with Ken and Chris at 67.  Saturday' winner Scott Myers was only two back and Saturday's runner-up Steven Yancey was only one back.  Stephen Yancey shot a third round 31 to shoot 99 and take a 2-shot lead over Gary at 101 and Chris at 102.  Stephen closed the door in the fourth round with a day low 30 of his own for a 129 total over Chris, who also shot a final round 30.  Scott and Gary tied for third at 135.  Jack Ramsey got the SWPT spot.

Jeffrey Smith Uses 2nd rd 23 to Coast to a W
The rain gods came to Longview both days of the SWPT weekend.  On Saturday torrential rains came early in the morning and thankfully let up in time for the carpets to not have puddles on them.  Sunday was a different story as it started to rain about tee off time and continued until play in the third of the four rounds.  At least the rain kept the temperatures down, but scores were up as the pros shot an average of 2.5 strokes per game higher on Sunday.




PPA
Jeffrey Smith and Brice Bergesen are number 1 and 3 in total Southwest Putting Tour wins, yet after 20 events in the 2018 season neither player had a victory.  Both players feel Longview is the best true putting test of the courses we play so both were determined to do their best to get a win this weekend.  Jeffrey came out smoking with a first round 25 to lead playing partner and defending champ Jody Kimble by one shot and 2015 National Champ Joe Lea and Don Parker by three shots.  The battle between Jeffrey and the rest of the field ended on the front nine the second round as Jeffrey shot a 10 and Jody a 20, then Jeffrey added a 13 on the back for a 23 and a 48 total, a all time low score for two rounds at Longview.  Only Joe's 25 to put him at 53 kept Jeffrey from having a 7-shot lead over Lee Messinger at 55.  Jeffrey shot a 28 his final round, truly a walk in the park if there ever was one, to shoot a record low 76 for 54 holes.  Joe Lea hung on eight shots back at 84 for second and Lee was third at 86.  The SWPT final spots went to Jim Palisano and Matt Bellner.

APA
In the APA, Scott Myers was the first round leader with a 31, two shots ahead of Chris Conradi with Gary Plain the only other player under par at 35.  Scott continued his steady play of never getting into trouble with a second round 33 to be at 64, with Gary two back at 66 and Chris three back at 67.  Scott played another steady round with a final round 31 for a 95 and a win over very hard charging Steven Yancey, who started the tournament with a front nine 23 and finished the tournament with a 27 and a 97, the only APA score under 30 on the weekend.  Gary hung on for third at 99.  The SWPT spots went to Scott Myers, Gary Plain and Ken Stanfill. 



Cliff Matthews Wins Mike Baldoza Texas Open 



23 players participated in the Mike Baldoza Texas Open July 28th and 29th at the Putt Putt Course in Tyler.  Temperatures were expected to be at or near 100 degrees, but an unexpected light rain in the early morning hours kept it to a more bearable 93 degrees on Saturday.  The Tyler course has some hole that you will not find anywhere else, like the famous Gator Hole, and is always a fun course to play.  On Day 1 every player had at least one round of 30 or more on the difficult course.  In the PPA  first round, 2 time National Champion and Hall of Famer Cliff Matthews had a 28 to take a one stroke lead over Wade Sahmel, Mason Spradlin, Rainey Statum, and Lee Messinger.  In round two, Matthews extended his lead to two strokes but all but one was still within six strokes of the lead.  As happens to everyone at some point, Matthews had a 32 in round three and the field tightened.  It was clear that  no one would be able to run away in this event, which is normal for tournaments at Tyler as it is always very close.  At the end of day 1 Spradlin had carved out a one stroke lead at 116 with seven other players within three strokes of the lead.  Everyone knew it was going to come down to the last round on day two to determine a champion.

In the  APA division Greg Everly looked to win Back to Back Texas Opens and he came out hot.  Everly and Ken Stanfill both shot opening rounds of 28 to be the first round co-leaders with Chris Conradi only one stroke back.  In round two,  no player was able to break 30 as Everly took a rather commanding lead.  In second place was Stanfill at 62 and in third, and making his first appearance in many years, was James Kile in at 63.  In rounds three and four Gary Plain, who is always tough on his home course, shot two 29’s to gain a stoke on Everly and to be in second place.  Everly ended the day at 117, which was only one stroke off the lead in the pro division.  It had become a two man race.

That night 17 of the players and wives went to KAWAS and enjoyed dinner together.  It has been said many times that some of the best parts of Putt Putt is the time you spend away from the course with the great friends you make.  A great time was had by all and this has the potential to become a Tyler Tradition.


Day 2 of the Mike Baldoza Texas Open started at 10am and it was a hot and sticky morning.  Most players expected the scores to be lower on day two and they would be right.  Spradlin and Matthews came out hot with 27s but the low round went to local Pro Tom Adair who shot a 26 to get back into the hunt.  Jody Kimble and Rainey Statum stayed close as well with 28s of their own.  Lee Messinger was also within striking distance after shooting a 29.  In the sixth round, Kimble shot the low round of the tournament with a 25 as he and Matthews took the lead at 172.  Spradlinw as just two strokes back at 174.  Wade Sahmel was still only five strokes back but was running out of time.  Sahmel showed what a tough player he is and fired a 28 and 27 his last two rounds.  That would be good enough to make up the five strokes on most players at Tyler but came up just a bit shy on this day.  Kimble went 31-27 his last two rounds to finish Sunday with a score of 111 which was five strokes better than anyone shot on Saturday.  His eight round total of 230, finished one behind Matthews, who was one of only two players to have all of his rounds in the 20s for the dat.  Matthews shot rounds of 27-28-29-28 on day 2 for a total of 112 and a one stroke victory.  Congratulations to 2018  Mike Baldoza Texas open Champion Cliff Matthews!

In the APA Division, Everly started where he left off and shot a 28 his opening round.  Scott Myers, who was a bit disappointed with his play on Saturday, had the APA low round of the weekend with a 26 to start the day.  Everly had a nine stoke lead and also had his eyes on the Trophy given to the overall winner of the Mike Baldoza Texas Open.  He was only one back of Matthews overall after five rounds.  The temperature got hotter and Everly cooled off a bit shooting 32-31-28 his last three rounds, but he was never seriously challenged as no one was able to get within seven strokes of him for the APA lead.   Gary Plain had solid rounds of 30-30-31-30 on day two to claim second place at 245.  In third was Ken Stanfill with a solid score of 250.  Also finishing in the money were Steven Yancey, Chris Conradi, and Scott Myers.




2018 Texas Open
Tyler, Tx
PPA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Cliff Matthews 28 27 32 30 27 28 29 28 229         $310
2 Jody Kimble 30 28 31 30 28 25 31 27 230         $240
3 Wade Sahmel 29 31 27 31 29 29 28 27 231         $160
4 Mason Spradlin 29 30 29 28 27 31 31 28 233            $70
5 Jeffrey Smith 31 26 30 32 30 28 30 28 235            $50
6 Rainey Statum 29 28 32 30 28 28 29 32 236            $40
7 Lee Messinger 29 28 31 29 29 32 30 29 237            $20
8 Tom Adair 33 27 30 32 26 29 30 31 238
9 Brice Bergesen 30 30 26 31 32 31 30 29 239
10 Geoff Mosk 32 29 29 33 32 29 28 30 242
11 Don Parker 30 29 32 33 32 33 29 29 247
12 Matt Bellner 33 31 32 30 34 35 32 29 256
APA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Greg Everly 28 30 28 31 28 32 31 28 236            $72
2 Gary Plain 32 34 29 29 30 30 31 30 245            $36
3 Ken Stanfill 28 34 34 30 32 32 28 32 250            $36
4 Steven Yancy 30 34 33 30 34 28 31 31 251            $36
5 Chris Conradi 29 37 34 32 33 31 28 29 253            $36
6 Scott Myers 34 32 35 36 26 28 31 34 256            $36
7 Mike Huckaby 31 33 32 33 34 32 32 32 259
8 James Kile 33 30 37 37 32 30 32 32 263
9 Trevor Lewin 37 38 32 35 31 33 30 32 268
10 Mickey DeLucca 37 39 34 35 36 35 31 33 280
11 Jack Ramsey 38 39 37 35 36 36 33 35 289

Mosk has a Record Day en Route to

Louisiana State Championship

Day 1

A warm and muggy morning greeted the 22 players who came out to the beautiful Lake Charles Putt Putt course to compete in the Louisiana State Championship. The course is always in great shape and is a good test of putting skill. 


Geoff Mosk came out of the gates as hot as you can by making the first 12 holes, shooting the first perfect nine of his career, in route to a 23 that was good enough for a one stroke lead over Joe Lea. Jeffrey Smith was just two back on the course he won the 2014 National Championship on at 25. Five more players were in at 26. In round two, Lea and Mosk separated themselves from the rest of the field to be in at 47 and 48 respectfully, except for Rudy Cuellar, who shot the day's low round of 23 to also be in at 48. As the day wore on the weather got hotter and the carpet started to fluff causing shots that went in earlier in the day to come up short. No player was able to shoot lower than 26 and five were not able to break 30. Lea continued to lead at 74 with Cuellar one back at 75, followed by Mosk four back at 78, and Smith in at 79. The struggles continued in the last round but the players did adjust somewhat. Wade Sahmel had the low round with a 25 to pull into a tie for 4th at 109 with Cuellar. Smith was in 3rd at 105, Mosk in 2nd at 104, and Lea the leader after day one at 102. 

In the APA Greg Simpson was also able to shoot a perfect 9 to start the tournament on his was to a 1st round lead with a 24. Local player Charles Tarbell was in second with a fine score of 26. In 3rd was last years winner of the AL Terry Simpson with a 28. In round two, it was Sharkey Cox who got hot and shot a 24 of his own. This pulled him into a tie for second place with Tarbell at 54, just two strokes behind the defending tour champion Greg Simpson. Terry Simpson was just three5strokes back at 55. As these four players distances themselves from the field. In the last two rounds, they all remained close. Greg Simpson was able to keep the lead for all of day one, finishing at 109.  This was good for a three stroke lead over Cox, Terry Simpson, and Tarbell who were all tied at 112. It will be a tight race that will likely come down to the last round to see which of these players will bring home the title of 2018 APA Louisiana State Championship. 


Day 2

The players for day two of the Louisiana State Championship were happy to start at 10 so they could be finished before it got too hot. In the Pro division ,Joe Lea and Geoff Mosk picked up where they left off by shooting a 12 and 11 on the front respectfully. Lea cooled off on the back but Mosk stayed hot to shoot the low score of the round, a 24, which would be the worst round of the day for him. Lea was just three strokes back at 131. Jeffrey Smith was still close at 134 with Wade Sahmel closing with a 10 on the back 9 to be in fourth at 135. Sahmel continued his hot shooting by shooting a 10 on the front nine and a 22 for the round his second round and he lost 2 strokes on the leader!  Lea and Smith also had good second rounds with each shooting a 25 but the story of the round was “Groff,” who shot a 10-10 for a 20 and an eight stroke lead. Mosk continued his hot shooting with a third straight 10 on his was to a 23 in round three. Lea, Smith, and Sahmel all continued their great play shooting 25, 25, and 26 respectively. The last round had Mosk walking the proverbial dog but he stayed hot shooting another 23 for a four round score of 90 and an 8 round score of 194. Lea had the low score of the last round with an outstanding 22 to secure second place at 203. Smith shot 74 his last 3 rounds to finish in 3rd at 208. Sahmel rounded out the top four at 112. Also finishing in the Money were defending Champ Danny Tatum at 227, and in a 228 were Lee Messinger, Rudy Cuellar, and Robert Cook. It should be noted that Cook improved by 14 strokes from his Day 1 score. 

The four round score of 90 that Mosk shot was the lowest score anyone could remember on the SWPT, and his final three round score of 66 is also the lowest anyone could recall. It was definitely a day Mosk will not forget. 

In the APA it was a tight race that would go right down to the wire. Day 1 leader Greg Simpson extended his lead to five over Sharkey Cox with a first round 28. Chris Conradi also fired a first round 28. Terry Simpson and Charles Tarbell fell to eight strokes off the pace. In round two, almost on queue, Cox shoots a 25 to pull within two strokes of Simpson. No one else was closer than 12 strokes of the lead as Simpson and Cox separated themselves from the field. Simpson and Cox both shot solid 30s in round seven to stay just two strokes of each other. A shootout loomed for round eight and that is exactly what we got. Both players had solid 14s on the front nine. If Simpson could shoot another 14 it would be very difficult for Cox to catch him. He did 1 better with a 13 to finish with a 27 and an 8 round total of 222. But Cox showed why he is one of the top APA players of all time at the Lake Charles course, making the final hole and closing with an 11 to tie Simpson at 222. In the playoff Simpson was able to outlast Cox to win by one and claim the 2018 APA Louisiana State Championship. 



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1 Geoff Mosk 23 25 30 26 24 20 23 23 194 $310.00
2 Joe Lea 24 23 27 28 29 25 25 22 203 $200.00
3 Jeffrey Smith 25 28 26 26 29 25 25 24 208 $160.00
4 Wade Sahmel 26 29 29 25 26 22 27 28 212 $70.00 1
5 Danny Tatum 26 29 28 33 26 30 28 27 227 $50.00 1
6 Lee Messinger 30 27 32 27 27 27 29 29 228 $20.00
6 Robert Cook 26 31 30 34 28 23 26 30 228 $20.00 1
6 Rudy Cuellar 26 22 27 34 34 30 26 29 228 $20.00 1
9 Byron Kirby 31 29 29 30 25 25 27 33 229

10 Don Parker 27 30 29 31 25 26 33 29 230

11 Brice Bergesen 29 28 33 29 29 32 28 24 232

12 Mason Spradlin 26 27 32 35 30 27 27 35 239





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1 Greg Simpson 24 28 26 31 28 28 30 27 222 $72.00
2 Charles Cox 30 24 28 30 30 25 30 25 222 $36.00 1
3 Terry Simpson 28 27 29 28 33 32 29 26 232 $36.00 1
4 Chris Conradi 29 32 30 31 28 29 30 28 237 $36.00
5 Charles Tarbell 26 28 27 31 33 32 29 33 239 $36.00 1
6 Bryan Gentry 32 30 27 35 32 28 31 29 244

7 Alan Sahmel 30 34 34 31 31 30 29 29 248
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8 Steven Yancey 33 33 31 27 36 35 30 31 256

9 Ken Stanfill 31 31 34 33 36 32 30 32 259

10 Mickey DeLucca 36 34 40 38 37 33 34 33 285

                 SWPT has two players on the USA team for the World Mini-Golf Championships in Prague, Czech Republic
                                 
SWPT director Geoff (Groff) Mosk and 2017 SWPT Champion Rainey Statum were both selected to represent the USA in the World Mini-Golf Championships in Prague Czech Republic. to be played on Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th.  The USA has two four man teams, with Geoff being on team one and Rainey on team two.  The tee shirts that were made incorrectly spelled Geoff's name Groff, so that will be his new nickname for eternity!  Rainey is on a hot streak, having qualified already for three of the Major Series of Putting tournaments in Las Vegas in October and winning the Mini-Golf US Open last month in North Carolina.  To follow the action go to the official web page of  the event at wagm2018.com.

                                                
                                                                 
June 10, 2018--Sunday--Arlington Parks--10am tee off
                                                    
PPA
Everyone agreed that the scores would be lower than on Saturday, that it would take in the 80's to cash, and everyone was right!!  Lee Messinger shot an opening round 9 shots lower than on Saturday with a 26 to lead Cliff Matthews by one shot.  Steady Don Parker was third at 29.  Don was the only player under 30 the second round with a 28 and it pulled him within one of Lee, 56 to 57.  Also at 57 was Cliff with Jeffrey Smith back at 60.  It was a battle between Don and Lee the final round, both shooting weekend low 12's on the front nine.  Don briefly caught Lee in the final round but Lee pulled ahead on the back nine and shot another 28, good for a 82 and a two shot win over Don's 84.  Cliff and Jeffrey were tied for third at 88.  Spots went to Cliff Matthews and Tom Adair.

APA
Greg Everly shot a opening round 28 and was four shots ahead of three other players.  Greg is hard enough to beat without spotting him four shots.  Greg slid to a second round 32 but saw his lead only drop by one shot with Mike Huckaby moving into second place with a 63.  Greg played an excellent final round and shot the weekend's low 18-hole score with a 25, good for a 85 and a 12-shot win over Mike and Scott Myers, both at 97.  Mike and Scott played a 18-hole match for the stroke play spot for the tour finals and Mike won easily as Scott only had one ace.  In the match play for the spots, Chris Conradi beat a worn out Scott Myers in one bracket and Ken Stanfill beat Chris Wiggins in the other bracket.

SWPT 2018



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1 Lee Messinger 26 30 26 82 $120.00

1 Greg Everly 28 32 25 85 $36.00
2 Don Parker 29 28 27 84 $50.00

2 Mike Huckaby 32 31 34 97 $18.00 1
3 Jeffrey Smith 30 30 28 88 $15.00

2 Scott Myers 32 33 32 97 $18.00
3 Cliff Matthews 27 30 31 88 $15.00 1
4 Steven Yancey 34 32 34 100 $18.00
5 Brice Bergesen 33 33 29 95


5 Ken Stanfill 37 33 32 102 $4.50 1
6 Tom Adair 33 32 32 97
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5 Chris Wiggins 32 32 38 102 $4.50









7 Chris Conradi 37 34 32 103
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8 Trevor Lewin 36 31 37 104










9 Robert Martin 38 37 34 109

June 9, 2018--Saturday--Arlington Parks--Noon tee off
                                                 
PPA
It was the strangest tournament of the 2018 SWPT season in that 5 of the 7 players had a great chance to win.  All screwed up somewhere along the way, even the eventual winner Lee Messinger.  Lee made a 5 on hole five in the first round and struggled in with a 35, good for a last place tie.  Brice Bergesen led after the first round with a 28, good for a one shot over Jeffrey Smith, both players looking for their first win of the season.  In the second round Lee bogied the second hole, then made 10 aces for a 26 and a 61 total,  Even though Jeffrey had a screw up on hole 6 the second round with a 5 he was the 36 hole leader at 59, Brice was at 60, and Lee, Cliff Matthews and Don Parker were at 61.  In the third round both Brice and Cliff played the last 7 holes one over par to miss the playoff by one.  Cliff earlier had his big screw up by making a 5 on hole 13, the easiest hole on the course to ace. Don was the only player to play bogey free and ended in a tie with Lee after 54 holes at 91, with Brice, Jeffrey and Cliff one shot back.  Lee made another 5 on hole 5 in the playoff but made enough aces to hold Don off for his 5th win of the season.  The tour final spots went to Cliff and Tom Adair.

APA
In contrast to the PPA players making a mess of the tournament, the APA players played solid.  Mike Huckaby got off to a great start by shooting a first round 27, good for a 4-shot lead over Greg Everly.  Mike somehow made a 3 on hole three the second round and only had three aces and shot a 34 and his lead was down to one shot over Steven Yancey and Greg Everly, 61 to 62.  All three players had good final rounds but Greg missed the playoff by one shot with his 30 and 92 total.  Steven shot his second straight 29 and Mike had a 30 and they tied at 91.  In the 18-hole playoff Steven was able to hole Mike back for his third win of the season.  Mike got the stroke play spot and the match play spots went to Chris Conradi and Scott Myers.


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1 Lee Messinger 35 26 30 91 $120.00

1 Steven Yancey 33 29 29 91 $36.00
2 Don Parker 31 30 30 91 $50.00

2 Mike Huckaby 27 34 30 91 $18.00 1
3 Brice Bergesen 28 32 32 92 $20.00

3 Greg Everly 31 31 30 92 $18.00
3 Jeffrey Smith 29 30 33 92 $20.00

4 Chris Conradi 34 33 35 102
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3 Cliff Matthews 32 29 31 92 $20.00 1
5 Ken Stanfill 34 33 37 104

6 Mason Spradlin 32 32 31 95


6 Scott Myers 36 35 38 109
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7 Tom Adair 35 33 34 102
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                       Waco Hosts the Allen Thomas Memorial



The Southwest Putting tour made their annual trip to Waco on May 12th for the inaugural Allen Thomas Memorial, a longtime Waco player who passed away last year.  The course is more than 50 years old and the holes are longer than what is played just about anywhere else.  It makes for a very challenging course where any score under 30 is good.  If you can go 3-4 strokes under 30 then you have a great chance of winning.  In the first tournament of the day John Kropinak fired a 1st round score of 28 to take the lead.  He did so by shooting a very impressive 12 on the back nine.  Most players would agree that the back nine has better ace holes that the front, but a 12 is still very impressive.  Only 1 other player, Jody Kimble, was able to shoot as low as 30 in the first round.  As is typical at Waco, all other players were between 31-34.  The second round found players still tightly bunched with all but one player shooting between 29 and 32.  Geoff Mosk shot a 29 to be in a 60 and tie Kropinak.  Kimble and Brice Bergesen were each just one stroke back.  Lee Messinger and Don Parker were both within striking distance at 64, but it would take a heck of a round to catch the leaders.  That is exactly what happened.  Parker shot the low round of the day, a 26, to finish at 90.  Bergesen and Mosk were still out on the course and knew what they needed coming in to tie Parker.  Brice needed to make 2 of his last 3 to tie.  None of the last three holes are real good aces but can be made with skillful putts.  That is exactly what Bergesen did by making holes 16 and 18.  Mosk only needed to make one of the last three.  He missed 16 and 17.  On 18 he hit the left rail late and went into the valley of sin.  He then missed the deuce for his only bogey of the day.  He not only missed the playoff, he missed cashing at all.  Don was able to win the playoff on the second hole of sudden death.  It was his first win of the year.  Kimble and Kropinak tied for third at 91.

In the APA division Greg Everly unexpectedly showed up.  He cut a vacation short in order to compete in the Allen Thomas Memorial event and he led after one round with a 32.  Trevor Lewin and Bryan Gentry were just one stroke back at 33 and Steve Willmann, who grew up next door to Allen Thomas in the Waco area, was just 2 strokes back at 34.  Everly put the pedal to the medal the last two rounds, shooting back to back 30’s on his way to a 6 stroke victory at 92.  Lewin also finished well and was the only other APA player to be under 100 with a score of 98.  The rest of the APA players knew they could compete in the second event of the day if they could eliminate the bogeys, which are very easy to make on just about every hole.



SWPT 2018  
May 12 Waco 12 pm  
PPA  
1 Don Parker 33 31 26 90 $130.00  38 holes
2 Brice Bergesen 31 30 29 90 $60.00  
3 Jody Kimble 30 31 30 91 $30.00  
4 John Kropinak 28 32 31 91 $30.00  
5 Geoff Mosk 31 29 32 92  
6 Lee Messinger 33 31 30 94  
7 Mason Spradlin 34 32 36 102  
8 Jeffrey Smith 34 36 33 103  
 
APA  
1 Greg Everly 32 30 30 92 $36.00  
2 Trevor Lewin 33 34 31 98 $18.00  
3 Steven Yancey 36 32 35 103 $18.00  
4 Bryan Gentry 33 40 32 105 $18.00  
5 Steve Willmann 34 34 38 106  
6 Chris Conradi 38 35 34 107  
7 Ken Stanfill 40 34 34 108  



In the second tournament of the day Jody Kimble jumped out to an early lead with the day’s low round of 25.  He made every odd numbered hole up to hole 17.  Only one other player was below 30 as John Kropinak started off hot again with a 29 of his own.  Kimble kept up his strong play in the second round shooting a 30.  Only Jeff Smith was able to gain any ground on Kimble as he shot his best round of the day, a 29.  Kimble cruised in his last round with a 33 which was good enough to finish at 88, three strokes ahead of second place finisher Geoff Mosk, at 91.  Kropinak finished his day at 92 to be in third place by himself.

In the APA division many of the players scored better in the afternoon tournament.  Trevor Lewin had the low round of the day in the APA the first round, and the only sub 30 score in the APA, a 28 to take a two stroke lead over three time winner in 2018, Bryan Gentry.  In round two, Steve Willmann found his stroke and shot the low score for the round with a 30.  He found himself just 1 stroke back of Gentry who was at 62.  Greg Everly was close by at 65 as well.  The last round saw some very good scores.  Steven Yancey had his best round of the day with a 30.  Chris Conradi shot a 31 to move all the way up to third place.  Gentry shot a 34 to finish at 96 and thought for sure that Willmann would catch him.  Coming down the stretch Willmann came up an ace short to finish in second place at 97.  It wrapped up a fun day at the challenging Waco Course.

We are more than half way thru the SWPT 2018 schedule.  The next events will be in Arlington on June 9-10 when the Astros also happen to be playing the Rangers in Arlington.  We hope to see several players out there and maybe catch a baseball game!



SWPT 2018
May 12 Waco 3 pm
PPA
1 Jody Kimble 25 30 33 88 $130.00
2 Geoff Mosk 30 30 31 91 $60.00
3 John Kropinak 29 31 32 92 $40.00
4 Brice Bergesen 33 30 31 94
5 Lee Messinger 37 30 29 96
6 Don Parker 32 33 34 99
7 Mason Spradlin 33 34 32 99
8 Jeffrey Smith 38 29 32 99
APA
1 Bryan Gentry 30 32 34 96 $36.00
2 Steve Willmann 33 30 34 97 $18.00
3 Chris Conradi 33 34 31 98 $18.00
4 Greg Everly 33 32 35 100 $18.00
5 Steven Yancey 38 33 30 101
6 Trevor Lewin 28 39 38 105
7 Ken Stanfill 37 35 35 107


Mason Masters Minigolf





SWPT 2018 Longview Greens
April 28th
PPA
1 Mason Spradlin 31 32 33 96  $140.00
2 Jeffrey Smith 33 34 30 97  $   70.00
3 Lee Messinger 34 31
37 102  $   40.00
4 Don Parker 38 31
35 104  $   20.00
5 Joe Lea 32 32 42 106  $   10.00
6 Geoff Mosk 38 36 35 109
7 Danny Tatum 38 37 36 111
8 Brice Bergesen 42 36 35 113
9 John Kropinak 40 39 41 120
APA
1 Bryan Gentry 39 44 33 116  $   36.00
2 Steve Yancey 44 42
40 126
3 Doug Austin 33
45 45 123

Groff is Good




SWPT 2018 Longview Greens
April 28th
PPA
1 Geoff Mosk 36 32 35 103 $150.00
2 Lee Messinger 34 37 33 104 $80.00
3 Joe Lea 38 36 32 106 $60.00
4 Mason Spradin 39 32 36 107 $40.00
5 John Kropinak 36 36 36 108 $20.00
6 Don Parker 35 38 37 110 $10.00
7 Jeffrey Smith 41 38 35 114
8 Brice Bergesen 37 45 37 119
9 Danny Tatum 37 39 43 119
10 Matt Bellner 45 46 43 134
APA
1 Steve Yancey 43 41 41 125
$26.00
2 Doug Austin 44 37 49 130
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


SWPT 2018 Lake Charles  Mar 17 
3 pm
PPA APA
1 Lee Messinger 30 24 26 80  $    100 1 Dwain Willett 27 28 28 83 $36
2 Joe Lea 28 26 28 82  $      80 2 Greg Simpson 32 27 26 85 $18
3 Geoff Mosk 28 30 28 86  $      20 3 Charles Tarbell 29 29 27 85 $18
4 Mason Spradlin 30 28 28 86  $      20 4 Steven Yancey 31 27 31 89 $18
5 Brice Bergesen 30 29 28 87 5 Ken Stanfill 32 29 31 92 $18
6 Don Parker 35 31 23 89 6 Trevor Lewin 33 30 30 93 $18
7 Charles Cox 30 32 32 94
8 Chris Conradi 35 32 30 97
9 Jack Ramsey 33 35 34 102
10 Mickey DeLucca 37 40 28 105
SWPT 2018 Lake Charles  Mar 18 
PPA APA
1 Joe Lea 24 26 21 71  $    120 1 Charles Cox 25 26 30 81 $36
2 Lee Messinger 27 23 26 76  $      50 2 Charles Tarbell 28 28 26 82 $18
3 Geoff Mosk 25 26 28 79  $      40 3 Steven Yancey 25 30 27 82 $18
4 Mason Spradlin 28 27 25 80  $      20 4 Trevor Lewin 28 29 27 84 $18
5 Brice Bergesen 29 30 26 85 5 Chris Conradi 28 29 29 86 $18
6 Don Parker 30 29 28 87 6 Bryan Gentry 25 34 27 86 $18
7 Byron Kirby 25 28 35 88 7 Dwain Willett 27 32 31 90
8 Greg Simpson 29 30 32 91
9 Ken Stanfill 31 30 31 92
10 Jack Ramsey 36 36 36 108
11 Mickey DeLucca 40 46 44 130


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.





Webster, Tx




March 4


Course 1








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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 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.


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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