“Founded with the purpose of finding the world’s greatest putter, to promote Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America
and its franchised locations.”
circa 1959 Don Clayton, Founder of Putt-Putt Golf Courses and The Professional Putters Association.
Roanoke, Virginia to host $50,000 PPA National Championship
Memphis, Tennessee to host $25,000 PPA Match Play Championship
Louisville, Kentucky to host $15,000 PPA Northern Open
Aubrey Smith, Cliff Matthews 2016 PPA Hall of Fame Inductees
The PPA 2016 PPA National Tournament schedule has been finalized with three of the most popular player sites hosting the PPA tournament and events this year.
As previously announced the season will begin with the playing of the PPA Match Play Championship, April 22 - 24 in Memphis, TN. In addition, Memphis will host the proputters.org and PPA Hall of Fame tournament events.
It is with tremendous respect that we announce Aubrey Smith, course owner in Memphis, TN, as the 49th inductee to the Putt-Putt/PPA Hall of Fame.
"I am humbled to have been selected" said Smith when told of his selection by PPA Commissioner Joe Aboid.
"Aubrey has always been a huge supporter of the PPA and this selection is long over due. His attitude of 'whatever it takes and whatever you need,' has always been his answer when asked to support tournament play and PPA players," said Aboid.
Cliff Matthews of Euless, TX, two time PPA National Champion will be inducted as the 50th member. One of the most respected players on tour, Cliff has earned his Hall of Fame honors with a resume that includes: Putter of the Decade Nominee, winner of 6 major PPA championships, several state titles and a two time PPA TV contestant in 1995 and 1998.
Induction ceremonies will take place in April, during the playing of the 2016 PPA National Match Play Championship being hosted in Memphis.
For the 15th time in PPA history, Putt-Putt locations in Louisville KY will host a PPA National Tournament with the playing of the 2016 PPA Northern Open. This year's event will offer total prize money of $15,000 to pro division players, scheduled to be played July 16-17. Among the PPA events that have been played in Louisville include three PPA National Championships, 2005 won by Jay Klapper, 1970 won by Tony Cross and 1968 won by Bob Marcellino. The most recent event was the 2008 PPA Northern Open won by Jerry Pinotti.
Randy Reeves, 1997 PPA National Champion and 2012 PPA Hall of Fame inductee, is the defending Northern Open champion.
For the first time since opening their doors in 1959, the Roanoke,VA Putt-Putt Fun Center will host the PPA National Championship the week of September 19, 2016. Ideal playing conditions have made the Roanoke facility a favorite playing site for PPA Players. Roanoke hosted the 2015 Eastern Open won by 2008 PPA National Champion Kevin Lacey, the 2010 Eastern Open won by Joel Baker and in 1995 Randy Reeves, the 2012 PPA Hall of Fame inductee,won the Roanoke Open. The week of events and tournaments to be played during the 57th annual PPA National Championship will begin with a four round doubles event on Monday September 19th. A four round, $10,000 Tournament Players Championship will be played on Tuesday the 20th. The $50,000 PPA National Championship will be a
three day - 12 round event to be played Wednesday thru Friday September 21st - 23rd. Simultaneously, the first eight rounds of the National Championship will determine the 2016 Senior National Champion. This years senior event will have new guidelines for participation. Course owner David Mitchell is looking forward to the competition and hosting the PPA's most prestigious events. "What an honor to host the National Championship and a great compliment to know how much the players enjoy playing here".
Information on charity sponsors, starting times and other location information will be posted as it becomes available.
Defending PPA National Champions
Joe Lea and Roby Fuller
April 22 - 24 Memphis, TN
July 16 - 17 Louisville, KY
September 19 - 23 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK
As we return to Roanoke, we are reminded of the friends we had from the CBS affiliate WDBJ channel 7, Alison Parker and Adam Ward. These two individuals were the broadcast group that helped us publicize the 2015 PPA Eastern Open. Both were tragically slain in August of the same year. We fondly remember them and their broadcast of our event. Here is a link to the broadcast spot that aired June 8, 2015.
Enjoy the television history of The Professional Putters Association on PPATV.
Many of the players that are celebrated on these pages have displayed their putting abilities on PPATV shows, which began airing in 1960.
Take a trip back in time with more than 150 videos available to view. Enjoy the memories.
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