2015 Tournament stories
21-25 September 2015 -- National Championship week
    
                                             Joe Lea acing his 144th hole in route to being the PPA 2015 National Champion

The Southwest Putting Tour had a banner week in Fernandina Beach Florida, wining several tournaments and having a lot of players finish in the money. Following Jeffrey Smith's win in Lake Charles in 2014, Joe Lea kept the National Champion in Texas with a strong performance, shooting 100 on Thursday and 97 on Friday for a 197 total and a four shot win over Brian Johnson.  Joe won $10,000 for the win.  Tied with Joe going into Friday was his longtime friend and fellow Gulf Freeway putter Rainey Statum.  Rainey was in second place starting the last round but  took a 4 on hole five.  He rallied back from that mishap to finish third and win $3,500.  Wade Sahmel was another player who first started playing at the Gulf Freeway course in southeast Houston.  Had he not gotten off to a bad start with a first round 30 he might have challenged Joe, however he did play great for the next seven rounds and ended in a tie for fourth place and won $2,000.  Other PPA pros from the Southwest Putting Tour that cashed were Byron Kirby who tied for 14th and won $1,000.  Defending champion Jeffrey Smith never got any momentum and finished in a tie for 30th.  Newly crowned SWPT champion Geoffrey Mosk tied for 37th, and Jody Kimble, Lee Messinger, Jeff McDonald and Danny Tatum all tied for 40th place one shot back at 216.  Brice Bergesen would have been in that group but he bogeyed the final hole and ended in a tie for 48th place. Greg Simpson missed the money by one shot, but he can say he tied Greg Ward in the tournament!!  The win for Joe was greeted with great enthusiasm by the other players from around the country as Joe, along with Rainey, have been considered the best players without a major win.  
                              
Playing hole 13 the last round with playing partners Ed Haggerty     Rainey Statum about to play the 13th hole, Joe Lea putting on the 12th 
and Greg Newport watching, both former National Champions


In the APA division SWPT champ Bill Shelar battled all the way to the end but came up two shots short of being in a playoff for the APA National Championship.  Bill shot 215, two shots short of winner Roby Fuller and runner-up Jim Last.  Two other SWPT players cracked the top ten with TPC champion Alan Sahmel shooting 222 for 8th place and Adam Sahmel shooting 232 for 10th place.  

TPC Championship, 23rd September 2015
The SWPT had two PPA players finish in the top five in the TPC.  Defending National Champion Jeffrey Smith shot 99, tying Randy Reeves and Kevin Lacy for second, but two shots back of Mike Flavin, who won with a 97.  Tying for fifth was Joe Lea at 100 along with Mike Johnson and Nate Nichols,
                                                 
                                               Alan Sahmel with his TPC award
In the APA division Alan Sahmel won his first National tournament, shooting a scorching 100 and defeating fellow SWPT player Bill Shelar by four shots. Chris Conradi shot 114 and tied for 11th place. 

Seniors Championship
Danny Tatum had the round of the week in the PPA Seniors championship.  He was well back of the pack after three rounds at 79 when Danny got hot and shot the weeks low round 21 his final round for a 100 score and a one shot win over Greg Ward.  Joe Lea tied for third, Jeffrey Smith was 14th  and Byron Kirby tied for 15th place.
                                                  
                                    Danny Tatum with his Senior Championship award
The best finish for a SWPT player in the APA Senior Championship was Bill Shelar with a fourth place finish and a score of 108.  Alan Sahmel and Jack Ramsey tied for seventh and Charles Cox tied for 10th place.

Doubles Championship
The best SWPT finish in the PPA doubles were the teams of Lee Messinger/ Geoffrey Mosk and Jeffrey Smith/ Wade Sahmel who tied for fourth place at 102.  

It was the same result in the APA Doubles as the best a SWPT team could do was a tie for fouth.  That was the defending champion team of Charles Cox and Alan Sahmel who shot 112.
 The best-ball shooting of 2015 was the second day at the LSC by Joe Lea and Jeffrey Smith. A 72-hole score of 82!!


In the final threesome in the Louisiana State Championship on Sunday was the eventual winner Jeffrey Smith and the runner-up by one shot, Joe Lea.  Brice Bergesen was the third member but he faded into a tie for fourth.  The best ball between Jeffrey and Joe in their fantastic battle on Sunday needs to be reported.  In round five (first round on Sunday) they shot a best ball of 9-10=19, missing only hole 10..  The second round they shot 12-10=22.  The third round they shot 9-10=19, missing only hole 13.  The last round they shot 10-12=22 for a four round best ball total of 82.  Joe shot 97 on his own ball and Jeffrey shot 100.  They could have gone lower but they only made hole one once and hole ten once.
13 September 2015 - Sunday - Tyler, Texas

SWPT FINALS
                                         
                                                                                            
 2015 SWPT PPA winner Geoffrey Mosk in the middle, runner up Chance Marett on the left, tournament director Danny Tatum on the right 
                                               
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There were 17 players who qualified for the PPA division Southwest Putting Tour finals.  All matches are scheduled for 36 holes.  There were three first round matches with the most interesting being the Jon Drexler-Greg Simpson match-up.  Jon is just getting over some health problems and did not play at all on Saturday, in fact, he did not even bring his putter as he was just going to visit and watch.  Jon did borrow a putter and actually won his first round match against Greg.  He then forfeited his second round match against Greg.  In the second round Greg Simpson won via forfeit against Drexler, Pat Simpson eliminated Matt Bellner.  Everyone left was playing in the round of 16 and eight four spotters were eliminated, including Hall of Famer and two time tour champ Mike Baldoza and three time tour champ Brice Bergesen.  The only close match in the round of 16 was Joe Lea's 1 up win over Don Parker. In the round of 8 Chance Marett and Danny Tatum had fairly easy wins over Jody Kimble and Jeffey Smith respectively.  The other two matches went down to the last putt.  Even, going into hole four, their last hole, Wade Sahmel aces and Lee Messinger gets a 90 degree lip out.  Not only did that knock out the 2014 SWPT champ, but by not advancing it cost Lee the 2015 Player of the Year award, which went to Jeffrey Smith.  In the other match Joe Lea never trailed for 34 holes, but Geoffrey Mosk won the 35th hole and the match, 1 up.  In the semi-finals Chance Marett eliminated Danny Tatum by another 1 up margin.  The other semi final match, between Wade Sahmel and Geoffrey Mosk, was a classic and one of the best matches in the tour history.  Geoffrey shot 22 his first 18 holes, producing a 5-up margin over Wade.  Wade came chipping back and when he made the difficult 9th and 10th holes back to back it looked like all the momentum had shifted back to his side.  Then Geoffrey topped Wade on the tenth hole, slowing down the momentum.  Wade kept getting closer and was only one down going to the 35th hole, number three, the famous "gator" hole.  The hole plays downhill but incredibly enough both players lagged the hole.  Wade then made the much harder fourth hole and it was looking like sudden death but Geoffrey, playing a two bank backdoor shot, got a good kick off the back rain and lipped in the putt for the win.    In the final match Geoffrey got off to a early lead and Chance never could get any momentum to catch up and Geoffrey won his first SWPT championship by a 3 and 2 margin.  


                                
2015 SWPT APA winner Bill Shelar in the middle, runner-up Mason Spradlin on the left, tournaemnt director Danny Tatum on the right
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There were 12 players with four spots so there was only one first round match and that was between Scott Myers and Steven Yancey, which Scott Myers won.  They played again in the second round, the round of 32 and Steven Yancey won this time, eliminating Scott.  The other match in the round of 32 was Jason Sheffield eliminating Chris Walker.  All players were playing in the round of 16.  There were several "upsets" as Mike Huckaby, Chris Conradi and Alan Sahmel all went down.  All were multiple winners on the SWPT this season.  Defending champion Charles Cox stayed alive with a 3 and 1 victory over Adam Sahmel  and the leading player for Player of the Year, Bill Shelar, escaped with a 1 up win over Charles Tarbell.  In the round of 8, or quarterfinals to some, Charles Cox reign was over as Mason Spradlin easily won 5 and 4.  Bill Shelar had another tough battle as he barely edged Jason Sheffield 1 up.  Another extremely close match saw Ken Stanfill beat Jack Ramsey,also 1 up, and co favorite along with Bill, Greg Everly beat Bryan Gentry 2 and 1.  The semi finals saw Bill Shelar finally have a breather type match by overwhelming Ken Stanfill 8 and 7.  Mason Spradlin played an almost flawless match in defeating Greg Everly 3 and 1.  The finals match between Bill and Mason was very exciting, lots of good putts and the score was close all the way.  They started on hole 10, and through 34 holes were dead even.  Bill managed to ace the tricky eighth hole for a big one up advantage going into the rarely aced ninth hole.  After Bill made his two Mason gave it a valiant effort but failed to ace the ninth hole and Bill Shelar won his first SWPT APA championship.  It was a coming out party for Mason, who had only played in two previous SWPT events going into this weekend.

 
PPA Playoff 2015 SWPT- Tyler Texas

13 September 2015
Round of 64: Jon Drexler d Greg Simpson 6 and 5

Chance Marett d Jody Kimble 1 up

Pat Simpson d Matt Bellner 37 holes



Round of 32: Greg Simpson d Jon Drexler Default

Jody Kimble d Pat Simpson 3 and 1

Pat Simpson d Matt Bellner 4 and 3



Round of 16: Chance Marett d Greg Simpson 3 and 2

Jody Kimble d Pat Simpson 5 and 4

Jeffrey Smith d Rudy Cuellar 7 and 6

Danny Tatum d Brice Bergesen 3 and 2

Lee Messinger d Mike Baldoza 9 and 8

Wade Sahmel d Byron Kirby 8 and 7

Joe Lea d Don Parker 1 up

Geoffrey Mosk d Tom Adair 2 and 1



Round of 8: Chance Marett d Jody Kimble 5 and 4

Danny Tatum d Jeffrey Smith 3 and 2

Wade Sahmel d Lee Messinger 1 up

Geoffrey Mosk d Joe Lea 1 up



Semi-Finals: Chance Marett d Danny Tatum 1 up

Geoffrey Mosk d Wade Sahmel 1 up



Finals: Geoffrey Mosk d Chance Marett 3 and 2






APA playoffs 2015 SWPT- Tyler Texas

13 September 2015



Round of 64: Scott Myers d Steven Yancey 8 and 7



Round of 32: Jason Sheffield d Chris Walker 1 up

Steven Yancey d Scott Myers 37 holes



Round of 16: Bill Shelar d Charles Tarbell 1 up

Jason Sheffield d Steven Yancey 2 and 1

Jack Ramsey d Mike Huckaby 3 and 2

Ken Stanfill d Chris Conradi 2 and 1

Greg Everly d Mickey DeLucca 3 and 1

Bryan Gentry d Alan Sahmel 3 and 2

Charles Cox d Adam Sahmel 3 and 1

Mason Spradlin d Gary Plain 3 and 1



Round of 8: Bill Shelar d Jason Sheffield 1 up

Ken Stanfill d Jack Ramsey 1 up

Greg Everly d Bryan Gentry 2 and 1

Mason Spradlin d Charles Cox 5 and 4



Semi-Finals: Bill Shelar d Ken Stanfill 8 and 7

Mason Spradlin d Greg Everly 3 and 1



Finals: Bill Shelar d Mason Spradlin 1 up
12 September, 2015 - Saturday - Tyler, Texas

FINALS WEEKEND
The first cool front of the fall season came through on Friday, resulting in complete perfect conditions at the Kat and Tom Adair course in beautiful Tyler Texas.  The number of players was down a little for 2015, but not the excitement or fun for the 38 players who played at one time or another over the weekend.  Defending PPA champion Lee Messinger and 2014 APA Player of the Year Mike Huckaby went for a lunch break on Saturday and Lee's car was rear ended just up the street from the Putt-Putt course.  The car was totaled but thank goodness Lee and Mike were just a little sore and somehow made it back to the course for the afternoon Pro-Am. 

Saturday
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In the Saturday morning final 54-hole tournament of the 2015 season there was a three way tie for first place after the first round between Jody Kimble, Don Parker and Brice Bergesen.  All were at 27 and held a slim one stroke lead over 2014 National Champion Jeffrey Smith and Wade Sahmel, who were at 28.  Jody continued to play well the second round, adding a 28 for a 55 hole total and a one shot lead over Don, Brice and Wade.  Playing in the same threesome, Brice and Wade went head to head the last round, and even with Wade chipping the ball over the rail on hole thirteen, a shot he made three times in four tries on Saturday, Brice held a two shot lead going into the hard 16th and 18th holes.  Brice barely misses the back door ace on number 16 and Wade aces it.  Both make number 17 and Wade makes number 18 and Brice's ball does a 90 degree lip out and they tie at 82, both shooting the day's low  round of 26.  In the 18-hole playoff they both remained hot.  Brie shot another 26, but Wade was not to be denied and his 25 clipped Brice and gave him his fourth win of the season.  Don Parker and Jeffrey tied for third at 86.  The final three spots for the Sunday playoffs went to Jody Kimble, Chance Marett and Matt Bellner. 
                                                                   
                          Greg Everly, left, won his 5th tournament of 2015 and Wade Sahmel won his 4th tournament of 2015 in the finale at Tyler
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The first round leader was Greg Everly with a 27, good for a one shot lead over Jason Sheffield at 28 and two shots ahead of the local Tyler players Gary Plain and Mason Spradlin, at 29.  Greg cooled off to a second round 30 but still held onto a one shot lead. His 57 put him one up on both Gary and Mason, while Jason dropped to fourth at 59.  Steady Greg shot another 30 in his last round but none of his chasers could break 30 and Greg prevailed with a 87.  Gary finished just one shot back at 88 and Charles Cox rallied to catch Mason for third at 90.  There were several spots to be given out in the last tournament and they went to Gary Plain, Mason Spradlin, Jason Sheffield, Scott Myers, Chris Walker and Steven Yancey
                                                               
                                                         The Codgers, minus Wade Sahmel.  APA player Mike Huckaby, Jeffrey Smith and Lee Messinger
                                                                    
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
In conjunction with the final 54-hole tournament, the team championship was also held.  Teams were four players each and each team was required to have at least one APA or amateur player on the team.  The Codgers, winners of the team event almost every year since the late 90's, was loaded again as usual.  Besides defending champ Lee Messinger and National Champion Jeffrey Smith, they added Wade Sahmel.  And the APA player is the 2014 Player of the Year Mike Huckaby.  There were seven other teams ready to challenge the Codgers and Mostly Hacks, with only one pro, Jody Kimble, and three APA players, Bryan Gentry, Greg Everly and Bill Shelar, led after the first round 84 to the Coders 85.  The Codgers took the lead after two rounds but it was still close, the Codgers were at 174 and moving into a tie with Mostly Hacks was the team Gulf Freeway Lives, with four players who started their Putt-Putt at the Gulf Freeway course in Houston.  The members are Brice Bergesen (1964), Joe Lea (1974), Geoffrey Mosk (1986) and APA player Alan Sahmel (1987).  The final round found the Codgers shooting a 83 good for a 257 total and a four shot win over Gulf Freeway Lives, with Team A.L.A.B.A.M.A. edging Mostly Hacks for third place. The Team A.L.A.B.A.M.A. is actually four players from Lake Charles, Danny Tatum, Byron Kirby, Greg Simpson and APA player Charles Cox.
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                                          Pro-Am winners Joe Lea (left) and Bill Shelar.  They each also won the 2015 Low Stroke Average Awards
PRO-AM
The most fun event of the season is the afternoon Pro-Am after the grueling morning tournament and before the Sunday final matches. Everyone has a good time and friends usually pair up with each other.  There were 19 teams playing this year, including the Lee Messinger/Mike Huckaby team that was in a bad car accident less than an hour earlier.  Scoring usually goes crazy low in the Pro-Am, but only a 25 was leading after the first round and last place was 29, so every team still had a chance.  Shooting the 25's were Jody Kimble/Bryan Gentry, Don Parker/Chris Conradi and Joe Lea/Bill Shelar.  After trwo rounds the Lea/Shelar team was the only one under 50 and they were at 49.  There were three teams though at 50, Danny Tatum/Charles Cox, Messinger/Huckaby and Wade Sahmel/Adam Sahmel.  Several other teams were within striking distance of a win with a low final round.  Then the Lea/Shelar team shot a back nine 10 that set them up for a 24 and a 73, good enough for a two shot win over the Parker/Conradi twosome.  Tied for third place at 76 were the Sahmel brothers and the Messinger/Huckaby team.  The day's low round was shot in the last round by one of the favored teams, Jeffrey Smith/Greg Everly, a 23.  That was good enough to earn them a tie for last place money at 79.
                                                                                                                            The generosity of the Rudy Cuellar family insured a fun time for all on Saturday night at the spot pick and awards presentation 
SPOT PICK
The players finished just before 5pm and had just enough time to clean up for the 6pm catered meal that was provided by Rudy Cuellar and his family.  For an hour the players stuffed themselves and relaxed and visited with each other.  At 7pm tour director Brice Bergesen passed out the winnings from the day's tournaments.  Then Danny Tatum presented Brice with a beautiful refurbished PPA Pro Classic putter for his dedication in running the events throughout the year.  Tournament Director Danny Tatum and National Champion Jeffery Smith then handed out the awards to the winners of the 21 tournaments held in 2015 on the SWPT.  It was determined after the mornings play that the PPA Low Stroke Average was won by Joe Lea.  Both Jeffrey Smith and Lee Messinger tied for second, less than one tenth of a stroke back.  In the APA Bill Shelar easily won the Low Stroke Average award, but only because both Alan Sahmel and Greg Everly did not play in over 50% of the tournaments.  All three were very close.  Finally we got around to doing the spot picks to see who plays who on Sunday.  After that was done it was time to get some rest, especially those who had 8am matches the next morning.

 12 September 2015, Saturday, Tyler Texas


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12 Sept
1 Wade Samuel 28 28 26 82 $170.00
2 Brice Bergesen 27 29 26 82 $110.00
3 Jeffrey Smith 28 31 27 86 $67.50
3 Don Parker 27 29 30 86 $67.50
5 Danny Tatum 30 31 27 88 $35.00
5 Byron Kirby 30 29 29 88 $35.00
7 Joe Lea 32 31 26 89 $10.00
7 Lee Messinger 29 30 30 89 $10.00
7 Jody Kimble 27 28 34 89 $10.00 1
10 Tom Adair 30 31 29 90

11 Chance Marett 29 32 30 91
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12 Geoffrey Mosk 30 28 34 92

13 Matt Bellner 30 29 35 94
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14 Rudy Cuellar 33 34 31 98

15 Greg Simpson 35 31 34 100

16 Mike Baldoza 33 33 36 102



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12 Sept
1 Greg Everly 27 30 30 87 $13.00
2 Gary Plain 29 29 30 88 $13.00 2
3 Charles Cox 32 29 29 90 $13.00
3 Mason Spradlin 29 29 32 90 $13.00 2
5 Bill Shelar 30 34 28 92 $6.50
5 Jason Sheffield 28 31 33 92 $6.50 1
7 Mickey DeLucca 35 28 30 93

8 Ken Stanfill 34 30 30 94

9 Alan Sahmel 32 30 33 95

10 Chris Conradi 31 34 32 97

10 Charles Tarbell 33 30 34 97

12 Jack Ramsey 35 32 32 99

12 Mike Huckaby 32 31 36 99

14 Bryan Gentry 30 36 34 100

15 Scott Myers 30 33 39 102
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16 Chris Walker 34 33 36 103
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17 Steven Yancey 40 30 37 107
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30 August, 2015 - Sunday - Webster, Texas
          
                   Byron Kirby, PPA winner on Sunday                                        Jack Ramsey, APA winner with Webster host Jim Saxe (right)
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The tables flipped on Sunday.  Players who did real good on Saturday faltered and players who almost finished last on Saturday won Sunday's tournaments!!  You just never know what is going to happen until you play the game out. None of the top three finishers on Saturday broke 30 until the third round.  In fact only three players broke 30 the first round, the most notable being Joe Lea who shot the weekend's low round with a 23 which was good for a four shot lead over Don Parker at 27 and five shots over Byron Kirby at 28.  Joe followed his 23 with a 27 and a two round leading 50, though his lead was cut to two shots by Byron who shot 24 his second round and was at 52.  Don dropped to third place well off the pace at 56.  Byron, who managed to beat only one player in Saturday's tournament and never made it through the six blocks on hole 13 Saturday, followed his second round 24 with a third round 25 and a 77 total after shooting 95 the day before.  Joe could not keep up with Byron's pace and his final round 30 gave him 80 for second place.  Don finished six strokes back of Byron at 83 and Jeffrey Smith rallied from a opening round 5 on hole 8 to finish fourth at 85.  Byron won his fourth finals spot, as did Tom Adair and Greg Simpson won his third.
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The same flip flop happened in the APA on Sunday.  In the first round Saturday winner Alan Sahmel shot a 34, runner up Charles Cox shot a 33 and third place finisher Mickey DeLucca shot a 34.  Saturday's fourth place finisher Bill Shelar was the first round co leader with Jack Ramsey, who shot 98 on Saturday in beating only two players.  While Bill slipped to a second round 32, Jack added a 28 for a 57 and a two round lead of two shots over Chris Conradi at 59.  Chris continued the flip flop on Sunday as he shot 100 on Saturday.  Alan shot the day's low round with a 26 and was in third place at 60.  In the final round Bill charged back with a 27 but it was not good enough as Jack smelled the finish line and finished strong with a back nine 13 and another 28, good for 85, 13 shots better than Saturday.  Bill ended up in second with a 88 and Chris bounced back nicely from Saturday and finished third at 91.  Charles finished fourth at 93 and Adam Sahmel edged his dad for fifth place with a 93.  Finals spots went to Charles Tarbell, his fourth, and Jason Sheffield.




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30 Aug
1 Byron Kirby 28 24 25 77 $150.00 1
2 Joe Lea 23 27 30 80 $100.00
3 Don Parker 27 29 27 83 $60.00
4 Jeffrey Smith 32 27 26 85 $40.00
5 Rudy Cuellar 30 27 30 87 $20.00
6 Brice Bergesen 31 32 27 90 $2.50
6 Geoffrey Mosk 30 31 29 90 $2.50
6 Lee Messinger 33 30 27 90 $2.50
6 Wade Samuel 30 31 29 90 $2.50
10 Danny Tatum 30 33 28 91

11 Tom Adair 30 31 31 92
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12 Greg Simpson 35 31 30 96
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30 Aug
1 Jack Ramsey 29 28 28 85 $13.00
2 Bill Shelar 29 32 27 88 $13.00
3 Chris Conradi 31 28 32 91 $13.00
4 Charles Cox 33 28 31 92 $13.00
5 Adam Sahmel 34 29 30 93 $13.00
6 Alan Sahmel 34 26 35 95

7 Mickey DeLucca 34 32 30 96

7 Charles Tarbell 34 31 31 96
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9 Ken Stanfill 32 32 34 98

10 Jason Sheffield 35 32 32 99
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29 August, 2015 - Saturday - Webster, Texas
                                                   
                            Wade Sahmel, PPA, and Alan Sahmel, APA both repeated as winners at Webster on Saturday, August 29th
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The final full weekend found 22 players ready to tackle the beautiful Jim and Carol Saxe course in Webster.  The weather was fine and Jim had the carpets pressure washed earlier in the week so they looked fantastic.  Lee Messinger shot a 25 in the opening round to show the course was ready for scoring.  He was closely followed by Don Parker and defending champ Wade Sahmel, both at 26.  Geoffrey Mosk was at 27, only two shots back.  Even though Lee shot a fine 26 his second round for a 51 total, he lost the lead to Wade who came in with a 24 and a 50 total.  Playing in Wade's group, Danny Tatum also shot a 24 in the second round, with a 10 on the back nine.  Danny was in third place at 53.  In the third round Wade shot a 12 on the front nine to stretch his lead to three over Lee and Wade cruised home with a 26, good for a 76.  Lee shot 79, good enough to win most years at Webster.  Danny held on for third place with a 81 total and Joe Lea and Geoffrey tied for fourth at 82.  The tour final spots went to Tom Adair, Greg Simpson and Byron Kirby.
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Defending champ Alan Sahmel came out of the blocks strong in the first round with a 28 and a one shot lead over his son Adam Sahmel, at 29.  Charles Cox was third at 30.  Another 30 by Charles got him a little closer to Alan after two rounds.  Alan had a 31 and his 59 was just one better than Charles's 60.  Moving into a tie for third and still in the hunt were Ken Stanfill and Mickey DeLucca at 63.  Perhaps being inspired by his son Wade defending his title successfully in the PPA division, Alan came through with a final round 29 and a 88 total, good enough for a two shot win over Charles, who shot his third 30 for a 90 and second place.  Mickey held on for third at 94 and Bill Shelar came from next to last place to fourth with a tournament low final round 27 and a 95 total.  The finals spot went to Charles Tarbell, his third.

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29 Aug
1 Wade Samuel 26 24 26 76 $150.00
2 Lee Messinger 25 26 28 79 $100.00
3 Danny Tatum 29 24 28 81 $60.00
4 Joe Lea 28 27 27 82 $30.00
4 Geoffrey Mosk 27 29 26 82 $30.00
6 Jeffrey Smith 29 27 27 83 $10.00
7 Don Parker 26 31 28 85

8 Brice Bergesen 29 28 29 86

9 Tom Adair 32 32 29 93
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10 Greg Simpson 32 33 29 94
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11 Byron Kirby 33 35 27 95

12 Rudy Cuellar 30 35 33 98



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29 Aug
1 Alan Sahmel 28 31 29 88 $13.00
2 Charles Cox 30 30 30 90 $13.00
3 Mickey DeLucca 32 31 31 94 $13.00
4 Bill Shelar 33 35 27 95 $13.00
5 Ken Stanfill 32 31 33 96

6 Adam Sahmel 29 35 33 97

7 Jack Ramsey 32 33 33 98

8 Chris Conradi 34 33 33 100

9 Charles Tarbell 39 33 34 106
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15, 16 August 2015, Saturday and Sunday-Louisiana State Championship, Lake Charles LA
The weather was hot but not too insufferable, about what one would expect in Lake Charles in the middle of August.  Greg Simpson and his crew did a great job of having two water stations with tents on the course which helped immensely to keep everyone cool.  The putting was about as hot as the weather, especially in the PPA battle between Joe Lea and Jeffrey Smith.  While not shooting quite the scores of the PPA, the APA had a eight round battle between Adam Sahmel and Charles Cox.  After play on Saturday, most all the players went to Darrell's for some sports watching and their world famous sandwiches.  
   

       Almost the whole field partying at Darrell's                      Chromax golf ball fans Bryon Kirby and Brice Bergesen
 DAY ONE
 
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Jeffrey Smith won the 2014 National Championship on the Lake Charles course and he let it be know that winning the Louisiana State Championship was high on his agenda.  He started out like he finished at last year's Nationals by shooting a 23 which gave him a two shot lead over defending champ Joe Lea and Hall of Famer Mike Baldoza, both at 25.  With a second round 24, co course record holder with a 19, Baldoza took the second round lead at 49, with Jeff at 50.  Joe Lea would have been their also instead of at 52, but he made a 5 on the super easy hole number 3.  Jeffrey shot the low round of the day in round three, a 22, to be at 72 and open a 7-shot lead over Joe at 79.  Wade Sahmel and Brice Bergesen were another stroke back at 80.  It is hard to go super low every round and when Jeffrey finished the day with a 27 he was at 99, four shots ahead of Joe at 103.  Brice was staying in touch at 105 and Lee Messinger was at 108  There was a bonus spot for the finals given to the low 72-hole score on Saturday and Mike Baldoza, with a 111, edged Wade for the spot.
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Defending champion Charles Cox came out of the gate strong with a first round 27, but Adam Sahmel did him one better, with a 26, which would tie for the low round of the day.  No other players broke 30 in the first round.  Adam suffered his worst round of the tournament in the second round, a 33, which dropped him to fourth place at 59 as Jack Ramsey also shot a 26 and was at 56.  Bill Shelar shot a 27 and was at 58, and Charles shot a 26 and was cruising at 53.  Just as it looked like the players were warming up in the third round there were only three scores under 30, Charles with another 27 and a 80 total, which was matched by Adam to put him back in second place at 86.  Jack and Bill were another two back at 88.  In the fourth round Charles again shoots under thirty, this time only a 29, but his 109 total is five ahead of Jack's 114, after his second 26 of the day.  Adam was at 115 and Alan Sahmel was next at 121.  Mickey DeLucca had the most interesting day, both days actually.  In 72 holes he only had 22 twos, only 9 on the front nine in 36 holes.  Mickey made enough aces to almost be leading after the first day, 33 aces.  Mickey unfortunately had a case of the yips on his short putts and had 26 bogey strokes.  Most all of us have had the yips (if you see a older player putting crosshanded for sure he has had the yips)  Luckily it will be a temporary problem for Mickey and he was a great sport while he was missing those two and three foot putts.  The second day Mickey actually had more bogey strokes, 28, to go along with 30 aces and 26 twos.  Mickey will be making all the little ones the rest of the season is my prediction!  His brother-in-law is a PGA pro and will give him a putting lesson, I hope!  The special spot for the tour finals went to Charles Tarbell.
      
      Repeat APA champ Charles Cox, PPA champ Jeffrey Smith                     New APA player Charles Tarbell won 2 spots
DAY TWO
PPA

 The leaders, Jeffrey Smith and Joe Lea  started out by both shooting a 10 on the front nine, dampening the hopes of third place Brice Bergesen and fourth place Lee Messinger of picking up some strokes.  Jeffrey finished with another 22 and was at 121, Joe shot a 24 and was at 127.  Brice was at 132, eleven back and never got any closer as the tournament had turned into a two man match.  Jeffrey almost put the tournament away in the sixth round by shooting a 23 for a 144 total, nine shots ahead of Joe.  You never know when your lead is safe!  Joe was determined to try and repeat as champion and he played like a champion in the seventh round, shooting a perfect 9 on the front nine, then adding three more aces before not getting a good kick off the back rail on number 13.  Joe's only other miss was a 80 degree lip out on number 15.  He shoots a 20.  Jeffrey did not get great kicks and maybe feeling the relentless pressure Joe was applying, missed several holes he normally makes, shoots a 30 and his nine shot lead was now a one shot deficit!  Jeffrey did not get to be the National Player of the Year in 2014 by wilting up and going away, Joe knew it and they went to battle in the eighth round.  Hole three bit Joe again as his putt did not rock in and once Jeffrey got the tee box he aced out on the front nine for an 11 to Joe's 15 and a three shot lead with nine holes to play.  Joe picked up a little ground and found himself two down with the hard 17th and the easy 18th holes left.  Joe hit a perfect clutch putt on 17 to cut the lead to one stroke.  Joe then aced hole 18 for a even 200 score, and everyone watched as Jeffrey followed with an ace and a 199 score for the win as he dedicated the ace to his 104 year old grandmother-in-law, who passed away an hour after the win.  Brice had third place clinched until he played the first seven holes his last round four over par.  He made 8 of his last 11 but still got cut by Byron Kirby by one stroke 215 to 216.  Lee shot a last round 24 to tie Brice for fourth place.  The spot winners for the tour finals next month in Tyler were Byron Kirby, Wade Sahmel, Mike Baldoza and in an 18-hole playoff Tom Adair edged Greg Simpson for the fourth spot.
APA   
With a five shot lead Charles Cox just needed to play steady and a repeat victory would be his, is what most players figured Charles waas thinking.  He was steady the fifth round, shooting a 29 to increase his lead to six strokes over Adam Sahmel, who matched Charles's 29.  Second place after 144 holes, Jack Ramsey got off to a real bad start with a 22 on the front nine and never did regroup enough to be a factor on Sunday.  The sixth round Charles shot a steady 30 for a 168 total and Adam picked up one shot and was at 173.  The big move in the sixth round was Alan Sahmel who shot a 25 and moved into third place at 175.  Charles shot another steady 30 in the seventh round, and just like Jeffrey Smith in the PPA division in the seventh round, say his lead turn into a one shot deficit as Adam shot the weekend's low round with a 24, good for a 197 to Charles' 198.  Alan continued to charge, shooting a 26 to be at 201 and only four behind Adam.  In the eighth round Adam's front nine 14 increased his lead to two shots over Charles, while Alan suffered an 18 on the front to fall out of contention. Bill Shelar was charging all day Sunday but starting 13 strokes out of the lead was just too much to catch up but his 110 total for Sunday did get him third place, cutting Alan by one shot.  Adam's lead had been cut to one stroke going into hole 15 and when Adam made a 3 it opened up a chance for Charles to reclaim the lead and he did with an ace.  Charles clinched victory with a ace on hole 17, always a hard hole to ace.  Charles finished at 226, and Adam at 228, Bill at 232 and Alan at 233  Chris Conradi used three 28's on Sunday to climb into fifth place.  The only spot given out went to Charles Tarbell again on Sunday.  All the other APA players already had four spots.

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Aug 15-16
1 Jeffrey Smith 23 27 22 27 22 23 30 25 199 $300.00
2 Joe Lea 25 27 27 24 24 26 20 27 200 $200.00
3 Byron Kirby 31 28 25 29 26 24 24 28 215 $140.00 1
4 Brice Bergesen 28 25 27 25 27 26 26 32 216 $65.00
4 Lee Messinger 27 25 32 24 28 28 24 28 216 $65.00
6 Wade Samuel 26 28 26 32 28 28 26 25 219 $30.00 1
7 Danny Tatum 32 24 27 32 28 23 27 31 224 $15.00
8 Geoffrey Mosk 27 27 32 26 29 28 28 31 228

9 Mike Baldoza 25 24 33 29 31 31 33 28 234
2
10 Greg Simpson 32 31 27 32 30 30 30 27 239

10 Tom Adair 29 28 33 31 30 30 26 32 239
1
12 Rudy Cuellar 28 28 31 35 31 27 30 31 241


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Aug 15-16
1 Charles Cox 27 26 27 29 29 30 30 28 226 $26.00
2 Adam Sahmel 26 33 27 29 29 29 24 31 228 $26.00
3 Bill Shelar 31 27 30 34 28 28 25 29 232 $26.00
4 Alan Sahmel 31 29 29 32 29 25 26 32 233 $26.00
5 Chris Conradi 31 30 31 30 28 28 28 32 238 $13.00
6 Jack Ramsey 30 26 32 26 35 35 29 34 247

7 Bryan Gentry 36 32 34 30 33 29 29 33 256

8 Charles Tarbell 36 38 36 36 32 33 34 29 274
2
9 Mickey DeLucca 34 35 35 33 41 35 35 31 279


2 August 2015, Sunday - Longview Texas
       
PPA winner Wade Sahmel with his 23 scorecard, repeat APA winner Bill Shelar       Four spotter Adam Sahmel playing hole 8
PPA
As hot as it was in Longview on Sunday, August 2nd, it was not nearly as hot as Wade Sahmel in the third round of the 54-hole tournament. Saturday's winner, Don Parker, was the first round leader with a 28, closely followed by defending champ Lee Messinger and Wade at 29 and four others at 30.  The logjam tightened after 36 hols as there was a three way tie for first between Lee, Danny Tatum and Joe Lea, all at 58, with Chance Marett being only one back at 59.  Geoffrey Mosk was in fifth place at 60, Brice Bergesen in sixth place at 61, and Wade in seventh place at 62. Wade then proceeded to stage the second biggest comeback in SWPT history!  The first being Wade at Webster in March when he came from 9th place after two rounds, made 12 of his first 14 holes in the last round and shot a 23 and won.  He almost exactly duplicated that feat at Longview.  Again, he made 12 of his first 14 shots, bogeys hole 15, then makes 16 and 18 for another 23 and this time a one shot win over hard luck loser Lee, the only player in the field to break 30 all three rounds.  The most remarkable thing about Wade's round is that even with a bogey on hole 15 he was 5 shots better than any other round at Longview on Sunday.  Six other players shot 28.  Wade ended with 85, the same score as his great comeback in Webster and Lee was at 86.  Joe Lea, using a modified putter most of the tournament was third at 88 and Brice and Geoffrey tied for fourth at 89.  Wade and Chance won the stroke play spots and Matt Bellner beat Tom Adair for the match play spot.
APA
Defending champion Bill Shelar and back to back winner Chris Conradi were the first round leaders at Longview with 31's.  Gary Plain was at 32 and Charles Cox was fourth at 33.  Bill and Chris again shared the 36-hole lead as both shot 32 their second rounds for a 63 total.  Gary and Charles dropped off a bit as both were tied for third three shots back at 66.  With nine holes to go Bill and Chris were still tied, each shooting a 15 on the front nine.  Bill shot a 16 on the back nine for a 31 and a 94 total while Chris ran into bogey trouble and had a 19 on the back for a 34 and a 97 total, which still looked like a tie for second with Charles Cox, but the last player in the field, Gary, shoots the low round of the day his final 18 holes, a 29, and almost catches Bill.  Gary's rally put him at 95, just one shot shy of Bill.  The spots went to Adam Sahmel, his fourth, Jack Ramsey, also his fourth, and Gary won his second spot in two days.

SWPT—2015



Longview
PPA



2 Aug
Wade Samuel 29 33 23 85 $140.00 1
Lee Messinger 29 29 28 86 $90.00
Joe Lea 30 28 30 88 $55.00
Geoffrey Mosk 30 30 29 89 $22.50
Brice Bergesen 31 30 28 89 $22.50
Danny Tatum 30 28 33 91 $10.00
Chance Marett 30 29 33 92
1
Don Parker 28 37 33 98

Rudy Cuellar 37 33 28 98

Matt Bellner 37 32 29 98
1
Tom Adair 37 34 32 103


SWPT-- 2015



Longview

APA



2 August
1 Bill Shelar 31 32 31 94 $13.00
2 Gary Plain 32 34 29 95 $13.00 1
3 Chris Conradi 31 32 34 97 $13.00
3 Charles Cox 33 33 31 97 $13.00
5 Jack Ramsey 37 30 33 100
1
6 Adam Sahmel 37 36 31 104
1
7 Ken Stanfill 36 40 42 118

7 Mickey DeLucca 41 39 38 118


1 August 2015, Saturday - Tyler Texas
     
PPA winner Don Parker, back-to-back APA winner Chris Conradi      Tyler dominates the spots!!  Gary Plain, Chris Walker and Mason                                                                                                                          Spradlin won all three spots at Tyer.
PPA
It was a hot but not terribly humid day at Tyler as 22 players gathered for a tune up for the SWPT finals which will be held at the number one Tyler course on September 13th.A characteristic of the Tyler course is almost always close tournaments with several players being in the hunt going into the final nine holes. That would be the case again in both the PPA and the APA.  Jody Kimble had the first round lead with a 28, with seven players within 3 shots of Jody, the closest being Don Parker's 29.  The second round showed a little separation as the twosome of Don and Wade Sahmel ended at 56, a 27 for Don and a tournament low round of 26 for Wade.  Three players were three shots back at 59, Danny Tatum, Lee Messinger and Geoffrey Mosk, and two more players at 60.  No one really made much of a move in the third and last round, and Don shot a 30 for a 86 total.  Wade dropped off with a 32 for a 88 and a second place tie with Geoffrey.  First round leader Jody ended in a tie with the current SWPT champion Lee at 89.  In match play Tom Adair edged out Wade Sahmel.
APA
In the APA it was also a close tournament.  The first round leaders were defending champion Greg Everly and Ken Stanfill at 30, one ahead of Chris Conradi who is looking for his second win in a row.  Ken shot a 32 his second round for a 62 but was still the leader as Greg shot a 36 second round which dropped him into a tie for 5th place.  Only one shot back of Ken was Chris at 63 and Bill Shelar and Gary Plain were just two shots back at 64.  In the final round Ken had some front nine troubles and shot a 18 while Chris was shooting a 13 which gave Chris a 4-shot lead with nine holes to play.  Ken made a charge on the back nine with a 13 for a 31 but Chris had just enough to hole Ken off with his back nine 16 good for a tournament low 29 and a one shot win over Ken, 92 to 93.  Gary Plain was third at 95 and Bill Shelar was fourth at 96.  Gary Plain won the first spot and  Mason Spradlin and Chris Walker won the match play spots, all three spots going to Tyler local players.

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Tyler

PPA



1 Aug
1 Don Parker 29 27 30 86 $140.00 1
2 Geoffrey Mosk 31 28 29 88 $72.50
2 Wade Samuel 30 26 32 88 $72.50
4 Lee Messinger 31 28 30 89 $22.50
4 Jody Kimble 28 32 29 89 $22.50
6 Rudy Cuellar 32 29 30 91 $5.00
6 Chance Marett 30 30 31 91 $5.00 1
8 Brice Bergesen 32 32 29 93

8 Danny Tatum 30 29 34 93

10 Joe Lea 35 33 27 95

11 Tom Adair 31 33 33 97
1

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Tyler

APA



1 August
1 Chris Conradi 31 32 29 92 $13.00
2 Ken Stanfill 30 32 31 93 $13.00
3 Gary Plain 32 32 31 95 $13.00 1
4 Bill Shelar 33 31 32 96 $13.00
5 Adam Sahmel 32 34 32 98 $4.34
5 Charles Cox 34 33 31 98 $4.33
5 Chris Walker 35 31 32 98 $4.33 1
8 Greg Everly 30 36 33 99

9 Mickey DeLucca 36 33 32 101

10 Mason Spradlin 37 31 34 102
1
10 Jack Ramsey 35 34 33 102


12 July 2015, Sunday - Arlington Texas
                 
       Geoffrey Mosk barely missing hole 12                                            APA winner Chris Conradi and PPA winner Lee Messinger
PPA
The already small field got smaller when Mike Baldoza could not play Sunday because of the heat, Matt Bellner had baseball games to play in Longview and Pat Simpson needed to take care of his sick dog.  But Tom Adair showed up and tried to play without hitting any practice shots at all.  That did not work out too good for Tom but he did have a low third game.  Geoffrey Mosk set the pace in the first round with a 28, one shot ahead of Saturday's winner Jeffrey Smith, 2014 SWPT champion Lee Messinger, and Danny Tatum, all at 29.  As he did on Saturday, Brice Bergesen jumped into contention with a strong second round, this time a 25 for 56.  Lee immediately followed with a 26 of his own for 55.  The only other player under 60 was Jeffrey at 58.  Geoffrey quickly made it a four man tournament with a sparkling 11 on the front nine in his third round.  With  nine holes to go Lee led Geoffrey by one shot and Brice and Jeffrey by two shots.  Brice made a big putt on hole 15, playing a Z bank, but Lee topped him on it.  After Jeffrey and Brice missed hole 18, Lee and Geoffrey were tied with only hole 18 to play.  Both missed and so there was a 18-hole playoff. Like the 18-hole playoff between Geoffrey and Lee on the Parks course in late April, Lee came out victorious 29-33.  Jody Kimble won the stroke play spot for the tour finals and instead of match play for the other two spots, since all three players vying for the two spots all shot 99, they played 18 holes.  Rudy Cuellar had the low score with a 32 and got a spot, his fourth.  Tom Adair was one up on Don Parker going into the 18th hole, but Tom hit a pipe and made a three and Don calmly aced hole 18 to flip and win one up.  

The APA had a tournament where all seven players were in contention almost to the end.  The first round found Greg Everly at 30 in first place and Mike Huckaby was in last place with a 33.  Wide open tournament!  Greg shot another 30 and was at 60, but Chris Conradi shot a 28 and was tied with Greg.  Ken Stanfill was at 62 and Steven Yancey was at 63, both still very much in it. Greg posted his third 30 in the last round for a solid 90 an waited to see what Chris was doing behind him.  Chris also shot a 30 for a 90 so there was a playoff also in the APA division.  Chris won this time over Greg 29-32.  Ken Stanfill earned his fourth and final spot and Steven Yancey his second for the tour finals to e held in Tyler on September 13th.

SWPT—2015



Parks

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12 July
1 Lee Messinger 29 26 30 85 $130.00
2 Geoffrey Mosk 28 32 25 85 $75.00
3 Brice Bergesen 31 25 30 86 $45.00
4 Jeffrey Smith 29 29 29 87 $20.00
5 Danny Tatum 29 31 30 90 $10.00
6 Jody Kimble 31 30 31 92
1
7 Don Parker 32 34 33 99
1
7 Rudy Cuellar 33 35 31 99
1
7 Tom Adair 34 37 28 99



SWPT-- 2015



Parks

APA



12 July
1 Chris Conradi 32 28 30 90 $13.00
2 Greg Everly 30 30 30 90 $13.00
3 Ken Stanfill 32 30 30 92 $13.00 1
4 Bill Shelar 31 35 28 94

5 Trevor Lewin 32 32 33 97

5 Steven Yancey 31 32 34 97
1
7 Mike Huckaby 33 33 33 99


11 July 2015, Saturday - Arlington Texas
   
       PPA winner Jeffrey Smith, APA winner Greg Everly             Jeffrey passing Brice for good after hole six the last round   
PPA
Thank goodness the Arlington Parks course has a lot of shade, as the Saturday SWPT event was played on the hottest day of the year so far, with the temperature about 101 degrees.  Since there is plenty of shade most players survived with no problem, however the heat bothered Mike Baldoza and while he finished on Saturday he decided not to go back into the heat on Sunday. Pat Simpson was the first round leader with a 28.  Jeffrey Smith, the current National Champion, was nine under through 13 holes but back to back bogies on 14 and 15 put him in second place at 29.  Brice Bergesen made the second round move by shooting a 26 which put him into a tie with Jeffrey after 36-holes at 57.  Next closest were Geoffrey Mosk and defending champ Lee Messinger at 61.  Lee had the hot hand in the third round, barely missing hole 18 but still ending with a day's best 25 and a 86 total.  Jeffrey and Brice were in the last group and knew what they needed to shoot to catch Lee.  Jeffrey got to nine under through 13 holes again and played safe coming in for a winning 85 total.  Brice had a chance to tie on 18 but hit the ball a little to easy and he settled for a tie with Lee for second place.  Geoffrey ended in fourth place at 92.  Brice earned his fourth and last tour final spot and in match play Rudy Cuellar and Pat Simpson won final spots.
APA

   Greg Everly putting hole one in his third round        Arlington Division course is still silently sitting behind AT&T Statium

Mike Huckaby swept Arlington Parks in 2014 in route to becoming the APA player of the year in the SWPT and he got off to a good start on Saturday with a first round 29, good for a one shot lead over two tough opponents, Greg Everly, who has won three of the five tournaments he has played in this year, and Bill Shelar who also has three wins, both just one back at 30.  Mike was still hanging on to the lead after 36-holes even though he slipped to a 32 and a 61 total.  Greg was only one back at 62 and Steve Yancey and Bill were two back at 63.  Of the leaders in the last round the only player to shoot better than 33 was Greg and his 29 gave him a 91 and a four-shot win over Mike at 95 and five over Bill who ended at 96.  Tour final spots went to Chris Conradi, his fourth and final spot, and to Ken stanfill and Steven Yancey. 

SWPT—2015



Parks

PPA



11 July
1 Jeffrey Smith 29 28 28 85 $140.00
2 Brice Bergesen 31 26 29 86 $72.50 1
2 Lee Messinger 31 30 25 86 $72.50
4 Geoffrey Mosk 31 30 31 92 $25.00
5 Don Parker 32 30 32 94 $20.00
6 Jody Kimble 32 32 32 96

7 Pat Simpson 28 34 35 97
1
8 Danny Tatum 34 30 34 98

9 Rudy Cuellar 32 35 34 101
1
10 Mike Baldoza 35 33 34 102

10 Matt Bellner 36 32 34 102


SWPT-- 2015



Parks

APA



11 July
1 Greg Everly 30 32 29 91 $13.00
2 Mike Huckaby 29 32 34 95 $13.00
3 Bill Shelar 30 33 33 96 $13.00
4 Chris Conradi 33 32 32 97
1
4 Trevor Lewin 34 33 30 97

6 Ken Stanfill 35 31 33 99
1
6 Steven Yancey 32 31 36 99
1

27 June, 2015, Abilene, Saturday -late tournament
                                                           
                                       Lee Messinger won his 4th tournament and Bill Shelar won his 3rd tournament of the 2015 SWPT season
PPA
After a one hour lunch break the ten players at Abilene were back at it in the second 54-hole tournament of the day.  Lee Messinger, who shot a fine 84 in the first tournament, the lowest none winning score at Abilene, got off to a bad start by making a four on the third hole in the afternoon tournament.  With the wind picking up it was not looking like a low score tournament.  However Lee ended up with ten aces and a first round tie with Pat Simpson at 28.  Lee upped his lead to three over Pat with a second round 27.  Lee's fine final round 27 was noted not by the holes he aced but the hole finally missed.  Hole eight was aced 8 times in 60 attempts and Lee made it the first five rounds he played on Saturday.  He finally missed hole 8 his last round.  Pat was the only other pro to ace the hole.  I would like to note that in this case it was not Lucky Lee as all his aces were hit just perfectly.  In fact Lee played superbly all day and his winning score of 82 in the breeze earned him a 5-shot win over Pat who finished at 87.  Pat won the stroke play spot and the other two spots went to Rudy Cuellar and Mike Baldoza.
APA
Ken Stanfill was the only player to shoot over par in the early tournament but Ken came out smoking in the late tournament with a fine 29 opening round, good for a 3=shot lead over Bill Shelar, Greg Everly and Mike Huckaby.  Bill Shelar shot 71 his final two rounds to lose the early tournament and he was determined to obviously do better in the late tournament.  That he did, shooting 27-28 fpr a 55 to blow by the two he was tied with and Ken.  His low scoring final two rounds put Bill in at 87, five shots clear of runner up Greg who finished at 92.  Greg did win his fourth and final tour finals spot, and the other spots went to Ken Stanfill and Chris Conradi.

SWPT—2015



Abilene

PPA



27 June
1 Lee Messinger 28 27 27 82 $85.00
2 Pat Simpson 28 30 29 87 $50.00 1
3 Rudy Cuellar 35 27 33 95 $20.00 1
4 Brice Bergesen 34 30 32 96

5 Mike Baldoza 34 33 35 102
1

SWPT-- 2015



Abilene

APA



27 June
1 Bill Shelar 32 27 28 87 $13.00
2 Greg Everly 32 30 30 92 $13.00 1
3 Mike Huckaby 32 32 31 95

3 Ken Stanfill 29 32 34 95
1
5 Chris Conradi 34 33 35 102
1

27 June, 2015. Abilene, Saturday - early tournament
     
            Beautiful course one at Abilene                     Greg Everly and Brice Bergesen show their Chromax balls that led to victory
PPA
It is a shame that Abilene is so far away from where most of the SWPT players live, as it is a wonderfully playing course and always in tip-top shape, thanks to Carol Zeni, the manager.  We managed to have ten players this year, five in the PPA amd five in the APA.  The strange thing about the Abilene course is that a player has to play quite good to break 90, yet we have had winning scores very low, including Jeffrey Smith's 79 last year.  This year looked the same as Lee Messinger shot a 25 his first round for a 2-shot lead over Brice Bergesen, playing left hand low in his first tournament since he gave up trying to putt conventional style for the first half of the year,  Brice shot two shots worse, a 29, in his second round but became the leader due to Lee's bogey free 32.  Lee started slow the  third round but put the pressure on Brice by acing his last five holes for a 27 and a 84.  Brice responded by acing the last four holes himself for a 26 and a two shot win.  Brice's first win of the year got him a spot in the tour finals, and match play spots went to Pat Simpson and Rudy Cuellar, who had an exciting match against Mike Baldoza that went to the 22nd hole.
APA
It looked like a runaway tournament after the first round as Bill Shelar shot a 27 and had a 5-shot lead over Chris Conradi.  Bill ran into trouble the second round with a 35 but still held a 3-shot lead over Chris and a 5-shot lead over Greg Everly.  Greg, playing in the first group shot a respectable 30 in his last round and was surprised to see Bill shooting no better than even par his last round.  Greg ended up at 97 and Bill at 98.  Greg won his third spot and also it was his third win of the season in only four starts!  The other spots went to Chris Conradi and Ken Stanfill.  The players had a one hour lunch break and then the second tournament of the day would start.

SWPT—2015



Abilene

PPA



27 June
1 Brice Bergesen 27 29 26 82 $85.00 1
2 Lee Messinger 25 32 27 84 $50.00
3 Pat Simpson 32 32 28 92 $20.00 1
4 Mike Baldoza 32 33 32 97

5 Rudy Cuellar 38 34 36 108
1

SWPT-- 2015



Abilene

APA



27 June
1 Greg Everly 33 34 30 97 $13.00 1
2 Bill Shelar 27 35 36 98 $13.00
3 Mike Huckaby 36 33 33 102

3 Chris Conradi 32 33 37 102
1
5 Ken Stanfill 36 37 37 110
1

      TEXAS OPEN Champions for 2015.  PPA- Joe Lea and APA Mike Huckaby (2 in a row)

6-7 June 2015, Sat and Sunday, Waco Texas

Note:  Usually the stories and scores are posted in a very timely matter, usually within a day or so.  However, I (Brice Bergesen) got flooded at my house on Memorial Day night, 8-10 inches of water throughout the house, and the computer was a victim.  My daughter's boyfriend took my computer apart and saved the data and built another computer for me.  I think he will make a good son-in-law someday!  Anyway, back on line finally.

Saturday
PPA

It was hot, but not too hot as it has been in some years.  Rain was not a factor.  The fact is the Waco course is just plain hard!  Especially the front nine!  How hard was it?  It was so perplexing that there was only one 13 shot on it and five 14's the entire eight rounds.  That is six nine hole totals under 15 out of 180 front nines played over the weekend.  Each day there were 34 scores of 18 or worse on the front nine, 68 altogether.  Joe Lea had three of the six 14's or better.  Jeffrey Smith was the first round leader shooting a 18-11 for a 29.  Lee Messinger took the second round lead with a 29 of his own for a 60 total and a 3-shot lead over three other players.  In the third round Joe Lea had the only sub 14 on the front with a 13 and his 27 put him at 89 and one up on Lee and three up on Rainey Statum, who played the first day without a bogey stroke.  Joe had a 31 in his fourth round for a day's leading 120, two ahead of Rainey and Jeffrey, who fired a 28 his last round.  Wade Sahmel was steady all day and finished four rounds in fourth place at 123.  
APA
The front nine bit the APA players a lot more than the PPA pl;ayers as Adam Sahmel had the only sub-16 nine of the day with his fourth round 14.  Adam was also the first round leader at 30, two ahead of defending champion Mike Huckaby and Alan Sahmel at 32.   Adam fired a solid 31 his second round but was caught by his dad Alan who had the days low round with a 29.  Both were at 61 and two ahead of Bill Shelar.  Adam skied to a 39 in his third round, very easy to shoot over par at Waco, and saw Alan take the sole lead at 92.  The only other player in the APA to be under 100 after three rounds was Bill Shelar, two back at 94.  Alan slumped to a 35 his fourth round and he and Bill were tied for the lead at 127.  Adam charged back with his fine 14 on the front nine to be only four shots out at 131, and hanging around in fourth place at 133 was Mike Huckaby.

Sunday
PPA

What could have been a very interesting shootout in the PPA on Sunday was ruined by Joe Lea's excellent and steady shooting, shooting 114 for the day and winning by ten shots.  In the fifth round he shot a 29 which gave him a 5-shot lead over four players.  Lee Messinger got into the 4-way tie by shooting a 18-10 for a 28 the hard way.  Joe followed with a sixth round 28 and a seventh round 29 to build a 9-shot lead going into the last round. the real battle was for second place as Rainey Statum, Wade Sahmel and Lee Messinger battled each other all day, never separated by more than three strokes.  When the eighth round had concluded Rainey and Wade were tied at 244 and Lee just one shot back at 245.  Defending National Champion Jeffrey Smith never got it going on Sunday and finished 17 shots back at 251.  This was yet another tournament that when Joe gets the lead he is a bulldog and works hard to keep extending that lead.  To average almost 29 per round on a course that difficult is quite a remarkable achievement.  Joe won his fourth finals spot and the other spots went to Rainey Statum, Wade Sahmel and Mike Baldoza.  
APA
As opposed to the PPA it was a three man battle all day in the APA.  Alan Sahmel took the lead by himself in the fifth round with a 31 and a 158 total, 3-up on Bill Shelar.  Adam Sahmel and Mike Huckaby were both still within striking distance at 163 and 164.  None of the these four could shoot much in the sixth round but Mike did move within 5-shots of leader Alan.  After the seventh round Adam had dropped 7-shots out of the lead and so the battle was with the other three.  Alan continued to lead at 224, but closely followed now by Mike whose 30 put him into second place only 2-shots back at 226, with Bill four back back at 228.. Mike shot another 30 in the last round and ended up tying Alan at 256 with Bill finishing in third place at 261 and Adam fourth at 266.  In the 18-hole playoff Mike continued his fine play and his 31 in the playoff won by four shots.  Congratulations to the defending champion making it two Texas Open wins in a row.  Tour finals spot winners were Bill Shelar and Bryan Gentry getting their fourth spots, Adam Sahmel getting his third and Chris Conradi getting his first finally! .

SWPT—2015








Texas Open

PPA








June 6-7
1 Joe Lea 34 28 27 31 29 28 27 30 234 $275.00 1
2 Wade Samuel 33 31 29 30 31 31 29 30 244 $150.00 1
2 Rainey Statum 31 31 30 30 32 31 28 31 244 $150.00 1
4 Lee Messinger 31 29 30 36 28 29 31 31 245 $75.00
5 Jeffrey Smith 29 33 32 28 32 31 32 34 251 $50.00
6 Brice Bergesen 33 36 30 34 31 29 32 33 258 $25.00
7 Mike Baldoza 33 33 31 30 31 31 36 37 262
1
8 Don Parker 34 35 34 35 31 33 30 31 263

9 Rudy Cuellar 31 40 34 34 34 30 37 30 270

10 Matt Bellner 38 44 37 34 40 36 35 31 295


SWPT-- 2015








Texas Open

APA








June 6-7
1 Mike Huckaby 32 34 36 31 31 32 30 30 256 $26.00
2 Alan Sahmel 32 29 31 35 31 33 33 32 256 $26.00
3 Bill Shelar 33 30 31 33 34 33 34 33 261 $26.00 1
4 Adam Sahmel 30 31 39 31 32 35 33 35 266 $26.00 1
5 Bryan Gentry 41 34 33 34 34 33 32 31 272 $26.00 1
6 Chris Conradi 36 32 34 36 34 34 37 36 279
1
7 Allen Thomas 35 33 37 38 37 35 33 35 283

8 Trevor Lewin 40 32 35 38 38 33 31 38 285

9 Mickey DeLucca 36 33 36 41 37 33 34 38 288

10 Ken Stanfill 36 36 34 35 38 40 34 36 289

17 May 2015. Sunday, Longview Texas

                 Mike Baldoza tries to miss the big puddles on number 11 as the rain and wet course was the story in Longview
.  .  .  .  .And the winner Sunday at Longview was.  .  .  the rain!!  The weather was just perfect for low scoring during practice on Sunday morning but a front was coming and with it a 50 mile line of rain, due to hit just before tee off time.  The rain came and chased everyone inside but let up enough to start the tournament.  The heavy rain was forecast for the next two hours.  Somehow the rain broke up around us and thile the course was very wet the first round the conditions improved throughout the day, although surprisingly the scores did not improve that much.  
Only a 32 would be leading the first round.  Current SWPT champ Less Messinger, two-time SWPT Finals winner at Longview Joe Lea and loser in a playoff in last years tournament, Danny Tatum, shared the first round lead.  Tied for fourth at 34 were Geoffrey Mosk and Mike Baldoza.  Lee Messinger had the low round of the day in his second round with a 7 under 29 which put him at 61 and a 3-shot lead over Joe at 64.  Mike was staying close in third at 65.  Both Joe and Mike shot even par 36's in the third and final round, making it easier for Lee to win.  But Lee shot a 34 his last round for a 95 and barely held off defending champ Jeffrey Smith who finished with a 30 and a 96.  Third place was a tie between Byron Kirby, Geoffrey and Brice Bergesen, who had streaks of 14 straight two's and 16 straight two's, at 99.  In match play Jody Kimble of Ft Smith Arkansas won his first tour final spot of 2015 and in the other match it looked like Byron Kirby would finally win his first spot as he battled Tom Adair, also looking for his first spot.  Byron was 4-up with four holes to play when Tom aced number 15, 16, 17 and of course number 18 to f
orce a play off.  Tom's great comeback went for naught as Byron aced number one, the first playoff hole to win his first tour finals spot.
                              Lee Messinger, PPA winner                                                                                               Bill Shelar, APA winner
APA
If the PPA pros were having problems with the rain and water on the course, the APA players were really having problems!!  The average score was almost 109 for 54 holes, the first time the APA has been over par as a group since the evil days of Killeen when over par would sometimes win.  In the first round three of the eight players shot under par, led by Bill Shelar at 33, Saturday's winner Greg Everly at 34 and defending champion Gary Plain at 35.  When Bill shot the days low APA round of 31 in the second round he found himself at 64 and with a 6-shot lead over Greg at 70, and a 7-shot lead over Gary and Chris Conradi at 71.  Bill, who won at Hurst in April shooting a 22 one round, did not need such heroics at Longview and his final round 34, good for a 98 easily won by 5-shots over Chris Conradi at 103.  Greg Everly was the only other APA under par at 105.  Though the course was very wet it was a good test to see who could cope and who could adjust the best.  In match play Mickey DeLucca won his fourth and final spot and Bryan Gentry won his third spot in only three tournaments. 

SWPT—2015



Longview

PPA



17 May
1 Lee Messinger 32 29 34 95 $170.00
2 Jeffrey Smith 35 31 30 96 $100.00 1
3 Brice Bergesen 35 32 32 99 $46.67
3 Byron Kirby 36 30 33 99 $46.67 1
3 Geoffrey Mosk 34 33 32 99 $46.67
6 Joe Lea 32 32 36 100 $25.00
7 Danny Tatum 32 36 33 101 $7.50
7 Mike Baldoza 34 31 36 101 $7.50
9 Tom Adair 36 34 33 103

10 Jeff McDonald 36 35 33 104

10 Rudy Cuellar 38 34 32 104

12 Don Parker 36 37 34 107

12 Jody Kimble 36 35 36 107
1
14 Greg Simpson 37 42 32 111

15 Matt Bellner 39 36 39 114


SWPT-- 2015



Longview

APA



17 May
1 Bill Shelar 33 31 34 98 $26.00 1
2 Chris Conradi 37 34 32 103 $13.00
3 Greg Everly 34 36 35 105 $13.00
4 Gary Plain 35 36 37 108 $10.00
5 Bryan Gentry 36 39 36 111
1
6 Charles Cox 37 41 34 112

7 Ken Stanfill 42 39 33 114

8 Mickey DeLucca 41 40 39 120
1

16 May 2015, Saturday, Tyler Texas
                   PPA winner and 2014 National Champion Jeffrey Smith on the left and APA winner with a Chromax ball Greg Everly            
PPA
The Southwest Putting Tour had its largest turnout of the 2015 season at Tyler because of great hospitality shown by Kat and Tom, plus it is the course that will host the finals on the weekend of September 12 and 13.  The weather was great and there was a very close tournament from the start to the finish.
No less than seven players were within two shots of the lead after round one.  Current National Champion Jeffrey Smith was the leader with a 28, closely followed at 29 by Joe Lea and five players were at 30.  Last place was only 5 shots out.  After two rounds Jeffrey was co-leader with Hall of Fame player Mike Baldoza, making his first start of 2015, both at 58.  Joe, Don Parker and Jeff McDonald, all the way from San Diego to play, were tied for third at 59, just one back.  While Don never got anything going the last round with his 32, Jeff faded away also, and Jeffrey could only fire a 30 his last round for a 88, it gave several players a excellent chance to win the tournament.  Geoffrey Mosk shot a 28 for a 88 to tie Jeffrey.  Joe Lea had a great chance to win after being five under through seven holes, but could muster only one more ace the final eleven holes and finished one back at 89.  Mike was in the best position to win, needing to only ace the easy 17th hole and deuce the 18th, but Mike got a bad kick on 17 and his ball did not clear the rail guarding the hole and Mike ended up making bogey. He also bogeyed the 18th to finish at 90, two shots back.  So there was the third straight SWPT event that ended with a 18-hole playoff.  Jeffrey jumped out to a lead quickly and Geoffrey never could quite catch up and when Jeffrey made the dangerous 13th hole he coasted in for his third victory on the SWPT this season.  Geoffrey lost a playoff for the second time in three events, losing to Lee Messinger at Arlington in late April.  In match play Joe Lea won his third spot and Greg Simpson won his first.

APA
In the APA the 2014 Player of the Year Mike Huckaby came out blazing with a 27 to lead by two over local favorite Gary Plain, Charles Cox and Ken Stanfill, all at 29.  When Mike followed with a 28 for 55 he should have been breezing but Greg Everly shot the low round of the day with a 26 and had momentum on his side as he was just one back at 56.  Gary was in third place six shots back at 61.  Mike never got it going in the last round and a bad back nine gave him a 35 and a 90, good for second place.  Greg shot a 30 his final round and beat everyone, PPA and APA with a 86.  This is the second time in a row a APA had had the overall low score as Bill Shelar did the trick at Hurst.  Gary hung on for third place at 91.It is also the second win in two tournaments for Greg in 2015.   In match play local player Mason Spradlin won his first ever spot in the tour finals and Bryan Gentry from Memphis won his second.

SWPT—2015



Tyler

PPA



16 May
1 Jeffrey Smith 28 30 30 88 $170.00 1
2 Geoffrey Mosk 31 29 28 88 $100.00
3 Joe Lea 29 30 30 89 $65.00 1
4 Mike Baldoza 30 28 32 90 $45.00
5 Tom Adair 30 30 31 91 $27.50
5 Don Parker 30 29 32 91 $27.50
7 Matt Bellner 32 30 31 93 $7.50
7 Danny Tatum 33 30 30 93 $7.50
9 Lee Messinger 33 31 30 94

9 Brice Bergesen 33 32 29 94

11 Jeff McDonald 30 29 36 95

11 Greg Simpson 31 32 32 95
1
13 Jody Kimble 31 32 33 96

14 Rudy Cuellar 33 32 33 98

15 Byron Kirby 30 35 34 99


SWPT-- 2015



Tyler

APA



16 May
1 Greg Everly 30 26 30 86 $26.00 1
2 Mike Huckaby 27 28 35 90 $13.00
3 Gary Plain 29 32 30 91 $13.00
4 Bill Shelar 34 31 30 95 $13.00
4 Mason Spradlin 31 33 31 95 $13.00 1
6 Bryan Gentry 31 33 32 96 $13.00 1
7 Charles Cox 29 30 38 97

8 Ken Stanfill 29 35 34 98

8 Scott Myers 32 34 32 98

10 Mickey DeLucca 33 35 33 101

11 Chris Conradi 30 36 37 103


26 April, Sunday, Hurst Texas

APA champion Bill Shelar is showing PPA winner and National Champion Jeffrey Smith that he beat Jeffrey by three shots
PPA
Blessed with beautiful weather again on Sunday, the PPA started slowly but finished with a flourish.  Only one player, Pat Simpson, managed to break 30 in the first round and his 28 gave him a 2-shot margin over Danny Tatum and Jeffrey Smith.  the other seven players were close by, all at 31 or 32.  Pat went from a tie for first to a tie for last after the second round, but only 5 shots out,  and Jeffrey took the lead at 57, by two shots over Lee Messinger at 59.  Three others were lurking at 60, hoping to get hot in the final round.   Scores were low in the final round as Geoffrey Mosk started it with a front nine 11.  Geoffrey continued his hot play on the back nine with a 13, good for a 24 and a 84.  Brice Bergesen got hot after hole eight, missing only hole 13 the rest of the way, and his 23 for the round forced Jeffrey to cover him on both the difficult hole 16 and the tricky hole 18.  Being the National Champion, Jeffrey is used to making pressure putts and he covered Brice on both holes.  The finished one shot ahead of hard luck Geoffrey with their 83's.  In the 18-hole playoff Jeffrey made 2-5 to take a 3-shot lead and though Brice made another hot run on the back nine Jeffrey sealed the win with another ace on hole 18.  The other stroke play spots went to Brice and Geoffrey as Geoffrey became the third player to have four spots.
APA
Bill Shelar was a tremendous D/FW player back in the 1980's and he played a little at the end of 2014 and is playing as full time as his schedule will allow this season.  Bill started slowly on Sunday, his 31 putting him in last place, 3-shots behind the leader Mike Huckaby and two behind Jack Ramsey.  That changed real quick in the second round when Bill was the only player to break 30, and his 12-10=22 beat everyone by at least 8 strokes and is the low APA 18-hole score for 2015.  His 53 put Bill six shots ahead of Mike's 59.  For good measure Bill shot a final round 27 for a 80 and a 9-shot win over defending champion Mike.  They both got spots and the third spot went to Jack Ramsey who shot a 92.

SWPT—2015



Hurst

PPA



26 Apr
1 Jeffrey Smith 30 27 26 83 $130.00 1
2 Brice Bergesen 32 28 23 83 $75.00 1
3 Geoffrey Mosk 31 29 24 84 $45.00 1
4 Lee Messinger 32 27 29 88 $10.00
4 Don Parker 31 31 26 88 $10.00
6 Matt Bellner 31 31 27 89

7 Danny Tatum 30 30 30 90

8 Pat Simpson 28 34 31 93

9 Tom Adair 32 30 34 96


SWPT-- 2015



Hurst

APA



26 Apr
1 Bill Shelar 31 22 27 80 $26.00 1
2 Mike Huckaby 28 31 30 89 $13.00 1
3 Jack Ramsey 29 35 28 92
1
4 Trevor Lewin 30 32 32 94

5 Chris Conradi 30 30 36 96


25 April 2015, Saturday, Arlington Texas
        APA winner Greg Everly, PPA winner Lee Messinger         Matt Bellner and Brice Bergesen show the Chromax balls that won them spots        
PPA
The SWPT got a great weather break for the April 25th and 26th tournaments at Arlington and Hurst.  Thunderstorms pelted the area on Friday but Saturday morning turned out to be a cloudless beautiful day.  The great weather stayed until the SWPT had just finished playing on early Sunday afternoon at Hurst, then the rain started again as we were all leaving to go home.  The course at Arlington was damp early on Saturday but dried out as the day progressed.  The first round gave the players a little trouble as Geoffrey Mosk, the defending Texas Open champion, led with a 29.  Only one stroke back were Lee Messinger, the defending SWPT champion, and Jeffrey Smith, the current National Champion, at 30.  There was some separation in the field after two rounds as Lee shot a 24 and Geoffrey shot a 25, putting them tied at 54, and five shots ahead of Jeffrey.  The three leaders matched each other in the final round with 28's, putting Lee and Geoffrey in a 18-hole playoff.  Neither Lee or Geoffrey could get any momentum in the playoff, Lee got off to a early three shot lead and Lee won 31 to 32. Lee becomes the second player (also Danny Tatum) to get four spots.  In match play Brice Bergesen got his first spot in seven tries by beating Geoffrey, and in the other bracket, making it two for two for the Chromax ball, Matt Bellner won his first spot by beating Jeffrey Smith in the other final, 5 and 4.
APA
In the APA on Saturday no one got hot early, no one got hot in the middle and no one got hot in the last round.  No one broke 30 on this beautiful Saturday afternoon.  Greg Everly, back after missing the 2014 season, led after one round with a 32. Bill Shelar was in second place at 33 and Chris Conradi was the only other player under par at 35.  Greg shot a 30 the second round to be at 62 and have a 3-shot lead over Bill at 65 and four shots over defending champion Mike Huckaby, who made a move with his second round 30.  Mike continued to make a move in the third round and caught Greg with just a few holes left to play.  However, Mike got into trouble on hole 18, made a four and Greg could just lay up for a two shot win over Mike.  Mike and Bill won the match play spots.

SWPT—2015



Parks

PPA



25 Apr
1 Lee Messinger 30 24 28 82 $120.00 1
2 Geoffrey Mosk 29 25 28 82 $70.00
3 Jeffrey Smith 30 29 28 87 $40.00
4 Don Parker 33 27 33 93 $10.00
5 Brice Bergesen 32 32 30 94
1
6 Pat Simpson 31 29 35 95

7 Danny Tatum 34 28 35 97

8 Matt Bellner 31 35 32 98
1


SWPT-- 2015



Parks

APA



25 Apr
1 Greg Everly 32 30 33 95 $26.00 1
2 Mike Huckaby 36 30 31 97 $13.00 1
3 Bill Shelar 33 32 33 98 $13.00 1
4 Trevor Lewin 38 32 33 103

5 Jack Ramsey 37 32 36 105

6 Chris Conradi 35 37 34 106


12 April 2015, Sunday, Lake Charles Louisiana
        
        PPA Winner Lee Messinger, APA winner Charles Cox             Bill Hebert played both days with even older-timer Brice Bergesen
PPA
With a forecast for Sunday of 100% chance of heavy rain, we lost a couple of players who had planned on playing on Sunday.  There was some heavy rain but miraculously it stopped about 7am.  Greg Simpson and Lisa Robertson blew and squeegeed the course and made it playable.  We had no more rain and it actually became a beautiful day.  The carpets were at three different speeds during the tournament, wet and slow during the first round, partially wet the second round and normal the third round.  what was amazing was how well Lee Messinger adapted to all three conditions, never shooting a nine above a 12!  Lee was the first round leader with a 23, one ahead of Saturdays record setting Joe Lea and Byron Kirby.  A little different conditions the second round but Lee shoots another 23 and is in at 46, just two shots off the 36-hole record for course 1.  Byron is in at 49 and Joe and Geoffrey Mosk are tied for third at 50, in shouting distance, but with Lee playing as steady as Jordan Spieth on this Masters Sunday, they are realistically playing for second place.  Lee, winner in Fernandina Beach two weeks ago on the Southern Putting Tour,  shoots a 24 his last game for a 70 and a four shot win over Byron, who was second for the second straight day.  Geoffrey Mosk was third at 75.  The match play spots went to Danny Tatum, who became the first PPA player in 2015 with four spots and won 10 out of his 12 matches this year, and Don Parker.
APA
The APA players did not adjust to the wet carpets as well as Lee Messinger did in the PPA division as Charles Cox had the only first round score under 30 with a 28.  In second place at 30 was Chris Conradi and in third place was Jack Ramsey.  Charles shot a 26 for 54 after two rounds to stretch his lead to four shots over Saturday's winner Mike Huckaby, who had a 26 of his own.  Mike kept putting on the pressure like he did on Saturday but his come from behind charge fell just one shot short as his second straight 26 gave him 84 and Charles had a 29 for a 83.  Third place was a three way tie at 90 with Jack Ramsey shooting a tournament low 24 to get there with Chris Conradi and Mickey DeLucca.  Match play spots went to Mike Huckaby and Mickey DeLucca.

SWPT—2015



LC

PPA



12 Apr
1 Lee Messinger 23 23 24 70 $140.00 1
2 Byron Kirby 24 25 25 74 $90.00
3 Geoffrey Mosk 26 24 25 75 $55.00
4 Joe Lea 24 26 26 76 $25.00
5 Danny Tatum 25 27 25 77 $20.00 1
6 David McCollister 27 27 25 79

7 Jeffrey Smith 28 29 25 82

8 Greg Simpson 27 27 29 83

8 Don Parker 27 26 30 83
1
8 Brice Bergesen 30 26 27 83

11 Bill Hebert 31 32 29 92


SWPT-- 2015



LC

APA



12 Apr
1 Charles Cox 28 26 29 83 $26.00 1
2 Mike Huckaby 32 26 26 84 $13.00 1
3 Jack Ramsey 31 35 24 90

3 Mickey DeLucca 32 29 29 90
1
3 Chris Conradi 30 31 29 90


11 April, 2015, Saturday, Lake Charles Louisiana
PPA       
                                          APA champion Mike Huckaby, PPA champion Joe Lea

This is what a course record looks like!!  Poor Don, shoots the 2nd low score of the weekend and looses by 4

A lower than expected turnout did not dampen the enthusiasm and certainly not the scoring in Lake Charles on the weekend of April 11 and 12.  With a forecast of probable rain on Saturday and a near 100% chance on Sunday all day, the players were hopeful to get at least Saturday's play in.  As it turned out we got Saturday in before the rains came and the rains left about daybreak on Sunday and did not return.  As at the Nationals, the weatherman was totally wrong.  On a great day for scoring, Joe Lea, the defending Tournament of Champions winner and Geoffrey Mosk, the 2014 Texas Open champion tied for the first round lead with 24's. They had a one shot lead over 2014 SWPT finals runner-up David McCollister, 2014 SWPT champion Lee Messinger and 2012 APA National Champion Danny Tatum.  Lee Messinger shot a 23 in the second round to be at 48 and have a 2-shot lead over Joe, with 2014 National champion Jeffrey Smith, Byron Kirby and Bill Hebert just one more back at 51.  Bill, one of the top national players in the 1970's and early 80's is playing in his first tournament for the first time in over 30 years.  Bill barely missed his first perfect nine the second round when his ace putt on number 18 slid.  What Bill barely missed in the second round Greg Simpson did on the front nine the third round, shooting a "9" to jump into second place with nine holes to play.  Joe Lea shot a 10 on the front (missing #9) to take a 3-shot lead over Greg and four shots over Lee And Danny.  Joe made sure no one was going to catch him as he shot a perfect "9" on the back for a course record 19 and a 69 total, one shot off the 54-hole record shot by Brice Bergesen in 2013.  Byron Kirby shot a 10 on the back to sneak into second place at 74 by one shot over Jeffrey and Lee.  greg ended up 5th at 76.  The average score for the PPA on Saturday was 76.45, also a record for a SWPT event.  Match play was of course an aces race and the winners of spots were Danny Tatum and Lee Messinger.
APA
The "9"s were not confined to the PPA.  Right out of the starting gate Mickey DeLucca shoots a "9" on the front nine and his 24 gave Mickey a 3-shot lead over 2014 APA SWPT champion Charles Cox and a 5-shot lead over Jack Ramsey.  Mickey continued his fine play in the second round with a 29 for a leading 53 total, but his lead was down to one as Jack shot a 25 to be at 54 and at 55 were Charles and the 2014 APA Player of the Year Mike Huckaby, making his first start of the season.  Mickey shot a solid 28 the final round for a 81 total, but Jack shot a 26 for an 80, and Mike shot an 11 on the back nine for a 24 and a winning score of 79.  A very close and exciting finish.  In the match play Bryan Gentry from Memphis out aced his opponents and got a spot and Charles Cox won the second spot.

SWPT—2015



LC

PPA



11 Apr
1 Joe Lea 24 26 19 69 $140.00 1
2 Byron Kirby 28 23 23 74 $90.00
3 Lee Messinger 25 23 27 75 $40.00 1
3 Jeffrey Smith 26 25 24 75 $40.00
5 Greg Simpson 27 25 24 76 $20.00
6 Don Parker 27 27 23 77

6 Geoffrey Mosk 24 28 25 77

6 David McCollister 25 28 24 77

9 Brice Bergesen 28 26 25 79

9 Danny Tatum 25 27 27 79
1
11 Bill Hebert 28 23 32 83


SWPT-- 2015



LC

APA



11 Apr
1 Mike Huckaby 30 25 24 79 $26.00 1
2 Jack Ramsey 29 25 26 80 $13.00
3 Mickey DeLucca 24 29 28 81 $13.00
4 Charles Cox 27 28 27 82
1
5 Bryan Gentry 30 29 27 86
1
6 Chris Conradi 32 29 26 87


15 March 2015, Sunday, Victoria Texas
           PPA winner Rodney Phillips, APA winner Steve Tanton                            Matt Bellner recreating how he aced #10 three for three

PPA
Matt Bellner could not make it for the Saturday tournament but he did arrive on Saturday with a brand new Odyssey putter and the latest new Chromax golf ball.  The new equipment plus the many putting tips Matt got from PGA pros, Web.Com tour pros and teaching pros while working at the PGA Merchandising Show in Florida for a week had Matt chomping at the bit to start his 2015 season.  And what a start!  Matt's only blemish on the front nine was missing hole three that was dead center but just a little short.  So, after shooting a 10 on the front nine Matt goes to hole 10, the almost unaceable hole.  Not counting Matt there were 6 aces on the hole in 81 attempts over the weekend.  Matt aces it to go nine under after ten holes and rides that start to a new course record 24!  That tremendous start gave Matt a five shot lead over defending champ Geoffrey Mosk and Don Parker, both at 29.  Being in a position he is not accustomed to Matt makes a nervous bogey on the first hole of his second round but rallies back enough for a 32 and a 56 after 36-holes, still good enough for a 4-shot lead over Don, Byron Kirby and Rodney Phillips, who quietly shot the best second round with a 29.  The third round started the same for Matt as did the second with a nervous bogey on the first hole.  Matt almost made another bogey on hole two but salvaged a par with a putt from down the fairway.  Meanwhile, playing in his group, Rodney senses the nervousness of Matt being in an unfamiliar position and applied the veteran pressure in the final round, making six of his first seven holes and shooting a front nine eleven.  When Matt missed a short but tricky deuce putt on number nine, Rodney had a two shot lead.  The nearly unaceable hole ten had been made both rounds by both Matt and Rodney and cheers went up around the course when Matt aced it for the third time and cut the lead to one as Rodney missed for the first time.  Meanwhile Don Parker had finished in the clubhouse with a 89 and was hoping to steal a win, but Rodney's strong front nine and trading aces with Matt on the back nine gave Rodney his second win at Victoria, shooting a final round 27 for a 87.  Matt had his best ever finish in a SWPT event as he and Don Parker tied at 89.  Brice Bergesen was fourth at 91.  Match play spots went to Danny Tatum and Geoffrey Mosk.
                                                                  
              Susan Trice, the manager at the Victoria Putt-Putt, who makes our weekend so enjoyable every year
APA
For thirty six holes the APA  had a lot closer tournament than the previous day when Alan Sahmel lapped the field.  Jack Ramsey shot a first round 29 for a two shot lead over Saturday's winner Alan Sahmel.  Steve Tanton was in third place at 32.  Steve had tried to play on Saturday, but suffered a physical problem and had to withdraw.  He though about going home but came back on Sunday determined to not only finish the tournament but the former APA National Champion wanted to make a good showing also.  Steve did just that with a second round 29 which pulled him into a tie with Jack at 61.  Very close vback at 62 was Alan looking for his third win in four starts.  Alan did his job in the third round by shooting a solid 30, but Steve was playing great and his 27 gave him a 88 and a four shot win.  Jack ended up in third place with a 93.  Steve has had some nagging injuries the last few years and we all hope they are in the past and we will be seeing him able to play in a lot more SWPT events in 2015.  Winning your first tournament back is a strong statement.  The match play spots went to Alan Sahmel and Jack Ramsey.  The APA players don't have to worry about playing Alan any longer for a match play spot as he is the first player to spot out, four spots in four tournaments!

SWPT—2015



Vic

PPA



15 Mar
1 Rodney Phillips 31 29 27 87 $130.00 1
2 Matt Bellner 24 32 33 89 $60.00
2 Don Parker 29 31 29 89 $60.00
4 Brice Bergesen 32 30 29 91 $20.00
5 Joe Lea 33 30 29 92

6 Geoffrey Mosk 29 32 32 93
1
6 Danny Tatum 34 31 28 93
1
6 Greg Simpson 32 32 29 93

9 Byron Kirby 30 30 34 94


SWPT-- 2015



Vic

APA



15 Mar
1 Steve Tanton 32 29 27 88 $26.00 1
2 Alan Sahmel 31 31 30 92 $13.00 1
3 Jack Ramsey 29 32 32 93
1
4 Adam Sahmel 33 32 30 95

5 Mickey DeLucca 33 35 36 104


14 March 2015, Saturday, Victoria Texas
        
                The beautiful Victoria Putt-Putt Course                                            PPA winner Geoffrey Mosk and APA winner Alan Sahmel
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The players were blessed with a beautiful sunny day with a high about 75.  Only a little bit of wind kept it from being perfect.  Geoffrey Mosk got off to a great start by shooting an 11 on his first nine holes and was the leader with a 28, one ahead of Joe Lea and Byron Kirby.  Geoffrey added another 28 the second round and his 56 gave him a three shot lead over Joe and Wade Sahmel was four back at 60.  Joe missed his first three holes in the final round and then made the last six on the front nine for a 12 and suddenly Geoffrey's lead was down to one shot.  Joe was in the first group and Geoffrey in the last and when Geoffrey was going to hole 13 he found himself two down.  Joe finished with a 26 and a 85 and it seemed he had pulled off a great comeback for a win.  But Geoffrey, the defending champion from 2014, in the same situation he found himself in at the Texas Open in Longview last year did almost the same thing as he aced holes 13 through 17 (5 in a row) for a 27 and a 83 and a two shot win.  Geoffrey and Joe's fine play did not rub off on the other players as third place was Wade, seven shots behind Joe.  Match play spots went to Rodney Phillips and Danny Tatum.

               
                                                                       Sunday photo of the players at Victoria
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Alan Sahmel decided he did not want any part of a close tournament like the PPA had.  His opening 30 gave him a four shot lead over Jack Ramsey and when Alan shot another 30 his second round his lead lengthened to a whopping nine strokes.  Even though the course caught up with Alan the last round his 35 and 95 total was still good enough for a five shot win over Adam.  This was Alan's second win of he year in only three tournaments.  There is quite a battle going on for top Sahmel this year on the SWPT between and his sons Adam and Wade.  The match play spots went to Adam Sahmel and Mickey DeLucca.

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14 Mar
1 Geoffrey Mosk 28 28 27 83 $130.00 1
2 Joe Lea 29 30 26 85 $75.00
3 Wade Samuel 32 28 32 92 $45.00
4 Byron Kirby 29 33 32 94 $20.00
5 Don Parker 33 28 35 96

6 Rodney Phillips 32 32 33 97
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7 Brice Bergesen 31 34 33 98

7 Danny Tatum 34 31 33 98
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9 Greg Simpson 31 36 35 102


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1 Alan Sahmel 30 30 35 95 $26.00 1
2 Adam Sahmel 35 34 31 100 $13.00 1
3 Jack Ramsey 34 37 32 103

4 Mickey DeLucca 35 35 36 106
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1 March 2015, Sunday, Webster Texas

Adam, Wade and proud dad Alam Sahmel.  THE SAHMEL SUNDAY SWEEP at Webster
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The cold weather went away, instead we were greeted with rainy skies and a forecast of rain all morning.  The bad forecast cost us one player that left and a couple of others that might have played.  We almost lost Wade Sahmel as he thought tee off was at 11am instead of 10 am and barely got to the course to make his tee off time.  With no practice on the very wet carpets Wade ended the first round tied for last place with a 35.  Doing considerably better and determined to make up for Saturday, pre tournament favorite Geoffrey Mosk shot a 26 to take the first round lead, leading Saturdays winner Jeffery Smith by one stroke and three up on Dwain Willett, Jon Drexler and Danny Tatum, all in with 29's.  Mosk built his lead after 36 holes to two strokes adding a 28 for a 54 total, now two ahead of Smith and three up on Don Parker.  Wade rallied for a 27 and moved into ninth place.  The final round was wild as the greatest comeback in a final round in SWPT history took place.  Starting in ninth place, Wade aced 12 of his first 14 holes and made number 18 for a 23 and a tie with Smith at 85.  Continuing his hot play in the 18-hole playoff Wade made 10 of his first 14 holes and coasted in for the victory.  After starting with a 35, Wade then shot 74 his next 54 holes!  Wow!!  Mosk, the 36-hole leader, made crucial bogies on holes nine and ten and ended up at 86, missing the playoff by one stroke.  Lee Messinger was fourth at 87.  Match play spots went to Joe Lea and Geoffrey Mosk.
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Again the APA players started off slowly as no one broke 30 in the first round.  Alan Sahmel did shoot a 30 and it was good enough for a three shot lead over Chris Conradi and Trevor Lewin.  Chris shot a 29 his second round, the only round in the 20's shot during the tournament, to gain a tie with Alan at 62.  the only other player within shouting distance was Charles Cox at 66.  When Chris stumbled on the front nine in the third round Alan's 14 gave him a 4-shot lead and when Alan aced 3 of the next four holes victory looked secure.  but in the APA you never know what might happen.  Alan then played his last five holes in two over for a 31 and a 93, and Chris was acing four of six holes starting on number twelve.  Chris needed to ace number 18 to force a playoff but got a bad kick and made three for a 95.  Charles was a distance third at 100.  In match play semi-finals Adam Sahmel and Mickey DeLucca went to sudden death and Adam won on the second extra hole.  In the final match Adam played Chris Conradi and Chris this time aces number 18 and they go to sudden death where Adam aces number one for the spot.  Thus we had on this day a "Sahmel Sunday Sweep!!".  Jack Ramsey won the other match play spot.

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1 Mar
1 Wade Sahmel 35 27 23 85 $140.00 1
2 Jeffrey Smith 27 29 29 85 $90.00
3 Geoffrey Mosk 26 28 32 86 $55.00 1
4 Lee Messinger 31 28 28 87 $25.00
5 Dwain Willett 29 29 30 88 $20.00
6 Don Parker 30 27 32 89

7 Jon Drexler 29 31 30 90

7 Brice Bergesen 30 28 32 90

9 Joe Lea 31 33 27 91
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9 Danny Tatum 29 32 30 91

11 Tom Adair 35 30 29 94


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1 Mar
1 Alan Sahmel 30 32 31 93 $26.00 1
2 Chris Conradi 33 29 33 95 $13.00
3 Charles Cox 35 31 34 100 $13.00
4 Trevor Lewin 33 38 30 101 $10.00
5 Adam Sahmel 35 35 33 103
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6 Jack Ramsey 36 35 34 105
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6 Mickey DeLucca 35 32 38 105


28 February 2015, Saturday, Webster Texas
           
APA winner Mickey DeLucca,                                                                          Sunday's players, minus Adam, Danny and Brice
PPA winner National Champ Jeffrey Smith

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Needing to start the season early at Webster to avoid competing with the customers during Spring Break, we made the decision to start on the last day of February.  It was a breezy day with temps in the mid 40's and all the players were ready to start the season.  The 2014 National Champion, Jeffrey Smith, started out with the form that dominated the Southwest Putting Tour in 2014 by shooting a 10 on his first nine holes.  He finished with a 25 and a 2-shot lead over Don Parker and Joe Lea.  The 2014 SWPT champion Lee Messinger shot the days low round in the second round with a 24 and ended up in a tie with Jeffrey at 52, with Byron Kirby at 54 being the only close competitor.  In the final round Jeffrey was 7 under through 13 holes which gave him a one shot lead over Lee and two shots over Byron and Joe.  Even though Jeffrey only made one more ace on the way in it was enough for a one shot win over the trio of Lee, Joe and Byron.  Jeffrey finished at 80, the trio at 81, defending champion Jon Drexler of Memphis was at 82 and the low Chromax player was Brice Bergesen at 84.  Match play spots went to Jon Drexler and Don Parker.
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In the APA the players got off to a cool start, kind of like the weather as a 32 by Mickey DeLucca and Chris Conradi was the low first round score.  Chris Conradi took the second round lead at 63, one better than Trevor Lewin and two better than Mickey.  No player broke 30 in the first two rounds but that changed quickly in the final round.  Even though the leader Chris shot a fine final round of 30, Mickey came storming back with a 26 and a 91 total, beating Chris by two strokes.  Chris had to share second with Jack Ramsey who also shot a tournament low 26 his final round.  The both finished at 93.  Alan Sahmel finished at 96 for fourth place.  In the match play Charles Cox and Alan Sahmel won spots.

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28 Feb
1 Jeffrey Smith 25 27 28 80 $150.00 1
2 Lee Messinger 28 24 29 81 $60.00
2 Byron Kirby 28 26 27 81 $60.00
2 Joe Lea 27 29 25 81 $60.00
5 Jon Drexler 29 27 26 82 $20.00 1
6 Brice Bergesen 28 29 27 84 $10.00
7 Don Parker 27 32 26 85
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7 Wade Sahmel 30 27 28 85

9 Dwain Willett 31 27 28 86

10 Danny Tatum 28 30 29 87

11 Geoffrey Mosk 28 30 32 90

12 Tom Adair 30 33 34 97




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28 Feb
1 Mickey DeLucca 32 33 26 91 $26.00 1
2 Chris Conradi 32 31 30 93 $13.00
2 Jack Ramsey 37 30 26 93 $13.00
4 Alan Sahmel 36 30 30 96 $10.00
5 Trevor Lewin 33 31 34 98

6 Adam Sahmel 40 31 30 101
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7 Charles Cox 34 33 35 102
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2014 Tournament Stories
SWPT Players Do Great at Nationals in Lake Charles

          Jeffrey Smith Wins 2014 National PPA Championship
                  

            
Nationals Doubles Champs Brice Bergesen and Joe Lea                  APA Nationals Doubles Champs Charles Cox and Alan Sahmel

It was a great week for the SWPT players from Louisiana and Texas.  The week started on Sunday afternoon with the National Doubles Championship. One round of best ball, one round of alternate shots and one round of counting both players scores.  In the PPA division the team of Brice Bergesen and Joe Lea, both of Houston, got a little revenge for their 2010 playoff loss to Greg Ward and Kevin Lacey by edging them by one stroke, 91 to 92, by shooting 24 and 23 respectively in the third round.  In the APA division it took an 18-hole playoff but SWPT champ Charles Cox of Lake Charles and Alan Sahmel of Huffman Texas defeated Joey Greabeal and Randal Smith in an 18-hole playoff after both tied at 106.

Monday was a practice day and then on Tuesday was the Players Championship.  Tied for first place after 72 holes were Bill Kirby and Rainey Statum from Huffman Texas.  Rainey played great in the playoff but Bill prevailed for the win.  Other players from the SWPT with a high finish were Danny Tatum from Deridder Louisiana who tied for 3rd place and SWPT 2014 champ Lee Messinger of Dallas who tied for 8th.  In the APA SWPT Player of the Year Mike Huckaby from Dallas came in 3rd place, Mickey DeLucca of Baton Rouge Louisiana tied for 8th and Alan Sahmel came in at 10th place.

The National Seniors was held along with the National Champion on Wednesday and Thursday and was contested over the first 8 rounds of the Nationals.  Jeffrey Smith of Dallas, and the SWPT Player of the Year, won by edging Rick Baird by one stroke, 195 to 196.  Joel Baker of Arlington Texas and Rodney Phillips of Corpus Christi Texas tied for 7th place.  In the APA seniors Mike Huckaby finished 2nd, just barely losing out to Randal Smith, 209 to 210.  Charles Cox was 4th, Alan Sahmel was 9th and Terry Simpson of Lake Charles Louisiana was 10th.

The brightest moment for the SWPT players was the National Championship and Jeffrey Smith's win.  Twice Jeffrey has lost in an 18-hole playoff for the sports biggest prize.  On Friday, the final day with only two rounds to play, Jeffrey was paired with two of the toughest players to beat in PPA history, 2-time National Champ Andy Coradini, and Kevin Lacey, the most dominant current player.  Jeffrey more than rose to the occasion as he shot a career low round of 20 to increase his 2-shot lead to 7 with one round to play.  Jeffrey enjoyed the walk the final round and ended up shooting 291 and beating Kevin by 4 shots.  Charging the last 72 holes was Joe Lea who finished with rounds of 22-22 to cut three players for third place.  Other SWPT players in the top 20 were 2-time National Champ Cliff Matthews of Hurst Texas in 13th place, Geoffrey Mosk of Pearland Texas in a tie for 14th place, Jesse Hebert of Lake Charles in 17th place and Byron Kirby, also of Lake Charles in a tie for 18th place.  In the APA Mike Huckaby continued to have a great week as he finished 3rd, losing to winner Mike Johnson and Randal Smith.  Andrew Barbie, Al Simpson's grandson, of Lake Charles finished 6th.  Ty Newcomb, also of Lake Charles finished 8th and Charles Cox finished in what for him a disappointing 10th place.

All in all it was a great week for the SWPT.   
7 September 2014--Lake Charles--Tour Finals

The season that started more than six months earlier has reached its final day on Sunday, September 7th, and with the weather cooperating the course is playing good and everyone has hopes they will be the 2014 Southwest Putting Tour Champion.  The first 36-hole matches went off in the PPA at 9am and the APA, starting with the final 16, started at 10am.
       
      SWPT Champion Lee Messinger, Runner-up David McCollister                   Lee acing hole #14 to win his first championship

             Lee acing the beautiful tunnel hole #13
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Only one one-spotter out of the three was able to win a match, with Tony Newcomb beating Tom Adair.  But in the rematch Tom prevailed to move to the round of 16.  A mild surprise in the round of 32 happened when Hall of Fame player and Top 60 player Randy Reeves was beaten by David McCollister.  An indication of what to come later in the day happened in the round of 16 match between David and Danny Tatum when both shot 14 under their first 18 holes of the 36-hole match.  David prevailed by a 1-up margin.  Defending champion Joe Lea was upended by Byron Kirby, and Top 60 player Gary Love lost to Lee Messinger.  In the round of 8, Jeffrey Smith, the POY for 2014 and 8-time winner this season, after 18-holes wondered out loud how he could have aced 12 holes his first 18 and be 3 down.  He never could quite make up the deficit and lost to Brice Bergesen 2 and 1.  Word was coming in to the clubhouse that all the players were going seriously low in winning their matches.  This was shown in the semi final matches.  David McCollister was 2-up on Brice after 18 holes and Brice made 11 of the next 15 holes only to be eliminated as David made 13 of 15 to win 4 and 3.  In the other semi-final match that started on hole 14 both Geoffrey Mosk and Lee Messinger missed the hole, then Lee aced from number 15 thru number 8, 12 in a row.  Despite that run Lee only won 1-up.  More great putting continued in the final match between Lee and David.  David held a 1-up lead after 18 holes, but Lee starting on hole one proceeded to ace 12 of the next 14 holes, closing out David 5 and 4 to win his first SWPT championship.  It was great putting by both players but Lee just could not and would not miss.  A well deserved win and it went to the player who was playing the best on Sunday.



APA champion Charles Cox, Runner-Up Greg Simpson
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With only 16 competing for the tour championship, there were no first or second round matches, they all started with the round of 16.  The toughest loss in the first round went to Jason Sheffield, winner the day before, who lost in 37 holes to Andrew Barbie.  The biggest match in the round of 8 was the match between Greg Simpson and leading POY player Mike Huckaby, and Greg won easily by a 6 and 4 margin, leaving Mike to sit and see if Charles Cox could catch him for POY honors.  The semi-finals had Greg Simpson continuing to roll as he dispatched Jack Ramsey 4 and 3, but in the other half Charles Cox was warming up by whipping Chris Conradi 8 and 7.  The final match would be between two Lake Charles putters and Charles had his foot on the gas the whole match, shooting 13 under his first 18 holes and building up a sizable lead in route to a 6 and 5 victory.  This was Charles's first SWPT Championship also, and like Lee, highly deserved because he showed he was the best APA player on this date.  Mike Huckaby still won the POY as Charles came up 3 points short of catching Mike, 692.5 to 689.5. 
PPA Playoff 2014 SWPT- Lake Charles LA

7 September 2014
Round of 64: Pat Simpson d. Joe Shirey 39 holes

Jon Drexler d. Rudy Cuellar 2 and 1

Tony Newcomb d. Tom Adair 6 and 5



Round of 32: Danny Tatum d. Dwain Willett 2 and 1

David McCollister d. Randy Reeves 2 and 1

Tom Adair d. Tony Newcomb 2 and 1



Round of 16: David McCollister d.Danny Tatum 1 up

Byron Kirby d. Joe Lea 1 up

Jeffrey Smith d. Don Parker 5 and 4

Brice Bergesen d.Pat Simpson 1 up

Geoffrey Mosk d.Brexton Friend 5 and 4

Rainey Statum d. Rodney Phillips 6 and 5

Jon Drexler d.Tom Adair 1 up

Lee Messinger d.Gary Love 3 and 2



Round of 8: David McCollister d.Byron Kirby 5 and 4

Brice Bergesen d.Jeffrey Smith 2 and 1

Geoffrey Mosk d. Rainey Statum 1 up

Lee Messinger d.Jon Drexler 4 and 3



Semi-Finals: David McCollister d. Brice Bergesen 4 and 3

Lee Messinger d. Geoffrey Mosk 1 up



Finals: Lee Messinger d. David McCollister 5 and 4


APA playoffs 2014 SWPT- Lake Charles LA

7 September 2014



Round of 16: Mike Huckaby d. Steve Yancey 7 and 6

Greg Simpson d. Mickey DeLucca 4 and 3

Andrew Barbie d. Jason Sheffield 37 holes

Jack Ramsey d. Ken Stanfill 1 up

Bryan Gentry d. Brandi Simpson 10 and 9

Chris Conradi d. Gary Plain 7 and 6

Ty Newcomb d. Adam Sahmel 7 and 6

Charles Cox d. Lloyd Navarro 2 and 1



Round of 8: Greg Simpson d.Mike Huckaby 6 and 4

Jack Ramsey d.Andrew Barbie 2 and 1

Chris Conradi d.Bryan Gentry 2 and 1

Charles Cox d. Ty Newcomb 4 and 3



Semi-Finals: Greg Simpson d.Jack Ramsey 4 and 3

Charles Cox d. Chris Conradi 8 and 7



Finals: Charles Cox d. Greg Simpson 6 and 5


6 September 2014-- Lake Charles
                                                                              
                                    PPA winner Jeffrey Smith wins for 8th time                                          APA winner Jason Sheffield
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A field of 21 PPA pros gathered at the Lake Charles course where at the end of September begins the week of the National Championship.  So the players wanted to do good in the SWPT finals but to also get grooved in for the Nationals.  Saturday is always a very busy day with the 54-hole final qualifying tournament at 10am, the Team Championship being played in conjunction and at 230pm the pro-am.  Then at 7pm is the awards presentation for the 2014 season and the spot pick for the 36-hole matches for the tour championship on Sunday.  After 18-holes there was a 4-way tie for first at 25 between 2014 Player of the Year Jeffrey Smith, Lee Messinger, Brexton Friend, and Jon Drexler. Rodney Phillips and Byron Kirby were just one back at 26.  Jeffrey and Lee became the only players under 50 for two rounds when Jeffrey shot a 22 for a 47 and Lee a 24 for a 49.  Brexton was hanging close at 50 and there was a crowd at 53.  Lee picked up three shots on Jeffrey on the front nine and was leading going into the back nine, a lead he held until Jeffrey tied him on hole 14.  Even with four holes to play and when Jeffrey missed number 15 it was a golden opportunity for Lee.  His ace putt had good speed but got a hard left lipout and rolled to the edge of the hill on the right side, a nasty little putt.  Lee missed it, went down the hill on the other side and made a four, gift-wrapping the tournament for Jeffrey's eighth win of the year.  Jeffrey shot 74 and won by 3 over Lee and Rodney Philips who charged the last round with a third round 24.  There was a 5-man playoff for four spots in the tour finals on Sunday.  Jon Drexler, Rainey Statum, Byron Kirby and Randy Reeves survived and the odd man out was David McCollister.  Both Lee and David were disappointed with the way Saturday's tournament turned out for them, but they would get redemption a little more than 24 hours later!
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With 16 players in town for the APA finals all the players that did not have four spots were able to acquire them so there was no pressure on anyone to do anything but win the tournament.  Gary Plain was the first round leader at 26, closely followed by the POY leader all the season Mike Huckaby at 27 and three players at 28.  Jason Sheffield took the second round lead by adding a 27 to his first round 28 and a 55 total for 36 holes.  Mike Huckaby went in the wrong direction as he made a four on hole 13 and followed that with a five on 15 to take himself out of contention.  Greg Simpson was only one back at 56 and Ty Newcomb was only two back at 58.  Jason always plays well under pressure and he did so again by shooting the tournament low round of 25 his last round for an 80.  He needed all of the 25 as Greg also shot a 25 for an 81 to only lose by one.  Gary Plain had the third 25 of the day and that was good for third place at 83.  
TEAM COMPETITION
Getting tired of the Codgers team winning every year, several other teams tried to beef up their four man squads to take the title away.  It proved to be a fruitless endeavor.  The Codgers, led by PPA Player of the Year Jeffrey Smith and APA Player of the Year Mike Huckaby, this year added Hall of Fame player Randy Reeves and 4-time tour champion Rainey Statum to their squad.  the Codgers were actually in third place after one round and moved into second place after two rounds, only one stroke behind The Scags, a team of Lee Messinger, Jon Drexler, Joe Shirey and APA player Jason Sheffield.  The Scags seemed to be in good shape as Jason shot a final round 25, but Randy Reeves pulled it out for The Codgers with his final round of 23.  The Codgers won for something like the 15th time in 18 years and they won by three shots, 235 to 238 for The Scags.  Third place at 245 went to the Home Boys, the Lake Charles team of Pat Simpson, Byron Kirby, APA players Charles Cox and Greg Simpson.  Next year anyone but The Codgers!  Please!
                                   
                                            
                                                                             Pro-Am winners Rainey Stautm and Adam Sahmel
 
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The course did not play as easy as expected in the 54-hole tour finale in the morning, but that was made up with some great scoring in the Pro-Am in the afternoon.  Last years winning team of Wade Sahmel and his brother Adam Sahmel was broken up because Wade had to work, so Adam grabbed his Huffman Texas neighbor Rainey Statum and they shoot a 20 the first round, which was quite good but only good enough for a three way tie as the teams of Lee Messnger /Mike Huckaby and David McCollister /Mickey DeLucca also were at 20.  Joe Lea /Gary Plain was the only team at 21 and there were three teams at 22.  There was a four way tie after 36-holes at 44 and only one of the teams that shot 20 were a part of the 44, that being the Messinger /Huckaby team.  Also at 24 were Jon Drexler /Gary Plain, Joe Lea /Gary Plain and Rodney Phillips /Ken Stanfill.  The other two 20 shooting teams from the first round were just one shot back at 45.  A logjam after one round and after two rounds, what after three rounds?  A bigger logjam!!  Four teams at 68 after 54-holes.  After an 18-hole playoff the team of Statum /Sahmel shot a 22 and edged the Phillips /Stanfill team by one shot for the Pro-Am championship.  The other teams in the playoff were the Messinger /Huckaby team and the Drexler /Plain team.  Missing the playoff by just one shot were Lea /Plain and McCollister /DeLucca at 69.  Each year it is always noted in these comments that the winning score is a far cry from the record score of 61 shot in 2007 by Brice Bergesen /Jason Sheffield.  That might be a record to stand for awhile.

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6 Sept
1 Jeffrey Smith 25 22 27 74 $200.00
2 Lee Messinger 25 24 28 77 $107.50
2 Rodney Phillips 26 27 24 77 $107.50
4 Brexton Friend 25 25 30 80 $70.00
5 Geoffrey Mosk 27 26 28 81 $55.00 1
6 Danny Tatum 27 27 27 81 $55.00 1
7 Jon Drexler 25 28 29 82 $23.00 1
8 Rainey Statum 27 28 27 82 $23.00 1
9 Byron Kirby 26 27 29 82 $23.00 1
10 David McCollister 27 26 29 82 $23.00
11 Randy Reeves 30 29 23 82 $23.00 1
12 Joe Lea 27 29 27 83

13 Gary Love 29 24 32 85

14 Tony Newcomb 27 28 30 85

15 Tom Adair 31 28 27 86

16 Rudy Cuellar 31 28 28 87

17 Pat Simpson 34 26 28 88

18 Brice Bergesen 31 30 28 89

19 Don Parker 32 29 29 90

20 Joe Shirey 29 33 28 90

21 Dwain Willett 27 33 31 91


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6 Sept
1 Jason Sheffield 28 27 25 80 $26.00 1
2 Greg Simpson 28 28 25 81 $13.00
3 Gary Plain 26 32 25 83 $13.00
4 Charles Cox 32 26 27 85 $13.00
5 Ty Newcomb 29 28 30 87 $13.00 1
6 Chris Conradi 32 28 28 88 $13.00
7 Jack Ramsey 30 30 29 89 $7.00
8 Adam Sahmel 32 29 28 89 $7.00
9 Bryan Gentry 28 32 29 89 $7.00 1
10 Steven Yancey 29 33 30 92

11 Mike Huckaby 27 37 29 93

12 Lloyd Navarro 30 29 34 93
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13 Brandi Simpson 32 33 29 94
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14 Ken Stanfill 31 32 34 97

15 Mickey DeLucca 32 37 31 100


24 August 2014--Webster
             
            APA winner Charles Cox, PPA winner Jon Drexler                               New APA player from Hurst, Bill Shelar
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For the second straight day scoring was low in the first round with nine players within two stokes of each other.  Leading the way at 27 were 2014 Texas Open champ Geoffrey Mosk and Saturday's playoff loser Dwain Willett.  As he did on Saturday Jeffrey Smith blitzed the course in the second round, no 22 this time, but a 26.  But playing in his group,  Jon Drexler did Jeffrey one better with the tournament low round of 25 which put Jon at 53, one stroke ahead of Jeffrey and three up on Dwain.  Jon and Jeffrey battled back and fourth the final round and Jon upped his lead to two strokes with nine holes to play.  Jeffrey was only able to pick up one stroke on Jon on the back side and his 28 gave him a 81 and a one stroke win over Jeffrey's 82.  Jon lives in Memphis and commutes to Texas and Louisiana to play in the SWPT events and his play has been getting better all summer and battling Jeffrey and coming out on top shows everyone that Jon is peaking at the right time of the year, with the tour finals only two weeks away and the Nationals less than six weeks away, both to played in Lake Charles.  A distant third was the trio of Byron Kirby, Geoffrey Mosk and Rainey Statum.  Jon won the stroke play spot and the match play spots went to Dwain Willett (his second) and Rainey Statum (his third).
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Charles Cox easily won the Louisiana State Championship earlier this month and it was puzzling to see his poor play on Saturday.  He came out strong though on Sunday and shot a 27 his first round, good for a four shot lead over  Mickey DeLucca and Alan Sahmel.  A second round 31 put Charles at 58 and his lead had been cut to three by Ken Stanfill, who shot a second round 29 and was at 61.  Charles seemed to have the tournament won after he aced hole 10 to go four under for the final round.  But Charles played the last 8 holes in three over par due to a 5 on hole 13 and his final round of 35 put him at 93 and even though Jack Ramsey picked up 6 strokes the last 8 holes it was not enough as Jack came in with a 95.  Second place after two rounds, Ken Stanfill stumbled in also with a 35 and ended in a tie with Saturday winner Greg Simpson at 96.  Sundays spots went to Jack Ramsey (his fourth), Alan Sahmel (his fourth), Brandi Simpson (her second) and new APA player Bill Shelar (his first) who was a strong APA player at the Hurst course in the 1970's and early 80's.  

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24 Aug
1 Jon Drexler 28 25 28 81 $170.00 1
2 Jeffrey Smith 28 26 28 82 $110.00
3 Geoffrey Mosk 27 31 28 86 $60.00
3 Rainey Statum 29 28 29 86 $60.00 1
3 Byron Kirby 29 30 27 86 $60.00
6 Jesse Hebert 29 30 29 88 $30.00
7 Dwain Willett 27 29 33 89 $20.00 1
8 Joe Lea 28 34 29 91 $10.00
9 Lee Messinger 34 29 29 92

10 Don Parker 32 32 29 93

10 Rudy Cuellar 29 32 32 93

10 Tom Adair 30 32 31 93

13 Danny Tatum 30 32 32 94

14 Brice Bergesen 37 28 30 95

15 Brexton Friend 34 36 32 102

16 Joe Shirey 32 35 36 103


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24 Aug
1 Charles Cox 27 31 35 93 $26.00
2 Jack Ramsey 32 31 32 95 $13.00 1
3 Greg Simpson 35 30 31 96 $13.00
3 Ken Stanfill 32 29 35 96 $13.00
5 Mickey DeLucca 31 33 33 97 $13.00
6 Alan Sahmel 31 37 33 101
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7 Bill Shelar 33 35 35 103
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8 Chris Conradi 35 35 36 106

9 Adam Sahmel 34 37 39 110

10 Brandi Simpson 35 42 36 113
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23 August 2014--Webster

APA winner Greg Simpson winning his first SWPT event and Jeffrey Smith who has 69 wins

It was hot, hot and hot for the final SWPT events before the finals in Lake Charles on Sept 7th.  Many thanks to Alan Sahmel for bringing two large Igloo coolers to give the players plenty of cold water during the rounds.  As always, Jim and Carol Saxe were great hosts, Jim having blown off the course early on Saturday morning before the players arrived for practice.

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There were 16 PPA pros that teed off on Saturday at noon and after the first round Joe Lea and Jesse Hebert were tied with 26's.  Scoring was low as there were four others at 27 and three more at 28, nine players within two strokes of each other.  The logjam was blown away in the second round as tour leader in all categories and the recent Hall of Fame Classic champion, Jeffrey Smith, shot back to back nines of 11 for a 22 and a 49 total.  Jeffrey missed the third and sixth holes of each nine by the way.  That is the lowest score shot at Webster since the new carpet was installed back in April.  Dwain Willett had a 25 of his own and was the only player staying close to Jeffrey and he was at 52.  First round co-leader Joe Lea shot a 29 but found himself six shots back at 55.  Webster is a hard course to put three strong rounds back to back to back and Jeffrey had to ace holes 8 and 9 to shoot a 15 his last round which increased his lead to five as Dwain shot a 17 on the front.  Then Jeffrey played the first seven holes on the back in one-over and had to ace the final two holes to shoot a 32 and a 81.  Dwain shot a 12 on the back side and picked up five strokes on Jeffrey and also shot a 81.  In the ensuing 18-hole playoff, Dwain, who had zero bogey strokes during the tournament, was two over through 12 holes and although Jeffrey was not tearing up the course he easily won the playoff for his 7th win of the 2014 season and clinched the Player-of-the-Year award.  Dwain won the stroke play spot and the match play spots went to Tom Adair, his third and Rudy Cuellar, his first.
APA
Alan Sahmel started out very hot with a first nine score of 11, but cooled on the back side with an 18 but still shared the first round lead with Greg Simpson with 29's.  Mickey DeLucca was only one shot back at 30.  Greg shot a 11 on his front nine of the second round and ended the round with a APA tournament low 26 which gave him a 6-shot lead over Jason Sheffield who was at 61.  Greg played good if not great in his third round and his 32 gave him a 87 total, four better than Jason's 91 for Greg's first ever PPA or APA tournament win!!  When Greg announced that it was a big surprise to all of us since Greg always posts some low scores, but apparently the elusive winners circle had eluded him until today.  Tied for third behind Jason was Mickey DeLucca and Ken Stanfill at 94.  Several APA players earned spots for the finals:  Jason Sheffield, Jack Ramsey, Alan Sahmel, Adam Sahmel, Charles Cox and Brandi Simpson.

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23 Aug
1 Jeffrey Smith 27 22 32 81 $170.00
2 Dwain Willett 27 25 29 81 $110.00 1
3 Joe Lea 26 29 29 84 $80.00
4 Geoffrey Mosk 27 33 25 85 $60.00
5 Jon Drexler 28 29 29 86 $40.00
6 Rainey Statum 32 27 28 87 $30.00
7 Lee Messinger 29 27 32 88 $20.00
8 Don Parker 28 30 31 89 $5.00
8 Byron Kirby 27 29 33 89 $5.00
10 Brexton Friend 28 33 30 91

10 Jesse Hebert 26 36 29 91

12 Rudy Cuellar 33 31 30 94
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13 Joe Shirey 31 32 32 95

14 Brice Bergesen 32 32 32 96

15 Danny Tatum 32 35 30 97

16 Tom Adair 29 32 39 100
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23 Aug
1 Greg Simpson 29 26 32 87 $26.00 1
2 Jason Sheffield 32 29 30 91 $13.00 1
3 Ken Stanfill 32 33 29 94 $13.00
3 Mickey DeLucca 30 32 32 94 $13.00
5 Alan Sahmel 29 34 34 97 $13.00 1
6 Chris Conradi 32 35 32 99 $2.50
6 Jack Ramsey 33 33 33 99 $2.50
8 Charles Cox 34 34 33 101
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9 Adam Sahmel 34 32 35 101
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10 Brandi Simpson 40 34 37 111
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9, 10 August 2014--Lake Charles LA--Louisiana State Championship


Players came from as far away as Florida, North Carolina and Nevada to play in the Louisiana State Championship and to get some practice in for the 2014 National Championship, which will be played in early October.  The heat was close to suffocating, in the mid 90's with close to 100% humidity.  The occasional cloud cover helped quite a bit and there were plenty of shady areas around to course to stand while waiting to putt.  The LSC was played on course two, the one near the batting cages and it was announced that the SWPT Championship will be played on course one, by the parking lot.  Preparations are being made for the Nationals, the official scorecards for the Nationals were available if players wanted to use them.


PPA--Day one
         


       From Florida, Dan Anders, from Las Vegas, Jim Palisano                          Rodney Ashley riding the lion by hole 16
There were twenty-one PPA pros, including three from the almost half announced top 60 list, and four others who should make the list when the countdown is complete, so a lot of talent on the course.  Hall of Fame player and former National Champion Randy Reeves, from Alabama, took the first round lead with a 24, but when he followed that with a 30 Wade Sahmel became the 36-hole leader with a pair of 25's.  Hall of Fame winner a week earlier Jeffrey Smith was in second place after two rounds at 53 as the scoring was not as low as many were thinking it would be.  Wade had a 28 his third round but still led by two over former APA National Champion Danny Tatum, 78 to 80.  Byron Kirby joined Jeffrey and Randy at 81 for a third place tie.  The tournament tightened up after the fourth round as Brice Bergesen shot a 23 for a 111 total and minutes later Joe Lea matched the 23 to go with his third round 25 and he was at 106, a leading score matched by Rainey Statum who fired a 24 in his fourth round.  Wade Sahmel dropped to third place at 107, only one back and there were 12 of the 21 players within 6 strokes of the lead after 72 holes.  This was the most wide opened LSC in memory and everyone was ready to attack on Sunday.
APA--Day one
While the pros were in a real dogfight after 72 holes on Saturday the same cannot be said in the APA division.  The spotlight was on Charles Cox from the first round on.  Charles was the first round co-leader with course host Greg Simpson with 27's but when Charles shot a second round 26 he found himself with a 5-shot lead over Chris Conradi after 36-holes, 53 to 58.  A third round 28 gave Charles a 81 and stretched his lead to 7-strokes over Mike Huckaby, who has already almost clinched the 2014 SWPT APA Player-of-the-Year award and  the low stroke average award.  Mike had won four tournaments in a row and was looking to stay close to Charles.  That was not to be as Charles totally took charge of the tournament in the fourth round with the day's low APA score of 25 and a 106 total.  Second place was eleven strokes back at 117, a tie between Greg and Rodney Ashley, who came from the Carolinas and brought Memphis with him, his cute dog that is the unofficial mascot of the PPA.  With his big lead it looks like the only person who could beat Charles on Sunday would be Charles.


PPA--Day two                                     
 
                               Matt Bellner, right, presented PPA winner Joe Lea with a special "Matty 5" bottle of Jagermeister, Joe's favorite vice
                                                               
After round five there still were a dozen players who thought they could win with a couple of hot rounds.  Joe Lea and Wade Sahmel were the 90-hole leaders at 132, shooting a 26 and 25 respectively.  Jeffrey Smith was only two back and Lee Messinger got into contention and was three back along with Rainey Statum.  With this many good players someone is going to get real hot and it happened in the sixth round as Rainey shoots a tournament low 22 to grab a tie for first after 108 holes with a total of 157, two ahead of Lee.  Rainey and Joe are both from the Gulf Freeway Putt-Putt in Houston and have had some great battles over the last 30 years and this was shaping up to be another one.  Wade Sahmel, who had played brilliantly while recovering from major shoulder surgery, unexpectedly shot a 6th round 34 while experiencing discomfort in his repaired shoulder and dropped all the way down to a tie for 8th.  Wade came back the next round with a 24 to only be four out of the lead as Rainey and Joe were shooting a 29 and a 30.  Going into the last round Rainey was at 186, Joe at 187, Jeffrey and Lee at 188, and Wade and David McCollister were at 190, only four back.  It had come down to a 18-hole shootout!  Wade shoots a 25 for 215, but gets cut by Jeffrey who shoots a 26 for 214, and he gets cut by Rainey who shoots a 27 for a 213.  Joe Lea made the first 6 holes on the front and shot an 11 to grab a two shot lead over Rainey and Jeffrey.  Joe quickly put the tournament away by shooting another 11 on the back nine, missing the easiest two holes on the back, numbers 11 and 18.  His final round 22 gave Joe a 209 total and his second Louisiana State Championship.  Overall the scoring was exceptional in the PPA division at it took a 27.6 average for 8 rounds to cash in eleventh place.  The results showed the quality of the course as the three top finishers, Joe Lea, Rainey Statum, and Jeffrey Smith, are all players who should be on the top 60 list along with already announced Love, Anders and Bergesen.  The PPA spots went to Rainey Statum, Randy Reeves, David McCollister and Jon Drexler.
APA--Day two                                 
                                                                       APA Winner Charles Cox and runner-up Rodney Ashley
Charles Cox started the day with a 11-stroke lead, but if he though it was going to be easy to cruise in for victory he was wrong.  Greg Simpson comes charging out of the gate in round five and shoots the low APA tournament round of the weekend, a 24.  It must have been discouraging to Greg as he only picked up one stroke on Charles, who fired a 25 of his own.  A solid 29 in the sixth round returned his lead to 11 strokes over Greg and Rodney Ashley, both at 171.  At this point the only question was would Charles beat all the pros also.  Charles's seventh round 25 put him at 185, one stroke better than the winning PPA score.  His lead has grown to 13 strokes over Rodney who was in solo second with a 198.  Although Charles fired a fine 28 his final round he missed out beating all the PPA players because of Joe Lea's final round 22.  Still, Joe was the only PPA to beat Charles and his 213 total finished 14 strokes ahead of Rodney 227 and 16 strokes ahead of Greg's 229.  The APA spots went to Charles Cox, Greg Simpson, Jack Ramsey, Adam Sahmel and Steven Yancey, the fourth for Steven.  Any APA player playing at Webster on August 23rd and 24th will receive a spot.

   

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Aug 9-10
1 Charles Cox 27 26 28 25 25 29 25 28 213 $52.00 1
2 Rodney Ashley 29 32 28 28 27 27 27 29 227 $26.00
3 Greg Simpson 27 34 28 28 24 30 28 30 229 $26.00 1
4 Chris Conradi 28 30 30 30 28 30 27 32 235 $26.00
5 Jack Ramsey 34 27 30 27 28 32 30 28 236 $26.00 1
6 Mike Huckaby 32 27 28 32 27 34 30 28 238

7 Mickey DeLucca 36 30 32 31 30 26 33 31 249

8 Adam Sahmel 34 38 30 32 32 32 33 27 258
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9 Steven Yancey 30 39 38 32 38 25 33 27 262
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Aug 9-10
1 Joe Lea 28 30 25 23 26 25 30 22 209 $400.00
2 Rainey Statum 28 28 26 24 29 22 29 27 213 $240.00 1
3 Jeffrey Smith 26 27 28 27 26 26 28 26 214 $180.00
4 Wade Sahmel 25 25 28 29 25 34 24 25 215 $125.00
4 Lee Messinger 30 27 27 25 26 24 29 27 215 $125.00
6 Randy Reeves 24 30 27 28 27 26 29 26 217 $90.00 1
7 David McCollister 28 27 27 29 26 27 26 29 219 $60.00 1
8 Brice Bergesen 29 30 29 23 28 25 27 29 220 $33.33
8 Jon Drexler 30 29 26 28 27 29 26 25 220 $33.33 1
8 Byron Kirby 26 29 26 29 29 28 26 27 220 $33.34
11 Dan Anders 27 28 29 28 28 26 27 28 221 $10.00
12 Rudy Cuellar 27 29 29 32 28 27 26 27 225

13 Jim Palisano 29 28 31 27 29 25 28 29 226

14 Geoffrey Mosk 27 30 26 26 30 28 30 30 227

14 Don Parker 31 29 28 28 26 24 31 30 227

14 Gary Love 32 28 32 29 26 27 27 26 227

17 Danny Tatum 25 29 26 32 28 29 31 29 229

18 Tony Newcomb 28 30 29 30 28 26 30 29 230

19 Brexton Friend 31 30 33 32 25 33 28 24 236

20 Matt Bellner 29 34 31 34 33 29 39 37 266

21 Joe Shirey 39 35 34 33 30 31 32 33 267

27 July 2014--Abilene, Texas
                                                        
                                                                            Saturday's winner Steve Wood (left) and Sunday's winner Jeffrey Smith
PPA
The players were teeing off at 10am which would help in the 100 degree heat of Abilene in late July.  The question is would the scores heat up from Saturday, a day where most players were playing better as the day went along.  That question was answered early as Brice Bergesen shot a 10-under 26 the first round, good for a two shot lead over Jeffrey Smith at 28 and Pat Simpson at 29.  It should be noted that Pat cashed both days putting with the Matt Bellner "Chromax" ball, a green one on Saturday and a blue one on Sunday.  At this point it was looking like another fight it out to the end tournament, but while first round leader Brice was acing only one of the first 14 holes Jeffrey was shooting a 26 of his own and was the 36-hole leader at 54.  Lee Mesinger and Rodnay Phillips were each five back at 59 and Brice and Donnie Halpain were six back at 60.  Also to note was Donnie shot trip 31's on Saturday for 93 and trip 30's on Sunday for 90, very steady putting.  Jeff, as he had been know to do, knows how to hold onto a lead and expand that lead.  He did it in dramatic fashion the third round by missing only hole 14 on the back nine for a back nine 10 and a 25 for the round.  That gave Jeffrey a never even contemplated before score of 79 for the tournament.  This was the sixth win of the season for Jeffrey and only Rodney Phillips with two wins has more than a single win.  Pat Simpson got his third spot, Steve Wood his second and Brexton Friend got his fourth spot for the finals in Lake Charles. 

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27 July
1 Jeffrey Smith 28 26 25 79 $140.00
2 Lee Messinger 30 29 26 85 $100.00
2 Brice Bergesen 26 34 28 88 $60.00
4 Donnie Halpain 30 30 30 90 $30.00
5 Gary Reed 32 32 28 92 $15.00
5 Pat Simpson 29 34 29 92 $15.00 1
7 Rodney Phillips 31 28 34 93

8 Steve Wood 34 31 30 95
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8 Rick Shelton 34 29 32 95

10 Joel Woodall 33 30 33 96

11 Brexton Friend 34 31 37 102
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26 July 2014--Abilene, Texas
                                                
Three Texas putting greats from the past:  Rick Shelton, winner Steve Wood, and 1975 National Champion Steve McPherson                                            
PPA
For the first time that anyone can remember, there were no APA players at Abilene either day.  But we did have eleven of the top pros from yesterday and today, to battle it out.  Steve Wood, who used to own the Abilene course in the 1980's was on hand as was Rick Shelton, the much traveled Air Force serviceman, who was stationed in Texas and played during the 1980's and 1990's in Texas.  Also on hand were three Lubbock players, Gary Reed, Joel Woodall and Donnie Halpain.  Abilene is a little close to DF/W but a long drive for anyone else.  But it is a good course for tournaments and on Saturday after the first round only Rodney Phillips, now living in Corpus Christi but from Lubbock was the only player to shoot under 30 and his 29 gave him a one-shot lead over Lee Messinger and a two shot lead over four others.  In the second round Steve Wood shoots the low round of the day with a 27 and is at 58.  He has a two`shot lead over Lee at 60 and there were five players tied fir third at 62, well within striking distance of Steve, playing in his first tournament in over a decade.
The third round several players got close to the lead but it came down to a battle between Lee and Steve, playing in the same threesome.  It was looking like a 18-hole playoff until Steve played a perfect shot on the 54th hole, banking the ball near the top of the left hill and making the shot backdoor.  Steve shot 87 and Lee was at 88 and Gary shot a back nine 12 for third place at 90.  Steve won the stroke play spot and Pat Simpson won his second spot and Rodney Phillips got his fourth spot in match play.


                                                      
                                          Par 3 players:  Front is Rodney Phillips.  Back row:  Gary Reed, Pat Simpson and Brice Bergesen

Par 3 golf tournament
Last year after the Saturday tournament several of the players went to a nearby par 3 golf course for a tournament.  Pat Simpson suggested we make this a tradition and so after playing Putt-Putt in the 100 degree weather four of the players went to play 9 holes on the par three course, Willow Creek golf Course, with holes from 72 yards to 194 yards, most were around 120 yards.  The players were Gary Reed, Rodney Phillips, Brice Bergesen and the host Pat Simpson.  Pat had an off day but the other three were on their games.  Brice made a birdie 2 on the third hole, Gary chipped in for a birdie 2 on the fourth hole, and after Rodney chipped in for a birdie two on the fifth hole Brice made another putt to match the birdie.  After 5 holes three of the four players were under par!!  Brice then hit it close on number 6 and made another birdie 2 to go 3-under for the round.  When the three other players hit into the water on hole 7 and Brice's chip hit the pin but bounced away he had the lead he needed to coast in.  Finals scores were:  Brice, 25 (-2), Gary 29 (+2), Rodney 30(+3) and Pat 34 (+8).  It was a lot of fun and a tradition that will continue next year, only if Rainey Statum stays away!

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26 July
1 Steve Wood 31 27 29 87 $140.00 1
2 Lee Messinger 30 30 28 88 $100.00
2 Gary Reed 31 31 28 90 $60.00
4 Rodney Phillips 29 33 29 91 $30.00 1
5 Pat Simpson 32 30 30 92 $15.00 1
5 Brexton Friend 33 29 30 92 $15.00
7 Donnie Halpain 31 31 31 93

8 Jeffrey Smith 35 31 30 96

9 Brice Bergesen 31 34 33 98

9 Rick Shelton 36 32 30 98

11 Joel Woodall 36 32 33 101


13 July 2014--Arlington Parks, Texas
    
                 Mike Baldoza and Mike Huckaby, Sundays winners

   Former National Champion Steve McPherson (1976) stopped by to watch the tournament and catch up on old times with Mike Baldoza
PPA
Starting at ten in the morning it was not nearly so hot or so windy on Sunday, and Mike Baldoza took advantage of the conditions and was the first round leader with a 27, one ahead of Brice Bergesen.  In third place only two shots back were Donnie Halpain and Gary Love.  Only three players were under sixty for two rounds, Mike still lead at 55 after adding a 28 to his 27.  His lead was now three shots as Brice remained in second place at 58 and Saturday's winner Jeffrey Smith was one back of Brice at 29.  After nine holes the last round Mike still lead Jeffrey by 3 and Brice by 4.  Jeffrey then aced 11,12 and 13 to cut into the lead but found himself still 3 back going into the tricky 16th hole.  After Mike made a three Jeffrey hit a perfect ace and cut the lead to one shot.  Meanwhile Brice was making 5 of the first 7 holes on the back and when Brice aced number 17 he and Mike were tied and Jeff one shot back.  Mike got redemption for the hole he made a 4 on to finish Saturday's tournament by making a perfect ace and when Brice's putt slid by the right edge of the cup Mike had his first win in several years.  Mike won the stroke play spot and Don Parker and Pat Simpson won the match play spots.
APA
Going for his fourth straight win and 7th of the season, Mike Huckaby again started off as hot as the day was, shooting a first round 27 and a 4-shot lead over Trevor Lewin, which Mike increased to five strokes after two rounds with a total of 56 for 36-holes.  When Trevor failed to mount a third round charge Mike shot a solid 29 good for a 85 and a ten shot win over Trevor.  Trevor won his fourth spot and Steven Yancey won his third.  The next two weekends, at Abilene and at the Louisiana State Championship, any amateur finishing the tournament will receive a spot for the finals in September.  

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13 July
1 Mike Baldoza 27 28 30 85 $130.00 1
2 Brice Bergesen 28 30 28 86 $85.00
3 Jeffrey Smith 30 29 28 87 $50.00
4 Pat Simpson 32 30 28 90 $30.00 1
5 Donnie Halpain 29 31 32 92 $20.00
6 Lee Messinger 32 30 31 93

6 Don Parker 32 31 30 93
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6 Matt Bellner 30 34 29 93

9 Gary Love 29 31 34 94

10 Rudy Cuellar 30 36 35 101


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13 July
1 Mike Huckaby 27 29 29 85 $26.00
2 Trevor Lewin 31 30 34 95 $10.00 1
3 Chris Conradi 37 30 36 103

4 Steven Yancey 36 33 36 105
1

12 July 2014--Arlington Parks, Texas
         
   Jeffrey Smith easily wins his 5th tournament of 2014                    Mike Huckaby has won six times on the APA side
                                                             
                                                            Gary Love, voted #56 on the top 60, and Mike Baldoza, soon to be voted in the top 10
PPA
Fortunately the beautiful Arlington Parks course has plenty of shade as the temperatures were near 100 degrees both days.  Gary Love, number 56 in the top 60 PPA players countdown, won in early May with a 80 but since then new slow carpet has been laid on all 18 holes.  Jeffrey Smith did not seem to notice as he blasted his way to a 5-shot lead by shooting a 12-under 24 in the first round.  Tied for second were Donnie Halpain, Brice Bergesen and Lee Messinger.  Jeff slowed down a little in the second round, only shooting a 31 but still held a 3-shot lead over Mike Baldoza, playing for the first time in a couple of years.  Mike has been slowed down with some medical issues but has been cleared to continue his PPA play.  Jeff took care of any potential charge by Mike by shooting a final round 27 for a 82 total.  Lee Messinger slipped into second place by one stroke over Mike with a 88 when Mike had his only bogey strokes of the day on his last hole, and that was a four.  Mike Baldoza won the stroke play spot and Gary Love won his fourth spot and Don Parker won his third.
APA
The APA tournament was over quicker than the PPA tournament as Mike Huckaby, going for his third win in a row, shot a first round 26, good for a 7-shot lead over Chris Conradi.  Mike cruised in from there, shooting a 90 for his third win in a row and sixth of the season.  Rusty Moore closed fast with a 27 for second place with a 96, but was still six shots away from Mike.  The only spot given out in the APA went to Steven Yancey, his second.

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12 July
1 Jeffrey Smith 24 31 27 82 $130.00
2 Lee Messinger 29 31 28 88 $85.00
3 Mike Baldoza 30 28 31 89 $50.00 1
4 Donnie Halpain 29 33 28 90 $30.00
5 Brice Bergesen 29 31 31 91 $20.00
6 Don Parker 31 33 28 92
1
7 Gary Love 34 31 31 96
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8 Pat Simpson 32 35 31 98

9 Rudy Cuellar 39 31 29 99

10 Matt Bellner 36 34 30 100


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12 July
1 Mike Huckaby 26 31 33 90 $26.00
2 Rusty Moore 36 33 27 96 $10.00
3 Chris Conradi 33 32 35 100

4 Steven Yancey 35 36 33 104
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TEXAS OPEN
28, 29 June 2014--Longview Texas
     
   
  Geoffrey Mosk (right) edged Brice Bergesen in the PPA                     Mike Huckaby (right) held off Bryan Gentry in the APA
Day one-Saturday
With warm but not too hot weather forecast for the weekend and only a small chance of rain, the 29 PPA and APA players were eagerly awaiting the start of the 2014 Texas Open.  Most players arrived on Friday to get in as much practice as they could on the difficult but fair Longview course.  The course is a little unusual in that there are only four holes that a bank shot is normally played, but push or pull your straight putt or have the wrong speed and you could be looking at a 3 or 4 or worse.  As it turned out no player in either the PPA or APA made it around all 8 rounds without at least one round of 33 or worse.
PPA-day one
Lee Messinger got everyone's attention by starting off 27-27 for 54 for two rounds and a two shot lead over defending champion Geoffrey Mosk who was at 56.  Tom Adair of nearby Tyler was third after two rounds at 58.  In the third round both Lee and Geoffrey shot 33's to let most everyone back into contention, with Lee at 87 and Geoffrey and Joe Lea at 89  Jim Palisano of Las Vegas shot a third round 26 to be at 90, only three back of Lee.  Lee came back in the fourth round with a solid 29 for a 116 total, but a lot of players were close by ready to make a move.  Tied for second were Geoffrey and Joe and Brexton Friend, all at 118.  After shooting a third round 35, Jeffrey Smith shot the low round of the day the fourth round with a 10-13=23 and was right back in the picture at 120, along with Jim.  There were six more players between 121 and 125, so 12 of the 19 players felt good about their chances on the way to Pizza King after Saturday's play.
APA-day one
Runaway leader for player-of-the-year Mike Huckaby started off with a 29 and a one shot lead over Chris Conradi, who won the SWPT event at Longview in May.  Chris took the lead after two rounds at 62, with Mike only one stroke back at 63 and no one else closer than 66.  The lead seesawed back to Mike by one stroke after three rounds 93 to 94 with the only other players to break 100 being Bryan Gentry of Memphis and Greg Simpson, both four strokes back at 97.  In the fourth round Bryan made a move with Saturday's low round, a 28 and a 125 total which left him only one back of Mike's 124 total.  Greg Simpson was third at 130, 6 strokes back and it was looking like a two man battle shaping up on Sunday.

   
            Matt Bellner being interviewed by Channel 7                                     Matt gave away some Chromax Titanium balls to his fans


             
Players and wives had a great time Sat night at Pizza King, including PPA #56 all time player Gary Love (orange shirt-lower right)

Day two-Sunday

After playing hard on Saturday about 20 players and wives made the journey across town to  Pizza King, a tradition for tournament players for well over 20 years.  Everyone enjoyed great conversation and pizza and a good time was had by all.  No one stayed too late what with the 10am start time on Sunday.
PPA-day two
Another warm day but one with a little more wind, not exactly what the players were hoping for on the quick greens with obstacles awaiting the littlest missed shot.  Lee Messinger, who lead all four rounds on Saturday, built his lead to four strokes over Brexton Friend with another 27 and a 143 total.  Brice Bergesen made a move with a 27 of his own to move into third place at 148.  In the sixth round Lee increased his lead to six shots after nine holes but a 19 on the back nine cut his lead to but a single stroke over Brice who had a 29 in the difficult conditions and was at 177 to Lee's 176.  Only three back now were Brexton and defending champ Geoffrey, both at 179.  The seventh round ended Lee's string of rounds leading. Lee had a disastrous round of 16-22 = 38 while Brice was shooting a 26 and Geoffrey a 27.  When the smoke had cleared Brice had a three shot lead over Geoffry 203 to 206, with Brexton a distant third nine shots back at 212.  Brice had shot five straight rounds in the 20's and looked poised to win his third Texas Open.  Brice was hitting good putts his last round but at Longview putts need to be perfect and while Brice was close on a lot of putts he only shot a final round 32.  As Geoffrey stood on the 12th tee he was still two shots down as Brice had finished already.  Geoffrey lags the hill and makes a bogey, but showing the same determination and poise under pressure that won him both the Texas and Louisiana titles last season, Geoffrey aced numbers 13 thru 17 and shot a final round 27 for a 233 total and a 2-shot win and became only the second player, along with Rainey Statum to repeat as a Texas Open champ.  Stroke play spots went to Geoffrey, Brice, Brexton and Joe Lea, all former Gulf Freeway players it might be noted.
APA-day two
Bryan Gentry is from Memphis and the only other SWPT events he has played in was in Lake Charles, where he played Mike Huckaby to a draw with each winning one of the tournaments.  Mike started the day with a one shot lead and lengthened it to three shots over Bryan after the fifth round, with no other player within 11 strokes of Mike.  The Texas Open was already down to a two man battle.  Mike shot his tournament low round in the sixth round, a 28, but could not shake Bryan completely as Bryan posted a 29 of his own, but he did increase his lead to four big strokes.  In the seventh round both players shot 31's for Mike to keep the four shot lead, 213 to 217.  Incredibly enough, third place was a whopping 16 strokes back, Charles Cox at 229.  Mike showed the steady resolve that has him leading every category in the APA this season, and his steady 33 was enough to insure a 3-shot win over Bryan for Mike's fifth win of the season with a 246 total.  Charles ended up in third place at 260, 14 back.  All players without four spots for the finals received a spot.

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Open
1 Geoffrey Mosk 29 27 33 29 31 30 27 27 233 $400.00 1
2 Brice Bergesen 33 32 28 28 27 29 26 32 235 $250.00 1
2 Lee Messinger 27 27 33 29 27 33 38 29 243 $175.00
4 Brexton Friend 33 29 28 28 29 32 33 32 244 $120.00 1
5 Jeffrey Smith 32 30 35 23 30 31 35 29 245 $100.00
6 Joe Lea 30 30 29 29 31 33 35 30 247 $70.00 1
7 Tom Adair 30 28 34 32 31 34 30 32 251 $50.00
8 Pat Simpson 31 30 30 31 33 31 35 31 252 $35.00
8 Danny Tatum 31 37 29 27 28 36 34 30 252 $35.00
10 David McCollister 29 33 30 30 32 34 34 31 253 $20.00
11 Joe Shirey 31 31 32 31 33 35 32 30 255

12 Gary Love 31 30 40 29 32 34 29 33 258

12 Rudy Cuellar 31 30 33 34 32 32 35 31 258

14 Byron Kirby 34 36 33 33 33 32 29 29 259

14 Jim Palisano 31 33 26 30 34 32 39 34 259

16 Jesse Hebert 36 32 37 32 28 34 29 33 261

17 Don Parker 34 28 36 37 32 36 29 31 263

18 Jon Drexler 29 34 32 32 37 31 39 33 267

19 Matt Bellner 35 33 31 30 32 39 38 38 276


SWPT-- 2014








Texas

APA








Open
1 Mike Huckaby 29 34 30 31 30 28 31 33 246 $52.00
2 Bryan Gentry 34 32 31 28 32 29 31 32 249 $26.00 1
3 Charles Cox 33 34 36 30 33 33 30 31 260 $26.00 1
4 Greg Simpson 35 31 31 33 39 29 35 31 264 $26.00 1
5 Ken Stanfill 35 33 35 30 32 35 38 31 269 $26.00
6 Jack Ramsey 34 32 41 31 33 34 33 32 270 $10.00 1
7 Trevor Lewin 37 34 35 37 33 31 37 30 274
1
8 Andrew Barbie 40 36 33 34 39 32 29 34 277
1
9 Gary Plain 34 35 37 33 32 35 38 34 278
1
10 Chris Conradi 30 32 32 38 37 37 42 39 287


8 June 2014--Waco Texas
      
PPA winner Don Parker    APA winner Mike Huckaby              Ken Stanfill removing water            Lee Messinger and Mike Huckaby working
PPA
The weather forecast on Saturday morning for Waco on Sunday was for a warm and sunny day.  That was not to be and as most players were about to finish the first round a heavy rain came that flooded the course.  After about an hour of light and heavy rain the players went out and worked to make the course playable.  Fortunately the course dried out quickly by itself and we were able to resume the tournament with only about a hour and a half rain delay.  The PPA did get the entire first round in before the rain and Brexton Friend was the leader at 29, having a two shot lead over Don Parker, Gary Love, Lee Messinger and Jeffrey Smith.  Rodney Phillips, who dominated on Saturday, made his first bogey of the weekend on hole 9, then also make bogeys on hole 10 and 12 and never became a factor after that.  The player who adapted to the soaked carpets the best in the second round was Don, who shot a 28 to catch Brexton at 59.  Hanging close at 61 was Gary and Donnie Halpain.  The course was still very wet in the last round which suited Don just fine.  His strategy was to hit the ball harder!! and it worked as he finished the tournament with a 27 final round, despite a bogey on hole two.  Gary was close going into the back nine but made three costly bogeys to shoot a 92 for third place.  Brexton, for the second straight day, finished second with his 91.   In the match play Brexton won his second spot for the tour finals with a 2 and 1 victory over Rudy Cuellar, and Rodney Phillips won his third spot with a dramatic rock off the back hill ace on hole 9 for a 1-up win.
APA
Unlike yesterday when all the APA players had a chance going into the last round, Mike Huckaby made a bold move the first round with a weekend APA low 28 and a 6-shot lead over Adam Sahmel and Chris Conradi, both at 34.  Mike stretched his lead to 7 shots after two rounds even though he had a second round 35 and he coasted to his fourth win of the season with a final round 32 and a 9-shot win over Chris Conradi.  The spots went to Adam and Saturday's winner Ken Stanfill, who despite becoming ill during the second round, rallied to finish on his home course.  The SWPT thanks Ken for all the work he does at Waco to set up the weekend for the players, and for providing cold water for us.

SWPT—2014



Waco

PPA



8 June
1 Don Parker 31 28 27 86 $150.00 1
2 Brexton Friend 29 30 32 91 $100.00 1
3 Gary Love 31 30 31 92 $60.00
4 Jeffrey Smith 31 32 30 93 $25.00
4 Lee Messinger 31 31 31 93 $25.00
6 Donnie Halpain 32 30 33 95 $10.00
7 Rodney Phillips 34 31 31 96
1
8 Rudy Cuellar 35 31 32 98

9 Brice Bergesen 32 35 32 99

9 Dwain Willett 35 30 34 99

11 Pat Simpson 33 34 33 100

12 James Taylor 35 34 34 103


SWPT-- 2014



Waco

APA



8 June
1 Mike Huckaby 28 35 32 95 $26.00
2 Chris Conradi 34 38 32 104 $10.00
3 Adam Sahmel 34 36 36 106
1
4 Ken Stanfill 37 34 37 108
1

7 June 2014--Waco Texas

APA winner Ken Stanfill       PPA winner Rodney Phillips
PPA
Waco had been rescheduled for early June this year from its usual date in late July with the 100+ degree temps and it proved to be a good decision as Saturday was warm, around 90, but with a good breeze to make it comfortable.  There were 12 players in the PPA division and the first round leader was Rodney Phillips with a 29, good for a 2-shot lead over Brice Bergesen. That was as close as anyone would get to Rodney as he shot a 26 the second round (making 10-15 each time) for a 55 and a 6-shot lead over Donnie Halpain who shot a second round 27 and was at 61.  In the third round Rodney shot the low round again, this time a 28, good for a 83 and a whopping 10-shot win, his second win of the SWPT season.  Brexton Friend was steady with 33-30-30 for a 93 and Gary Love was third at 95.  The course was playing slow and difficult and Rodney's steady and sure putting was probably the outstanding performance of the season thus far.  In match play Brexton easily handled Brice 3 and 2 for one spot, his first, and Gary Love won his third spot with a 2 and 1 win over Don Parker.
APA
Even though there were only five players in the APA field, it was one of the closest tournaments of the season with all five players still having a chance to win after 36-holes.  The first round lead went to Adam Sahmel with a 34, one ahead of Mike Huckaby.  I said the course was playing tough.  After two rounds Ken Stanfill was leading at 70, with Adam and Gary Plain one back at 71, Mike two back at even 72 and Chris Conradi at 73 but only three back.  Home course host Ken Stanfill took all the suspense out of the final round with a tournament low 30 the last round for a total of 100, two ahead of fast charging Mike who finished second at 103 and Adam was third at 104.  In the match play Adam Sahmel beat bye for one spot and Chris Conradi beat Gary Plain 2 and 1 for the other spot.  Paul Putter won the open division shooting a 100 one handed, but injured himself doing so and was not able to play on Sunday.  

SWPT—2014



Waco

PPA



7 June
1 Rodney Phillips 29 26 28 83 $150.00 1
2 Brexton Friend 33 30 30 93 $100.00 1
3 Gary Love 32 33 30 95 $60.00 1
4 Jeffrey Smith 35 29 32 96 $25.00
4 Donnie Halpain 34 27 35 96 $25.00
6 Brice Bergesen 31 33 33 97 $5.00
6 Don Parker 35 30 32 97 $5.00
8 Dwain Willett 32 30 36 98

8 James Taylor 33 29 36 98

10 Lee Messinger 36 31 32 99

10 Tom Adair 34 34 31 99

12 Rudy Cuellar 32 37 34 103


SWPT-- 2014



Waco

APA



7 June
1 Ken Stanfill 36 34 30 100 $26.00 1
2 Mike Huckaby 38 34 31 103 $13.00
3 Adam Sahmel 34 37 33 104
1
4 Gary Plain 36 35 38 109

4 Chris Conradi 38 35 36 109
1

18 May 2014--Longview Texas
        
PPA playoff winner Jeffrey Smith (center) with Danny Tatum (left)                                      APA winner Gary Plain
               and bad loser Brice Bergesen (right)

PPA
Another almost perfect weather day for the players at Longview.  The course was playing fast and a little tricky today, which resulted in higher than anticipated scores.  Scores also were a little more widespread as was expected because of the many obstacles the putters must avoid.   The first round was led by Danny Tatum with a 27, giving him a one shot lead over the Houston boysBrice Bergesen and Joe Lea with 28.  The Dallas boys Jeffrey Smith and Lee Messinger were only two back at 29.  Joe Shirey had the round of the day in the second round with a 25 which included a three on hole 13 when Joe hit a block.  That vaulted Joe from only being ahead of 5 of the 16 after the first round  to first after two rounds with a 57 total.  Geoffrey Mosk and Lee Messinger were just two back at 59 and Joe Lea was lurking at 60.  The surprise of the tournament was that after the third round there was a three way tie for first and none of the four leaders after two rounds were in the playoff.  Danny shot another 27 to go with his first round 27 and second round 35 for a 89 total, while Brice  and Jeffrey both shot 28's also for a 89.  None of the four leaders could do better than 32 the final round.  In the 18-hole playoff Jeffrey built up to a 4-shot lead and coasted to the win, shooting 29 to Brice's 31 and Danny's 32.  Brice won the medal spot because Jeffrey has spotted out.  In match play the most exciting match was the second round Jon Drexler-Joe Lea match where Joe won the last three holes to force sudden death and Jon aced the very hard number 8 to advance to the finals where he lost to Lee Messinger 3-2.  It was Lee's fourth and final spot.  In the other bracket Danny Tatum, after losing in the 3-man playoff, made it to the final match only to lost to Gary Love 1-up.  it was Gary's second spot.
APA
The tricky conditions were not just for the PPA players, the APA players had trouble going low also.  Defending champion Chris Conradi took the first round lead with a 30, two ahead of Adam Sahmel and Charles Cox.  An even par 36 second round put Chris two shots back of Tyler ace Gary Plain who shot a 31 for a 64 total.  Mike Huckaby put himself in the picture after a bad first round with a 31 for a 68 and third place.  Gary shot a solid final round 32 for a 96 total which cut Mike by two shots as he had a 30 for 98.  The only other players to break 100 were Charles Cox and Chris at 99.  In match play Chris Conradi beat Jack Ramsey in the first hole of sudden death for his third spot and Trevor Lewin beat Charles Cox 2-1 for his second spot.

SWPT—2014



Longview

PPA



18 May
1 Jeffrey Smith 29 32 28 89 $170.00
2 Brice Bergesen 28 33 28 89 $87.50 1
2 Danny Tatum 27 35 27 89 $87.50
4 Lee Messinger 29 30 32 91 $50.00 1
5 Joe Lea 28 32 32 92 $40.00
6 Tom Adair 33 31 29 93 $25.00
6 Joe Shirey 32 25 36 93 $25.00
8 Geoffrey Mosk 33 26 35 94 $10.00
9 Jon Drexler 34 31 30 95

9 David McCollister 35 32 28 95

11 Don Parker 32 30 34 96

12 Jesse Hebert 31 34 32 97

12 Brexton Friend 32 31 34 97

12 Pat Simpson 33 32 32 97

15 Dwain Willett 35 32 36 103

16 Gary Love 32 36 37 105
1

SWPT-- 2014



Longview

APA



18 May
1 Gary Plain 33 31 32 96 $26.00
2 Mike Huckaby 37 31 30 98 $13.00
3 Chris Conradi 30 36 33 99 $13.00
3 Charles Cox 32 37 30 99 $13.00
5 Adam Sahmel 32 37 32 101 $13.00
6 Trevor Lewin 37 34 33 104
7 Mickey DeLucca 38 34 33 105
8 Alan Sahmel 35 37 36 108
9 Jack Ramsey 45 33 39 117

17 May 2014--Tyler Texas
                          
    PPA winner Tom Adair                                                                 APA winner Alan Sahmel with his son, APA player Adam         
PPA
Almost perfect weather greeted the SWPT with the May visit to Tyler and Longview on May 17th and 18th.  Tyler is a course where the scores are usually bunched so every stroke is important.  Playing in his first tournament as a member of the PPA, Mr 19, Jesse Hebert tied the first round lead with a 11 on the back nine which included chipping the ball with the back of his putter on the "V" hole number 13 from the teemat over the rail and one bank and into the cup for an ace! He was tied with Joe Lea at 26 and four players were at 28.  After Joe shot a 28 his second round he was the sole leader at 54, one ahead of Geoffrey Mosk and home course pro Tom Adair, with Jesse dropping back to four place at 57.  Tom shot a solid 28 his third round for a 83 and waited to see if he would be caught.  Mosk missed the last four holes for a 84 and Joe Lea deuced in from hole 12 for a 85.  Brice Bergesen was fourth at 86.  Match play was hotly contested and in the top bracket it took 20 holes for Geoffrey Mosk to defeat Gary Reed of Lubbock for his second spot.  In the other bracket Brice Bergesen putted first on only one hole during the 18-hole match and was one down to Lee Messinger and needed to ace hole four (their last hole)to tie, he did and they went to sudden death and it took until the 25th hole for Brice to secure his second spot for the finals.
APA
It was a tight race in the APA at Tyler also as there were 8 of the 9 players within four shots of the lead after the first round.  Leading the way were Jack Ramsey and Alan Sahmel at 30 with Mickey DeLucca at 31.  A second 30 gave Jack the lead after two rounds at 60 with Alan and Mickey only one stroke back at 61 and newcomer Mason Spradlin at 63.  In the third round Jack slid to a 34 and a 94 while Alan Sahmel took charge with a 29 for a total of 90 and the win.  Also tied with Jack at 94 were Mickey and Mason and Trevor Lewin was one more back at 95.  In keeping with the PPA in sudden death playoffs for a spot Mickey DeLucca defeated Trevor Lewin on the 19th hole for his fourth and final spot.  The only finals match on Saturday not decided by sudden death was Charles Cox 2-1 win over Gary Plain for his first spot.

SWPT—2014



Tyler

PPA



17 May
1 Tom Adair 28 27 28 83 $170.00 1
2 Geoffrey Mosk 28 27 29 84 $100.00 1
3 Joe Lea 26 28 31 85 $75.00
4 Brice Bergesen 29 28 29 86 $50.00 1
5 Jeffrey Smith 31 30 27 88 $35.00
5 Gary Reed 28 32 28 88 $35.00
7 Don Parker 31 28 30 89 $15.00
7 Joe Shirey 28 30 31 89 $15.00
9 Lee Messinger 31 29 30 90

9 Jesse Hebert 26 31 33 90

11 Jon Drexler 31 28 32 91

11 Gary Love 33 28 30 91

13 Brexton Friend 31 28 34 93

14 Danny Tatum 33 30 30 93

15 Dwain Willett 33 32 31 96

16 Pat Simpson 34 33 32 99


SWPT-- 2014



Tyler

APA



17 May
1 Alan Sahmel 30 31 29 90 $26.00 1
2 Jack Ramsey 30 30 34 94 $13.00
2 Mickey DeLucca 31 30 33 94 $13.00 1
2 Mason Spradlin 32 31 31 94 $13.00
5 Trevor Lewin 34 30 31 95 $13.00
6 Chris Conradi 32 32 32 96 $5.00
7 Mike Huckaby 34 32 31 97

7 Charles Cox 35 33 29 97
1
9 Gary Plain 33 31 34 98

10 Adam Sahmel 32 33 35 100


4 May 2014--Hurst Texas
         
        Weekend sweeper in the APA Mike Huckaby                                                     PPA winner Jeffrey Smith
PPA
A great opportunity to secure a spot for the SWPT finals awaited the players as only 8 PPA players and  3 APA made the trip to Hurst just northeast of Ft Worth.  Brice Bergesen was the first round leader with a 26 and was one shot ahead of Jon Drexler and Brexton Friend, both were at 27 with Jeffrey Smith only two back at 28.  In the second round Jeffrey shot a 27 and was in first place at 55 by two strokes over Brice with Brexton and Don Parker just one more stroke back at 58.  In the third round defending champ Lee Messinger made a mild move with a 27 for a first group posting of 86, but the final group of Jeffrey and Don were burning up the front nine, a 12 for Don and a 13 for Jeffrey.  They both went dry on the back nine and it came down to hole 18 for Don to have a chance to catch Jeffrey with a ace.  He barely missed and with a one shot lead Jeffrey calmly stroked the exclamation point in with a perfect ace and a two shot victory, his 84 giving Jeffrey his third win of the young season.  The other two spots went to Don Parker and Lee Messinger. 
APA
Defending champ Mike Huckaby started off like he was still at Arlington Parks where he set the record for a margin of victory on Saturday as he shot a first round 26 to lead by six over Steven Yancey.  But then his momentum stopped as Mike struggled in the second round and shot a 37.  He still lead 63 to 64 over Chris Conradi and Steven was at 66, but they now had hope.  The finish to the third round was one of those strange things that only happen every once in a while.  The third round started off normal with Chris shooting a front nine 13 to take the lead by one over Mike.  Mike tied it up going into the 13th hole, then Chris made three straight aces to Mike's three deuces to take a 3-shot lead into hole 16.  Chris hit a bad ace putt, a too firm deuce putt but made a difficult putt for his three from the corner.  Mike made two, lead cut to two.  Mike stepped up to the tee on hole 17 and drained his putt dead center, Chris missed, lead down to one with hole 18 to play.  Hole 18 is a short hole with a diagonal hill with about a 10" rise and the cup in the front left corner on top of the hill.  Mike, needing an ace to tie hit his putt a hair too easy and did not make it up the hill.  When his deuce putt slid off to the left of the cup he had to settle for a bogey.  Chris needed a three or better to win.  He also hit his putt too easy and did not get up the hill.  He hit his second putt also to the left of the cup to the back rail and his putt for the win caught the right lip and went back down the hill leaving him a difficult putt to tie Mike.  When that putt failed to fall Chris had a five on the final hole, played the last three holes +4, and Mike got a back-to-back weekend sweep of the D/FW tournaments.  Chris and Steven did earn spots for the finals however.   

SWPT—2014



Hurst

PPA



4 May
1 Jeffrey Smith 28 27 29 84 $120.00 1
2 Lee Messinger 29 30 27 86 $55.00 1
2 Don Parker 31 27 28 86 $55.00 1
4 Brice Bergesen 26 31 30 87 $5.00
4 Jon Drexler 27 32 28 87 $5.00
6 Brexton Friend 27 31 31 89

7 Tom Adair 31 30 33 94

8 Matt Bellner 31 33 37 101


SWPT-- 2014



Hurst

APA



4 May
1 Mike Huckaby 26 37 32 95 $26.00
2 Chris Conradi 34 30 32 96
1
3 Steven Yancey 32 34 35 101
1

3 May 2014--Arlington Texas

PPA winner by 9, Gary Love     APA winner by 16, Mike Huckaby
PPA
Gary Love had never played Arlington Parks and got to the course about noon on Friday and with no one to show him the shots he spent the afternoon figuring out his shots.  Gary got off to a great start by shooting a 26 the first round that gave him a 3-shot lead over defending champ Lee Messinger and Don Parker.  When Gary added a 27 in the second round and both Lee and Don shot 31's, Gary found him self the only player under 60 for two rounds, he was at 53.  Gary Love knows how to close a tournament out as he showed in his last start last year at the tour finals when he shot 24 his last round to win by four.  Gary shot a 12 on the front nine and cruised to a final round 27 and a 80 which won by nine shots over Lee Messinger. This is believed to be the largest winning margin in a SWPT tournament that had 10 or more players.  In match play James Taylor beat Brice Bergesen 2 and 1 for his first spot and in the other bracket Tom Adair beat Matt Bellner 4 and 3.
APA
  In the APA, the hottest player in the last month, Mike Huckaby, started out like he was still on fire by shooting a 27 for a 5-shot lead over Chris Conradi.  Mike tacked on a 29 his second round for a 56 total and a 8-shot lead after 36-holes.  Mike made sure no one was going to challenge him on this day as he scorched the course with a final round 26 and a 26-under par total of 82.  Mike sets a SWPT record for margin of victory by winning by an almost unbelievable 16 strokes over Chris.  He so dominated that there was only one nine hole total that beat Mike, that was a second round back nine of Steven Yancey, a 15 to Mike's 16.  Every other nine holes Mike won, including the final nine holes that Mike won by 5 strokes.  He has shown that if you want to win an APA tournament this year you must go through Mike Huckaby first!  In the match play Trevor Lewin beat Steven Yancey 4 and 3, while Chris Conradi was awarded the other match play spot.

SWPT—2014



Parks

PPA



3 May
1 Gary Love 26 27 27 80 $130.00 1
2 Lee Messinger 29 31 29 89 $85.00
3 Jeffrey Smith 30 31 31 92 $37.50
3 Brice Bergesen 34 29 29 92 $37.50
5 Don Parker 29 31 34 94 $5.00
5 James Taylor 34 27 33 94 $5.00 1
7 Brexton Friend 31 31 33 95

7 Tom Adair 32 31 32 95
1
9 Jon Drexler 34 33 32 99

10 Matt Bellner 40 36 39 115


SWPT-- 2014



Parks

APA



3 May
1 Mike Huckaby 27 29 26 82 $26.00 1
2 Chris Conradi 32 32 34 98 $13.00 1
3 Rusty Moore 34 34 33 101 $13.00
4 Trevor Lewin 34 32 36 102
1
5 Steven Yancey 38 32 34 104

6 Steven Moore 36 39 39 114


6 April 2014--Lake Charles Louisiana
          
       Jeffrey Smith's scorching last two rounds                                 Bryan Gentry showing tht he won in his first SWPT weekend
PPA
Several players have gone low on course one at Lake Charles, Rainey Statum, Greg Ward, Brice Bergesen with a 68 in 2013, but no one has ever gone as low for 36 holes as Jeffrey Smith did his last two rounds on Sunday.  On a day when all the weather forecasters were predicting close to 100% chance of rain throughout the day, we got zero rain and a course ready for low scores.  Jeffrey started out with a 28 and was four shots behind the leader, Randy Reeves at 24.  Then Jeff shot a 10-11 his second round (missing the easy 18th hole) for a 21 and a 49 total that caught Randy but Geoffrey Mosk was the 36-hole leader at 48 after a 25-23 start.  Jeffrey then shot 11-10 for his second 21 and a 70 total, beating Geoffrey and Randy both by three shots.  Jeffrey tied the SWPT 36-hole record first held by Wade Sahmel in Killeen in 2009 at the Texas Open when he opened the second day with 23-19.  On course two at Lake Charles Mike Baldoza shot 24-19 for a 43 total.  Darly Freeman holds the national record with a 41 (19-22) at Richmond Virginia.  The win was Jeffrey's 64th all time win on the SWPT, eleven wins ahead of the next player.  In match play, as sometimes happens, Joe Shirey caught fire and easily beat Geoffrey Mosk and Rodney Phillips to earn his first tour finals spot.  Rainey Statum played better and better and easily beat Tony Newcomb and Lee Messinger for his first spot.
APA
As he did on Saturday, Charles Cox started out on fire the first round, shooting a 23 to lead Greg Simpson and Saturday winner Mike Huckaby by two shots.  When Charles cooled off with a 28 in the second round he was caught by Greg Simpson, both being at 51, with Bryan Gentry being close behind at 52 and Ty Newcomb lurking at 54.  Charles and Greg both shot 30's in the third round and Bryan Gentry was cooking with a 25 which gave him a 77 and a two shot win over Ty, who also finished with a 25 and a 79 total.  In match play Jesse Hebert won his fourth tour finals spot in five tournaments by beating Alan Sahmel in the final match.  In the lower bracket, Mike Huckaby kept pace with Jesse by winning his third spot in four tournaments by beating Andrew Barbie in the final match.

SWPT—2014



LC

PPA



6 Apr
1 Jeffrey Smith 28 21 21 70 $170.00 1
2 Randy Reeves 24 25 24 73 $87.50
2 Geoffrey Mosk 25 23 25 73 $87.50
4 Rainey Statum 27 24 26 77 $50.00 1
5 Brice Bergesen 27 25 26 78 $35.00
6 Tony Newcomb 25 27 27 79 $27.50
6 Dwain Willett 29 26 24 79 $27.50
8 Lee Messinger 29 26 25 80 $15.00
9 Brexton Friend 26 27 28 81 $3.33
9 Joe Shirey 27 29 25 81 $3.33 1
9 Danny Tatum 26 28 27 81 $3.33
12 Jody Kimble 29 25 28 82

13 Byron Kirby 30 26 27 83

13 Rodney Phillips 27 28 28 83

15 David McCollister 29 30 26 85

15 Don Parker 31 27 27 85


SWPT-- 2014



LC

APA



6 Apr
1 Bryan Gentry 28 24 25 77 $26.00 1
2 Ty Newcomb 27 27 25 79 $13.00
3 Charles Cox 23 28 30 81 $13.00
3 Greg Simpson 25 26 30 81 $13.00
3 Alan Sahmel 29 27 25 81 $13.00
6 Jack Ramsey 28 26 28 82 $13.00
7 Mike Huckaby 25 30 28 83 $13.00 1
8 Lloyd Navarro 29 28 29 86 $13.00
9 Mickey DeLucca 32 30 27 89

10 Jesse Hebert 30 29 31 90
1
11 Ralph Hughes 31 29 31 91

11 Adam Sahmel 33 29 29 91

11 Chris Conradi 29 33 29 91

11 Andrew Barbie 28 33 30 91


5 April 2014-- Lake Charles Louisiana
             
PPA winner Brice Bergesen and APA winner Mike Huckaby                  Mike Huckaby won the playoff 27 to 31, acing here on #18
PPA
The SWPT had its best turnout of the young season as players from all over want to get some repetitions in on the 2014 National Championship site.  The players were fortunate that the scheduled 90-100% of rain forecast for the weekend never materialized, but Saturday was windy, and Sunday was a little windy and a little cold. 

Brexton Friend, who tied for first on Saturday last year, got the scoring going with a first round 23, good for a two-shot lead over David McCollister and Danny Tatum.  Brexton added a 26 the second round to be at 49 for two rounds, one shot ahead of Brice Bergesen and three up on Randy Reeves.  Brice, first off the tee on Saturday, shot a solid 24 his third round for a 74 and waited to see if anyone would catch him.  Byron Kirby had the days low score with a final round 22 for a 77 and Brexton backed off and shot a 28, also good for a 27 and Brice had his third win in Lake Charles in three years.  In match play the top bracket came down to Jeffrey Smith against  Randy Reeves and Jeff won one up.  In the lower bracket tournament runner-up Brexton Friend squared off against Tony Newcomb and Tony won his first spot of the season 2 and 1.

APA
The APA players played like pros on Saturday, with five players shooting 80 or better.  Charles Cox started the low scoring by leading after the first round with a 24 to lead by one over Mickey DeLucca.  Charles then added on a 25 for a 49 and a 4-shot lead after 36-holes.  A final round of 29 opened the door and Mike Huckaby was there to take advantage and shoot a 25 and tie Charles.  In the 18-hole playoff Mike won shooting a 27 to Charles's 31.  There was a three way tie at 80 between Jack Ramsey, Greg Simpson and Bryan Gentry, who made the trip from Memphis to play.  In the top bracket of match play Jason Sheffield had to win matches over Charles Cox and then Mickey DeLucca to earn his first spot of the year.  In the bottom bracket Bryan Gentry won his first spot in his first tournament by beating course host Greg Simpson in the finals.

SWPT—2014



LC

PPA



5 Apr
1 Brice Bergesen 26 24 24 74 $180.00 1
2 Brexton Friend 23 26 28 77 $87.50
2 Byron Kirby 28 27 22 77 $87.50
4 Joe Shirey 28 25 25 78 $50.00
5 Lee Messinger 28 25 26 79 $30.00
5 Tony Newcomb 26 27 26 79 $30.00 1
4 Randy Reeves 26 26 27 79 $30.00
8 Geoffrey Mosk 27 28 25 80 $15.00
9 Dwain Willett 27 26 28 81 $5.00
9 Jeffrey Smith 27 27 27 81 $5.00 1
11 Joe Lea 29 26 27 82

11 Danny Tatum 25 29 28 82

11 David McCollister 25 28 29 82

14 Rodney Phillips 30 26 27 83

14 Jody Kimble 26 31 26 83

16 Don Parker 31 29 26 86

17 Jon Drexler 32 30 29 91


SWPT-- 2014



LC

APA



5 Apr
1 Mike Huckaby 27 26 25 78 $26.00 1
2 Charles Cox 24 25 29 78 $13.00
3 Greg Simpson 26 28 26 80 $13.00
3 Jack Ramsey 28 27 25 80