2020 SWPT Statistics



SWPT 2020


2020


#

PPA Stroke POY ASA Money # # TTL Rds

Thru 17May Avg Pts Index won Tm W Str
1 Wade Sahmel 28.41 383 -0.64 $493.00 8 4 682 24
2 Geoff Mosk 28.37 304 -0.68 $392.50 8 1 681 24
3 Brice Bergesen 28.75 262 -0.30 $292.00 8 2 690 24
4 Danny Tatum 29.29 157 0.24 $195.00 8 1 703 24
5 Olivia Prokopova 29.95 128 0.90 $110.00 8
719 24
6 Lee Messinger 30 110 -0.31 $115.00 4
360 12
7 Jeffrey Smith 30.4 101 0.03 $107.00 5
456 15
7 Chance Marett 31 89 -0.06 $102.50 3
279 9
9 Jody Kimble 31.33 85 0.28 $74.50 3
282 9
10 John Kropinak 28.83 58 -0.53 $70.00 2
173 6
11 Don Parker 30.5 58 -0.19 $80.00 4
366 12
12 Joe Lea 28.5 42 -0.87 $62.50 2
171 6
13 Mason Spradlin 31.55 37 0.51 $20.00 3
284 9
13 Tom Adair 31.66 36 0.61 $25.00 3
285 9
15 Matt Bellner 33.5 12 2.25
2
201 6

SWPT 2020


2020




APA Stroke POY ASA Total # # Total Rn

As of 17May Avg Pts Index Money Tm W Strokes ds
1 Chris Conradi 30.45 328 -1.65 $189.00 8 3 731 24
2 Alan Sahmel 31.08 265 -1.02 $126.00 8 2 746 24
3 Dwain Willett 31.75 193 -1.78 $72.00 4 2 381 12
4 Trevor Lewin 33.33 100 -0.17 $36.00 5
500 15
5 Gary Plain 33.11 96 -0.29 $54.00 3 1 298 9
6 Charles Cox 28 91 -1.77 $54.00 3
252 9
7 Jay Salyer 33 79 -0.41 $36.00 3
297 9
8 Adam Sahmel 31.6 78 0.78 $45.00 5
474 15
9 Mike Huckaby 33.11 77 -0.29 $36.00 3
298 9
9 Mickey DeLucca 33.29 72 1.19 $45.00 8
799 24
11 Steven Yancey 32.16 68 -1.50 $36.00 2
193 6
12 Charles Tarbell 30.22 56 0.46 $18.00 3
272 9
13 Jack Ramsey 33.6 41 2.27 $18.00 5
504 15
14 Greg Simpson 30.55 39 0.79 $18.00 3
275 9
15 Ken Stanfill 33.44 35 -0.14 $9.00 3
301 9
16 David Greenup 39.83 13 6.17
2
239 6
                         2020 SWPT Results

Another Sahmel Sweep 2x


After 8 weeks off and 3 missed tournament weekends, the Southwest Putting Tour was the first to return to normal competition.  This weekend was originally scheduled for Dallas at the Coit Road location, but due to Covid-19, that course has not yet re-opened.  Kat Adair at the Tyler Putt Putt Course agreed to host the weekend and the SWPT was all set to begin play! 

Weather was going to be an issue on Saturday with scattered storms projected throughout the day.  We caught a break and there was only a slight drizzle at the start and at the very end of the tournament.  Wade Sahmel, who drove up the morning of the event after working all night and getting next to zero sleep, did what he normally does with no sleep and was the first round leader at 27.  Don Parker and Jeffrey Smith were the only other players able to break 30 shooting a 28 and 29 respectively.  Sahmel slowed down a bit in round 2 with a 30 that dropped him into a first place tie with Parker at 57.  Chance Marett and Geoff Mosk were just 3 strokes back at 60 with several other players shortly behind.  He again played solid his last round with another 30 to finish at 87.  Mosk and Marett both played well, but not quite well enough as they both finished 2 strokes back at 89.  Other players to cash were Parker (90), Tom Adair (91), Jody Kimble (93), Smith (93), and Brice Bergesen (93).

In the APA, Alan Sahmel looked to make it a Sahmel Sweep.  He started off the weekend with a 32 which was good for 3rd place behind Jay Salyer and Mickey DeLucca who both tied the APA low round of the day with a 31.  In round 2, Chris Conradi tied the low APA score with a 31 to be at 65.  That pulled him to within 1 shot of Salyer.  Sahmel and DeLucca were just 2 and 3 strokes back setting up an exciting finish.  Papa Sahmel tied the APA low round of the day with a 31 in the final round to be in at 67.  Salyer was able to shoot a 33 which forced a tie and an 18 hole playoff.  In the playoff Sahmel took an early lead and was able to hold off Salyer to collect his 1st win of the 2020 season and complete the sweep.  The weather wasn’t great, but the players were more than happy to be back out on the course and among friends more than anything else



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Tyler

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16May/12

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1 Wade Sahmel 27 30 30 87 $125.00
1 Alan Sahmel 32 34 31 97 $36.00
2 Geoff Mosk 33 27 29 89 $65.00
2 Jay Salyer 31 33 33 97 $18.00
2 Chance Marett 31 29 29 89 $65.00
3 Chris Conradi 34 31 35 100 $18.00
4 Don Parker 28 29 33 90 $40.00
3 Mickey DeLucca 31 36 33 100 $18.00
5 Tom Adair 31 31 29 91 $25.00
5 Trevor Lewin 36 32 33 101
6 Brice Bergesen 30 33 30 93 $7.00
6 Dwain Willett 36 36 31 103
6 Jeffrey Smith 29 32 32 93 $7.00
6 Mike Huckaby 33 36 34 103
6 Jody Kimble 33 29 31 93 $7.00
8 Gary Plain 38 34 33 105
9 Danny Tatum 33 30 31 94








10 Mason Spradlin 35 31 29 95








11 Olivia Prokopova 33 32 33 98








The Southwest Putting Tour went PRIME TIME on Saturday 5/16 with a tournament starting at 7pm.  This was done to allow the course to have more customer players as they are limited to 36 total players on the course.  Unfortunately, due to bathroom breaks and a late rain storm, only 2 rounds were able to be completed Saturday night with the last round being played early Sunday morning.  Wade Sahmel, after a short nap, continued to play well and was 1 of only 2 players that was able to shoot below a 30 the first round with a 29.  The other was Geoff Mosk who was in the lead with a 28.  The second round saw 4 players under 30 and they weren’t named Mosk or Sahmel,  Olivia Prokopova had the low round with a 27 to get her to within 3 shots of the lead.  Danny Tatum had a 28 to also pull within 3.  Lee Messinger shot a 29 to pull within 1 stroke of the lead.  Brice Bergesen had a 29 to tie Mosk for the lead at 59.  It is always close at Tyler and this event would not be different with 6 players within 3 strokes of the lead.  The players tried to play the last round but the rain quickly picked up and it was decided to restart the round the next morning.  With the much improved playing conditions, score improved and it quickly became a 2 man battle with Messinger and Mosk both playing very well.  Messinger started his round on hole 11 and was able to shoot a 13 on the back half of the half of the course.  Mosk, starting on hole 1, shot a 13 on the front 9.  Both players finished their remaining holes at 4 under allowing Mosk to squeak out a 1 stroke victory for his first win of the 2020 season. 

In the APA, 3 time 2020 Winner Chris Conradi had the lead after 1 round with a 31.  Just 2 strokes back were a host of players including local legend Gary Plain, multiple time SWPT Player of the Year Mike Huckaby, former APA Western open champion Mickey DeLucca, and former National Senior Champion Alan Sahmel.  Plain, looking to avenge his last place finish from the tournament earlier in the day, had his best round of the day with a 29 that propelled him to a 3 stroke lead over Conradi and 4 over DeLucca and Trevor Lewin.  In the last round, as has happened so many times before on Plain’s home course, Plain was able to hold off the other players and finish with a 4 stroke victory, shooting a 94.  Jay Salyer, Conradi, and Huckaby all tied for 2nd at 98.  It was time for a short break to repair and then on to the final event of the weekend.




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Tyler

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1 Geoff Mosk 28 31 27 86 $140.00
1 Gary Plain 33 29 32 94 $36.00
2 Lee Messinger 31 29 27 87 $90.00
2 Jay Salyer 35 33 30 98 $18.00
3 Brice Bergesen 30 29 31 90 $50.00
2 Chris Conradi 31 34 33 98 $18.00
3 Danny Tatum 33 28 29 90 $50.00
2 Mike Huckaby 33 34 31 98 $18.00
5 Wade Sahmel 29 32 31 92 $30.00
5 Alan Sahmel 33 34 35 102
5 Jeffrey Smith 30 33 29 92 $25.00
5 Mickey DeLucca 33 33 36 102
7 Don Parker 34 31 28 93 $20.00
5 Trevor Lewin 35 31 36 102
8 Mason Spradlin 34 33 28 95

5 Dwain Willett 35 34 33 102
8 Olivia Prokopova 35 27 33 95








10 Chance Marett 35 32 31 98








11 Jody Kimble 32 31 35 98








12 Tom Adair 34 34 31 99








12 Matt Bellner 32 34 33 99









To start off the last event of the weekend, no less than 3 pro players had a 4 in the first round of the event.  None of them went to Wade Sahmel who only had 2 bogey strokes the entire weekend as he did his best to shed his nick name of the Bogey Man.  Sahmel was leading by 1 over Tom Adair with scores of 28 and 29 respectively.  Don Parker was the only other player within 2 strokes of the lead.  Sahmel continued his solid play with scores of 30 and 32 his last 2 rounds.  Adair was only 1 stroke back going into the final round but as can happen on the Tyler Course, he went dry and was not able to contend.  Two-time USPMGA Masters Champion, along with a bazillion other titles, Olivia Prokopova made a bit of a charge her last 2 rounds with a 31-28 finish to move up to a second place tie with Jody Kimble, who was a model of consistency with scores of 31-30-30.  Geoff Mosk and Chance Marett tied for the 2nd time during the weekend, this time for 4th place 1 more stroke back.  Sahmel had the tournament wrapped up with just a few holes to go.  The only drama left was who was going to win the 3 event total stroke average.  With only hole 4 to go, he needed an ace to tie Mosk.  Just has he did in the semi-finals of the SWPT Tour Championship the last time the event was held in Tyler, his putt was just a bit off, and Mosk was able to take a little consolation in winning the weekend stroke competition, even though Wade won 2 events, more POY Points, and more money.

 

In the APA, if Wade wins in the pros, the Alan Dada Sahmel will be in it trying for another Sahmel Sweep.  And he also came out guns-a-blazing and was the leader after 1 round with a 31.  Mike Huckaby was able to stay close with a 32 and several other players were able to stay within striking distance as well.  In round 2 both players separated themselves from the pack with each shooting a 30.  They were in at 61 and 62 respectively with no other player within 3 strokes of the lead.  Sahmel, playing very consistently like his son Wade, had a final round 31 and cruised to a 5 stroke victory over Huckaby and Trevor Lewin who had the low score of the last round with a 30.  Other players cashing were Gary Plain at 99, Chris Conradi at 101, and Ken Stanfill at 101.



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Tyler

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2020



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APA




1 Wade Sahmel 28 30 31 89 $140.00
1 Alan Sahmel 31 30 31 92 $36.00
2 Olivia Prokopova 32 31 28 91 $67.50
2 Mike Huckaby 32 30 35 97 $18.00
2 Jody Kimble 31 30 30 91 $67.50
2 Trevor Lewin 34 33 30 97 $18.00
4 Geoff Mosk 31 32 29 92 $37.50
4 Gary Plain 35 32 32 99 $18.00
4 Chance Marett 32 29 31 92 $37.50
5 Chris Conradi 33 33 35 101 $9.00
6 Lee Messinger 32 30 31 93 $25.00
5 Ken Stanfill 33 32 36 101 $9.00
7 Mason Spradlin 32 32 30 94 $20.00
7 Jay Salyer 34 35 33 102
8 Danny Tatum 33 32 30 95

8 Mickey DeLucca 39 36 31 106
8 Tom Adair 29 30 36 95

9 Adam Sahmel 40 35 33 108
10 Brice Bergesen 34 31 31 96








10 Jeffrey Smith 35 30 31 96








12 Don Parker 30 34 33 97








13 Matt Bellner 36 32 34 102








               Sahmel Brothers, Conradi Shine in Lake Charles

 The winners in Lake Charles, Danny Tatum, Chris Conradi (3), and Wade Sahmel (2)

There were thirteen brave souls that braved the Coronavirus and played in the three tournaments in Lake Charles on March 14th and 15th, the second weekend of the 2020 Southwest Putting Tour season.  Only five PPA members, but all have the highest credentials,and they had a great time battling it out.  In the noon start tournament on Saturday, former National APA champion in 2012 Danny Tatum had the first round lead with a 26, closely followed by Team USA member Geoff ( Groff) Mosk and Wade Sahmel, National Championship runner-up in 2016, both at 27.  Hall of Famer Brice Bergesen was at 28 and international star player Olivia Prokopova was still learning the course and was at 30.  Wade took total command of the tournament the last two rounds with a 23-24 finish and a 74 total, winning by four over Danny.

In the APA. eight talented players competed, including Mickey DeLucca, who declared the "fear is not going to run my life", a sentiment felt by all the players.  Chris Conradi led by one over the two dominating long time locals, Charles Cox and Greg Simpson, with a fine 26.  Chris then did his Wade impersonation and blew away everyone else with a 29-23 finish for a 78 and a four shot win over Cox.

Everyone grabbed a bite to eat, washed their hands for 20 seconds, and were ready for the 3pm tournament.   Wade led the PPA divison with a 24 by two over Mosk, but Mosk came back with a second round 25 and enjoyed a slim one shot lead over Wade, 51 to 52, the other players out of it four or more shots back.  The two leaders, playing together, battled back and forth for 17 holes, even with the very easy 18th hole left.  Geoff putted first and got a super nasty lipout, and Wade made the simple putt for the ace and another victory, 77 to 78.

After shooting his career low 54-hole score of 78 in the noon tournament, Chirs Conradi comes back in the 3pm event and shoots 27-26-26 =79 and a easy three shot win over Charles Tarbell, who had his best finish in a SWPT event at 82, four ahead of Cox in third place.



Almost all the players went next door after the tournament to Walk-On. a sports bar that is a favorite place for the players to go, shame it was not there when the Nationals were in Lake Charles in 2014.  Some of the players had more shots than others, everyone told lies, and everyone was in a good mood for the 10am start on Sunday for the final PPA tournament for the duration.

After blitzing the field both tournaments on Saturday, confident Wade was ready to do it again.  That did not quite happen as he shot a front nine 18 to start out and shot 33-30 his first two rounds to be in last place by seven strokes, no threepeat for Wade this weekend.  Olivia was brilliant her first round with a 24 and a one shot lead over Tatum.  She slipped a little the second round but was still tied at 52 with Tatum, and Mosk only one back at 53.  Olivia played great the final round on the front nine, shooting an 11, then made number ten to go eight under for the round, then boom, what has happened to all of us at some tournament, the bottom fell out.  She got a bad kick on hole 11, missed 12, hit what looked like a great putt on hole 13, but it came back over the hill and her deuce putt lipped out and put her in a unmakeable spot, and she had a crushing four, followed by a bogey on the easy "Y" hole number 16, and she finished the round with a 29.  Danny took advantage, fired a solid 26 for a 78 and beat Mosk by two, Olivia by three.  Wade, by the way, did what Wade does.  In the final round he made the first eight holes, missed number nine then made 7 of the first 8 on the back and missed the easy 18th hole for a 21!!!  He still came in last, to maybe be the only person to shot a final round 21 and not beat anyone.

Wade was not able to get a threepeat, could Chris Conradi do it in the APA?  He was the first round leader again with a 26, one ahead of the resurgent Adam Sahmel, back playing again after missing two complete seasons with hip problems  Adam is back and stroking it smooth again, so good to see him playing instead of just posting the scores.  Chris continued his brilliant solid play for the last two rounds with a 27 and a 28 for a 81 and a two shot win over Adam, who cut Charles Cox by one.  

Danny Tatum has been off work for a few weeks and he spearheaded the complete refurbishing of all the rails at the Lake Charles course.  The course looked brilliant and really helped add to the enjoyment we all had.  The original owner, Hall of Fame member Al Simpson, had a all time favorite singer, Vera Lynn, who became famous for singing the great inspiring WWII song "We'll Meet Again", when no one knew when they would see each other again.  Guess we should have sang a verse of that song before we all departed to go home.


                   Bergesen Sweeps First Events of 2020
                       Seven Decades with a PPA Victory
          

Brice Bergesen picked up where he left off Saturday and raced out to an early lead with a 26.  Including his final 2 rounds on Saturday, he had now shot a 74, in his last 3 rounds, which if shot in a single event would break the 3 round tournament record on the course of 75.  He was followed closely by Jeffrey Smith and Don Parker who were only 1 stroke back.  Brice stayed hot in round 2 by shooting a 27 and had built up a 3 stroke lead.  Several players were bunched up from 56-59 but it wouldn’t matter if Brice kept playing the way he was.  Brice was in the 1st group on this day and had his worst round since round 1 the previous day, a 31 that opened the door for other players to catch him.  Joe Lea shot a 29 his last round to come up 1 stroke short.  Geoff Mosk finished with a 26 to also come up 1 stroke short.  Jeffrey Smith needed an ace on his 54th and final hole to tie Brice and he made it forcing an 18 hole playoff.  In the playoff the wind played havoc with the players shots and neither could get any momentum going.  Brice eventually survived and won the playoff with a score of 34 to sweep the weekend. 

In the APA there was a major comeback.  Adam Sahmel played in his 1st event since playing early in the year in Lake Charles where he was able to play from his Wheelchair.  Today there would be no playing from his Chair.  Instead Adam had figured out how to play from his knees.  In one of the most inspiring performances there has ever been on a Putt Putt Course, Adam was able to make it thru all 3 rounds.  Not only did he make it thru, but he shot a 99 which got him into the money!  He was breathing very hard the last round and fought thru the pain to Finish.  The rest of the APA Players had better watch out for Adam as he works to be able to play more as he will be a force to recon with.  In the Sunday Tournament Dwain was able to sweep the weekend.  He started off slowly with a score of 32 but finished with scores of 28-27 to come in at 87.  Alan Sahmel fell just 1 stroke shy of catching Dwain and finished with a fine score of 88.  Other players finishing under 100 and getting into the money were Steven Yancey (98) and  Chris Conradi (99).  Overall it was a great weekend with some outstanding performances.  We will do it again in 2 weeks in Lake Charles and we hope to see everyone there.


          PPA APA
1 Brice Bergesen 26 27 31 84 $120.00 1 Dwain Willett 32 28 27 87 $36.00
2 Jeffrey Smith 27 30 27 84 $75.00 2 Alan Sahmel 30 28 30 88 $18.00
3 Joe Lea 29 27 29 85 $40.00 3 Steven Yancey 34 34 30 98 $18.00
3 Geoff Mosk 30 29 26 85 $40.00 4 Chris Conradi 33 35 31 99 $18.00
5 Don Parker 27 30 29 86 $20.00 4 Adam Sahmel 32 33 34 99 $18.00
6 Lee Messinger 30 29 29 88 6 Ken Stanfill 36 30 34 100
7 John Kropinak 30 29 30 89 7 Trevor Lewin 37 32 36 105
8 Wade Sahmel 31 30 33 94 7 Jack Ramsey 34 39 32 105
9 Danny Tatum 30 31 34 95 7 Mickey DeLucca 35 32 38 105
10 Olivia Prokopova 34 34 30 98 10 David Greenup 41 43 41 125

As is always the case at Webster, the weather was perfect to start the SWPT season and 18 players came out on Saturday February 29th to end their winters and get the 2020 putting season going.  10 years ago when Brice Bergesen won his first event of the year he became the first player to win a PPA event in 6 different decades.  He wasn’t sure if he would be able to do it in a seventh decade and his first round score of 32 made it unlikely it would happen on this day with leaders Wade Sahmel and 2014 National Champion Jeffrey Smith tied at 28.  Only 1 player in the pro field had a worse opening round than Brice. Wade continued his good play with another 28 in his 2nd round to have a 1 stroke lead over John Kropinak and 2 strokes over Joe Lea.  Brice, playing in the last group was an afterthought, and few saw that he shot a 23 his 2nd round to vault into the lead at 55, until they had finished their 3rd rounds.  Kropinak had another Solid last round of 27 and was the leader in the clubhouse while the rest of the players waited for Brice to finish.  With 7 holes to go Brice only needed 1 ace to win.  Being the Hall of Famer he is he kept his foot on the gas to finish the last round at 25 and win by 4 becoming the first player to win a PPA event in an amazing 7 decades.  This is an amazing feat that will likely never be duplicated.

In the APA division Dwain Willett was returning to play for the first time in quite a while after battling some medical issues of his own.  There haven’t been in weekly tournaments in Webster this year with the course closing at 5pm during the week so Dwain hadn’t had any practice.  The 3 time APA Champion showed that practice is overrated and scored 28-28 his first 2 rounds to take a commanding lead of 5 strokes over Chris Conradi.  Jack Ramsey and Trevor Lewin were able to stay close after one round with fine scores of 30 but could not keep up with Willett the rest of the way.  Lewin did have another 30 his last round that allowed him to pull into a 2nd place tie with Conradi but Willett, playing in the last group of the day with Brice, strolled in with a 33 to win by 6 strokes.  It was a great day for 2 long time Houston players as they both easily defended their home course.

          PPA APA
1 Brice Bergesen 32 23 25 80 $115.00 1 Dwain Willett 28 28 33 89 $36.00
2 John Kropinak 30 27 27 84 $70.00 2 Trevor Lewin 30 35 30 95 $13.00
3 Wade Sahmel 28 28 29 85 $35.00 3 Chris Conradi 33 28 34 95 $13.00
4 Joe Lea 29 29 31 89 $10.00 4 Steven Yancey 33 32 30 95 $13.00
5 Olivia Prokopova 29 30 27 86 $10.00 5 Alan Sahmel 32 31 34 97 $13.00
6 Geoff Mosk 32 31 27 90 6 Ken Stanfill 32 30 38 100
7 Jeffrey Smith 28 32 31 91 7 Jack Ramsey 30 37 37 104
8 Lee Messinger 32 33 27 92 8 David Greenup 40 39 35 114
9 Danny Tatum 33 29 31 93 9 Mickey DeLucca 37 42 40 119


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