$10,000 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 2-3, 1967
"Mr. Runner-Up" Breaks Spell, Captures Nat'l Championship Crown
Concentrated skill and experience gained from seven years of Putt-Putt tournament competition and a deep desire to discard the nickname "Mr. Runner-Up" (a title given him for his numerous second place finishes), Vance Randall of Asheville, NC, exploded with a 62-under-par 226, one stroke off the all-time record, to capture the 1967 National Championship title in Greenville, SC, July 2nd and 3rd.
Randall, who over the past seven years has placed second in nine PPA tournaments including two past National Championships (1961 and 1962), proved his great putting capabilities to himself, his fellow pros, and to Mackie, his bride of three weeks. In the runner-up spot this year were Gil Caito of Indianapolis, IN, and Steve Gilbert of Statesville, NC, who both scored 228, two strokes out of first place.
Randall won $2,000 of the $10,000 purse. Second place was worth $1,150. Les Sedlak of Bedford, OH, Bob Williamson of Jacksonville, FL, and Ron DeHaas of Youngstown, OH, won $800 in a tie for fourth place.
The $2,000 won by Randall puts him in first place as leading money winner for the year with $2,900 and third in All-Time Money Winnings with $16,800.
Putting pros from eighteen states in America and two foreign countries gathered in the land of honeysuckles and magnolia blossoms, Greenville, SC, July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, to compete in the PPA's 1967 $10,000 National Championship.
Ricky Strickland of Macon, Georgia Takes National Amateur Honors
One of the greatest "dreams come true" in anyone's life is to be crowned a champion and so it was with Ricky Strickland of Macon, GA. The 15-year-old amateur shot an amazing 231, 57-under par, to capture the Amateur National Championship crown from the field of 67 amateur competitors in Greenville, SC, July 2nd and 3rd.
The 5'10", 115-lb. champ comes from a long line of putting greats. His father, Herman Strickland, is a charter member of the Professional Putters Association as is his brother, Carl, and both men have appeared on PPA's "Parade of Champions" TV Series (Carl Strickland appears in the 1967 series).
Rick's sister, Evelyn, shares the spotlight with her dad and brothers. She holds the Ladies National Championship title for 1964, and was presented a special Sportsmanship Award at the 1967 National Championship in July.
Ricky began his putting ten years ago at the age of 5 in Macon, GA, at the Putt-Putt Golf Course owned and operated by Roger Greene. He displays eleven amateur trophies in his home for local championship wins. His lowest score is a 24, and the most holes-in-one he has accumulated during any given round is 12.
When this brown-headed, green-eyed Norman Rockwell character was asked what his hobbies were he calmly replied, "I guess it's just Putt-Putt." When asked what his first thought was after capturing the title Ricky said, "I just couldn't believe that I could ever be a National Champion."
His scores and performance on the golf course prove he is definitely worthy of the title, and that he intends to uphold the family tradition in being one of the greatest Putt-Putters in the land.
Article, scores and photos taken from Putt-Putt World Magazine, Volume 9, Number 5 (August 1967)