2018 PPA National Championship
The 59th season of the Professional Putters Association concluded with the crowning of Rainey Statum as PPA National Champion.
Playing on his home course and with a pro field of 54, Statum overcame wet conditions, delays in play and the shortening of the 12 round tournament to eight rounds due to saturated conditions and consistent rain.
“There are many people that I would like to thank beginning with course owners Jim and Carol Saxe,” said Statum upon receiving his National Championship trophy. “Additionally, I want to thank Brice Bergesen, Joe Lea and our other Houston area players for their encouragement and support particularly the past couple of years. It has been difficult but with their support we are coming out on the other side. This has been a long time coming and to win here means more to me than I can possibly explain.”
Statum’s one-stroke victory was over a pair of storied players, Brice Bergesen and Alan Quinnelly. Brice, from Houston, TX, is the 2018 Senior National Champion and 2011 PPA Hall of Fame inductee. Alan, from Atlanta, GA, is a three-time National Champion, 1985, 1991, 2000 and also a 1994 PPA Hall of Fame inductee.
Statum becomes the 51st different player to win the National Championship title.
In the APA division, John Petrie of Lynchburg VA., won the APA National Championship with a four-shot victory over Greg Everly and an APA field of 20 players. “I came to Webster with two goals in mind and I am going home with one of them,” said Petrie. This title is John’s third National title, winning the JPA individual title in 2004 and as a member of the 2004 JPA team champions.
At the player awards dinner, Kevin Lacey walked away with the Pro Player of the Year award, while Todd Trent earned the APA award.
Bob Marcellino and John Petrie won the Pro and APA Sportsmanship Awards respectively.
Lacey also won the Tracy Moore Stroke Average award.
Special proclamations were presented to Bob Marcellino and Randy DeLoach on the 50th anniversary of their PPA and APA national championship titles in 1968.
The 60th season of the Professional Putters Association will be announced in mid December.