Top 60 Players

The Professional Putters Association proudly celebrated the 60th anniversary of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America.  During the 2014 season, we recognized the 60 greatest putters in PPA history as voted on by current and former members of the PPA.  It was a lively debate that was enjoyed by all.  Congratulations to our champions and heroes.
gward
No. 1   Greg Ward
Greatest of the Great
1987 PPA Commissioner’s Cup Champion
1988, 1989, 1996, 1999, 2001 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1998 PPA Eastern Open Champion
1999, 2008 PPA Southern Open Champion
1999, 2008, 2010, 2012 PPA Western Open Champion
2001 PPA National Champion
2002 PPA National Match Play Champion
2009, 2012 PPA Tournament Players Champion
2012 PPA National Champion
PPA Putter of the Decade 1990
PPA Putter of the Decade 2000
2002 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
1998, 1999, 2001, 2008 PPA Player of the Year
Earned Pro Status 1982

 

ricksmith

No. 2     Rick Smith
The Ace Machine
1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1979 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1968 PPA Southern Open Champion
1970 PPA Northern Open Champion
1969 PPA World Putting Champion
1970 PPA World Putting Champion Runner-up
1972 PPA World Putting Champion
1968, 1970 PPA Player of the Year
1970 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
1988 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1965

 

aquinnelly
No. 3     Alan Quinnelly
1978 JPA Individual National Champion
1979 APA National Champion
1985 PPA National Champion
1991 PPA National Champion
2000 PPA National Champion
1988 PPA Player of the Year
2000 PPA Player of the Year
1987 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1988, 1989 Putt Putt Skins TV Contestant
1994 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1982

 

vrandall
No. 4     Vance Randall
Charter Member Putt Putt Professional Golfers Association
1961, 1962, 1963, 1968 Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1967 PPA National Champion
1969 PPA National Champion
1969,1971, 1973, 1979 World Putting Championship TV Contestant
1971 PPA World Putting Champion
1960’s Putter of the Decade
1987 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

rbrowning
No. 5     Ray Browning
1975 PPA National Champion
1976 World Putting Championship TV Contestant
1977 World Putting Championship TV Contestant
1978 PPA Player of the Year
1979 Greatest of the Great TV Contestant
1981 Super Putter TV Contestant
1980 PPA National Champion
1990 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1969

 

dflorin
No. 6     Dick Florin
1967, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1980, 1981 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1970 PPA World Putting Champion
1971 PPA Putter of the Year
1976 PPA World Putting Champion
1980 Greatest of the Great Runner-up
1983 PPA Winners Invitational Champion
1970’s Putter of the Decade
1984 PPA Outstanding Male Putter in the 30 year Putt-Putt History
Twenty Three PPA Medal Play Victories
1989 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1963

 

robertsmith
No. 7     Robert Smith
1969 APA Southern Open Champion
1972 PPA National Champion
1972 E.G Clayton Memorial PPA Champion
1974 PPA National Champion
1974 PPA Player of the Year
1977 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1977 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
1979 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1983 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1993 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1972

 

ehaggerty
No. 8     Edgar Haggerty
1978 PPA Rookie of the Year
1980 PPA Player of the Year
1980, 1981 PPA Southern Open Champion
1980, 1981 Super Putter TV Contestant
1981 Southeastern Open Champion
1981 PPA Carolina’s Open Champion
1982 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1992 Putt Putt Skins TV Contestant
1980, 1981, 1982 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
North Carolina State Champion
2001 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1978

 

rfredrick
No. 9 Ron Frederick
1980’s PPA Putter of the Decade
1982 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1982 PPA Match Play Champion
1982 PPA Player of the Year
1987 PPA Match Play Champion
1988 Putt Putt Skins TV Contestant
1988 PPA National Champion
Ohio State Champion
2002 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1979

 

dfreeman
No. 10 Daryl Freeman
Charter Member Putt Putt Professional Golfers Association
1962 PPA Pacific Open Champion
1973 PPA Tulsa Open Champion
1973 PPA National Champion
2008 PPA Senior National Champion
1972, 1973 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
1963 Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1965 Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1973 PPA World Putting Championship TV Contestant
Virginia State PPA Champion
1998 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

acoradini
No. 11 Andy Coradini
1993 PPA National Champion
1997 PPA Dallas Open Champion
1999 PPA Northern Open Champion
2002 PPA Northern Open Champion
2011 PPA Northern Open Champion
2011 PPA National Champion
1996, 1997, 1998 Putt Putt Skins TV Contestant
Virginia and North Carolina State Champion
2011 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1984

 

jestep
No. 12 Jeff Estep
1979 PPA Northern Open Champion
1979 PPA Rookie of the Year
1981 PPA National Champion
1982 PPA National Champion
1981, 1982 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1989, 1992 Putt Putt Skins TV Contestant
1989 PPA National Match Play Champion
1994 PPA National Match Play Champion
2007 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1979

 

cmatthews
No. 13 Cliff Matthews
1998 PPA Western Open Champion
2001 PPA National Invitational Champion
2002 PPA National Champion
2004 PPA National Champion
2009 PPA ProPutters.com Champion
2011 PPA Tournament Players Champion
PPA Putter of the Decade Nominee
1995 Putt Putt Skins TV Contestant
1998 Putt Putt Skins TV Contestant
Texas and Oklahoma State Champion
Earned Pro Status 1990

 

nconnor
No. 14 Neil Connor
Charter Member Putt Putt Professional Golfers Association
1960 PPA National Champion
1961 PPA Player of the Year
1962 PPA Eastern Open Champion
1963 PPA Southern Open Champion
1965 PPA Mid Winter Open Champion
1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1968 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1988 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

jborchelt
No. 15 Jim Borchelt
1977 PPA National Champion
1980, 1981, 1982 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1981 PPA Northern Open Champion
1983 PPA Ohio State Champion
1988 PPA Commissioner’s Cup Champion
1993 PPA Commissioner’s Cup Champion
2008 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Winner of more than 20 PPA National Tournament Events
Earned Pro Status 1966

 

mbaldoza
No.16 Mike Baldoza
1969 APA National Champion
1969 APA Northern Open Champion
1970 APA National Invitational Champion
1973 PPA World Putting Champion (TV)
1979 Greatest of the Great Champion (TV)
2003 Texas Putting Legend Recipient
Two Time Texas State Champion
2007 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1972

 

klacey
No. 17 Kevin Lacey
1998 PPA Southern Open Champion
2000 PPA Match Play Champion
2008 PPA Tournament Players Champion
2008 PPA National Champion
2010 PPA Tournament Players Champion
2010 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004 Putt Putt TV Contestant
Putter of the Decade Nominee
Earned Pro Status 1992

 

jklapper
No. 18 Jay Klapper
1993 PPA Players Championship
2005 PPA National Champion
2005 PPA World Putting Champion
2007 PPA Eastern Open Champion
2009 PPA Southern Open Champion
2009, 2010 PPA Northern Open Champion
2010 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
2010 Player of the Decade Nominee
1985, 1995, 1998 Putt Putt TV Contestant
2005, 2007, 2009 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
Earned Pro Status 1976

 

bkirby
No. 19 Bill Kirby, Jr
1971 APA World Putting Champion
1985 PPA Player of the Year
1971, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1998 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1994 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
1995 Hall of Fame Classic Champion
1995 PPA National Champion
North Carolina, South Carolina State Champion
Winner of more than 75 State titles
Earned Pro Status 1973

 

lburton
No. 20 Lewis Burton
1982, 1983 APA National Champion
1989 PPA National Champion
1997 PPA Commissioner’s Cup Champion
1997 PPA Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
1997 PPA Player of the Year
1998 PPA National Champion
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 Putt Putt TV Series Contestant
2008 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Putter of the Decade Nominee
Earned Pro Status 1984

 

btaylor
No. 21 Buddy Taylor
Charter Member Putt Putt Professional Putters Association
1972 PPA BG-Pardisco Open Champion
1976 PPA Bi-Centennial Open Champion
1978 PPA World Putting Champion
1983 Tracy Moore Award Winner
1984 PPA Seniors National Champion
17 PPA National Titles
1996 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania State Champion
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

gnewport
No. 22 Greg Newport
1996, 1999, 2010 Putt Putt TV Contestant
2003, 2007 ProPutters.com Champion
2004, 2007 PPA Doubles Champion
2009, 2011 PPA Eastern Open Champion
2010 PPA National Champion
2014 PPA Diamond Jubilee Champion
North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Southern Tour State Champion
Earned Pro Status 1990

 

kboy
No. 23 Ken Boy
Charter Member Putt Putt Professional Putters Association
1966 South African PPA National Champion
1971 PPA National Invitational
Winner of 10 PPA National Tour Events
1966 PPA Player of the Year
1965, 1966, 1967 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1997 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

mportugal
No. 24 Marc Portugal
1979 PPA Rookie of the Year
1980 PPA Western Open and 1981 PPA Eastern Open Champion
1981, 1982, 1985, 1987 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1994 PPA National Champion
Four Time Texas State and Two Time Oklahoma State Champion
1999 PPA Texas Putting Legend
2003 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1979

 

rreeves
No. 25 Randy Reeves
1990, 1995 PPA Skins TV Contestant
1995 PPA Player of the Year
1997 PPA National Champion
2002 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
1995 PPA Commissioner Cup, 2001 PPA Hall of Fame Classic
2009 Western Open, 2011 Southern Open
2012 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1977

 

rbeckerman
No.26 Roger Beckerman
1984 PPA National Champion
1984 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
1991, 1996 PPA National Match Play Champion
2004 PPA Seniors National Champion
2005 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1980

 

blebo
No. 27 Brad Lebo
2006 PPA National Champion
2006 PPA Player of the Year
2007 PPA Southern Open Champion
2008 PPA National Doubles Champion
2000 – 2009 Putter of the Decade Nominee
1997 Putt Putt Skins TV Contestant
2003 Putt-Putt TV Contestant
VA, NC, SC, Great Lakes, Southern, NY, MD, PA Tour/State Champion
Earned Pro Status 1991

 

mbrown
No. 28 Mike Brown
1996 PPA National Champion
1997 PPA Hall of Fame Champion
2002 PPA National Invitational Champion
1995,1996,1997,1998,1999 Putt Putt Skins TV Contestant
1996 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
Earned Pro Status 1989

 

bwilliamson
No. 29 Bob Williamson
Charter Member Putt Putt Professional Putters Association
1962 PPA Player of the Year
1964 PPA National Champion
1960, 1962, 1964, 1965 Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1960’s Putter of the Decade Nominee
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

jconnor
No. 30 John Connor
Charter Member Putt Putt Professional Putters Association
1964 Low Stroke Average Leader
1964 PPA Player of the Year
1979 PPA Southern Open Champion
1964, 1967, 1972, 1979,1980 Putt Putt TV Contestant
1992 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

rjohnson
No. 31 Robert Johnson
2002, 2003, 2009 PPA Senior National Champion
2003 PPA National Champion
2003 PPA Player of the Year
2003 PPA TV Contestant
2000 – 2009 PPA Putter of the Decade Nominee
Earned Pro Status 1980

 

lweldy
No. 32 Lee Weldy
Charter Member Putt Putt Professional Golfers Association
1961 Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1961 PPA National Champion
1965 PPA Southern Open Champion
1965 PPA Player of the Year
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

tmoore
No. 33 Tracy Moore
Charter Member Putt Putt Professional Golfers Association
1963 Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1965 Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1965 PPA National Champion
1999 PPA Hall of Fame
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

ecarter
No. 34 Eugene Carter
1972, 1973 South Africa PPA Player of the Year
1972, 1973 South Africa PPA low stroke average
1973, 1975, 1976 South Africa PPA National Champion
Five United States victories in 1976, 1977
1977 PPA World Putting Champion
Earned Pro Status 1969

 

mcoup
No. 35 Mark Coup
1979 APA Northern Open Champion
1984 Putt Putt TV Champion
1986 PPA National Champion
1986 Ohio State Champion
1987 Putt Putt TV Contestant
Earned Pro Status 1981

 

rbaird
No.36 Rick Baird
April 9, 2011 Richmond, Virginia Scored a perfect game
2007 PPA National Champion
2011 ProPutters.com Champion
More than 50 State Tour Titles
PPA National Players Advisory Board 2001-2012
2013 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1984

 

jnapoli
No. 37 John Napoli
May 29, 1979 Columbus Ohio PPA Course Scored a perfect game
1999 PPA National Champion
1982, 1984 Ohio State Champions
1983 New York State Champion
1984 Putt-Putt TV Series Contestant
1985 PPA National Open TV Contestant Runner-up
Earned Pro Status 1979

 

cmcintosh
No. 38 Charlie McIntosh
Member Putt-Putt Professional Golfers Association
1961 Won his debut Pro event, Montgomery, AL
1972 World Putting Championship TV Contestant
1973 World Putting Championship TV Contestant
1975 World Putting Championship TV Contestant
Earned Pro Status 1961

 

jharritos
No. 39 Jimmy Harritos
Charter Member Putt-Putt Professional Golfers Association
1969 Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1970 Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1980 US Match Play Champion
More than 20 National Titles
2008 Hall of Fame Inductee
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

genglish
No. 40 Gary English
1971 APA Player of the Year
1973, 1975 PPA National Champion Runner-up
1973 World Putting Championship TV Contestant
1975 World Putting Championship TV Contestant
1981 Super Putter TV Series Contestant
Earned Pro Status 1973

 

bbergesen
No. 41 Brice Bergesen
1968 Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1988 Putt-Putt Skins TV Contestant
First PPA member to win a tournament in six decades
Inaugural Texas Putting Legend Recipient
2011 PPA Hall of Fame
Earned Pro Status 1967

 

rmiller
No. 42 Ray Miller
1987 PPA National Champion
1990 PPA National Match Play Champion
1988 Putt-Putt Skins TV Contestant
Earned Pro Status 1983

 

eflorin
No. 43 Evelyn Florin
1964 Ladies PPA National Champion
1980 Greatest of the Great TV Contestant
1981 PPA TV Contestant
1970’s Ladies Putter of the Decade
1991 PPA Hall of Fame
Earned Pro Status 1965

 

cgreenwalt
No. 44 Charlie Greenwalt
1984 PPA TV Contestant
1984 PPA Match Play Champion
1997 PPA National Championship Runner-up
1999 PPA Skins TV Contestant
1999 PPA Eastern Open Champion
More than 20 State Awards and Titles
Earned Pro Status 1978

 

vbatten
No. 45 Vince Batten
1983 Rookie of the Year
1988, 1990, 1993 PPA Skins TV Contestant
2001 PPA Match Play Champion
2007 TPC Champion
More than 40 Virginia State Victories and Titles
Earned Pro Status 1983

 

ecoy
No.46 Eddie Coy
1979 PPA National Champion
1981 PPA TV Contestant
1983 PPA Skins TV Contestant
1982 PPA National Championship Runner-up
Earned Pro Status 1978

 

efritts
No. 47 Earl Fritts
1st ever PPPGA tournament winner. Won by 8 with a 6 round score of 200, 16 under par.
1960 Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1960 Indianapolis Open
1960 Baltimore Open
1962 Eastern Open Runner-up
1976 Bi-Centennial Runner-up
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

tvarnadore
No. 48 Tony Varnadore
2003 National Doubles Champion
2009 PPA National Champion
2010 PPA Southern Open Champion
2012 PPA Southern Open Runner-up
2012 Western Open Runner-up
Earned Pro status 1993

 

fwarren
No. 49 Frank Warren
2013 PPA Senior National Champion
2010 PPA Senior National Champion
2007 PPA Senior National Champion
2013 PPA Tournament Players Champion
2011 PPA Western Open Champion
1991 PPA Skins TV Contestant
Earned Pro status 1984

 

fholt
No. 50 Frank Holt
Charter Member of the Putt-Putt Professional Golfers Association
First PPA TV series match winner
First player to earn $5,000 in a single season
3 tournament wins in the PPPGA inaugural season
1960 Leading Money Winner
Earned Pro status 1960

 

jbaker
No. 51 Joel Baker
1979 PPA Player of the Year
1980 Super Putter TV Contestant
1986 PPA National Open TV Champion
1992 Putt-Putt Skins TV Contestant
2010 Eastern Open Champion
Earned Pro Status 1977

 

cstrickland
No. 52 Carl Strickland
Charter Member of The Putt-Putt Professional Golfers Association
1965 PPA Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1967 PPA Parade of Champions TV Contestant
1967 Represented USA PPA players in the South Africa PPA National Championship
Earned Pro Status 1960

 

ddwiggins
No. 53 Dean Dwiggins
1981 PPA Rookie of the Year
1985 PPA Match Play TV
1987, 1989, 1991, 1993 PPA Skins TV Contestant
2002 PPA Advisory Board
6 Tournament Wins
Earned Pro Status 1981

 

rmoore
No. 54 Roger Moore
1989 PPA Hall of Fame Member
1979 Greatest of the Great TV Series Contestant
1971 World Putting Championship Runner-up
The Professional Putters Association National Tournament Director
19 Tournament Wins
Earned Pro Status 1961

 

slyon
No. 55 Steve Lyon
1977 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
1979 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
1977 World Putting Championship TV Contestant
1981 Super Putter TV Series Contestant
1974 Danville, VA. First of 13 National Tournaments Won
Earned Pro Status 1974

 

glove
No.56 Gary Love
1966 PPA Northern Open Champion
1967 PPA Northern Open Champion
1968 Parade of Champions TV Winner
1969 World Putting Championship Runner-up
1970 PPA National Invitational Runner-up
Earned Pro Status 1966

 

sguyton
No. 57 Steve Guyton
1983 PPA National Champion
1983 PPA Player of the Year
1983 PPA TV Contestant
1977 APA National Champion
Earned Pro Status 1979

 

danders
No. 58 Dan Anders
1975 World Putting Championship Runner-up
1975 PPA Player of the Year
1975 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
1976 PPA Sportsmanship Award Recipient
Pro’s Player Committee 1997-2001
Pro’s Player Chairman 1989-1999
Earned Pro Status 1974

 

bbaus
No. 59 Bill Baus
2005 PPA Senior National Champion
2001 PPA Senior National Champion
1970 PPA National Champion Runner-up
1972-1974 Pro’s Player Committee Member
1994-2001 Pro’s Player Committee Member
2002 – current Pro’s Player Committee Chairman
Earned Pro Status 1967

 

ddore
No. 60 Danny Dore
1996 Player of the Year
1996 Tracy Moore Stroke Average Leader
1996 Leading Money Winner
1989, 1996, 1997 PPA TV Contestant
Earned Pro Status 1978