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First ever World Putting Tour Championship concludes with record-breaking $100,000 payout

Scottsdale, Ariz. (March 20, 2024) - The inaugural World Putting Tour Championship, operated by Putting World Global, held on March 16th and 17th, has set a new standard in the world of putting competitions by offering an unprecedented $100,000 purse. The championship brought together some of the most skilled putting athletes from around the globe for two intense days of competition, culminating in a thrilling finale that kept fans on the edge of their seats.

The competition was fierce as players battled it out on the greens, showcasing their precision and skill. The leaderboard saw multiple contenders vying for the top spot, with the lead bouncing between several competitors throughout the tournament. Ultimately, Jeff Gibralter emerged victorious, claiming the first-place title and a remarkable $25,000 cash prize after shooting an impressive 23-under par.

“For me, this tour means a lot,” said Gibralter. “This tour and facility are amazing and I think it is incumbent on every one of us to continue to help others see what is so special about it.” 

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Coming in a close second was Justin Purvis, whose stellar performance earned him a well-deserved $10,000 prize with a score of -22. The leaderboard also featured other top-performing players who demonstrated exceptional talent and determination throughout the championship.

The payout structure of the World Putting Tour Championship reflects a commitment to equality and inclusivity in the sport with Samantha Shoshaunna, the ladies' flight first-place winner receiving $2,500 and Sean Kearns, the seniors' flight champion also claiming a $2,500 prize.

"We are thrilled to have witnessed such incredible talent and sportsmanship at the World Putting Tour Championship," said Tim Suzor, CEO of Putting World. "This event has not only showcased the skill and dedication of our players but has also highlighted the growing popularity of putting as a competitive sport."

Steve Leonard, COO of Putting World and President of the PGA Southwest Section, added, "The World Putting Tour plays a crucial role in growing the game of golf and providing opportunities for players of all skill levels. As an organization dedicated to the development of the sport, we are proud to see the impact the tour is having on the putting community and beyond."

The final leaderboard and payouts for the championship are as follows:

  1. Jeff Gibralter - $25,000.00
  2. Justin Purvis - $10,000.00
  3. Kevin Sundstrom - $7,500.00
  4. Scott Cahill - $7,500.00
  5. Frank Bisesi - $5,500.00
  6. Mike Gonzales - $5,500.00
  7. Kevin Lucas - $2,937.50
  8. Rainey Statum - $2,937.50
  9. Ricard Lockner - $2,937.50
  10. Ricky Hearden - $2,937.50
  11. Chris Johnson - $2,037.50
  12. Jake Stas - $2,037.50
  13. Mark Gereghty - $2,037.50
  14. Nick Hedman - $2,037.50
  15. Alexei Smalley - $1,283.33
  16. Blake Christianson - $1,283.33
  17. Hide Yoshihara - $1,283.33
  18. JD Fernandez - $1,283.33
  19. Nate Pecota - $1,283.33
  20. Ryan Macpherson - $1,283.33
  21. Dalton Marsh - $850.00
  22. DK Kim - $850.00
  23. Mark Baker - $850.00
  24. Camden Nierman - $337.50
  25. Jack Reidy - $337.50
  26. Jeff Galloway - $337.50
  27. Kelby Briedel - $337.50

The success of the World Putting Tour Championship underscores the growing excitement and competitiveness within the putting community. Plans are already underway for next year's championship, promising even more thrilling moments and groundbreaking achievements.

"The World Putting Tour Championship has exceeded our expectations in every way," said Bethany Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Putting World Global. "As we look ahead, we are committed to expanding the media coverage and reach of the tour, ensuring that putting enthusiasts and sports fans worldwide can experience the excitement and skill displayed by our talented athletes."

The 2024-2025 World Putting Tour season is set to launch with the first tournament scheduled for May 4th and 5th. There's still time to join the tour and compete in the upcoming season.  Register here for the first event of the 2024-2025 World Putting Tour season.

Congratulations to all the competitors for their outstanding performances and dedication to the sport. A special thanks to the team at Putting World for their tireless efforts in organizing and executing such a successful championship.

About Putting World Global: Putting World Global is a leading organization dedicated to promoting and organizing top-tier putting competitions worldwide. Operating the World Putting Tour, we are committed to excellence and innovation, striving to elevate the sport of putting and provide a platform for athletes to showcase their skills on a global stage.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

Bethany Reed
Vice President of Sales and Marketing