Today in Rip Payne

25 Apr

by Emma Earnst


On this day in 1968, Rip Payne had a ball!

Well, a golf ball, that is.

He spent the day at THE putt putt palace on Rio Road, snapping shots of the latest crowned Southeastern Putt Putt Queen.

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Didn’t know such a thing existed?  Don’t be foolish.  Back in the 1960s, even South Africa had a Putt Putt Queen!

It is worth mentioning that in the late 1960s, the putt putt business had really gone a tad overboard.  In addition to this full-blown international beauty contest, they published a regular newsletter, established a motto (“America’s Newest Professional Sport”) and even enlisted a chaplain (perhaps to cut down on the cursing when those *&@$ed windmills ate your ball?).

The appearance of “Miss Putt Putt,” as Rip named her in 1968, may have been a recurrence of the previous year’s PPA Tournament as part of the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.  This 1967 tournament included a $1000 prize, a parade of national beauty queens, and an appearance by Ken Boy, the 1966 “Putter of the Year.”

Built by Lloyd “L.F.” Woods, the Rio Hill course still operates today. Kinda makes you want to go play putt putt now, doesn’t it?!


3 Responses to “Today in Rip Payne”

  1. Jennifer Marley April 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Just wanted to say how much I LOVE what you’re doing with this blog! It’s a highlight of my day. Keep it up!

    • Emma Earnst April 26, 2012 at 8:12 am #

      Thank you so much, Jennifer!! I have so much fun with it, and I can’t tell you how nice it is to know you enjoy it as well!! (But, I just did.. so thanks!) 🙂


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