James Sullivan is the 2017 Red Putter Pro Tournament champion.
The tournament started with a tribute to Bob Yttri, former course owner and tournament director who died in April. The 16th annual tournament brought 58 competitors to the north Ephraim mini golf course Saturday, Aug. 5.
Sullivan, of Saint Jacob, Illinois, scored a 3-round total of 106 to claim the championship trophy, $2,000 cash prize and the coveted Red Jacket. Sullivan, 17, has played the tournament for six years, this is his first win. He scored a 34 in each of his first two rounds, which tied for Best Single Game with Paul Nelson and M. J. Buckley. Sullivan won the tie-breaker on the Bear hole to win the trophy for Best Single Game.
Matthew Kraus, of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, took home the second place trophy with a three round score of 110. There was a tie for third place at 112. In a tie-breaker that lasted two holes, Paul Nelson of Fish Creek claimed the third place trophy.