Authored by: Waggish
I counted medals and podium winnings for senior pros in all APP tournaments except Indianapolis, Sacramento, Alabama Open. Those were excluded only because I had already excluded them for the non-senior pros counts. I excluded PPA tournaments because their brackets were small. However, I did include the Tournament of Champions, Nationals and the US Open.
In total, there were 80 players who won medals at these tournaments. Anyone can win but there is a clear domination at the top of the senior pros who play most of the tournaments. If you want to know how any specific person did, let me know in the comments below.
The first table shows who dominates in MD or WD with the most Gold medals (sorted by Gold doubles total). Beth Bellamy has a comfortable margin in front. Then Nathalie Bagby. They partner together a lot, thus their close counts. The next woman doesn’t show up on the list until Anna Shirley with 5 golds.
The next table shows who dominates when you combine the most medals for both MD/WD and MXD (sorted by doubles total). Again Beth Bellamy dominates but only by 1 over Rick Witsken. Rick Witsken partners with Beth in MXD.
The final medal table shows singles (sorted by total singles medals). There are only 4 women who win gold. 14 women have medaled. Jennifer Dawson has gold medals only. There are only 3 men who won a gold in singles in 2022 while 17 men have medaled.
So if you think you get tired of seeing Ben Johns dominate in pro singles, think about how the seniors feel about Mattias. I see Mattias in PPA tournaments too so he, along with Dave Weinbach, have medals and PPA prize money along with what is shown in the winnings charts.
The next set of charts show podium winnings for singles, doubles, and combined. Clearly, no senior is getting rich doing all those tournaments but the top numbers are not insignificant. See my post for regular pros for how I used the data I found for winnings.
As a brief synopsis, I’ll tell you what I included for the seniors. With the data I had collected, I was only able to calculate winnings for podium medals: gold, silver, bronze. The players may have had other earnings in the tournament depending on type of tournament such as a 4rth place finish. Some of the tournament winnings had to be estimated and I document those cases. PPA Senior open are small brackets so their total payout available will likewise be small, almost inconsequential for many of the tournaments from my brief glance at some of them.
Senior payouts are for APP (with exclusions noted) plus these: US Open, Tournament of Champions (TOC) – used the formula, USAP Nationals
APP uses a tier system but it’s not the same payout for each tier. There could be a significant difference in payout for the same tier! I used the amounts shown on the APP Tour website. However, they did not disclose some tournaments. For those, I averaged the payout based on tier level. The amount is probably close but will not be 100% accurate. Not all tournaments had a Senior singles brackets. For Senior TOC payouts, I used the formula from PPA for Senior Open Payout. I plugged the actual number of teams/singles for each event into the formula.
2021 US Open prize money comparison to 2022: Seniors Gold Doubles stayed the same at $3000. Seniors Gold Singles went from $1200 to $1500. I couldn’t find USAP Nationals 2021 prize money to do a comparison on its change. This year it paid seniors $7500 for doubles gold and $2000 for singles gold.
**Exclusions: APP Indianapolis, Sacramento, Alabama Open
**APP Tour did not answer my question to them about the missing data on its website for Mesa Open #1, Boca Raton, Cincinnati, and Beer City. So I estimated. Please see my article on regular pros for details.
All charts are sorted and I had to cut it off at some point. Otherwise, each chart would have been very lengthy with 1 or 2 medal winners. As I mentioned, 80 medal winners total.
Let me know in the comments if you want data on a specific medal winner.