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AMATEURS BUCK THE TREND, REPEAT AS CHAMPIONS

 

(Franklin) After a decade of trading wins back and forth, the Amateur team reversed the trend and retained the John Deal Cup capturing the 44th Annual SunTrust Tennessee Challenge Cup Matches. The matches, which pit the 16 best amateurs (10 Amateurs & 6 Sr. Amateurs) in the state versus the best 16 Tennessee PGA professionals, was held at Vanderbilt Legends Club (South) over the weekend. In the end the Amateurs raised the trophy after ending the Ryder Cup style matches 18.5 – 13.5.

 

Saturday began with Four-Ball matches, which were delayed an hour and fifteen minutes due to frost. The Professionals started out quick leading several of the matches early, winning the first two, before the Amateurs rallied to take a session lead of one point (4.5 – 3.5). In the afternoon session of Foursomes (alternate shot) the Amateurs made a strong push to go into the final session with significant lead. By the end of the session, the Amateurs had taken 5.5 points out of 8 to end Saturday with a 10 – 6 lead.

 

Sunday’s Singles matches started bright and early. It would only be a matter of time however before the Amateurs had clinched the John Deal Cup. Needing only six points to gain at least a tie and retain the cup, the Amateur team secured that goal in the first seven matches. After losing the opening match, the team reeled off six straight victories, with Kevin Watford (Franklin) providing the sixth point with a 6 & 5 victory. Watford was named the Bobby Nichols MVP at the conclusion of the matches, finishing the weekend with a 3-0-0 record.

 

While the retention of the cup was the goal, the Amateur team wanted to win the overall points and was able to secure that in the eleventh match. After losing three straight matches, Steve McDonald (Nashville) clinched the decisive point, winning his match 4 & 3. The Amateurs would add another point and a half in the remaining matches to reach their 18.5 point total.

 

The 44th Annual SunTrust Tennessee Challenge Cup Matches are one of the many championships conducted annually by the Tennessee Golf Association and Tennessee Section PGA. For more information on the Tennessee Challenge Cup Matches, please visit www.tncupmatches.com or for more information on the TGA or TPGA, please visit us at www.golfhousetennessee.com.

 

Complete results below…

 

Saturday Four-Ball Matches

 

Ams

versus

Pros

Spencer Provow & Craig Smith

      2&1    >

Scott Masters & Scott Moran

Tim Jackson & Steve McDonald

      3&2    >

Richard Rebne & Chase Brannon

Jeff Golliher & Todd Burgan

<   2&1

Greg Wyatt & Euggie Jones

Kevin Watford & Steve Johnson

<   1 UP

Kelvin Burgin & Keith Burdette

Matt Robertson & Scott Kammann

<    2&1

Audie Johnson & Loren Personett

Ron Waters & Tony Green

Halved

Bobby Bray & Tom Kammann

Mike Carroll & Jim Brown

<    2&1

Gary Robinson & Rich Spraker

Bob Clark & Buzz Fly

      2&1    >

Mark Houser & Randy Helton

 

Saturday Foursomes Matches

 

Ams

versus

Pros

Spencer Provow & Craig Smith

<    2&1

Richard Rebne & Chase Brannon

Tim Jackson & Steve McDonald

      1 UP   >

Scott Masters & Scott Moran

Jeff Golliher & Todd Burgan

<    1 UP

Kelvin Burgin & Keith Burdette

Kevin Watford & Steve Johnson

<    2&1

Audie Johnson & Loren Personett

Matt Robertson & Scott Kammann

<    4&2

Greg Wyatt & Euggie Jones

Ron Waters & Tony Green

Halved

Gary Robinson & Rich Spraker

Mike Carroll & Jim Brown

      2 UP   >

Mark Houser & Randy Helton

Bob Clark & Buzz Fly

<    6&5

Bobby Bray & Tom Kammann

 

Sunday Singles Matches

Ams

versus

Pros

Tony Green

       3&2    >

Bobby Bray

Todd Burgan

<    6&5

Audie Johnson

Jeff Golliher

<    1 UP

Scott Masters

Spencer Provow

<    6&5

Richard Rebne

Ron Waters

<    4&2

Tom Kammann

Steve Johnson

<    5&4

Chase Brannon

Kevin Watford

<    6&5

Euggie Jones

Buzz Fly

      2&1     >

Randy Helton

Jim Brown

      2 UP    >

Gary Robinson

Matt Robertson

      6&5     >

Keith Burdette

Steve McDonald

<    4&3

Greg Wyatt

Mike Carroll

      6&5     >

Rich Spraker

Scott Kammann

      4&3     >

Scott Moran

Craig Smith

<    6&5

Kelvin Burgin

Tim Jackson

Halved

Loren Personett

Bob Clark

      2 UP    >

Mark Houser