The Southwest Section PGA professionals may have won the 52nd Bob Goldwater Cup Matches, but not before the amateurs of the Arizona Golf Association put forth an outstanding effort. The Raven Golf Club Phoenix hosted the matches on Monday and Tuesday, November 26-27, 2012.
With perfect golf weather and the golf course in spectacular tournament condition, both the professionals and amateurs displayed excellent team spirit and competitive golf.
Day one featured a mixed four-ball (better ball) in the morning (one open division player with one senior division player) and foursome (alternate shot) matches in the afternoon in their respective divisions. After the morning play the Southwest Section PGA held a slight lead of 6 ½ to 5 ½ over the Arizona Golf Association in both divisions. The overall four-ball points are awarded to both divisions as each team is represented by an open and senior participant. At the end of day one the Southwest Section PGA advantage grew to 10 ½ to 7 ½ in the open division matches, while the senior division was tied 9 to 9 heading into day two single matches.
Shown in winning team photo: Glenn Griffith,Jeff Thomas, Jason Wtczak, Chris Dompier, Mike Hopper, Marty Jertson, Dennis Downs, Greg Avant, Jeff yurkiewicz, Jason Magee, Brandon Smith (Not Pictured Blayne Hobbs)
Shown in winng senior team photo: Dave Kluver, Mike Malaska, Jon Chaffee, Bob Jennings, Earl Svenningson, Larry Mackin, Ralph West, Bill Dodd, jr, Randy Wittig, Dave Simm, Bill Barnard
On Monday evening all participants and guests attended the dinner / reception in honor of the late Bob Goldwater. During the reception Bob was recognized for his lifelong achievements, devotion and love to the game of golf. Margaret Goldwater, Bob’s wife spoke about Bob and how he created the Bob Goldwater Cup Matches back in 1961. The evening concluded with team captains Don Rea and Mike Wright (Southwest Section PGA) and Trey Martin & Marc Apps (Arizona Golf Association) introducing the teams.
In the open division single matches the professionals and amateurs exchanged wins until eventually splitting their single matches 6 to 6. The Southwest Section PGA retained the cup with an overall total of 16 ½ to 13 ½. They lead the overall series 38 – 14.
The Senior Division had one of the closest matches in years. The Arizona Golf Association won several matches early and was a full point form winning the senior cup for the first time since 2002. The Southwest Section PGA won three matches in a row to tie the Arizona Golf Association with one match remaining on the golf course.
William Dodd Jr from the Southwest Section PGA and Rusty Brown from the Arizona Golf Association went to the 9th tee (their 18th hole) all square. After Rusty Brown split the fairway with his tee shot, Dodd hooked his into the trees on the left. Dodd then hit a remarkable three wood from the trees to the front of the green. Rusty Brown pulled his approach shot to the left leaving him a short pitch to the hole. After both players chipped to the green Brown was away facing an 8 foot birdie putt, which he made placing the pressure solely on Dodd and his 4 footer to halve the match. Dodd made his putt to split the senior single matches 6 to 6 and the overall competition was tied 15 to 15. This marked only thefourth tie in the senior division. The Southwest Section PGA seniors retains the cup as they currently held the cup.
It took a complete team effort for the Southwest Section PGA in both the open and senior division to be victorious, but two rookies on the open team Dennis Downs and Jeff Thomas as well as two veterans from the senior team Greg Harmon and Earl Svenningsen all went undefeated in their matches over the two days.
Members of the winning open division team included; Greg Avant, Jeff Yurkiewicz, Blayne Hobbs, Marty Jertson, Jason Magee, Michael Hopper, Dennis Downs, Brandon Smith, Glen Girffith, Jeff Thomas, Chris Dompier and Jason Witczak.
Members of the winningsenior division team included; Jon Chaffee, Randy Wittig, Chris Endres, Earl Svenningsen, Greg Harmon, Robert Jennings, Dave Simm, Dave Kluver, Larry Mackin, Ralph West, Mike Malaska and William Dodd Jr.
Special thanks to Alex Tsakiris, Tournament Manager of the Arizona Golf Association as the host association for this year’s Bob Goldwater Cup Matches as well as Derek Crawford, General Manager of the Raven Golf Club Phoenix.
Written by Mike Martino