South Aims to Take it Back in Texas Joe Black Cup Matches

Joe Black Cup MatchesAtradition dating back almost 30 years, the annual Texas Joe Black Cup is the Lone Star State’s version of the Ryder Cup, packed with the intensity and competitive spirit of the biennial matches that pit the United States against Europe, and topped off with a bit of local flair that makes it such a highly-anticipated competition.

This year’s tussle between the Southern Texas PGA Professionals and the Northern Texas PGA Professionals is set for Nov. 9-10 at the private and prestigious Miramont Country Club in Bryan. Last year the Northern Section took home the Cup 14 ½ to 9 ½, and took command of the overall series, which stands at 14-13-1 in favor of the NTPGA.

“It doesn’t really matter what the long-term record is,” said Wes Skaggs of Crystal Falls Golf Course, who will be representing the Southern Texas PGA. “I think more than anything it’s about the players on both sides, and their desire to dominate. We’re all strong players and everyone wants to win. Regardless of what the match history is, this year’s event is this year’s event.”

Led by Captain Jeff Strong and Assistant Captain Gordon Johnson, the Southern Texas PGA team will include nine professionals who played their ways onto the team via the Section’s tournament-based points competition.

The following players will represent the Southern Texas PGA: James Brown (River Oaks Country Club); Toby Gru-bert (The Club at Falcon Point); Jesse Horner (Horseshoe Bay Resort); Tony Johnson (The Club at Comanche Trace); Randy Jones (Alamo Golf Club); Brad Lardon (Miramont Country Club); Ken McDonald (BraeBurn Country Club); Wes Skaggs (Crystal Falls Golf Course); and Matt Trevino (Riverhill Country Club).

Joining them will be STPGA President Marc DeWall (The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch), Captain’s Pick Bret Nutt (Redstone Golf Club) and senior representative David Lundstrom (PGA of America Life Member).

As the defending champion, the Northern Texas PGA will need to accumulate 12 points in the 2009 matches to retain the Joe Black Cup. The Southern Texas PGA will have to win 12 ½ points to take the trophy from the northerners. The 2009 contest will kick off with six four-ball and six foursome matches on Nov. 9, followed by a dozen singles matches on Nov. 10.

The annual matches began in 1981 and are named in honor of Joe Black, a native of Snyder, Texas, who was then serving as president of the PGA of America.


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