Southern Texas PGA Takes Back Joe Black Cup

Texas Joe Black Cup MatchesBret Nutt, head golf professional at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, closed out Gilbert Freeman, head golf professional at Dallas’ Lakewood Country Club, with a par on the 16th hole to win their singles match 3&2 and give the Southern Texas PGA a 13-11 victory in the 2009 Texas Joe Black Cup Matches at Bryan’s Miramont Country Club.

“It was a great week of fun and competition,” said Nutt after the victory. “Marc DeWall, our president, asked me if there was any additional pressure being the Captain’s Pick, and there was. I didn’t want to let Jeff Strong or our Section down."

Nutt recorded birdies on the 8th, 9th and 10th holes, a stretch that proved decisive in his match.

The Texas Joe Black Cup Matches is a Ryder Cup-style event pitting teams of a dozen Southern Texas PGA Professionals against a dozen professional from the Northern Texas PGA. Both teams consisted of nine professionals that played their way onto the team via year long points competitions, the respective Section presidents, a senior representative and a Captain’s Pick.

The Southern Texas Section had begun the 12 singles matches with an 8-4 lead following the first day’s four-ball and foursome matches. As the defending champion, the NTPGA needed to accumulate 12 points in the 2009 matches to retain the Cup. The STPGA needed to win 12-1/2 points to wrest control of the trophy from the northerners.

Action from the 2009 Texas Joe Black Cup

2009 Texas Joe Black Cup

Nutt’s victory gave the STPGA its 13th point, with the NTPGA, led by Captain Darrell Crall, the executive director of the Northern Texas Section, having grabbed 9 points when Nutt closed out his match. The NTPGA went on to win the final two matches of the day for it’s final total of 11 points.

“We started getting ready for this back in May,” said Jeff Strong, the head golf professional at Mont Belvieu’s Eagle Pointe Golf Club and the Captain of the Southern Texas PGA. “This tournament is really important to us and it feels awesome to win. When you work hard at something and it’s nice to see it work out. I think everyone knew how much it meant to me and to the STPGA to win, and they responded.”

Southern Texas PGA Captain Jeff Strong with the Cup

The victorious Southern Texas PGA squad

Strong dedicated the victory to host professional Brad Lardon, who had been a member of the team but was forced to withdraw after suffering a shoulder injury, and to Mike Ray, the executive director of the Southern Texas PGA.

With the Southern Texas PGA’s win at Miramont, the series is tied at 14-14-1 since the event began in 1981. 


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