The 12-person team from British Columbia Golf withstood a significant rally by the team from the Oregon Golf Association to hang on and win the 9th PNGA Cup, successfully defending their title in the championship. The Ryder Cup-style matches were held at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., and featured 48 of the finest amateur golfers representing the Washington, Idaho, Oregon and British Columbia Golf associations.
In the second day of the matches, which consisted of singles play on this final day, Team BC Golf began the day with a comfortable lead but could not gain much traction in the early going. Team OGA began the day in last place, but won 10 of the 24 matches. The outcome came down to the final hole in the final match, and when Dave Lydell of Team OGA could not get out of a greenside bunker on the 18th hole of his match against Scott Vermeer of Team IGA, the title of the PNGA Cup went to BC Golf, which won by half a point over Team OGA, two and a half points over Team WSGA, and seven points over Team IGA.
British Columbia Golf won last year on the second hole of a playoff against Team WSGA, when the matches were held at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise, Idaho. British Columbia Golf also won the PNGA Cup in 2009. Team OGA is a five-time champion of the PNGA Cup.
The PNGA Cup was created in 2006 by past PNGA President Dr. Jack Lamey as a way of continuing the friendship and partnership of the region’s allied associations under the PNGA umbrella – British Columbia Golf, Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association and Washington State Golf Association. The annual competition consists of 48 of the finest amateur golfers in the region. Each association will send a 12-person team consisting of eight men and four women. The representation includes four mid-amateur men of 25 years of age or older, two men of 40 years or older, two senior men of 55 years or older, two mid-amateur women of 25 years or older and two senior women of 50 years or older.
The Ryder Cup-style format included four-ball and foursome matches the first day and singles matches on the second and final day. The PNGA Cup is one of 15 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
The Home Course opened in 2007 and was immediately lauded by Golfweek magazine as the No. 2-ranked “Best Public Course in Washington.” It has been the site of numerous regional and national championships, including serving as the companion course for Chambers Bay in the 2010 U.S. Amateur, and hosting the 2010 Sahalee Players Championship, among others. On July 14-19, The Home Course will host the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. Visit www.thehomecourse.com for more information.