In difficult playing conditions that included sideways rain and colder than normal temperatures, Team British Columbia Golf took command after the first day of play in the 9th PNGA Cup in their bid to repeat as champions. The Ryder Cup-style matches are being held at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., and feature 48 of the finest amateur golfers representing the Washington, Idaho, Oregon and British Columbia Golf associations.
In the morning’s Four-Ball matches, Team BC Golf jumped to an early lead by winning five of the 12 matches. Team IGA and Team WSGA were tied for second with two and a half points each, while Team OGA had two points.
Team BC Golf won three points in the afternoon Foursomes matches and holds a solid point and a half lead over Team WSGA, which won four points in the afternoon to hold second place alone. Team IGA, which hosted the matches last year, is in third place with five and a half points, while Team OGA sits at four points.
British Columbia Golf will be attempting to defend its PNGA Cup title, having 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.
Singles matches begin tomorrow with the eventual champion being determined by the team with the most overall points following all matches.
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 includes four-ball and foursome matches the first day and singles matches on the second and final day. With three matches for each player, the championship allows each competitor to compete against players from each of the other associations.
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.