Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

AREA NOTEBOOK; Teams Set for PGA Cup Matches

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

AREA NOTEBOOK; Teams Set for PGA Cup Matches

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Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union

The only area-wide match play tournament begins on Monday at the Timuquana Country Club with the 14th edition of the Northern Chapter PGA Cup Matches.

The two-day event annually pits a team of 12 club professionals from the Northern Chapter against 12 First Coast amateurs. The professionals won 13 1/2-10 1/2 last year and hold an 8-4-1 lead in the rivalry that has been more competitive in recent years. After the pros dominated the matches in the early years, the amateurs won four of six before last year's loss.

Ten of the 12 members of the pro team were selected on the basis of the chapter's points standings for 2004. Captain Ted Hopkins made two wild-card selections, Tim Peterson and Gary Murfitt. Walter Smith, who holds most of the professional Cup Match records, had to withdraw from the event because of a scheduling conflict at his home club and was replaced by Todd Bork.

The other members of this year's pro team are Cary Splane, Richie Bryant, Wayne Ulmer, Tom Stecker, Kirk Jones, Dave Bartoe, Ray Barr, Robert Dugger and Tim Hooks. Dugger is the only Cup Match rookie.

The first four members of the amateur team were chosen off a points list, a selection committee headed by co-captain Steve Dodson picked the next six, and captain Rocky Staples made two more wild-card selections (Cup Match veterans David Anthony and Andy Purnell). One of the other selections, Scott Smith, had to withdraw and was replaced by two-time Gate Senior champion Gary Verble.

The rest of the amateur team is Steve Carter (who is undefeated in Cup Match singles), Doug Conkey, Mike Ellison, Larry Lunsford, Ken Moody, Don Padgett, Scot Regner, Tommy Dudley Jr. and Michael Gilbourne. Dudley and Gilbourne are rookies in the event.

The teams will play six better ball and six alternate shot matches on Monday, and 12 singles matches on Tuesday. …

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