Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Amateurs Seeking First PGA Cup Title

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Amateurs Seeking First PGA Cup Title

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There isn't much new, except for the course, as the Northern

Chapter PGA Cup matches begin today at the refurbished Timuquana

Country Club.

The sixth edition of the Ryder Cup-style battle between 12man

teams of area club pros and amateurs starts with six best-ball

matches this morning and six alternate-shot in the afternoon,

both formats with twoman teams. There will be 12 singles matches

tomorrow.

Each victory counts one point and ties are a half point. The

professionals are 4-0-1 since the matches began in 1992 and won

13-11 in 1996, the third consecutive year in which the margin

was two points or less.

"I think it's surprising in a way that the amateurs haven't won

a match," pro captain Mark Blakewood of Deercreek Country Club

said. "A lot of them get to play more golf than we do. But

there's a lot of pride among the pros, and I can tell you that I

don't want to be the first captain to lose one of these."

There won't be many surprises as 11 of the 12 pros and 10 of

the 12 amateurs have previous Cup experience. …

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