Friday, December 02, 2005

South Claims Joe Black Cup Matches

The Joe Black Cup is a Ryder Cup-style yearly match pitting teams of professional representing the Southern Texas PGA and Northern Texas PGA. This year, the Black Cup was contested in Austin on the Fazio Canyons Course, and the STPGA eked out a 12.5 to 11.5 victory.

The individual match results are available here. And here is the recap from the STPGA:

The Southern Texas PGA’s team of 12 professionals entered the singles competition of the 2005 Texas Joe Black Cup Matches down by a single point to their counterparts and came back to capture seven of the 12 one-on-one matches to win the 25th renewal of the annual competition, held this year on the Fazio Canyons Course at Austin’s’ Barton Creek Resort and Spa.

The Northern Texas PGA, which had won three of the Ryder Cup-style competitions in a row, had taken a 6-1/2 to 5-1/2 point lead over the Southern Texas PGA after six four-ball matches and an equal number of foursome matches. Two of the latter were completed on the final day of the competition after being called due to darkness on the first day.

Southern Texas PGA President Dale Morgan defeated the Northern Texas PGA President Tom Campbell by a 1-up margin in the first singles match of the day to get the southerners off to a fast start. The remainder of the day was a back-and-forth affair, with the Southern Texas PGA finally surging to the win, taking 3-1/2 of the final 4 points available to capture the competition by a 12-1/2 to 11-1/2 margin.

The defending champion NTPGA team had needed only 12 points to retain the trophy; the STPGA captured the minimum 12-1/2 points it needed to take the Joe Black Cup home. The Northern Texas PGA holds a 13-12 lead in the 25-year-old series.

Next year’s Texas Joe Black Cup Matches will be hosted by the Northern Texas PGA at a site to be determined.

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