The Joe Black Cup pits teams of golfers representing the Southern Texas PGA and Northern Texas PGA in a North vs. South Texas golf throwdown. It's a Ryder Cup-style competition and this year's tournament - Oct. 12-14 at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin - will be the 28th playing of the event.
Bowman was a top junior player from Tyler in the mid-1970s, went on to be both a JUCO All-American (McLennan College) and NCAA All-American (Texas A&M); and played professionally on the PGA Tour, Asian Tour and European Tour.
Here is the announcement from the STPGA:
Steve Bowman, a veteran of a dozen Texas Joe Black Cup Matches, has been named Captain of the Southern Texas PGA team that will meet is Northern Texas PGA counterpart at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin to determine the 2008 champion from Oct. 12-14. This year will mark the 28th renewal of the tournament.
A victory in this year’s competition would mark an accomplishment neither Section has achieved since the Matches began in 1981 ... maintaining possession of the Cup for four consecutive years.
The Southern Texas PGA won the 2007 Texas Joe Black Cup Matches by a 15-1/2 to 8-1/2 margin to maintain possession of the Cup for the third year in a row. The STPGA had retained the Cup in 2006 following a 12-12 tie after winning the 2005 Matches 12-11.
Bowman, a member of the PGA of America since1986, is a teaching professional at Houston’s Matt Swanson School of Golf. He was the Section’s Eastern Chapter Junior Golf Leader in 2003 and currently serves on the PGA of America’s President’s Council. He served as the chairman on the STPGA Tournament Committee for four years.
“I was thrilled to be asked to be our team’s Captain,” said Bowman. “When you look at the names on the list of past Captains, you know you’ve been honored. It will be a challenge, though, since we’ll be making history as the first Section to hold the Cup four years in a row if we win."
Bowman played on nine Southern Texas PGA Texas Joe Black Cup Matches teams (from 1998 through 2006, while he was the head golf professional at Corpus Christi’s Pharaohs Golf Club), compiling an overall record of 13-12-2. He is the seventh leading point winner, with 16.5 points, in STPGA team history. Five of the Southern Texas PGA teams on which he played won the Matches.
He played on three Northern Texas PGA teams (from 1995 through 1997, when he was the head golf professional at Briarwood (now Cascades) Country Club in Tyler), earning 2.5 points with a record of 2-5-1. The 1995 NTPGA team on which he played beat the STPGA by a 15-9 margin.
Bowman’s playing experience includes two years on the PGA Tour (1985 and 1986) and five years (1990 through 1994) on the European PGA Tour.
The Ryder Cup-style Texas Joe Black Cup Matches began in 1981 and was named in honor of Joe Black, a native of Snyder, Texas, who was then serving as president of the PGA of America. Black is currently living near Austin.
The annual event pits teams of Southern Texas PGA Professionals against a team of professionals from the Northern Texas PGA. The two teams consist of nine professionals who win spots on the teams through year-long “points” competitions, a senior representative, the respective Section president ands a Captains’ pick on both sides. The makeup of both teams will be determined following the completion of the respective Section Professional Championships.