IRVING, Texas – The Northern Texas PGA captured the 30th Texas Joe Black Cup Matches by an overall point total of 13 to 11. The teams were tied at six points each heading into the Singles Matches on day two. The singles matches were close from the beginning and were tied at one point a piece when a weather delay suspended play for three hours and forty-five minutes. After the delay was lifted, both teams went out and performed well, but the Northern Texas PGA was able to pull away and win key matches to capture the cup. Cameron Doan set the tone defeating David von Hoffmann 5 & 4 in match one, but it was T. Craig Pullen, making his first appearance in the Texas Joe Black Cup Matches, who made a six-foot putt on 16th hole to halve hole and win his match 3 & 2 which clinched the 12 ½ points needed for the NTPGA team to win the matches.
The team records were tied going into the matches with each team sharing a 14-14-1 overall record. The Northern Texas PGA now leads the matches with a 15-14-1 overall record.
The teams from each section were represented by their Section President, Senior Points Leader, top 9 PGA directors of golf and head golf professionals, and a Captain’s Pick of a PGA director of golf or head golf professional. Mark Viskozki, PGA director of golf at Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie served as the Northern Texas PGA team captain with Gordon Johnson, PGA head professional at Houston Country Club in Houston serving as the Southern Texas PGA captain. The matches were contested at Four Seasons Resort and Club (TPC), a 7,166 yard, par 70 layout in Irving.
The Texas Joe Black Cup Matches is an annual competition between the Northern Texas PGA and the Southern Texas PGA Sections. The Ryder Cup style format features 12 golf professionals from each Section competing in Foursome and Four-Ball Matches the first day followed by Singles Matches the final day. The event was started in 1981 to honor Joe Black, a Snyder native who was completing his first year as President of The PGA of America.
One point was awarded to a winning match and halve a point awarded to any match that is tied after eighteen holes. The Northern Texas PGA needed 12 ½ points to capture the cup while the Southern Texas PGA needs 12 points to retain the cup.
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