La Quinta, CA, Nov. 30, 2018 – The 7th Honors Matches visited Andalusia Country Club in La Quinta on November 29-30 showcasing the top professional and amateur golfers in Southern California. Over the course of two days, the twelve-player teams representing the SCGA and SCPGA competed in a Ryder Cup style match play event.
Team Southern California PGA came into the matches with anticipation to snap the SCGA’s winning ways in the event they have claimed the cup six of the seven times and did just that. The first day of matches was a four-ball format where it was SCGA early and SCPGA coming on late to finish the day tied up 9-9.
With three points available in each match (front, back, overall), there was plenty of possibilities going into the final day of single matches. SCPGA wanted to ensure there was no suspense though and kicked it into gear early, setting the pace winning four of the first six. The good fortune kept rolling and the SCPGA began to pull away from the SCGA with strong anchors to close it out.
The SCPGA won 30.5 – 23.5 over the SCGA in the 2018 Honors Matches. This was the first time since 2014 that the SCPGA was able to edge off the SCGA and add their name to the cup.
Todd Keefer, PGA, and John McNair, PGA, led team SCPGA as captains and Ed Holmes was captain to team SCGA.
Each year the SCGA and SCPGA honor and celebrate individuals from each organization for their accomplishments and dedication and service to the game. This year, PGA Professionals Derek and John Hardy along with the SCGA’s Ed Holmes were honored with a dinner Thursday night to celebrate with their family, friends and the SCPGA and SCGA teams.
The SCPGA would like to thank Andalusia Country Club for hosting this event and special thanks to PGA General Manager John Cummings and Host PGA Professional Lindsey Winch. Thank you to the SCGA for their participation in this event and Executive Director Kevin Heaney.
The Honors Matches are a biennial team event between the top players from the SCGA and SCPGA. The Inaugural match was played in 2007 and this year’s competition marks the seventh playing of these Ryder Cup style matches.
The teams are selected based upon their respective points systems. The top eight players and top four senior players are invited to represent their respective Associations. The first four of these matches: 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012 were won by the SCGA; the SCPGA was victorious in 2014; and the SCGA reclaimed the trophy in 2016.
At these matches, the SCGA and SCPGA honor and celebrate an individual (or individuals) from each organization for their past accomplishments and dedicated service to the game of golf. Past SCGA honorees are Bud Bradley, Mark Johnson, Steve Horrell, Tom Morgan, Jim Vernon, and Bill Cunerty. Past SCPGA honorees are Eddie Merrins, Len Kennett, Ron O’Connor, Jerry Anderson, Tom Barber, and Patrick Rielly. This year, the SCGA will honor Ed Holmes, and the SCPGA will honor Derek and John Hardy.
Andalusia Country Club
Designed by master golf architect Rees Jones, Andalusia’s 18-hole championship course offers a challenging and rewarding game, all set within a stunning landscape. The 7,521-yard, par 72 course is one of the longest as well as one of the most playable courses in the desert, offering a variety of stimulating play for every level of golfer. The 88 bunkers have been placed strategically to affect play from all angles. What won’t affect you are homes. Blessed with what could be the widest fairways in the desert, the course’s expansive design ensures that homes and backyards don’t become a factor. The expansive fairways give each hole a unique character that makes every round considerably more interesting, more spirited and more fun for all.
Todd Keefer, PGA
General Manager- Wilshire Country Club
John McNair, PGA
Vice President of Golf Operations JC Resorts,
SCPGA Past President (2014- 2016)
Past President of the SCGA (2007)
Board member for 13 years
2007 – SCGA
2008 – SCGA
2010 – SCGA
2012 – SCGA
2014 – SCPGA
2016 – SCGA