The 6th Bi-Annual Honors Matches was recently contested on December 11th and 12th at the historic and scenic La Quinta Country Club as the Southern California PGA faced the Southern California Golf Association in a friendly two days of matches. The two teams, made up of the top 12 players from each Association, showcased the top PGA professionals and top SCGA amateur golfers in Southern California.
The match play format is includes four-ball matches contested on day one followed with singles matches on day two, with each match worth three points (a point for the front nine, a point for the back nine and a point for the overall match).
This year the 2016 SCPGA team included members Chi Choi, Thomas Chu, Eric Evans, Steve Holmes, Chris Lempa, Tim Parun, Kenny Pigman, Ron Skayhan, Chad Sorensen, Gary Sowinski, Chris Starkjohann, Paul Wise and Captained by Past President John McNair. The SCPGA was also pleased to have Mr. Pat Rielly serve as the Honoree during the matches in which he was recognized.
Day one of matches found the SCGA taking the early lead 10-8 in the Four-Ball Matches, with thrilling matches throughout the day. With the second day singles and a total of 36 points on the board, the Honors Cup was there for the taking for both Associations. The Amateurs went on a birdie borage in the Single Matches and separating themselves from Team SCPGA. With the strong showing in the singles , the SCGA took back the Cup winning total of 35-19. This is the fifth time in six years that SCGA has retained or captured the Cup.
La Quinta Country Club and Host PGA Professional Chris Gilley were a pleasure to work with and served as an excellent site for the coveted Honors Matches. A big thank you to the Club and all staff and members for graciously hosting the 6th Bi-Annual Matches. Another thank you to Cutter & Buck who supplied SCPGA uniforms for the matches. Finally, thank you to the Rules Committee who continue to donate their time to better the game- we thank you!
Congratulations to team members on both sides for your tremendous play to be a part of the team and congratulations to the SCGA on their victory.