Coming into the 2014 SCPGA season, there was one title that had eluded all the members of the SCPGA section. In 2007, the SCPGA and SCGA came together to create the first ever Honors Cup Matches which pitted the top 10 players from each association against each other in a Ryder Cup style event. This year was the fifth installment of this unique event that is contested every other year. Leading into the matches this year, the SCPGA was determined to finally put their names on the trophy for the first time ever. Indian Wells Country Club hosted this year’s Honors Cup , and perfect course conditions along with perfect Palm Springs weather, made for a wonderful two days of golf and comradery.
The first day of action saw the teams battle it out in four ball, with the SCPGA team clinging to a tight 8-7 lead at the end of the day. Each team saw some outstanding performances that propelled their respective sides throughout the day. The SCGA team was led by their reigning player of the year Dan Sullivan. Sullivan made easy work of the golf course by firing a 63, which included eight birdies. The SCPGA team was led by Mike Miles, of Old Ranch Country Club and his blazing start. Miles birdied his first seven holes on Sunday to set the tone for his team.
In years past, the SCPGA would see themselves in a hole following the first day of competition, and could not find a way out of it. This year, with the likes of Michael Block, Chris Starkjohann and the fore mentioned Mike Miles, the SCPGA team went into the singles matches more confident than ever. The singles matches saw the closely contested play continue, as each team earned five points after the front nine. The incoming nine saw the SCPGA widen their lead, as putts started to fall and crucial points were earned in each match. With the SCPGA needing 23 points to win the cup, Tim Parun teed off on the 18th hole needing a half a point to secure the title. Parun’s playing competitor hit an impressive approach shot to within 10 inches for a guaranteed birdie. Parun was lying in the greenside bunker in two at the par 5 18th, and hit one of the best shots of the entire event. His bunker shot somehow did not fall after hitting the center of the flagstick, but it stopped inches away from the hole and was a tap in birdie to seal the first ever victory for the SCPGA team.
A special thanks is in order for Indian Wells Country Club and their Director of Golf Dale Butler, PGA and Superintendent David Hay. An event like this is only possible with the hard work of the host facility staff. The teams looked great for the two days of golf thanks to the generosity and support of Antigua for being the official uniform provider for both teams. Sun Mountain Sports also provided the winning SCPGA team with awesome golf bags for the entire team. On behalf of the SCPGA, we would like to wish everyone a happy holiday, and are looking forward to having the Honors Cup trophy on display in the SCPGA offices for the next two years until we are set to defend Honors Cup in 2016.