25th Annual Palmetto Cup Matches

Amateurs take Palmetto Cup in unprecedented victory
In the 25th playing of the Palmetto Cup Matches the amateur golfers representing the South Carolina Golf Association defeated the club professionals of the South Carolina Chapter of the Professional Golfers Association, 19 ½ to 7 ½.  The amateurs amassed an unprecedented 9 – 0 lead on the first day of competition, winning every match in Selected Drive Alternate Shot format.  That first day lead proved to be insurmountable, as the amateurs continued their good play on day two and  recorded an additional 10 ½ points in singles competition.
As the SCGA squad won every match in team competition, all but seven players were also victorious in singles play on day two.  It should be noted that of the senior matches, the amateurs accounted for 3 ½ out of 4 possible points for their team.
The Palmetto Cup Matches pits 18 amateur golfers versus 18 club professionals, including two senior players for each side.  The 25th Anniversary Palmetto Cup Matches were competed at the Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, SC.  The SCPGA currently holds an overall edge in the matches with a record of 13 – 10 – 1.  The 1997 matches were cancelled due to rain.   

Final Results

Day 1: Selected Drive Alternate Shot
2 up Gravley, Whitt   Cornforth, Brown  
2 & 1 King, White   Smith, Butler  
1 up Atkinson, Hargett   Carpenter, Few  
3 & 2 Todd, Cloninger   Mason, Behr  
1 up Palmer, Smunk SENIORS Pendley, Glover  
6 & 5 Hart, Hart   Seawell, Faile  
1 up Byrd, Goff   King, Johnson  
4 & 3 Liebler, Palms   McBride, Cromer  
2 & 1 Dargan, Dargan   Ellison, Clement  
9       0

Day 2: Singles
4 & 3 Mike Gravley (Greer)   Mark Faile (Pickens)  
4 & 3 Chip Whitt (Greenwood)   Tom Mason (Columbia)  
  Bert Atkinson (Charleston)   Donald Clement (Myrtle Beach) 3 & 1
I up Kevin King (Hilton Head)   Steve Behr (Florence)  
6 & 4 Bill Palmer (Bluffton) SENIORS Russell Glover (Florence)  
Halve Bill Smunk (Kingstree) SENIORS Tommy Pendley (Greenwood) Halve
3 & 2 Lee Palms (Greenville)   Clem King (Columbia)  
  Jeff Goff (Jackson)   Greg McBride (Columbia) 6 & 4
  Jordan Byrd (Pendleton)   Michael Smith (Charleston) 1 up
  Steve Liebler (Irmo)   Burke Cromer (Columbia) 2 & 1
4 & 3 Rick Cloninger (Fort Mill)   Todd Ellison (Greenville)  
4 & 3 Eddie Hargett (Blythewood)   Tom Cornforth (Bamberg)  
  Luke Hart (Blythewood)   Mike Brown (Chesterfield) 1 up
3 & 2 Adam Hart (Blythewood)   Rob Butler (Camden)  
1 up Todd White (Moore)   Daniel Seawell (Aiken)  
  Walter Todd (Laurens)   Tommy Carpenter (Aiken) 1 up
3 & 2 David Dargan (Columbia)   Terry Johnson (Duncan)  
  Robert Dargan (Columbia)   Randy Few (Aiken) 2 & 1
10 1/2       7 1/2
Total       Total
19 1/2 SCGA   SCPGA 7 1/2

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