WESTLAKE—The Southern Texas PGA captured the 34th edition of the Joe Black Cup Matches, 14-10, here at The Vaquero Club thanks to domination of the opening day team matches, assuming a 17-16-1 lead in the series.
The STPGA jumped off to a 4 1/2-1 1/2 lead in the four-ball matches and stretched the lead to 8-4 in the foursome matches before the two teams of club professionals battled to a 6-6 draw in the singles.
Brad Lardon, director of golf at the Miramont County Club, gave the South, captained by Glenn Lee of the Escondido Golf and Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay, the decisive 12th point with a 4&3 win over Clayton Friend, director of golf at the Diamond Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth.
Joining Lardon as winners of all three of their matches were Ryan Polzon of the Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston and James Alexander of the Club at Carlton Woods.
For North captain Philip Bleakley of the Golf Club of Dallas, NTPGA president Paul Ernerst of the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Irving proved to be the point leader, winning twice and halving his other match.
Adam Headley of the Hillcrest Country Club in Lubbock holed a 5-iron 190 yards for a hole-in-one on the par-3 second hole, using the momentum to win his match over Eric Bogar of the Sugar Creek Country Club, 7 & 5.
The Ryder Cup-style competition was started in 1981 to honor Joe Black, who was finishing up his first year as the president of the PGA of America, and for Texas bragging rights between two of PGA’s most prestigious Sections.
Joe Mitchell, ST df. Judd Whiteman, 3&2; Ryan Polzin, ST df. Dean Larsson, 3&2; Paul Ernest, NT df. David Altemus, 6&4; Jason Alexander, ST df. Billy Harris, 6&4; Cameron Doan, NT df. Wes Skaggs, 3&2; Brad Lardon, ST df. Clayton Friend, 7&6; Adam Headley, NT df. Eric Bogar, 7&6; John Sikes, NT df. Troy Schleicher, 3&2; Patrick Buhrmann, NT df. Rick Arnett, 3&2; David von Hoffman, ST df. Kevin Golding, 2&1; Jason Hase, NT df. James Brown, 4&3; Darrell Fuston, ST df. Brent Lingel, 2&1.
Lardon-Skaggs, ST df. Sikes-Harris, 4 & 3; Larsson-Whiteman, NT df. Altemus-Schleicher, 2&1; Bogar-Polzin, ST df. Friend_Headley, 4&3; Fuston-Mitchell, ST df. Doan-Hase, 2up; Brown-Arnett, ST halved Golding-Earnest; Alexander-von Hoffman, ST df. Lingel-Buhrmann,1upoffman df. Lingel-Buhrmann, 1 up Hoffman
Whiteman-Larsson, NT df. Altemus-Fuston, 5 & 3; Lardon-Skaggs, ST df. Doan-Hase, 5&3; Polzin-Bogar, ST df. Harris-Sikes, 1 up; Golding-Earnest, NT df. Von Hoffman-Mitchell, 4&2; Schleicher-Alexander, ST df. Lingel-Buhrmann, 3&2; Arnett-Brown, ST halved Friend-Headley