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The 40th Annual PGA-MGA Cup Matches

May 24, 2016

The Minnesota Section PGA came into the 40th Annual Cup Matches at Bunker Hills Golf Course hoping to end its two-year skid and with two matches left to play, that looked to be the likely result.

Unfortunately, a furious, late rally by the Minnesota Golf Association derailed the Minnesota PGA’s quest to end the losing streak which is now at three straight.

The outcome looked bright after the first match results came in with both Brent Snyder of Troy Burne GC and Eric Rolland of Woodhill CC winning their singles matches in convincing fashion. Snyder defeated Jesse Bull 5&4, and Rolland defeated Jesse Polk 3&2. The pair added to their already impressive day by winning the four-ball match 3&2 as well.

“Brent and I make a pretty good team,” said Rolland. “He’s a really good partner, such a good player. Brent’s always competing, and he’s never out of a hole.” The two started off playing well, and were neck and neck with Bull and Polk until Snyder chipped in on the par 3, 12th—providing a spark. “I birdied the 13th and 14th hole after Brent chipped in on the 12th,” explained Rolland. “That was the turning point and swing of the match.”

Darren & Doug Trophy

MGA Tournament Director, Doug Hoffman (Left) and Minnesota Section PGA Tournament Director, Darren DeYoung (Right) with the PGA-MGA Cup Matches Trophy

“I thought we played well overall,” added Snyder; “I played well enough to win my match as well.”

Another bright spot for the Minnesota PGA team was Dale Jones of Mendakota CC and Bump Werness of Golf Galaxy who also won both of their individual matches. Jones defeated Leif Carlson 6&4, and Werness defeated Whittaker 3&2; the senior pair also cruised to victory in their four-ball match 6&5 over Carlson and Whittaker.

“We didn’t make mistakes,” emphasized Werness. “We always covered for each other; one of us would make a great shot when we needed to.”

Jones shared the same sentiment and mentioned the great start they had, “We birdied the 3rd, eagled the 4th and birdied both the 5th and 6th to go up 5 right away.” The bleeding didn’t stop there for the opponent, Carlson and Whittaker, “We birdied the 10th, 11th and 12th holes to end the match,” said Jones. “We put it close to the pin and made good putts all day.”

The Minnesota PGA was leading 19-13 with the final two groups left to finish, but the MGA took the final 8 points to win 21-19. The Minnesota PGA won 9 of 20 singles matches, and split the four-ball matches winning 4 of 10 with two halves.

This is the third straight victory for the Minnesota Golf Association, but the Minnesota Section PGA leads the all-time series 27-11-2.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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