MUSCATINE, Iowa (April 30, 2014) -- The professionals hold the early advantage over the amateur contingency at the 47th Iowa Cup Matches at Geneva Golf & Country Club.
The Iowa Section PGA pros are up 12.5-7.5 after the first day of actions. Leading 6.5 to 3.5 after the morning matches, the professionals kept the foot on the gas pedal in the afternoon matches.
The Iowa Cup Matches began in 1968 at the “brand new” Des Moines Golf & Country Club. At that time the format was much like a college or high school event. It was played at stroke play and each side had 12 players with the low eight scores counting. They played 36 holes in a single day and Bob Leahy made a ten foot putt to capture the cup for the amateurs, 1,252 strokes to 1,253. The past few years have produced more close finishes, with the IGA winning by a single point in 2010, two points in 2011 and four in 2012. The Iowa PGA then won by two in 2013. Since 1993 the series has been nip and tuck. The Iowa PGA has won ten times, the IGA squad has nine wins while there was one tie (2000) and one rainout (1999). Unfortunately records are incomplete prior to 1993.
The usual format has the teams playing Four-Ball Matches (1 Best Ball of 2 for 18 holes) on the morning of day one, with Foursomes play (alternate shot) on the afternoon of day one. Then morning of day two consists of Single Matches. Each match is worth a point, with 40 total points up for grabs.
-Information from the Iowa Golf Association was used in this report
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