Iowa Cup: Pros dominate amateurs in win
01 May 2014
see also: Iowa Cup Matches Golf Tournament, Spirit Hollow Golf Club

MUSCATINE, Iowa (May 1, 2014) -- The Iowa Section PGA professionals won the Iowa Cup for the second straight year. The professionals dominated the IGA amateurs, winning every session over the two days of matches at Geneva Golf & CC in Muscatine.

The pros won the final day singles matches 14 to 6 to bring the final tally to 26.5 to 13.5. Day one consisted of two sessions of partner play. The Iowa Section PGA earned 6.5 points to 3.5 points in the morning Four-Ball then captured 6 of the 10 available points in afternoon Foursomes (alternate shot).

The 47th Iowa Cup Matches are being played Wednesday & Thursday, April 30th and May 1st at Geneva Golf & CC in Muscatine, Iowa. These matches bring together a team of 20 Iowa Golf Association amateurs to compete against 20 Iowa Section PGA professionals in a Ryder Cup style competition. After the PGA won back-to-back in 2007 & 2008, the IGA team has reeled off four straight from 2009 thru 2012. The Iowa PGA won back the cup with a 16-14 snow-shortened victory at Bos Landen Golf Resort last year.

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.

ABOUT THE Iowa Cup Matches

Team matches between the amateur team of the Iowa Golf Association (IGA) and the professional team of the Iowa PGA Section.

Iowa Cup Match Format:
Round 1 – Four-Ball Matches – 18 Holes, 1 point per match
Round 2 – Foursome Matches (Alternate Shot) – 18 Holes, 1 point per match
Round 3 – Singles Matches – 18 Holes, 1 point per match
TOTAL POINTS – Round 1 = 10 + Round 2 = 10 + Round 3 = 20 = 40 Total Points

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