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Tennessee PGA prevails in Tennessee Challenge Cup
PGA professionals at the Tennessee Challenge Cup (TGA/Twitter photo)
PGA professionals at the Tennessee Challenge Cup (TGA/Twitter photo)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 23, 2018) – The team of PGA professionals representing the Tennessee Section PGA captured the 51st Annual Tennessee Challenge Cup Matches with a final score of 18 to 14 at Cherokee Country Club. The event, which is jointly conducted by the Tennessee Section PGA and Tennessee Golf Association, annually pits the top 16 amateurs and top 16 PGA professionals in the state of Tennessee in a Ryder Cup-style format. The morning session on Monday featured eight four-ball matches which resulted in a 4-4 tie going into the afternoon. Foursome matches were split 4-4 to set up an 8-8 tie heading into Tuesday’s singles matches.

On Tuesday, the professionals struck early, winning the first three matches of the morning and eventually claiming 10 of the possible 16 singles points. With the 18-14 victory, the professionals now lead the overall series 30 to 21.

The professional eam was led by Captain John Wylie, PGA. Wylie was enthusiastic throughout the week and guided his team brilliantly. The professional team was selected from the Tennessee PGA’s Professional and Senior Professional Player of Year Points Lists and the amateur team was selected from the Tennessee Golf Association’s Amateur and Senior Amateur Player of the Year Points Lists. Each team of 16 includes six seniors and ten regulars.

“The Cup matches continually prove to be the most exciting event on our calendar,” said Clayton Hromadka, Executive Director of the Tennessee Section PGA, before the start of the matches. “The camaraderie that each of the participants experiences is tough to match in any other event.”

“While the camaraderie is certainly enjoyable, that doesn't eliminate the intense competition that goes on once they tee off,” Hromadka continued. “I always enjoy watching the matches unfold as the players on each side give everything they have for their respective teams.”

Professional Team
Kelvin Burgin, PGA
Bobby Cochran, PGA
Allen Fennell, PGA
Casey Flenniken, PGA
Adam Forgey, PGA
Buddy Harston, PGA
Randy Helton, PGA
Tad Holley, PGA
Mark Houser, PGA
Glenn Hudson, PGA
Scott Moran, PGA
Braxton Hunter, PGA
Jake Reeves, PGA
Kevin Walker, PGA
Brian Wood, PGA
Greg Wyatt, PGA

Amateur Team
Lucas Armstrong
Warren Cheney
Matt Cooper
Buzz Fly
Jeff Golliher
Steve Golliher
Ryan Greer
Aaron Ingalls
Philip Lee
Mike Poe
Cayman Ratlif
f Bryan Rodgers
David Salyers
Jack Smith
Ryan Terry
Brandon Worley

ABOUT THE Tennessee Challenge Cup

Ryder-cup style team matches between the Tennessee Golf Association and the Tennessee PGA Section. The Amateur Team is selected from the Tennessee Golf Association’s Amateur and Senior Amateur Player of the Year Lists. The Professional Team is selected from the Tennessee Section PGA’s Professional and Senior Professional Player of Year lists. Each team of 16 includes six seniors age 50 and older.

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