Amateurs beat pros at Hanna-Wherman Cup

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2011) -- It was a fight to the final match to decide the Hanna Wehrman Cup, with the NCGA amateurs defeating the NCPGA professionals 10 ½ to 9 ½ Tuesday at Poppy Hills. The NCGA trailed the professionals by three points after yesterday’s first two rounds.

“The team had an amazing comeback, scoring seven out of their 10 ½ points to close the gap and win the Cup,” said NCGA team captain Chris Clark. “We had several key victories. The day really turned around when Darryl Donovan halved with Steve Pellegrine on the last hole. Both back nine comebacks by Brent Booth and Steve Wilson were instrumental to the win.”

Kevin Wentworth’s 1-up victory over Mitch Lowe solidified the amateur’s success after NCGA Player of the Year Randy Haag fell 2 and 1 to Stuart Smith.

In other matches, NCGA amateur Bryson Dechambeau closed out professional Chris Borrego 5 and 4, while Logan Goulding beat Jason Schmuhl 4 and 3. Lance Johnson posted the day’s first win for the professionals, overcoming Anthony Barrera 3 and 1.

The annual event, beginning in 1967, invites the top Northern California amateurs to play against the best NCPGA professionals, determined through a qualifying points system. This three-round tournament combines four-ball match play, foursome match play and singles match play in a Ryder Cup format.

The NCGA Hanna-Wehrman team comprises Anthony Barrera, Kevin Wentworth, Danny Paniccia, Darryl Donovan, Randy Haag, Mike Steiler, Logan Goulding, Bryson Dechambeau, Brent Booth, and Steve Wilson. They competed against the NCPGA team of Eric Goettsch, Mitch Lowe, Steve Hummel, Jason Schmuhl, Rick Leibovich, Lance Johnson, Jeffrey Anderson, Steve Pellegrine, Stuart Smith, Robert Poole and Chris Borrego.

The Hanna-Wehrman Cup was named for former NCGA Executive Director Bob Hanna and lifetime PGA of America member Lyle Wehrman.

ABOUT THE Hanna-Wehrman Cup Matches

The Hanna-Wehrman Cup features 10 amateur players representing the NCGA (top players from the previous season’s points list) taking on 10 professional players representing the Northern California PGA in a Ryder Cup-like format.

The first day of play consists of two rounds—one round of four-ball match play (better ball) and one round of foursome match play (alternate shot). The second day of play’s final rounds consist of singles match play.

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