Pros Break Amateurs' Grip on the Honors Matches
The victorious SCPGA team (SCPGA photo)
The victorious SCPGA team (SCPGA photo)

La Quinta, CA, Nov. 30, 2018 – The 7th Honors Matches visited Andalusia Country Club in La Quinta on November 29-30 showcasing the top professional and amateur golfers in Southern California. Over the course of two days, the twelve-player teams representing the SCGA and SCPGA competed in a Ryder Cup style match play event.

Team Southern California PGA came into the matches with anticipation to snap the SCGA’s winning ways in the event they have claimed the cup five of the six times and did just that. The first day of matches was a four-ball format where it was SCGA early and SCPGA coming on late to finish the day tied up 9-9.

With three points available in each match (front, back, overall), there was plenty of possibilities going into the final day of single matches. SCPGA wanted to ensure there was no suspense though and kicked it into gear early, setting the pace winning four of the first six. The good fortune kept rolling and the SCPGA began to pull away from the SCGA with strong anchors to close it out.

The SCPGA won 30.5 – 23.5 over the SCGA in the 2018 Honors Matches. This was the first time since 2014 that the SCPGA was able to edge off the SCGA and add their name to the cup.

Todd Keefer, PGA, and John McNair, PGA, led team SCPGA as captains and Ed Holmes was captain to team SCGA.

Each year the SCGA and SCPGA honor and celebrate individuals from each organization for their accomplishments and dedication and service to the game. This year, PGA Professionals Derek and John Hardy along with the SCGA’s Ed Holmes were honored with a dinner Thursday night to celebrate with their family, friends and the SCPGA and SCGA teams.

The SCPGA would like to thank Andalusia Country Club for hosting this event and special thanks to PGA General Manager John Cummings and Host PGA Professional Lindsey Winch. Thank you to the SCGA for their participation in this event and Executive Director Kevin Heaney.

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ABOUT THE The Honors Matches

The Honors Matches are a biennial team event between the top players from the SCGA and SCPGA. The inaugural match was played in 2007. At these matches, the SCGA and SCPGA honor and celebrate an individual from each organization for their past accomplishments and dedicated service to the game of golf. Past SCGA honorees include Bud Bradley, Mark Johnson, Steve Horrell, Tom Morgan, and Jim Vernon. Past SCPGA honorees include Eddie Merrins, Len Kennett, Ron O’Connor, Jerry Anderson, and Tom Barber.

The teams are selected based upon their respective points systems. The top eight players and top four seniors are invited to represent their respective Associations.

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