San Diego Cup Match: Amateurs Retain Cup Tying Series
14 Oct 2019
by Kyle Rector of AmateurGolf.com

2019 San Diego Cup Amateur Team
2019 San Diego Cup Amateur Team

Carlsbad, Calif. (October 13, 2019) - Heading into the singles matches needing just four points to secure the San Diego Cup on Sunday, the amateur team continued their strong play in the Ryder Cup-style matches on the Omni La Costa Resort Champions Course to retain the Cup and tying the overall series 23-23-2.

The San Diego Cup features the top 12 PGA Class A Professionals competing against the top 12 amateur players in San Diego County in a team competition similar to the Ryder Cup with each match worth one point. Session 1 is Pinehurst Format (6 points), Session 2 is Four-Ball (6 points), and Session 3 is Individual Match Play (12 points). The Amateur Team won last year at Carlton Oaks, 15-9, a win that halted the professional winning streak of four consecutive wins (2014 – 2017), the longest streak for either side in the history of the event.

The amateurs earned 7 points Sunday, which more than enough points in the singles match to easily wrap up the victory. The amateur team relied heavily on four rookies this year, who earned a combined 10 out of 15.5 points.

Amateur team rookie Geoffry Shaw, a former Texas A&M standout, earned three full points, including an exciting singles match win over noted Coronado Golf Course head Professional Brian Smock. Taking a point from Smock – a multiple top-10 finisher on The Nationwide Tour (now the Korn Ferry Tour) and two-time PGA Championship participant – in match play is no easy task. Shaw’s putter caught fire down the stretch and he birdied Nos. 14, 15, and the iconic par-3 16th hole on the Champions Course to close out the match. Long time La Costa Member and Amateur team rookie David Oas also earned a full 3 points while providing valuable course knowledge to the team over the weekend.

This win marks the second consecutive victory for the amateurs against the San Diego Professionals. The series is now tied.

Another notable performance on the amateur side came from Craig Davis, 2019 Senior British Amateur Champ and three-time Southern California Senior Champion. Davis birdied Nos. 6, 7 and 8 on the front nine at La Costa and never looked backed. With a final tap-in birdie on 15, Davis, who plays out of San Diego Country Club, closed out Torrey Pines Professional Chris Lempa 4&3

A notable performance on the professional side came from Mark Geddes, who helped earned three full points for the Professionals. Geddes was 7-under par in his singles match taking down top Southern California Mid-Am and former University of California Santa Barbara player Joe Ryon 3&2.

2019 Amateur Team:
Craig Davis – San Diego Country Club
Pete Williams – The Farms
Kyle Rector – Bernardo Heights Country Club / Amateurgolf.com
Ryan Wilkins – The Farms / Golf Channel Amateur Tour
Grant Martens – Titleist / Golf Channel Amateur Tour
Blaine Staggs – Sycuan Golf Resort
Geoffrey Shaw – Arrowood Golf Course
Joe Ryon – Vista Valley Country Club / TaylorMade Golf
Nick Lumsden – Vista Valley Country Club / Golf Channel Amateur Tour
Tyler Hurst – Vista Valley Country Club
Kevin Tassistro – Titleist
David Oas – Omni La Costa Resort

2019 Professional Team:
Mark Geddes - Coronado Golf Course
Tim Parun - Coronado Golf Course
Alan Scheer - Steele Canyon Golf Club
Gary Sowinski - The Hodges Learning Center
Bruce Nakamura - Aviara Golf Academy
Brian Smock - Coronado Golf Club
Matt Gibbens - Santaluz Club
Michael Griffin - Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
Jeff Munak - San Diego Country Club
Dustin Irwin - Omni La Costa Golf Club
Chris Lempa - Torrey Pines Golf Course
Chris Starkjohann - Life Member Active

2019 Individual Match Results
Brian Smock & Mark Geddes Def Grant Martens & Ryan Wilkins, 4&3
Michael Griffin & Jason Timlin Def Kevin Tassistro & Pete Williams, 2&1
Nick Lumsden & Blaine Staggs Def Dustin Irwin & Tim Parun, 2&1
Craig Davis & David Oas Def Gary Sowinksi & Chris Starkjohann, 2&1
Tyler Hurst & Joe Ryon tied Matt Gibbens & Jeff Munak, AS
Kyle Rector & Geoffrey Shaw Def Chris Lempa & Bruce Nakamura, 4&3
Amateurs 3.5, Professionals 2.5

Brian Smock & Mark Geddes Def Craig Davis & Ryan Wilkins, 2&1
David Oas & Kyle Rector Def Dustin Irwin & Jason Timlin, 5&4
Grant Martens & Nick Lumsden tied Mike Griffin & Tim Parun, AS
Geoffrey Shaw & Kevin Tassistro Def Gary Sowinski & Chris Starkjohann, 3&2
Joe Ryon & Blaine Staggs Def Matt Gibbens & Jeff Munak, 3&2
Tyler Hurst & Pete Williams tied Chris Lempa & Bruce Nakamura, AS
Amateurs 4, Professionals 2

Mark Geddes Def Joe Ryon, 3&2
Geoffrey Shaw Def Brian Smock, 4&2
David Oas Def Dustin Irwin, 4&3
Matt Gibbens Def Nick Lumsden, 3&2
Chris Starkjohann Def Tyler Hurst, 2 Up
Kevin Tassistro Def Gary Sowinski, 5&3
Kyle Rector Tied Jason Timlin, AS
Craig Davis Def Chris Lempa, 4&3
Bruce Nakamura Def Grant Martens, 3&2
Blaine Staggs Tied Tim Parun, AS
Pete Williams Def Jeff Munak, 2&1
Ryan Wilkins Def Michael Griffin, 3&2
Amateurs 7, Professionals 5

Final Score: Amateurs 14.5, Professionals 9.5
All-time series is now tied, 23-23-2.

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