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Teams, captains announced for the first-ever East West Matches
10 Sep 2020
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

see also: East West Cup Matches, Maridoe Golf Club

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The teams and captains have been announced for the inaugural East West Matches, to be held November 6-8, 2020 at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas.

The East West Matches are Ryder Cup-style team competition for American mid-amateurs and seniors. The Mississippi River is the dividing line between East and West teams, each of which is comprised of 18 players: 6 seniors, 10 mid-amateurs, 2 amateurs who haven't yet reached the age of 25.

The list of participants for the inaugural event is filled with familiar names, full of USGA champions, Walker Cuppers and state champions.

The latest USGA champion, Tyler Strafaci, has been selected as one of two under-25 amateurs to represent the East team. The U.S. Amateur champ joins John Pak, who recently debuted as the No. 1 player in the first-ever PGA Tour University ranking.

The West team will counter with Western Amateur champion Pierceson Coody and Southern Amateur champion McClure Meissner, who with both be intimately familiar with Maridoe -- it is Coody's home course and Meissner won the Southern there.

For the amateurs and a few of the mid-ams, the East West Matches will be an opportunity to impress Walker Cup captain Nathaniel Crosby with six months to go before the matches take place at Seminole Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla. Paul Simson and Tim Jackson will captain the East team, while Jim Holtgrieve and Kevin Marsh lead the West team.

Here are the teams for the 2020 East West Matches:

EAST TEAM

Captains:
Paul Simson, Tim Jackson

Players: (S=senior, M=mid-am, A=under-25 am)
Bob Royak (S)
Steve Harwell (S)
Doug Hanzel (S)
Walter Todd (S)
Chip Lutz (S)
Jeff Knox (S)

​ Scott Harvey (M)
Joe Deraney (M)
Matt Parziale (M)
Kevin O'Connell (M)
Phillip Lee (M)
Michael Muehr (M)
Brett Boner (M)
Todd Mitchell (M)
Ben Warnquist (M)
Nathan Smith (M)

​ Tyler Strafaci (A)
John Pak (A)

WEST TEAM

Captains:
Jim Holtgrieve, Kevin Marsh

Players: (S=senior, M=mid-am, A=under-25 am)
Gene Elliott (S)
Brady Exber (S)
Lewis Stephenson (S)
Jerry Slagle (S)
Bryan Norton (S)
Robert Funk (S)

​ Stewart Hagestad (M)
Derek Busby (M)
Brad Nurski (M)
Skip Berkmeyer (M)
Taylor Wood (M)
Jason Schultz (M)
Patrick Christovich (M)
Nick Geyer (M)
Zach Atkinson (M)
Rob Couture (M)

​ Pierceson Coody (A)
Mac Meissner (A)

The teams were selected through the East West Points System with 50% of each team earning spots via the rankings and 50% via Tournament Committee selections. Teams are normally selected at the conclusion of the U.S. Mid-Amateur and U.S. Senior Amateur Championships, but both of those events were cancelled this year due to COVID-19.

ABOUT THE East West Cup

New in 2020, the East West Matches feature Ryder Cup-style team matches for American mid-amateurs and seniors. The Mississippi River is the dividing line between East and West teams, each of which is comprised of 18 players: 6 seniors, at least 10 mid- amateurs, and up to 2 amateurs who haven't yet reached the age of 25.

A points system will be utilized to select 50% of each team, with the other 50% chosen by the tournament committee. Teams will be selected at the conclusion of the US Mid and US Senior Amateur Championships.

The schedule of play is 18 holes of four-ball on Friday, 36 holes of foursomes on Saturday, and 18 holes of singles on Sunday.

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