Team Carolinas Retains Captain’s Putter Matches Title
Putter Cup Teams (Carolina Golf Association Photo)
Putter Cup Teams (Carolina Golf Association Photo)

Cape Fear Country Club was the gorgeous backdrop for a back-and-forth battle in this year’s annual Captain’s Putter Matches edition.

A tie in points saw Team Carolina retain the Captain’s Putter title over Team Virginias, with both squads accumulating 24 points each.

The Virginias held a 12½-11½ lead heading into the 24 singles matches, with strong first-day afternoon foursome (alternate shot) matches. Friday morning saw the Carolinas up early, 7-5, after the opening round of Four-Ball play.

Saturday saw really even competition, with scores and matches going back and forth and with most of the round under windy and rainy conditions. The sun appeared late as groups finished, and the Putters Plaque was presented.

At today’s frantic conclusion of split tees play, a caravan of carts followed the last few remaining matches down the ninth and eighteenth holes, where the Carolinas secured 24 points exactly to retain. Virginias needed 24.5 to take the title away, coming up just short in a very fun and well-played two days of golf.

FRIDAY FOUR-BALL MATCHES: Carolinas 7, Virginias 5


SATURDAY SINGLES MATCHES: Carolinas 12½, Virginias 11½

The Carolinas leads the all-time series 53-23-2 and has won six of the last nine meetings. The Carolinas has also won three of the last four road meetings.

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ABOUT THE Captain's Putter Matches

The Captain’s Putter is an annual set of matches pitting top golfers from North Carolina and South Carolina (Carolinas Golf Association) against top players from Virginia and West Virginia (Virginia State Golf Association and West Virginia State Golf Association). Rosters contain 14 regular, 8 senior (age 55+) and 2 super senior (65+) players. The matches consist of two days of competition, with opening round four-ball and foursome matches, followed by final day singles matches. A victory in each match scores one point in the Ryder Cup-style format, and if a match goes 18 holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each side.

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