Archives for February 2014

Industry leaders and state officials celebrate third Florida Golf Day

By john.holmes

Florida Golf Day 2014

The PGA of America

PGA Professional Brad Brewer gave swing lessons at the Florida state capitol (l) during the Florida Golf Day, while Sen. Nancy C. Detert practicing her putting skills.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the third consecutive year, golf industry representatives met with state legislators in Tallahassee to celebrate Florida Golf Day.

Attendees at the Feb. 13 event included The PGA of America (North Florida and South Florida Sections); Club Managers Association of America (Florida Chapter); Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association; Florida State Golf Association; Florida State University PGA Golf Management Program; Florida Turfgrass Association; Golf Channel; LPGA; National Golf Course Owners Association; PGA Tour; The First Tee; USGA Green Section; World Golf Foundation; and World Golf Hall of Fame.

The objective of Florida Golf Day is to communicate the economic, human and environmental impact of golf in Florida. Based on a 2007 study commissioned by GOLF 20/20 and conducted by SRI International, the state’s direct golf economic impact is approximately $7.5 billion a year, supporting more than 167,000 jobs and $4.7 billion in annual wage income. Florida is home to more than 1,100 public and private golf course facilities, the most of any state in America. In addition, Florida’s golf industry has a charitable impact of $312 million annually, raised through local outings and contributions from professional golf events.

Rich Smith, executive director of the North Florida PGA Section, and Geoff Lofstead, executive director of the South Florida PGA Section, represented the PGA in targeted informational meetings. Smith and Lofstead participated in a business roundtable that included State Rep. Ed Hooper, Chair, Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee; and Sen. Nancy C. Detert, Chair, Senate Commerce Committee.

Industry leaders spoke about their various roles within golf as well as legislative issues that could have ramifications on the game. State legislators shared their personal connections to golf and provided insight into the legislative session ahead. Golf education programs were highlighted by the presence of the Florida State University PGA Golf Management Program. In addition to meetings in the Capitol, a putting green and hitting bay were set up in the Capitol courtyard, where free lessons were provided by PGA Professional Brad Brewer.

Florida hosted the PGA Merchandise Show and Golf Industry Show in Orlando earlier this year with thousands of attendees and exhibitors. In total, the state will host 17 professional golf tournaments in 2014: six PGA Tour, three Champions Tour, one Tour, one LPGA Tour, one Legends Tour and five Symetra Tour events.


Michigan Golf Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

BIG RAPIDS, MI – An LPGA Tour winner from the Upper Peninsula, history-making amateur, pioneer turfgrass educator and multi-media journalist have been elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

Becky Iverson, Tom Werkmeister, Paul Rieke and Vartan Kupelian will be inducted June 8 in ceremonies at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

Iverson, born in Escanaba and raised in Gladstone, played for 14 years on the LPGA Tour, was named to the U.S. Solheim Cup Team in 2000, won the 1987 Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship and played collegiate golf at Michigan State University where she was an Academic All-American in 1987-88.

Her playing career highlights include winning the 1995 Friendly’s Classic Title on the LPGA Tour, where she recorded a career-best 63 during the second round with nine birdies, and a tie for second in the 2000 Women’s British Open. She had LPGA Tour career earnings of more than $1.5 million, and also won six times while playing on three mini-tours, including the Central Florida Challenge Tour where she was Player of the Year in 1993.

Iverson, 46, started golf at eight years of age and credits her parents, George Clifton and Vickie Layton, as the individuals who have most influenced her career. She is the mother of one daughter, Emma, who was born in 2003.

Currently, she is the director of golf at The Bridges Golf Course in Madison, Wis., and recognized for leading a junior program emphasizing life lessons as well as golf skills. In 2013, she became eligible for and started playing on The LPGA Legends Tour.

Werkmeister, a Kentwood resident who was born in Warren, made Michigan golf history last summer when he became the first amateur in 38 years to win the Michigan Open Championship. His 2009 Michigan Amateur title along with the Open title placed him with Chuck Kocsis, Randy Erskine and Lynn Janson in an elite club of Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members who have won the two state titles.

Werkmeister also won the 2013 Michigan Mid-Amateur for the fifth time in the last six years, an unprecedented feat in the 31 years of the championship.  In addition, he made history in the Grand Rapids area by being the first to ever win the four local “Grand Slam” events, and was qualifying medalist in the Michigan Amateur before falling to eventual champion Andrew Chapman in Match Play.

His 2013 season simply added to an amateur career that includes being three-time Golf Association of Michigan Player of the Year, reaching the Michigan Amateur’s prestigious Sweet 16 six times, qualifying for the U.S. Amateur twice and qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur four times.

Werkmeister, 45, started playing golf at age seven, was a two-time high school All-State player, a Junior College All-American and has been a force on the amateur scene in Michigan for almost 20 years. He currently runs his own internet sales business and his wife Leslie is known across the state as a constant gallery member and sometimes caddie.

Rieke, a Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University since 1999 and affiliated with the university since 1960, is generally regarded throughout the nation and world as the authority on turfgrass soils and nutrition and credited by his peers in the international development and advancement of turfgrass science.

He has co-authored five books in the area of soils and plant nutrition, published 32 journal articles and over 400 non-technical papers, taught over 5,000 students, worked with countless others on extension and research projects, served six years as leader of the MSU Turfgrass Team, served the International  Turfgrass Society, the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Committees, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the PGA Tour Agronomy Advisory Committee and the Golf Association of Michigan Green Committee.

He helped develop the Hancock Turfgrass Research Center at MSU, was involved in the indoor turfgrass project at the Silverdome for the 1994 World Cup and has played a role in securing some $1.2 million in external grants and donations to Michigan State.

Rieke, 79, is a resident of Okemos and among his many awards are distinguished service awards from the Golf Association of Michigan and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Kupelian was the third Detroit golf writer to be elected President of the Golf Writers Association of America, an international organization of 950 members. He also joins join Jack Berry and John Walter in the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

He followed Berry as the golf writer at the Detroit News in 1994 after working for several years on a bevy of beats. He covered his first major golf championship in 1973 when Johnny Miller won at Oakmont.

Kupelian, a graduate of Highland Park High School and Wayne State University, has authored three books on golf, including one on Tiger Woods, the most recent “100-year History of Red Run Golf Club” and “Chuck Kocsis, Michigan’s Golfer of the 20th Century,” which he wrote pro-bono with proceeds going to the Michigan Golf Foundation. This year his book on Oakland Hills Country Club will be published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the prestigious club in 2016.

Currently, the 67-year-old Farmington Hills resident is part of a weekly radio show in the Detroit market, writes a weekly column for as Champions Tour insider, works as a lead writer for during the Masters Tournament each year at Augusta National Golf Club, is a senior correspondent for Global Golf Post, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Golf Association of Michigan and chairman of the GAM communications committee.

The induction of Iverson, Werkmeister, Rieke and Kupelian brings Hall of Fame membership to 105. In November it was announced that Ferris State University had been selected as the new location of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame and its collection of plaques, portraits and memorabilia that commemorate its members.

Learn more about the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame at its website — www. For more information about this year’s induction ceremony, contact Loretta Larkin at or (248) 719-0650.




Michigan PGA Section Tournament Registration

Registration for Section events will begin on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. You can register online by clicking on the online registration link on the right. The 2014 Tournament season will kick off with the Club Car Spring Scramble on Monday, April 28 at The Wyndgate. Please click HERE  for a complete schedule and info on all Section events.

After 3 great Michigan Open Championships at The Orchards the event will be moving to Prestwick Village Golf Club with a new hole 17 Prestwickpresenting sponsor Lafontaine Cadillac. The 2014 Michigan Open Championship presented by Lafontaine Cadillac will take place on June 9-12, 2014. Please click HERE for more info on the Qualifying Sites and dates.

Nike is back for the 5th year in a row as the title sponsor of the Nike Golf State Pro Am. This event will take place on June 2nd – 3rd at Boyne Highlands on the Heather and Hills courses. The Sweet / Dykema Pro Pro presented by Adams Golf heads to Indianwood Golf & Country Club for a 36 hole event on June 30th.

We are excited to have Taylor Made / adidas / Ashworth back for the 3rd year as the title sponsor of the Pro Am that they helped create. This year they are joined by National Car Rental for the Taylor Made / National Car Rental Pro Am, a  27 hole event at Walnut Creek Country Club on July 7th.

Kevin Miller has helped to put together our new sponsors of the Pro Assistant Championship. The Miller Golf Sales Pro Assistant Championship presented by Sterling Cut Glass / Pukka / CMC Golf  will take place on August 11 at Knollwood Country Club. The Winston Collection is a new 2014 Tournament Sponsor as well as the Senior- Junior Championship presented by the Winston Collection returns to Warwick Hills on September 2nd.

The Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship returns to Crystal Mountain Resort and will take place on June 23 – 25,2013 Women's Open Banner new 2014. For the 2014 Entry Form click HERE .

The Club Car Senior Open returns to Bedford Valley Golf Club and will take place on July 15-16, 2014. For the 2014 Entry Form click HERE .

The Section Match Play Championship returns to Midland Country Club on September 8th – 9th, 2014. Four players from the Senior Organization. Eastern Chapter, Western Chapter and Northern Chapter will make up the final 16 at this Championship.

We are excited to announce that we will also have a new Pro Am in 2014 ! The Michigan PGA Casa de Campo Pro Am will

Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog

Casa de Campo – Teeth of the Dog

take place on November 5-9, 2014. We will have more info and entry forms coming out in the next couple weeks.

Michigan PGA Professioanls provide lessons at the West Michigan Golf Show

Grand Rapids, MI -The Michigan PGA teamed up with Boyne USA once again to sponsor the free lesson portion of the 26th Annual West Michigan Golf Show. Teachers from both the Michigan PGA and Boyne USA taught for three days and gave 435 free lessons. The show was once again a success and we look to help out again in 2015.

Thank you to all of the 20 Michigan PGA instructors that helped out with this event – Brian Kotowicz, Chris Sobieck, Ken Kapcia ,Tim VandenBerg, Jerry Palinski, Ty Love, John Lindert, Jon Pilcher, Ian Ziska, Gary Koenes, Ron Osborne, Dennis Wolfe, Scott Seifferlein, Tom Harris, Scott Hebert, Scott Maxim, Matt Sayad, Marc Bayer, Bill Mory and Mike Sullivan.

We would also like to thank the following professionals that volunteered this year with the Treetops Par 3 Challenge to raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation – Joe Pollack, Raquel Bryant, Mark Bayer, Ron Osborne and Kirk Sherman.


Rob McClellan wins PGA Match Play title on second hole of sudden death

By john.holmes

Rob McClellan

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

Rob McClellan won the PGA Match Play Championship Friday and earned $4,000.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Rob McClellan of Butler, Pa., birdied the second extra hole Friday to win the 51st PGA Match Play Championship for his first victory in PGA Winter Championships play. McClellan edged Dwayne Randall of Clymer, N.Y., on the Dye Course at PGA Golf Club in a finals match in which neither player led by more than one hole.

Randall birdied the par-5 17th hole in regulation to take his only lead of the match. McClellan then won the 18th hole with a par to send the match to sudden death.

In the playoff, McClellan and Randall halved the 16th hole with pars. On No. 17, Randall conceded McClellan’s tap-in birdie, then missed his putt to halve the hole and extend the match.

“I played well all week, really putted well,” said McClellan, PGA head professional at Butler Country Club. “I was a little off with my driver today, but I hit some good recovery shots.”

McClellan had started the week by eliminating three-time PGA Match Play Champion Rick Schuller of Chester, Va., in the first round Tuesday.

With the temperature at a brisk 44 degrees when the semifinals begain Friday morning, McClellan routed David Carich of Noblesville, Ind., 6 and 5. Randall went 19 holes before eliminating Patrick Steffes of Milwaukee, Wis., winning with a par on the first extra hole.

McClellan earned $4,000 from the $27,000 purse. Randall won $2,500, while Carich and Steffes each received $1,250.

PGA Match Play Championship

Dye Course, 7,000 yards, par 72

Semifinals results:

Rob McClellan, Butler, Pa., def. David Carich, Noblesville, Ind., 6 and 5

Dwayne Randall, Clymer, N.Y., def. Patrick Steffes, Milwaukee, Wis., 19 holes

Final results:

McClellan def. Randall, 20 holes


David Carich wins twice to advance on 41-hole day at PGA Match Play

By john.holmes

David Carich

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

David Carich won twice at the PGA Match Play Championship on Thursday, ousting former champion Frank Bensel and Gary Robison, at 59 the oldest player remaining after two rounds.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – David Carich of Noblesville, Ind., scored two big victories Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the 51st annual PGA Match Play Championship.

In the morning third round on the Dye Course at the PGA Golf Club, Carich beat 2004 champion Frank Bensel of Jupiter, 1-up. “It’s always fun to beat a former champion,” said Carich, head professional at The Bridgewater Club.

Then in the quarterfinals later in the day, Carich defeated Gary Robison of Canton, Ohio, at 59 the oldest player remaining after two rounds, by 2 and 1. Earlier, Robison had ousted two-time defending champion Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, on the sixth extra hole.

In his semifinal match Friday morning, Carich plays Rob McClellan of Butler, Pa., at 8:08 a.m. The other semifinal has Dwayne Randall of Clymer, N.Y., against Patrick Steffes of Milwaukee, Wis., at 8:00 a.m. The two winners meet for the title Friday at about noon with the winner earning $4,000, the runner-up $2,500, from the $27,000 purse.

“Par was a good score today,” said Carich of a day that was cool and dry but very windy. Carich’s first match of the day turned when Bensel hit his second shot into the deep grass left of the 17th fairway. Carich won the 16th and 17th holes to eliminate Robison.

“I’m beat, I’m done, out of gas,” Robison said of his 41-hole day. He nearly gave away the match with Sowards, the Match Play champion in 2005, 2012 and last year. Robison hit into the deep rough at 17 and three-putted 18. In the playoff, they halved the first four holes with pars and the par-3 fifth with birdies. At the par-5 sixth, Robison birdied from eight feet for the win.

PGA Match Play Championship

Dye Course, 7,000 yards, par 72

Third round results:

JC Anderson, O’Fallon, Mo., def. Ryan Kalista, Old Greenwich, Conn., 2 and 1.

Rob McClellan, Butler, Pa., def. Kyle Baehler, Scarsdale, N.Y., 2 and 1.

Ed Kirby, Wakefield, R.I., def. Tim Puetz, Jupiter, Fla., 4 and 3.

Dwayne Randall, Clymer, N.Y., def. Peter Kampmann, Riverside, Conn., 2-up.

Charles Meola, Mamaroneck, N.Y., def. Mark Summerville, Jupiter, Fla., 1-up.

Patrick Steffes, Milwaukee, Wis., def. Jake Pleczkowski, Siasconset, Mass., 3 and 2.

Gary Robison, Canton, Ohio, def. Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio, 24 holes.

David Carich, Noblesville, Ind., def. Frank Bensel, Jupiter, Fla., 1-up.

Quarterfinal Results:

McClellan def. Anderson, 2 and 1.

Randall def. Kirby, 2 and 1.

Steffes def. Meola, 3 and 2.

Carich def. Robison, 2 and 1.


National Car Rental PGAProAm announced


ORLANDO — National Car Rental, the Official Rental Car of the PGA of America, and the PGA on Tuesday announced the launch of the National Car Rental PGA ProAm Series at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show. Keegan Bradley, the winner of the 2011 PGA Championship, and his father, PGA Professional Mark Bradley, will serve as ambassadors for the Series. The father-son team will also promote the National “Go Like A Pro” mobile experience, a customized, golf-themed tour bus that will travel to events throughout the ProAm Series.

National has created the ProAm Series to help further the PGA’s mission to grow interest and participation in the game of golf at local levels by, for the first time, linking together 82 new and existing amateur tournaments across the 41 PGA of America Sections nationwide. The series will run February through October, and one of the 82 winning teams will be randomly selected to receive a VIP golf experience with Keegan and Mark Bradley.

The National Car Rental PGA ProAm Series will be supported by print, social media and digital marketing campaigns, featuring Keegan Bradley.
“Many of our business travel customers have a passion for the game of golf, so we wanted to create a tournament series that would draw excitement and participation nationwide among amateur golfers at the local level,” said Rob Connors, assistant vice president of brand marketing, National Car Rental. “Also, as an Official Partner of the PGA of America, one of our goals for the ProAm is to celebrate the hard work and talents of the PGA membership. We are thrilled that Keegan and Mark Bradley will be working with us to spotlight the efforts of local PGA Professionals across the country.”

National’s “Go Like A Pro” mobile experience will be managed by IMG Live and will provide on-site activities for golf fans at select ProAm Series tournaments and events. The traveling tour bus will feature state-of-the-art Trackman swing analysis, allowing participants the opportunity to see how their swing compares with Keegan’s, some of the golf industry’s newest demo clubs, a club re-regripping service, and a Keegan Bradley replica golf bag. Mark Bradley will lend his years of experience as a PGA professional by offering participants online golf tips for common swing flaws at

“The National Car Rental PGA ProAm Series provides an exciting opportunity for PGA Professionals and thousands of amateur golfers across the country to experience high-profile events at the grassroots level,” said PGA President Ted Bishop. “We are delighted to partner with National Car Rental and are pleased to have the support of the father-son PGA Professional team of Keegan and Mark Bradley.”

“Practically all my life I’ve been proud that my father is a PGA Professional,” said Keegan Bradley. “Now I’m really excited to partner with National Car Rental and be a part of the effort that he and 27,000 teaching pros are making to grow the game on such a massive scale.” Keegan Bradley is currently ranked 22nd in the official World Golf Ranking, while Mark is the PGA director of instruction at Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Golf and Tennis Club.
National is the Official Rental Car of the PGA Championship and the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, and an Official Partner of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Additionally, National is the title sponsor of the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship.

For more information about the National Car Rental PGA Pro-Am Series, please visit Fans can follow the Series on Instagram and Twitter @NationalCarGolf and participate in the conversation using #proamseries.

About National Car Rental
Founded in 1947, National Car Rental is a premium, internationally recognized brand serving the daily rental needs of the frequent airport traveler throughout the world. With National, time-sensitive customers in the United States are able to quickly choose their own vehicles, based upon their advance reservation and requested car class, and then simply drive away from the airport. National – which launched the car rental industry’s first comprehensive frequent-renter program – further expedites the rental process for Emerald Club members by offering counter bypass as well as access to National’s “Emerald Aisle,” an exclusive section of the lot where members can select any vehicle as long as they reserve a mid-sized car. In addition, Emerald Club members can choose to receive EmeraldAlertsSM – emailed communications that include Arrival and Return Alerts, and Drop & GoSM service with convenient eReceipts. St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the National Car Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Alamo Rent A Car brands. For more information about National, visit or and follow @NationalPro on Twitter.

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Former champion Frank Bensel moves on in PGA Match Play playoff

By john.holmes

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Former champion Frank Bensel of Jupiter birdied the first extra hole Wednesday to win his second round match in the 51st annual PGA Match Play Championship at The PGA Golf Club.

Bensel, 45, an assistant professional at The Breakers in Palm Beach and at Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., ousted Alex Weir of Scottsville, N.Y., an assistant at the Kahkwa Club in Erie, Pa.

“I won the 18th hole to pull even and then hit 3-iron and sand wedge to the green at the (par-4) 12th hole,” where the playoff started, Bensel said. “Then I made an eight-foot putt for the win,” leaving Weir looking at his six-foot par putt.

“I feel fortunate,” added Bensel, the 2004 Match Play champion. “We both played pretty well. The (Dye) course was tougher today in the wind than it was yesterday.” Bensel had five birdies and three bogeys, including concessions.

Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, the only other past champion to make it through the first round Tuesday, also advanced, 4 and 3 over Matthew McAdow of Woodmere, N.Y. Sowards won this event in 2005 and the last two years.

In third-round action Thursday morning, Bensel plays David Carich of Noblesville, Ind., and Sowards faces fellow Ohioan Gary Robison of Canton. If both Bensel and Sowards win, they will meet in the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

Semifinals and finals are scheduled Friday with the champion earning $4,000, the runnerup $2,500, from the $27,000 purse.

PGA Match Play Championship

Dye Course, 7,000 yards, par 72

Second-round results:

J.C. Anderson, O’Fallon, Mo., def. Mike Martin, New Haven, Conn., 1-up.

Ryan Kalista, Old Greenwich, Conn., won by concession.

Kyle Baehler, Scarsdale, N.Y., def. Paul Barnsley, Orange, Conn.,1-up.

Rob McClellan, Butler, Pa., def. Joe Gothmann, Tarrytown, N.Y., 1-up.

Ed Kirby, Wakefield, R.I., def. Mark Faulkner, Marion, Ill., 4 and 3.

Tim Puetz, Jupiter, Fla., def. Patrick Massi, Greenwich, Conn., 5 and 4.

Peter Kampmann, Riverside, Conn., def. Michael O’Connor, Erie, Pa., 3 and 2.

Dwayne Randall, Clymer, N.Y., def. Joe Kern, Vero Beach, Fla., 3 and 2.

Charles Meola, Mamaroneck, N.Y., def. Ben Polland, Manhasset, N.Y., 2 and 1.

Mark Summerville, Jupiter, Fla., def. Mitchell Camp, Aurora, Ohio, 1-up.

Patrick Steffes, Milwaukee, Wis., def. Gary Trivisonno, Aurora, Ohio, 22 holes.

Jake Pleczkowski, Siasconset, Mass., def. Shawn Warren, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, 4 and 2.

Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio, def. Matthew McAdow, Woodmere, N.Y., 4 and 3.

Gary Robison, Canton, Ohio, def. Brian Keiser, Orlando, Fla., 5 and 4.

Frank Bensel, Jupiter, Fla., def. Alex Weir, Scottsville, N.Y., 19 holes.

David Carich, Noblesville, Ind., def. Jaysen Hansen, Ottawa Hills, Ohio, 2-up.


Two-time defending champ Sowards wins on Day 1 at PGA Match Play

By john.holmes

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Two-time defending champion Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, claimed a scratchy first-round victory Tuesday in the 51st PGA Match Play Championship at PGA Golf Club.

Sowards beat a longtime friend, Jimmy Logue, PGA head professional at Wedgewood Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, 4 and 2. Sowards will play Matt McAdow of Woodmere, N.Y., in the second round Wednesday. Sowards, the PGA teaching professional at New Albany (Ohio) Country Club, and Logue had worked together at Wedgewood in the past.

“I only had two birdies and he had one,” said Sowards. “It was mostly a bunch of giveaways.”

Logue was 1-down through 12 holes but hooked his drive on 13 and 14th and lost both holes. He was able to save par on No. 15 to half the hole, but after blocking his tee shot 16, lost the hole and the match.

Sowards has three match play titles, winning in 2005 as well as the past two years, all on the Dye course.

Another three-time former titleist, Rick Schuller of Chester, Va., was not as fortunate, losing to Rob McClellan of Butler, Pa., 3 and 2. Schuller won in 2006, 2009 and 2011. McClellan won the third, fourth, fifth and seventh holes with birdies and finished the round with six birdies and four bogeys.

Sowards and Schuller, roommates here the last few weeks, were hoping for a meeting of three-time champions later this week.

Also advancing were co-medalists Ben Polland of Manhasset, N.Y., and Ed Kirby of Wakefield, R.I. Each shot 66 in qualifying Monday on the adjacent Ryder course. Two other former champions had mixed results. Frank Bensel of Jupiter (2004) won and Jerry Tucker of Stuart (1999) lost.

Play continues with the second round Wednesday, the third and fourth Thursday, the semifinals and finals Friday. The winner receives $4,000 and the runnerup $2,500 from the $27,000 purse. There were 73 starters in the qualifier for 63 spots in the draw. As defending champion, Sowards was exempt from qualifying.

PGA Match Play Championship

Dye Course, 7,000 yards, par 72

First-round results:

JC Anderson, O’Fallon, Mo., def. Jeb Boyle, State College, Pa., 5 and 4

Jason Martin, Wheeling, W.Va., def. Jamie Kilmer, East Williston, N.Y., 5 and 3

Ryan Kalista, Old Greenwich, Conn., def. Edward Whitman, Blairstown, N.J., 4 and 3

Bret James, Cave Creek, Ariz., def. Brian Cairns, Walled Lake, Mich., 2-up

Kyle Baehler, Scarsdale, N.Y., def. Andy Hardiman, Stuart, Fla., 4 and 3

Paul Barnsley, Orange, Conn., d. Roy Vucinich, Moon Township, Pa., 2-up

Ron McClellan, Butler, Pa., def. Rick Schuller, Chester, Va., 3 and 2

Joe Gothmann, Tarrytown, N.Y., def. Phillip Wildermuth, Pelham, N.Y., 3 and 2

Ed Kirby, Wakefield, R.I., def. Mike Docktor, Ansonia, Conn., 2 and 1

Mark Faulkner, Marion, Ill., def. Rob Corcoran, Melbourne, Fla., 1-up

Tim Puetz, Jupiter, Fla., def. Kevin Ausserlechner, West Harrison, N.Y., 5 and 4

Patrick Massi, Greenwich, Conn., def. Frank Dully, Salem, Mass., 3 and 2

Peter Kampmann, Riverside, Conn., def. Joshua Rackley, King of Prussia, Pa., 2-up

Michael O’Connor, Erie, Pa., def. Jerry Tucker, Stuart, Fla., 3 and 2

Joseph Kern, Vero Beach, Fla., def. Aaron Ungvarsky, Cohasset, Mass., 6 and 5

Dwayne Randall, Clymer, N.Y., def. Mark Kirk, East Aurora, N.Y., 19 holes

Ben Polland, Manhasset, N.Y., def. Vince Ramagli, Mount Laurel, N.J., 4 and 3

Charles Meola, Mamaroneck, N.Y., def. Kyle Higgins, Massapequa, N.Y., 5 and 4

Mark Summerville, Jupiter, Fla., def. Mike Martin, New Haven, Conn., 1-up

Mitchell Camp, Aurora, Ohio, def. David Sahs, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 19 holes

Gary Trivisonno, Aurora, Ohio, def. Kirk Stauffer, Bradford, Pa., 2 and 1

Patrick Steffes, Milwaukee, Wis., def. Gregory Pace, Oyster Bay, N.Y., 7 and 6

Shawn Warren, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, def. Brian Prokes, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2 and 1

Jake Pleczhowski, Siasconset, Mass., def. Kammy Maxfeldt, Westport, Conn., 5 and 3

Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio, def. Jimmy Logue, Dublin, Ohio, 4 and 2

Matthew McAdow, Woodmere, N.Y., def. Bill Stines, Columbus, Ohio, 1-up

Bobby Heins, Purchase, N.Y., def. Brian Keiser, Orlando, Fla., 1-up

Gary Robison, Canton, Ohio, def. Mo Guttman, Sarasota, Fla., 4 and 3

Frank Bensel, Jupiter, Fla., def. Brian Janty, Milwaukee, Wis., 2-up

Alex Weir, Scottsville, N.Y., def. John Kerins, Hermitage, Pa., 3 and 2

Jaysen Hansen, Ottawa Hills, Ohio, def. Brad Peck, Madison, Wis., 3 and 2

David Carich, Noblesville, Ind., def. Shaun Powers, Greenwch, Conn., 1-up


Watson selects Raymond Floyd as vice captain


Raymond Floyd

Courtesy: The PGA of America

Raymond Floyd is a Ryder Cup veteran who has served as both a captain and vice captain before.


John Kim, Coordinating Producer

Series: Ryder Cup

Team USA Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson announced on Tuesday that Raymond Floyd will serve as a vice-captain for his team at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland, this September. Floyd will join Andy North, whom Watson named as a vice captain for the team last July.

Floyd comes with a strong Ryder Cup background, serving as captain himself in 1989 and having been a playing member of eight different Ryder Cup teams. Floyd also served as a vice captain to Paul Azinger on the victorious U.S. squad at the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

Watson has stated that he wanted someone that knows the players, can relate to the pressure of the Ryder Cup and can help “set the stage” for the team to perform at its best when it counts the most. Floyd certainly fits the criteria.

Floyd has 22 victories on the PGA Tour, including four major championships, 14 victories on the Champions Tour and has the distinction of being the oldest player (at 51) to ever play in a Ryder Cup. Watson, Floyd and North will attempt to win back the Ryder Cup from the European team, which has won (or retained) 10 of the last 14 Ryder Cups.