Pros look to regain Underwood Cup

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San Jose Country Club head professional Todd Bork will not be adding to his record number of appearances with the professional team in the Northern Chapter PGA Underwood Cup Matches on Monday and Tuesday when the 18th edition of the match play event is held at the Timuquana Country Club.

That’s because Bork wants to devote his full energy to being the captain of the pro team for the second year in a row, and for the third time overall. wholesale jerseys from china He also would like to end the distinction of being the only pro captain to preside over two ties, and to bring the Underwood Cup back to the pros for the first time since 2004.

“If we have about 38 back injuries, I might think about playing,” said Bork, who has competed in the Cup Matches 15 times, a record on either side. “My goal is to do the best job of being a captain as I can, and if that means not playing, that’s fine.”

The matches begin Monday morning with 36 holes of team play, better ball and alternate shot. There will be 12 singles matches Tuesday.

Each team gets one point for a victory and one half a point for a draw. Admission is free.

Bork was the first playing captain in the history of the event last year, when the amateurs battled the pros to a 12 12 tie, thus retaining the Underwood Cup with a tie for the second year in a row.

Bork captained the pro team in 1995, also a tie. But because the pros had won the year before, they retained the Cup.

This time, Bork is on the other end of a tie. The amateurs won the Cup Matches in 2005 and 2006, then deadlocked the pros in 2007 and 2008 to retain the Cup. In 2006, the amateurs won by one point, meaning they have outscored the pros 36.5 35.5 in three years.

“It’s impossible to get any closer than that,” Bork said. “Both teams have played very well the last three years, and it’s been a matter of someone making a couple of key putts.”

The professionals still hold an 8 6 3 lead in the matches, which began in 1992. Since winning for the first time in 1998, the amateurs are 6 3 2.

Bork will have the pros’ usual core this week, led by Ray Barr, Cary Splane, Robert Dugger, Tim Peterson and host professional Clint Avret.

Amateur captain Steve Horner’s team is led by Steve Carter, undefeated and untied in Cup Match singles at 9 0, plus David Anthony, Duke Butler IV and Andy Purnell.

Horner has four Cup Match rookies on his team. Despite winning or tying the last four matches, he believes his team should be the underdogs.

“I don’t think the professionals can ever play the underdog card,” Horner said. “They’re pros. Part of their living is to play golf, while our guys have full time jobs. We’ve added four new names, but I’m pretty pumped up to see this team go out and play. We’ve got some great energy on the team.”

Daily and weekly tickets for the Players Championship May 4 10 will go on sale Monday at Publix stores in north Florida and southeast Georgia.

Daily tickets are $30 for practice rounds (good all three days) and $75 for each competitive round, while a weekly grounds ticket book is $199. The tournament did not raise prices over 2008, and established a new youth policy, with those 16 and under admitted free the entire week when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Parking passes for the public lot on State Road 210 ($25 per day, $75 for the week) also will be on sale. For additional information, call (904) 285 PUTT.

The 1stcoast Golf Association reported an increase in the number of rounds played in its amateur events in 2008. There were 2,162 rounds in 39 events (13 on the AmaTour series, 15 on the 1stcoast Seniors series and 11 tournaments open to all members), an increase of 29 rounds from 2007. There are an average of 55 players in each tournament. . The TPC Sawgrass was ranked among the top 100 Best Golf Shops in the nation by Golf World magazine. The TPC Sawgrass was named in the resort category.

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