By T.J. Auclair, PGA.com Interactive Producer
SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Just before the sun went down at CordeValle on an impossibly beautiful September Sunday in northern California, PGA of America President Allen Wronowski handed the Llandudno Trophy to PGA of America Honorary President Jim Remy, who captained the U.S. team to victory in the 25th PGA Cup.
The winning margin – 17 ½ to 8 ½ – matched the mark by which the United States defeated Great Britain and Ireland by in 2009 when the biennial matches were held at the Carrick in Scotland. The victory improved the overall U.S. record to an incredible 17-5-3 and kept its perfect record on home soil intact.
“I'm just so proud of these guys. They really came together as a team and they're the ones that do all the work and they deserve all the credit,” Remy said. “It's a great group of players. They worked hard all week during practice to get ready for this. They acted as a team and they were professional in every way. And I'm just, I'm proud of them. I mean these guys can play golf.”
The only session the United States lost all week was the Saturday morning four-balls, 2 ½ - 1 ½.
“We came up against a very strong American team and they deserved their victories,” GB&I Captain Russell Weir said. “All credit to the U.S. Congratulations to the players and Captain Remy.”
There were many highlights throughout the week for the United States. Two of them came in the form of impressive hole-outs.
First, there was Danny Balin’s hole-in-one on Saturday morning with a perfectly struck 7-iron from 183 yards. In Sunday’s singles, Marty Jertson jarred a pitching wedge from 138 yards on the par-4 10th for an eagle.
“It was special,” said Balin of his ace. “My first one ever was with my brother the day before his wedding at the site he got married at, so that was pretty special. But this one was my first in competition and it was special.”
“I think it was kind of the dagger,” said Jertson of his eagle on No. 10 – his second eagle of the day. “I had a little pitching wedge in there, up the hill and had a little backstop long left, I knew I could feed it into. And sure enough I hit it in there and it sucked back and but whenever you see a ball disappear from the fairway it's always a good thing.”
Jertson was the only player in the PGA Cup to win each of his matches. He finished a perfect 4-0.
“I keep saying it’s like golfer's heaven here this week,” Jertson said. “To play on a team is just so much fun. And the course and the environment and the atmosphere, you really can't beat it. It really is a golfer's dream.”
The 26th PGA Cup will be held in 2013 at Slaley Hall in England.