Editor’s Note: Each day during the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., United States Captain Jim Remy will file a blog entry. Remy is currently the Honorary President of The PGA of America, having recently served a two-year term as the Association’s 36th President. A PGA member since 1984, Remy is the vice president and general manager of the Okemo Golf Division at the Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, Vt. Here is his first blog.
By Jim Remy, United States Captain
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- What an honor it is to be the captain of the United States PGA Cup team! I could not be more excited and anxious about this week. It’s exciting to have the matches start Friday. But we’ve had a great time getting to this point, too.
First of all, this venue is truly one of the most spectacular places any golfer could hope to play – much less at such a great event like this. The golf course is in tremendous condition, the weather has been perfect. I want to thank everyone here at CordeValle for making us feel as comfortable and welcome. If you find yourself in Northern California, you need to make a special trip over here to San Martin. This place definitely has that “wow” factor.
You know, you get to an event like this and you look at all of the tasks you want to get done and the opening ceremony just looks so far away. But after 54 holes of practice, of getting the team in synch, and then playing in Thursday’s pro-am, you find that the opening ceremony right on top of you. And when you lead the team in with the bagpipe player, and you introduce your squad and then the star spangled banner starts to play – you can’t help but feel the pride, determination and enthusiasm your entire team has for winning the Llandudno Trophy.
I’ve been asked quite a bit what role I would play as captain, what are the toughest challenges. I’ve talked to all the players for their input to find the right pairings, to match not only skills that complement each other, but personalities, too. We actually put the pairings together early in the week so we could have partners playing together in both foursomes and four-balls in practice. From what I saw there, I was planning on making adjustments to the pairings. The good news is, the early pairings seem to be the right ones, so no changes were necessary.
The captain’s primary role is now done. Friday, the first shots will be struck and we’ll see if the decisions made were the right ones. I’ll shuttle around as much as I can to offer encouragement and assess where we stand, but these players are athletes, very competitive, and they didn’t get here by accident. Each player earned a spot on this team and I know they’ll showcase their talents to their very best all weekend.
This United States team has so much talent and drive, but we also have a very tough opponent in the Great Britain & Ireland team. Still, as captain, I have a lot of faith and confidence that we’ll be defending the Llandudno Trophy come Sunday evening. I hope you follow along throughout the competition and cheer on the red, white and blue to victory one more time.