2015 PGA Cup Fact Sheet
Date: Sept. 18-20, 2015
Site: CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.
Defending Champion: United States
Prize Money and Honors
No prize money is awarded to the PGA Cup competitors. Members of both teams compete solely for their country and their country’s right of possession of the Llandudno International Golf Trophy.
Method of Play
Identical to that of the Ryder Cup: match play, including foursomes (two-man teams in alternate shot), four-ball (two-man teams in better ball) and singles (18 holes at match play).
United States PGA Cup Team
Captain: Allen Wronowski of Bel Air, Maryland
Honorary President, PGA of America; Director, Golf Development & Relations, Folds of Honor Foundation
Michael Block (debut)
Jamie Broce (debut)
Stuart Deane (debut)
Matt Dobyns (1-2-1 in 2013)
Sean Dougherty (debut)
Alan Morin (3-0-1 in 2003)
Ben Polland (debut)
Bob Sowards (5-3-1 total in 2005 and 2013)
Grant Sturgeon (debut)
Omar Uresti (debut)
Members of the 2015 United States Team were determined over a two-year points system, based on performances in the 2014 and 2015 PGA Professional Championships, and the 2015 PGA Championship.
Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup Team
Captain: Jon Bevan
PGA Professional, Rhos on Sea Golf Club in Llandudno, North Wales
Cameron Clark (debut)
Lee Clarke (debut)
David Dixon (debut)
Graham Fox (2-3-0 in 2013)
Paul Hendriksen (debut)
Niall Kearney (debut)
Jason Levermore (debut)
Michael Watson (debut)
Gareth Wright (2-2-1 in 2013)
Alex Wrigley (debut)
The Great Britain & Ireland Team was determined following completion of the Titleist & Footboy PGA Professional Championship, June 5, 2015.
Rules and Regulations
The Rules of Golf, which govern play, are determined by the United States Golf Association and applied by The PGA of America.
2015 U.S. Eligibility
--Must be a member in good standing of The PGA of America.
--(Membership on the 2015 PGA Cup Team will be forfeited should the player subsequently become reclassified as a Tour professional or any other ineligible classification).
U.S. PGA Cup Points System
The 2015 United States PGA Cup Team is determined through a two-year points system featuring a player's performance in the 2014 and 2015 PGA Professional National Championship and the 2014 and 2015 PGA Championship.
27th PGA CUP TEAM FINAL STANDINGS
1. Matt Dobyns, Glen Head, N.Y., with 3125 points
2. Ben Polland, Manhasset, N. Y., with 2813 points
3. Michael Block Aliso Viejo, Calif., with 2500 points
4. Grant Sturgeon, Port Chester, N.Y., with 2375 points
4. Alan Morin, Royal Palm Beach, Fla., with 2375 points
6. Jamie Broce, Ottawa Hills, Ohio, with 2250 points
7. Stuart Deane, Arlington, Texas, with 2000 points
8. Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio, with 1983.33 points
9. Sean Dougherty, Leawood, Kan., with 1500 points
10. Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas, with 1500 points
A Cup for PGA Club Professionals
The PGA Cup originated in 1973 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Country Club as an outgrowth of the PGA Professional National Championship. Structured after the format of the Ryder Cup, which feature team competition between the U.S. and Europe, the PGA Cup features the top PGA club professionals from both sides of the Atlantic. Competition was held annually until 1984, when both countries agreed to hold this event biennially at alternating sites.
Proceeds from then-titled PGA Club Professional Championship in 1975 at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia, covered the expenses of the U.S. Team for the first overseas PGA Cup.
A pro-am event was held prior to the 1975 PGA Cup, which raised $12,000 and made it possible for the British PGA to stage the competition. Great Britain & Ireland Captain Christy O’Connor Sr., then 51, did his part to keep the event alive, winning the pro-am.
The teams began with nine players, but the rosters were expanded to 10 in 1988. Qualification for America’s team is based upon performances in the PGA Club Professional Championship. From 1973-88, the European team was comprised of PGA club professionals from Great Britain and Ireland. The format was changed from 1990-94, opening up qualifying spots to professionals throughout Europe. The selection process was revised in 1996 to feature only Great Britain & Ireland players.
The Llandudno International Golf Trophy
The scars of a tumble from long ago are no longer visible under its lid. The Llandudno International Golf Trophy, the prize of the winning team of the PGA Cup, looks as good as new today. You can credit the silversmith, Samuel Pitt & Company near Birmingham, England, for performing a minor facelift on the 68-year-old, 18-pound piece of hardware.
Named after one of Wales' largest ports, the Llandudno Trophy became the possession of The Professional Golfers’ Association the past two years, following Great Britain & Ireland’s stunning 15-11 victory over the U.S. in 2005 at The K Club in Straffan, Ireland.
A small dent, which had been carried since World War II on the underside of its lid, was repaired. But the legend lives on.
First awarded to England in 1939, the trophy was the idea of members of Maesdu Golf Club in Llandudno Conwy County, Wales. It began as the prize to the winning side in the first Home Tournament Series, which featured teams from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The series was abolished with the outbreak of World War II. Former Great Britain Ryder Cup veteran Percy Alliss (1929, ’31, ’33, ’35, ’37), who had served as the captain of England, retired the trophy to his personal collection.
The story of that famous dent is linked to World War II, when Germany’s relentless bombing missions against Britain reached a crescendo. During one particular mission to rain havoc upon Southampton and Portsmouth, a German bomber was perilously low on fuel and had to turn its munitions loose on non-targets.
One bomb exploded on the first fairway of Ferndown Golf Club near Bournemouth, less than 50 yards from the Alliss home. The ensuring tremor was so strong that it rumbled through the neighborhood and anything fragile within nearby homes was in peril.
“My grandmother (Dorothy) kept the trophy on the mantelpiece,” said Gary Alliss, Great Britain & Ireland Captain in 2007 and 2009. “Well, it tumbled to the floor on its head and caused the dent to the lid. After my parents married in 1953, my mother took on the role of guardian and cleaned that trophy for years.”
Percy Alliss, who passed away in 1975, ensured that the Llandudno Trophy would be forever secure with the “Home Professionals.” In 1972, he and his son, Peter, a former captain of the Professional Golfers’ Association, an eight-time Ryder Cup participant and one of BBC’s most popular voices of golf, donated the trophy to the Professional Golfers’ Association. The trophy would forever be awarded to the winner of the PGA Cup.
CordeValle: The PGA Cup Returns to California
The PGA Cup, the international showcase event for PGA Professionals, returns to California for the third time and to CordeValle, which last hosted in 2011.
CordeValle, a scenic gem in the countryside of San Martin, California, lies just 30 minutes south of San Jose. Opened for play in 1999, CordeValle is destined to be the equal of the world’s finest golf courses. CordeValle attracted nationwide attention from 2010-13 and the acclaim of participants, hosting the PGA Tour’s Frys.Com Open. In 2016, CordeValle will be the site of the U.S. Women’s Open.
Featuring a 260-acre, 18-hole championship golf course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Jr., the California golf resort has garnered some of America’s most prestigious golf recognition in 2015 including:
Golf Digest: 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America
Golfweek: America’s Best Resort Golf Courses
GOLF Magazine: Top 100 Courses You Can Play
Featuring unobstructed views of natural beauty with dramatic contours and elevation changes, this 18-hole, 7,252-yard, par-72 golf course makes innovative use of Northern California’s hillsides, canyons and broad meadows. Reflecting the belief that championship golf courses are not built just for professional tournaments, CordeValle offers an impressive variety of play.
CordeValle is the outstanding accomplishment of Jones, a designer who is part visionary, part outdoorsman and part golf enthusiast. Given free rein to design CordeValle’s championship course, Jones created what many consider one of his greatest masterpieces.
Situated on the gently rolling terrain in a pastoral California valley, the course utilizes the natural elevation changes of its peaks and canyons, enhanced by broad meadows, streams, striking sycamore and mature California oak trees. The land surrounding the course is part of a private preserve with more than 1,000 protected acres, unencumbered by residential or commercial development.
The course features multiple tees and approach angles for varying degrees of difficulty. Strategically placed bunkers with challenging bays, fingers and folds establish the character of the course. An elevation change of approximately 150 feet over the entire 18 holes makes it walk able for the golf purist and demands different strategies and club selections.
“The location had so many great possibilities that it was difficult to decide which to choose,” said Jones. “CordeValle is one of those pure ‘core golf’ experiences. It is perhaps my finest golf course creation.”
History Through the Years
U.S.: 17 Wins
Great Britain & Ireland/Europe: 5 Wins
1973: USA 13, GB&I 3
Pinehurst (N.C.) CC
Captains: William Clarke (USA) and Tom Halliburton (GB&I)
1974: USA 11, GB&I 4
Pinehurst (N.C.) CC
Captains: Henry Poe (USA) and Brian Hutchinson (GB&I)
1975: USA 9, GB&I 6
Hillside GC, Southport, England
Captains: Don Padgett Jr. (USA) and Christy O'Connor Sr. (GB&I)
1976: USA 9, GB&I 6
Moortown GC, Leeds, England
Captains: Frank Cardi (USA) and George Will (GB&I)
1977: USA 8, GB&I 8
Mission Hills CC, Palm Springs, Calif.
Captains: Henry Poe (USA) and Jack Hargreaves (GB&I)
1978: GB&I 10, USA 6
St. Mellion G&CC, Plymouth, England
Captains: Henry Poe (USA) and Tommy Horton (GB&I)
1979: GB&I 12, USA 4
Castletown Links, Isle of Man, England
Captains: Don Padgett Jr. (USA) and Bill Watson (GB&I)
1980: USA 15, GB&I 6
Oak Tree GC, Edmond, Okla.
Captains: Don Padgett Jr. (USA) and David Talbot (GB&I)
1981: USA 10, GB&I 10
Turnberry Isle CC, Miami, Fla.
Captains: Joe Black (USA) and Doug Smith (GB&I)
1982: USA 13, GB&I 7
Holston Hills CC, Knoxville, Tenn.
Captains: Don Padgett Jr. (USA) and David Jones (GB&I)
1983: GB&I 14, USA 6
Captains: Joe Black (USA) and Keith Hockey (GB&I)
1984: GB&I 12, USA 8
Captains: Joe Black (USA) and Keith Hockey (GB&I)
1986: USA 16, GB&I 9
Knollwood CC, Lake Forest, Ill.
Captains: Mark Kizziar (USA) and Derek Nash (GB&I)
1988: USA 15, GB&I 10
The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England
Captains: Mickey Powell (USA) and David Huish (GB&I)
1990: USA 19, EUR 7
Turtle Point GC, Kiawah Island, S.C.
Captains: J.R. Carpenter (USA) and Richard Bradbeer (Europe)
1992: USA 15, EUR 11
Kildare Hotel & CC, Dublin, Ireland
Captains: Patrick J. Rielly (USA) and Paul Leonard (Europe)
1994: USA 15, EUR 11
PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Captains: Dick Smith (USA) and Michael Ingham (Europe)
1996: USA 13, GB&I 13
Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland
Captains: Gary Schaal (USA) and Craig DeFoy (GB&I)
1998: USA 17, GB&I 9
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Captains: Tom Addis III (USA) and Craig DeFoy (GB&I)
2000: USA 13½, GB&I 12½
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales
Captains: Ken Lindsay (USA) and David Llewellyn (GB&I)
2003: USA 19, GB&I 7
PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Captains: Jack Connelly/Will Mann (USA) and David Jones (GB&I)
2005: GB&I 15, USA 11
The K Club, Straffan, Ireland
Captains: M.G. Orender (USA) and Jim Farmer (GB&I)
2007: USA 13½, GB&I 12½
Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, Ga.
Captains: Roger Warren (USA) and Gary Alliss (GB&I)
2009: USA 17½, GB&I 8½
The Carrick, Loch Lomond, Scotland
Captains: Brian Whitcomb (USA) and Gary Alliss (GB&I)
2011: USA 17½, GB&I 8½
CordeValle, San Martin, Calif.
Captains: Jim Remy (USA) and Russell Weir (GB&I)
2013: USA 13, GB&I 13
Slaley Hall, Hexham, England
Captains: Allen Wronowski (USA) and Russell Weir (GB&I)