Stage is set for PGA Cup battle at Slaley Hall

2013 09 2013 Gbi Pga Cup Team At De Vere Slaley Hall 1024X6911


Excitement is building at De Vere Slaley Hall ahead of this week’s hosting of the prestigious PGA Cup matches between GB&I and the United States of America. The Northumberland venue will welcome a selection of the world’s leading club professionals for three days of intense competition, with GB&I hoping to lift the trophy for the first time since 2005.

Starting on Friday, the PGA Professionals equivalent of the Ryder Cup will see two days of morning foursomes and afternoon fourball match-ups ahead of the deciding Sunday singles matches.

The biennial contest celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, with the US team dominating proceedings in recent years following three consecutive victories; however the GB&I team of rookies will be looking to strike back on home soil.

The GB&I team is made up of ten players making their PGA Cup debut. They will be captained by Russell Weir, who played a record-equalling eight times in the contest and will be looking to impart his wealth of knowledge onto his talented side. His line-up includes former European Tour player Benn Barham, and Dan Greenwood, who claimed the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship at Slaley Hall in June with a nine-stroke winning margin. The team hope that their experience from playing the magnificent Hunting course under full tournament conditions will stand them in good stead and give them the upper hand over the American team.

Three Scots are included in the side; Graham Fox, from Clydeway Golf, Greig Hutcheon, from Banchory Golf Club and Scott Henderson from Kings Links. Scotland-based Gareth Wright, who plays out of West Linton, is also in the side.
The GB&I team is made up of ten players making their PGA Cup debut.

The US team features four PGA Cup veterans who have played in eight overall PGA Cups and bring a host of experiences to the team. This includes Mark Shaftic and Mike Small, who between them have competed in an impressive eight majors. The team’s experience is matched by a host of talent amongst the six rookies who boast impressive résumés, including reigning PGA National Champion, Rod Perry, who has teed it up in no fewer than 15 PGA Tour events. The side will be captained by Allen Wronowski, Honorary President, the PGA of America, who hopes to continue the winning momentum for the American team across the 7,036-yard championship layout designed by the late Dave Thomas, renowned golf course architect.

Keith Pickard, the regional golf director at De Vere said: “The excitement is certainly building around Slaley Hall ahead of these intensely competitive match-ups. Following the successful staging of the PGA Seniors Championship at the resort in previous years, this is now the premier golf event in the North East this year and represents the best opportunity for local fans to come along and witness top level professional golf in the exciting matchplay format.

“Steve Cram and his team of greenkeepers always do a fantastic job in preparing the course, and I’m sure it will play host to some stunning golf this weekend.”

Admission and parking is free for all spectators across the three days of the event (Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd).

GB&I Team

Captain Russell Weir

Benn Barham (Kings Hill Golf Club), Jonathan Barnes (Ampfield Par 3 Golf Club), Nicolas Brennan (Bowood Golf & Country Club), David Callaway (Milford Golf Club), Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf), Daniel Greenwood (Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort), Scott Henderson (Kings Links Golf Centre), Greig Hutcheon (Banchory Golf Club), Richard Wallis (Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club), Gareth Wright (West Linton Golf Club).

USA Team

Captain Allen Wronowski

JC Anderson (Missouri Bluffs Golf Club), Matt Dobyns (Fresh Meadow Country Club), Kelly Mitchum (Pinehurst), Rod Perry (Cranes Lake Golf and Country Club), Ryan Polzin (Royal Oaks Country Club), Mark Sheftic (Merion Golf Club), Mike Small (University of Illinois), Jeff Sorenson (Columbia Golf Club), Bob Sowards (New Albany Country Club), Chip Sullivan (Hanging Rock Golf Club).

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST T-SERIES IRONS BATTLE
Titleist
play button
TITLEIST VOKEY SM8 WEDGES REVIEW – How important are fresh grooves?
Vokey
play button
G710 vs G410 vs i500 – Which PING iron is longest?
Ping
play button
14 CLUB CHALLENGE - THE AMATEUR EDITION!
14 Club Challenge
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Field finalised for rescheduled Masters
Tommy Fleetwood's caddie raises £10,000 for struggling colleagues
10 truths you need to know about The Masters
The Scots who started Augusta's 'Starter' custom
Coronavirus: Where is golf banned in the USA?

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
REVIEW - Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Get more width in your backswing
Watch
play button
The correct grip is essential to good ball striking
Watch
play button
Keep the body and arms connected
Watch
play button
Set the wrists later in the golf swing
Watch
See all videos right arrow