Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty Provo Ryder Cup, “North America Triumphs”
The Provo Golf Ryder Cup, sponsored by Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty, witnessed some quality match play golf on route to an impressive North American victory over The International Team by a large 7 point result (24.5 to 17.5). Team North America now controls the coveted cup after the two day event which had 48 golfers compete head to head in the popular match play format. The win narrowed the International Team’s impressive historic lead to 16 vs. 8 as it ended the multiple year jinx that North America seemed burdened by; in fact it was only the 2nd North American win over the last 11 years.
Fraser Dods and Todd Foss captained North America who started with a solid 7 to 5 first day lead in the Saturday best ball format. International Captains Grant Noble and Dale Hodgkins rallied their team for Sunday’s singles play as their side came out early with excellent results in the first 6 ladies matches before ultimately falling to the North American men by 12.5 to 5.5 in the last 18 matches of the Cup.
This year the Provo Ryder Cup enjoyed some of the best golf witnessed in the 24 year history of the matches. The weather finally co-operated after heavy rain earlier in the week and the course rebounded under the guidance of Superintendent Tim Mack to provide the players with great conditions for the weekend challenge. All four captains did a tremendous job creating a competitive but fun tournament atmosphere making “the spirit of the game” top priority. The Provo Ryder Cup is eagerly anticipated each year and again kicked off with a lively Wednesday pairings party where the Captains arranged the stage for all 36 matches. Other highlights included the fact that there were five first time Ryder Cup golfers two of which (Mike Kenney and Josh Germain) that dominated their opponents. Also notable was 13 year old Augustina Rebolledo and 11 year old Brooke Rivers who both won their singles match on Sunday.
Although a true team event it should be noted that the following 9 players captured a perfect 2 points by winning both their matches; Christine Dickenson, Tammy Glugosh, Carol Brown, Ty Nagthall, Josh Germain, Mike Kenney, Jim Gefucia, Terry Erskine, and Gregg Rivers. Terry Erskine in fact has won all four of his matches over the last two years!
Both The Ryder Cup players and Provo Golf Club would like to thank our sponsor Joe Zahm of Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty for making the weekend a huge success with their continued sponsorship. North America has finally recaptured the cup after the amazing International control which lasted 4 straight years. The jinx is broken!