World Cup Recap: USA, Masih, Harman Win Titles

Team USA shot a record 9-under-par 711 to win its eighth team title out of 13 attempts at the World Golf Teachers Cup at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, October 18-19. Mark Harman fired a 6-under-par 66 and Kacey Tyler a 5-under-par 67 in the final round, leading the USA the final day to edge Team International 1 by five strokes. Canada came in third at 724, followed by International 2 at 765 at Great Britain & Ireland at 792.

Shafiq Masih from Canada claimed the individual title with scores of 67-70 – 137 to defeat runner-up and defending champion Rebecca Samuelsson by two strokes. Newly-crowned United States Golf Teachers Cup champion Matt Smith finished third at 70-70 – 140. Pam Montgomery won the Ladies title with scores of 80-78 – 158 to nip Mary Peter-Wolf by one stroke.

In the inaugural World Senior Golf Teachers Cup, Harman, from Ridgeland, South Carolina, defeated Tyler on the first playoff hole after both finished at 6-under-par 138. Tyler’s tee shot on the #9 hole on the Coyote Run nine went into the water after a bad bounce, and his third shot finished 20 feet from the hole. Meanwhile, Harman put his approach shot on the par-4 hole 15 feet away, and after Tyler’s par effort lipped out, Harman two-putted for the victory. It was his ninth WGTF national or international victory since competition began in 1996. Anthony Benny from Trinidad & Tobago won the Super Senior championship with 71-72 – 143 and finished fifth overall in the World Senior Cup. Ray Holder shot 75-77 – 152 to win the Legends division for players 70 and over.

Pictured from left to right: Kacey Tyler, Jim Perez, Michael Wolf, Matt Smith, Mark Harman and Jim Grow.

U.S. Cup Recap: Smith, Gulych Emerge Victorious

Having won two Open division championships in the past only to be denied by players in other divisions for the overall title, Matt Smith of Columbus, Ohio, finally realized the pinnacle of USGTF competition as he won the 22nd annual United States Golf Teachers Cup with scores of 75-69 – 144 to take a three-stroke win over Shafiq Masih and Rebecca Samuelsson. Smith, one of the toughest and most mentally-ready competitors in USGTF history, birdied three out of the first four holes to seize the lead over first-round leader Tom Alley, and he held on the rest of the way with steady play as his opponents couldn’t keep up.

Grant Gulych of St. Thomas, Ontario, had a goal to be the first to put his name on the new United States Senior Golf Teachers Cup trophy, and he succeeded when he fired rounds of 67-70 – 137 to take the inaugural playing of the tournament. Dave Belling, a two-time U.S. Cup champion and the 2003 World Golf Teachers Cup champion, finished second, four strokes back. The turning point came at the seventh hole in the final round, when Gulych made birdie to Belling’s bogey, pushing Gulych’s lead to four and he never looked back. Gulych stayed steady throughout the final nine, never faltering and didn’t give any of his nearest competitors any hope of a comeback. He also won the 2013 U.S. Cup in Tunica, Mississippi.

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USGTF’s Stevens-Led Team Retains Hickory Cup on World’s Oldest Course

Mike Stevens, USGTF Southeast Region director, captained a team of North American golfers to victory in the annual triangular match that ends the Linked Golfers World Hickory Open Festival, played October 3-7. Competing against a team from Europe and a select World team, the North Americans outpointed the Worlds by 11 Stableford points. The Stableford format lends itself well to a three-team competition, which matched the best eight scores of the twelve players on each squad.

This was the third time Stevens has captained a team to victory. Especially rewarding, according to Stevens, was retaining the Hickory Cup on the Musselburgh Old Golf Club, the oldest golf course in the world and host to eight Open Championships. Golf has been played at Musselburgh for over 600 years. The Hickory Cup is appropriately on permanent display in the Musselburgh clubhouse, which itself dates to the 1700s.

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Carnoustie Pro is World Hickory Champion

Battling winds gusting upwards of 50 miles per hour, Fraser Mann of Carnoustie, Scotland, bested a field of 108 golfers in winning the Linked Golfers World Hickory Open at Kilspindie Golf Club in Aberlady. Mann’s rounds of 71-70 – 141 were four strokes clear of Musselburgh’s Rick Valentine, a past champion. This was the 12th playing of the tournament, which attracts players from across the globe. All competitors play with original wood-shafted clubs or authentic replicas of clubs produced between 1900 and 1930. After five highly successful years in Carnoustie Country, the Championship moved to Kilspindie, an East Lothian favorite, to help celebrate its 150th year in operation.

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“PRO” File – Touring Professional Pat Perez

More known for his temper than his golf game in the past, Pat Perez has re-invented himself in both personality and game. The 41-year-old Perez is moving from the ranks of career journeyman to established veteran and player, having won twice within the span of one year. He broke an almost-eight-year victory drought when he captured the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November 2016, and followed that up with a win at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia this past October. He currently sits at #1 on the FedEx Cup points list. Perez gained a reputation as a hothead earlier in his career after some questionable on-course behavior, such as smashing his club into the ground after poor shots. Many speculated that his temper cost him several victories and limited his potential as a golfer. In recent years, Perez seems to have calmed down and has harnessed that inner fire, playing better golf in the process. He missed most of the 2015-16 season after having shoulder surgery, but Perez said the surgery gave him new-found motivation. It may have also helped his golf game, as his he was forced to shorten his backswing about two feet. As late as July 2016, he was capable of only hitting his driver 190 yards, but that didn’t last long. Just four months after not being able to hit the ball any farther than the average 18-handicapper, Perez found victory for the first time since 2009. Whether he will remain a force in professional golf for the remainder of the year is always speculation, of course, but given how he’s changed his outlook and game, it’s likely he will be a contender for more wins heading into 2018.

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United States Disabled Open to be Held in May

Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, is the site of the United States Disabled Open May 8-10, 2018. The tournament is open to all golfers who have a recognized disability, such as amputees, blind, wounded veterans, stroke, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, just to name a few.

Jason Faircloth founded the USDGA, and in 2011 became the first American to compete in the Disabled British Open. He returned home and started the organization, saying there was no reason that competition for disabled golfers in the United States could not become a reality. For more information on the USDGA and the U.S. Disabled Open, please visit