CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT SILVER ANNIVERSARY OF U.S. CUP!
The 25th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup is in the books! Congratulations go to winners Alejandro Duque, Open division; Pam Montgomery, Ladies division; Chris Richards, Senior division, and Anthony Benny, Super Senior division. Pro-am winners were USGTF professional Seonlin Kim and his amateur partner, Nicolas Kim. Revere Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada, provided a fine test of golf for all participants!
In the Open division, Duque, from Costa Rica, opened with a first-round 70 to take a five-shot lead over David Lipucci. Ryan Ortega, Ken Kim and Tom Alley were another shot back at 76 in a round played in constant 30 mph winds with gusts clocked at over 40 mph. Duque was never seriously challenged the second day as his 74 stood up for a five-shot victory over Ortega.
In the Ladies division, Montgomery fired an 81 in the first round to take a comfortable lead over second-place Alice Brown. USGTF Hall-of-Famer Pat Church shot the best second-round score, an 88, to earn runner-up honors as Montgomery held on for a four-shot victory.
Richards, a former U.S. Cup and World Cup champion and defending Senior division champion, opened with a 74 to share the first-round lead with Ron Cox. Richard’s 74 came despite scoring an 8 on the fourth hole. He then shot a 71 on the final day to cruise to a four-shot victory over Kirk Junge and Michael Wolf.
Benny, like Richards, is from Trinidad & Tobago, and the “old” guys made it a clean sweep for the older crowd by taking the Super Senior title with a two-round 76-74 – 150. First-round leader Michael Paris finished as runner-up at 74-82 – 156.
The team of Kim-Kim won going away in the concurrent pro-am with a 19-under-par total of 125.
Both courses at Revere, Lexington and Concord, were used to conduct the competition, with featured a healthy mix of veteran players and newcomers. USGTF president Brandon Lee stated, “I want to thank and pay my respects to everyone for coming together for this annual event with your love and passion for golf, despite the global conditions of the pandemic. We will hold the 2022 U.S. Cup in Miami (Florida), and I hope more people can participate in order to share and enjoy great competition.”