The United States Golf Teachers Cup
The United States Golf Teachers Cup is the annual national championship event of the United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF), although all members of the WGTF are welcome to play. The tournament has been held at premier golf courses throughout the United States, adding to its popularity. A full field of 156 or more golfers from all over the world is generally on hand to compete in this most prestigious event. Divisions of play include Open, Senior (50+), Super Senior (60+), and Ladies. A purse featuring $25,000 or more in prize money is one of the many perks of the event. Held in autumn, the United States Golf Teachers Cup welcomes all Level III (fully-certified) and Level IV (Master Golf Teaching Professionals) members on first-received, first-served entry basis.
History of the United States Golf Teachers Cup®
|1996||St. Augustine, Florida||Edward Lee||74|
|1997||Bonsall, California||Shawn Clement||73|
|1998||Port St. Lucie, Florida||Mark Harman||71|
|1999||Port St. Lucie, Florida||Brian Lamberti||223|
|2000||Mont Alto, Pennsylvania||Mark Umphreyville||71|
|2001||Jensen Beach, Florida||Mark Harman||152|
|2002||Milton, Florida||Mark Harman||141|
|2003||Las Vegas, Nevada||Mark Harman||144|
|2004||Springfield, Louisiana||Dave Belling||147|
|2005||San Antonio, Texas||Mark Harman||142|
|2006||Boulder City, Nevada||James Douris||141|
|2007||Boulder City, Nevada||James Douris||140|
|2008||Albuquerque, New Mexico||Jerry Moore||138|
|2009||Hilton Head Island, South Carolina||James Douris||141|
|2010||Primm, Nevada||Christopher Richards||141|
|2011||Orlando, Floirda||James Douris||142|
|2012||Boulder City, Nevada||Bill Hardwick||138|
|2013||Tunica Resorts, Mississippi||Grant Gulych||147|
|2014||Boulder City, Nevada||Dave Belling||136|
|2015||Orlando, Florida||Bill Hardwick||142|
|2016||Scottsdale, Arizona||Mark Harman||142|
|2017||Boulder City, Nevada||Matt Smith||144|
Highlights Throughout the Years
1996 – Edward Lee wins the inaugural event, playing out of the Senior division
1997 – Playing both left- and right-handed, Canadian Shawn Clement takes first place at San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course.
1998 – Mark Harman wins his first US Cup.
1999 – Brian Lamberti wins the only US Cup contested over three rounds, played during World Golf Teachers Cup week.
2000 – Mark Umphreyville from California heads east to win at Penn National.
2001 – High winds and firm greens make the scores high, as Mark Harman wins his second title. The championship adopts a permanent format of two rounds.
2002 – Mark Harman becomes the first to successfully defend his championship.
2003 – Mark Harman, despite missing a 2-footer on the last hole, brings home the three-peat.
2004 – Dave Belling becomes the second Canadian to win the title, following up his victory in the 2003 World Golf Teachers Cup.
2005 – Prevailing in a playoff, Mark Harman captures his record fifth title.
2006 – James Douris from Australia wins in a playoff to become the first player from outside North America to win the championship.
2007 – James Douris successfully defends his championship, and becomes just the second player to win multiple US Cups.
2008 – Jerry Moore, playing out of the Super Senior division, becomes the oldest champion of the United States Golf Teachers Cup at age 68, firing rounds of 71-67 to win by seven strokes, a record. Moore was also the first competitor to shoot his age in a WGTF event
2009 – James Douris captured his third US Cup in a 2-hole playoff over Trinidad & Tobago’s Christopher Richards, in a replay of their battle in 2006.
2010 – Christopher Richards, after runner-up finishes in 2006 & 2009, wins his first US Cup in wire-to-wire fashion.
2011 – James Douris overcomes an opening-hole triple bogey to win his fourth US Cup.
2013 – Grant Gulych, a longtime participant in the US Cup, realized his playing potential by overwhelming the field with a final-round 69 in claiming the 2013 title at Tunica National Golf Club in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi
2014 – Dave Belling, a newly-minted senior golfer at the age of 50, shot a US Cup record 8-under par 136 to win the 2014 edition of the USGTF’s national championship tournament October 22-23 at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada.
2015 – Bill Hardwick from Aurora, Ontario, continued a trend of Canadian winners 50 and over when he won his second title, shooting 76-66 – 143, to win the 2015 US Golf Teacher’s Cup at Disney’s Golf Resort in Orlando, Florida.
2016 – Mark Harman from Ridgeland, South Carolina, regained the US Cup Champion title, shooting 71-71 – 142, to win the 2016 US Golf Teacher’s Cup at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
2017 – Matt Smith from Pataskala, Ohio secured the US Cup Champion title, shooting 75-69 – 144, to win the 2017 US Golf Teacher’s Cup at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada.