Propelled by a stunning 6-0 sweep of foursomes, the South Florida PGA also beat their North Florida counterparts in the Challenge Cup’s final five singles matches to complete a record 18-6 romp in the annual Ryder Cup-style clash in North Palm Beach.
The North Florida PGA won just one paired match on Tuesday’s opening day at Lost Tree Club, when seniors Jim Slattery (Clearwater) and Matt Mitchell (Dunedin) beat former Champions Tour pros Pete Oakley and Lee Rinker in four-balls. Two other matches were halved.
But that turned out to be just a prelude to the sweep of afternoon foursomes, leaving the South Florida PGA with a 10-2 lead heading to the second-day singles. Though North Florida won three of the first four singles encounters and halved the other, it won just one match the rest of the way.
“The North Florida guys played well,” South Florida PGA captain John Nelson said, “but our team did better.”
Slattery and Mitchell combined to secure 2 1/2 of the North Florida PGA’s six points. Rod Perry (Port Orange) and Mark Rummings (Bradenton) claimed the other singles wins.
The old mark for biggest margin of victory was set in 2004, when the South Florida PGA prevailed at Olde Florida in Naples by a score of 17 1/2 to 6 1/2. The SFPGA now leads the overall series 21-9, with two meetings ending in a tie.Jeff Shain covers golf for the Orlando Sentinel and Tribune Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter at @JeffShain, or reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.