Summer 2013 International Cup
The International Cup marks the close of a semester, and nearly the last tournament graduating seniors will play at PGCC. In typical tournament fashion all of the preceding matches serve to prepare players for the most challenging showdown at the end of each semester. After making it through the last 6 weeks of qualifying tournaments, the top 36 students compete against the faculty in 4 modified alternate shot ball matches.
The Temecula campus selected the Legends Golf Club to host the competition. Sadly for students, it was a close match but they did not come out on top. On day one, the faculty team firmly took their lead and made it clear; The International Cup is still ours. It might be too early to call it a lucky streak but, Faculty at PGCC Temecula have taken instruction to a whole new level, teaching students a thing or two on the course.
Congratulations to all International Cup players on their sportsmanship, and a game well-played!
Summer 2013 Old Time Tournament
Set foot through the door of any of PGCC’s three campuses and you will see the same thing; royal blue letters mounted on a wall informing you that Golf is History, Tradition & Character. At the Professional Golfer’s Career College this statement is more than a welcome mat, it is a principal philosophy. Three times a year this tenet is put to practical use during the Old Time Tournament.
The Old Time Tournament is a competition played in scramble format, exclusively by graduating seniors. Each team is comprised of four players and one caddy. The game begins with each player teeing off from the same spot, with the next round of play beginning where the best shot landed; this is continued until the ball is sunk into the hole. However, it is not the format that makes this tournament unique; it is unique because of the historically respectful manner in which it is played.
Players are outfitted in garb specific to golf’s very early years with students typically outfitted in a uniform of pristine golf shoes, knee socks, knickers, a sweater or vest over a crisp shirt, and a newsboy cap. Though the attire is no longer de rigueur, it is reminiscent of a bygone era that was saturated in style. Adhering further to the traditions of yesteryear, all players, and their caddies, walk each of the 18 holes on the course. Golf carts did not exist when the game was being formed and as a result, the automobiles are excluded from the day’s proceedings.
Transportation is not the only arena in which developmental technology is restricted. During the Old Time Tournament there are no such developments as sophisticated engineering, lightweight materials or adjustable heads. Students play with hickory shafted clubs and older versions of golf balls. Undoubtedly, there is a great appreciation for the advances of the game after the tournament commences, given that both the instruments and types of swings have evolved considerably.
The Old Time Tournament is homage to the rich and cherished history of the game of golf and while one of the primary goals is to reward the seniors with a peek into the origins of one of their life’s greatest passions, you simply can’t ignore the fact that a few days before they graduate they are taking away exactly the same lesson they learned upon arrival at PGCC; Golf is History, Tradition & Character.
Summer 2013 President's CupIt isn’t a stretch to think that students at a school filled with golfers would take competition very seriously but every semester that is exactly what happens; competition gets serious. As the semester draws to a close, our students enjoy playing against faculty in PGCC’s signature tournaments: the President’s Cup, the International Cup and The Old Time Tournament. These are three longstanding traditions at PGCC, and the camaraderie built on the course every day gets taken to a whole new level. Last week PGCC Temecula played their President’s Cup at our sister cite, the Legends Golf Club, with the Orlando and Hilton Head campuses to follow soon.
After qualifiers determine the top student-players at each campus, pairings are made, and the games really begin. Played in Ryder Cup format, where one point is awarded for every hole gained, and a half point is awarded for every hole tied, the “P Cup” allows each student an opportunity to compete against the faculty, a considerable challenge, even for the best of the best. One of several end-of-semester tournaments the “P Cup” engages students in healthy competition, exposing them to the rules of match play format that directly emulate the Ryder Cup style.
For the tournaments, captains are designated and it is their responsibility to select the organization of the players, and therefore, the make-up of teams; who plays single matches and who plays teams. Captains are the backbone, the leaders and the moral support for the tournaments, but in the end, it is the players have to deliver on their potential to bring home the win. Despite temperatures that were reaching triple digits, the players kept their focus and on Day 1 the faculty pulled ahead and stayed ahead. At the end of day 2 it was the faculty who walked away with a final score of 16 ½ to the students 1 ½, and a second consecutive President’s Cup victory.
Congratulations to all teams on a game well-played, and best of luck to the next group of brave students to take on PGCC Temecula’s formidable faculty.