Spring 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 not a close match. On day one, Faculty firmly took their 5 ½ to ½ 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!
The Oldfield Golf Club, a beautiful private course designed by Greg "Great White" Norman, hosted the Hilton Head International Cup. While Faculty came out on top this time, with a final score of 19 matches to the students 5, Hilton Head's Captain’s, DaWayne Penberthy and Burke Gregory, gave it their all. At the end of one of the singles matches Michel Dion, a range instructor for PGCC Hilton Head, played student Greg James, a Junior, who has been taking lessons from Michel since he was a Freshman. Dion was 2 up with 3 holes to play, and Greg made a come back to win the last 3 holes, turn the tables, and be the victor. After a big hug on the 18th green, Michel shared “Even though I lost my match I am still a winner as my student played so well. That is what my job is all about.”
Spring 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. The President’s Cup is a longstanding tradition at PGCC, and competition gets taken to a whole new level.
For the tournament, 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 and bring home the win.
The top students at all three golf college campuses welcome the President's Cup Tournament every semester. 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.
The students who served as captains and co-captains of this semester’s P Cup were; Burke Gregory and Chad Mayles in Hilton Head, Joe Mentz and Dan Smith in Temecula, and Joel Hingston in Orlando.
In Temecula faculty member Steve Betty made a Hole-n-One (Hole # 15 with a #3 wood) to close out his match 5&3 against Scott Ramsey, freshman. And Senior, David Lopez, won the ONLY match for the students all week. Lopez recalls that he played one of his best rounds of his life and won 2&1 against Dr. Tim “Doc” Somerville.
In Orlando at the Reunion Resort’s Nicklaus Course, the final score was 12 ½ to 11 ½ in favor of the students. The winning student Captain was Joel Hingston from the Senior Class, while the Faculty side was represented by Director of Golf, Roger Masterson. One of the Faculty teams was comprised of alumni, Matt Higginbotham and David Beshears, from the December 2011 graduating class. The two came back from a 3 down deficit with 4 holes to play, to secure a tie with their student opponents. Unfortunately for them, it was not enough to overcome the final matches which were won by the students to secure the Cup.
The Hilton Head Lakes Golf Course hosted the President’s Cup, and students captains Burke Gregory and Chad Mayles, gave it their all, going the extra mile to run a great event. One of the P Cup highlights did not take place while students and faculty were playing; it came before. Hilton Head arranged a pairings party prior to the event so students could meet their opponents in advance, and foster a healthy respect for each other, and encourage good sportsmanship. Jimmy Powell, Hilton Head’s Director of Golf shared that, “This was a great networking opportunity, lots of fun and we feel that it made for a more competitive event.”
Congratulations to all teams on a game well-played!
Orlando Students Shine At Demo Day
For the past 10 years members of the PGA, industry leaders, and golf retailers have gathered at Orange County National every January to kick off the PGA Merchandise Show by testing out the latest technological advances that leading manufacturers have to offer. In January over 100 golf equipment, accessory, training aid, and performance wear companies assemble to offer their absolute best to PGA professionals for real-world testing.
Presented by PGA Magazine, United Rentals, Yamaha and True Temper, Outdoor Demo Day has flashy allure with famous players, golf giveaways, and swag-a-plenty, but at its roots, it is about cold, hard facts; Do the latest products really deliver on everything they claim to be able to do? The event at OCN is a critically important part of the PGA Merchandise Show experience, allowing PGA professionals, retailers and buyers to decide for themselves if a product is worthy of being placed in your hands.
Over 42,000 people attended the PGA Merchandise show and it’s a good bet that at any given time about a thousand of them were at OCN, home of PGCC Orlando, participating in cutting edge clinics and enlightening themselves about the industry’s best practices. Beyond entertainment and education the real life force of the day was enthusiasm. It takes a great deal of coordination to host an event of this magnitude, and with the help of students from PGCC Orlando, the event , which was the largest, and arguably the best ever, went off without a hitch.
Organized by Orlando’s Director of Golf, Roger Masterson, 74 golf college volunteers were support staff to over 8,000 PGA professionals and insiders throughout the day. “It was challenging but fun” notes Masterson, “It was really nice getting to see the students using things they’d learned in school, in action.”
The volunteer staff, comprised of students from every grade level, held positions all across the 25 acre, 360 degree driving range. Tee ambassadors, registration attendants, shuttle drivers, setup crew, trash runners, and a couple of personal assistants for Liz Reed, Owner of Reed Exhibitions, the company that organizes Demo Days, had their hands full, but kept the event on point.
“We got feedback from OCN that of many volunteers at the event we did a better job, stepped up and performed above and beyond ” Masterson recalls, “I saw a lot of smiles on student’s faces when they were doing jobs that were less than desirable.” Laughing, “They were just so excited by the fact that they were that close to that many important people in the industry, getting to help them and interact with them.”