2018 Billy Peters Cup Matches
Event DateOct 21, 2018
GSGA Defeats Georgia PGA,
Wins Billy Peters Cup Matches, 17-15
GREENSBORO, Ga. --- The GSGA held on to earn a narrow victory at the Billy Peters Cup Matches and defeated the Georgia PGA, 17-15. The 42nd playing of this competition took place at Harbor Club, October 21-22.
Entering Monday's singles matches, Team GSGA held a one-point advantage. Through strong, gritty play, the amateurs totaled the same number of points they did in day one, 8.5, which was enough to win the Billy Peters Cup.
The GSGA won seven matches and earned half-points in three others. Erik Martin, Bob Royak, Chris Hall, Doug Hanzel, David Noll, Jr., Stephen Behr and Keith Guest each beat their counterparts from the Georgia PGA. Nick Cassini, Rusty Mosley and Matthew Hayes each earned a half-point. In the end,it was Noll, a veteran of the Billy Peters Cup Matches, who clinched the final point for the overall victory.
Team GSGA started off strong on day one, taking a 5-3 lead after the morning four-ball matches. The GSGA's Keith Guest and Rusty Mosley defeated J.P. Griffin and Ted Fort from the Georgia PGA, 1 up. Amateurs Doug Hanzel, a 2019 inductee into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, earned a point with his partner Bob Royak over the pros and fellow Georgia Golf Hall of Famer James Mason and Craig Stevens, 3 and 1. Rick Cloninger and Chris Hall earned a GSGA point with a 6 and 5 win over Mark Anderson and Danny Elkins from the Georgia PGA. Stephen Behr and Erik Martin from the GSGA defeated pros Justin Martin and Chris Cartwright, 4 and 3.
Two matches finished all square earning a half point for each team. The GSGA's Matthew Hayes and Nate Rau halved with the Georgia PGA's Brian Dixon and Tim Weinhart. Amateurs Billy Mitchell and Chris Waters halved with pros Bill Hassell and Gary Miller.
The afternoon format of foursomes saw Team GSGA earn 3.5 points to the Georgia PGA’s 4.5 The amateurs earned points from Keith Guest and Rusty Mosley (4&3), Doug Hanzel and Bob Royak (2&1), Stephen Behr and Erik Martin (4&3). The GSGA secured a crucial half point from Matthew Hayes and Nate Rau.
The field consisted of 32 total players with two teams of 16 chosen by selection committees from the GSGA and the Georgia PGA Section.
32 total players with two teams of 16 chosen by selection committees from the GSGA and the Georgia PGA Section.
Round 1 - four-ball match play
Round 2 - singles match play
David Noll, Jr.