For Immediate Release
SWSPGA Pros Hold 32-13 Lead in Prestigious Tournament
Arizona (November 14, 2006) –With his recent passing, Bob Goldwater, Sr’s legacy in Arizona golf will forever be linked to the
tournament that bears his name, the Goldwater Cup. The Ryder-Cup style matches
is celebrating its 46th year of play later this month at
Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club and while the pros hold a sizeable
advantage in the event, amateurs took control in the early tournaments. Once
Goldwater, Sr. grew up along the fairways and greens of
name has always been connected with the Phoenix Open, now known as the
Goldwater’s passion for the game always resonated with pride for the Goldwater Cup Matches which features some of the state’s finest players from the professional and amateur ranks. This year’s event will get underway on November 27-28 at Superstition Mountain G&CC.
The matches began in 1960 with the amateur squad holding a decided advantage over the pros, but since the early 80’s, the pros have not looked back, winning 22 straight matches including last year’s tightly-contested 23.5-18.5 win. Overall, the SWSPGA pros hold a commanding 32-13 edge in the prestigious golf event. The first day of competition between the SWSPGA and the Arizona Golf association will feature best ball matches in the morning followed by alternate shot play in the afternoon. Single matches will make up the final day of play in the 2006 Goldwater Cup.
This year, the SWSPGA professionals are once again fielding an impressive squad. Led by four-time SWSPGA Player-of-the-Year Don Yrene of The Golf Club Scottsdale, other pros expected to participate include Scott Frisch, Rich Elias, Ken Carpenter, Ralph West, Jay Synkelma, Tony Rohlik, Dean Vomacka, Wade Dunagan, Jon Chaffee, Greg Avant and Glen Griffith.
SWSPGA Seniors hold a 19-10 series lead with three ties against their
Senior division players this year include 2005 SWSPGA Senior Player of the Year Larry Mackin, Greg Harmon, Bob Mann, Jay Friedman, Mike Wright, Mike Malaska, John Jackson, Dave Kluver, Mark Spolarich, Bob Phillips, Chip Garriss and Earl Svenningsen.
“This year’s Goldwater Cup will take on a very special feeling for everyone involved with the tournament as I’m sure Bob’s spirit will be profoundly felt throughout the golf course,” added Wilkes.
more information on the 2006 Goldwater Cup Matches, call the Southwest Section
of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America at