The Ohio Cup Matches, a twenty-two year Ohio tradition that rivals the Ryder Cup, concluded today, October 3, 2018 with the Northern Ohio PGA team defeating the Southern Ohio PGA team 17 points to 15 points in match play format. The Top 9 Members, 6 Senior Members & 1 Captains Choice from the Northern Ohio PGA Section and the Southern Ohio PGA Section compete in this match play style competition for year-long bragging rights and to house the Ohio Cup trophy in their Section office.
The Northern Ohio PGA team got off to a strong start on the first day of competition, Tuesday, October 2 at Kirtland Country Club by dominating the fourball matches. By mornings end, the Northern Ohio PGA team had a three point advantage over the Southern Ohio PGA team (5.5 to 2.5). The lead was short lived; however, as the Southern Ohio team came back strong and dominated the afternoon foursome matches (5 to 3). When the competition concluded on Day 1 only one point stood between each PGA Section. The score was Northern Ohio PGA 12.5 and Southern Ohio PGA 11.5.
The final day of competition, Wednesday, October 3rd was a nail biter for both sides. It consisted of a back and forth battle in Single Matches. By the end of the morning, the Northern Ohio PGA team had edged out the Southern Ohio PGA team 8.5 to 7.5.
Special recognition to Northern Ohio PGA team members Jim Troy, Mt. Vernon CC and Mike Stone, Belmont CC who were the only players from either team to win all of their matches.