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Round 1 Results

Kiawah Island, S.C. - The inaugural Watson Cup Matches contested at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’ Ocean Course and Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique course started off Sunday with some quality competition between junior golfers representing the South Carolina Junior Golf Association and the East Lothian Junior Golf League from Scotland.  After the first day of four ball matches at The Ocean Course, the S.C. juniors hold a two-point lead seven to five. 

 

The scoring format is based on match play featuring availability to earn a point for the front nine, a point for the back nine and a point for the overall match allowing for three total points per match.   Captain Jack Lewis, Jr., South Carolina’s first ever Walker Cup representative, met with Vice Captains Charlie Rymer and Paul Woodbury and selected his four ball teams.  Florence’s Gene Zeigler and Pake June lead off and earned a half on the front but faltered down the back stretch and allowed Jack Rogan and David Rudd to take 2 ½ points on the match.  Local juniors Rye Tifft and Nicholas Valasquez found themselves down four holes early but rallied on the back nine and tied up Andrew Scott and Cameron Spencer of East Lothian with a birdie by Tifft on 18 posting one and a half points for their respective squads. 

 

The tied then turned for team S.C.  Daniel Brasington and Jonathan Brennan held a lead all day and earned two and a half points over the Scottish counterparts Aaron Hall and Cammy Gallagher.  Zander Briggs and Logan Hawkins repeated the effort ahead of them and capped off the day defeating Connor Wilson and Jamie Duguid two and a half to one half.  The final round of the Inaugural Watson Cup matches will be contested at the Tom Watson designed Cassique course Monday with Mr. Watson being in attendance, October 15th on Kiawah Island.

 

Modeled after the Walker Cup matches that have been contested between amateur golfers from the US, Great Britain and Ireland since 1922, the Watson Cup matches are intended to celebrate the historic connection between South Carolina, where golf was first played in America in the 1740s, and the Edinburgh/East Lothian region of Scotland, from where equipment was first exported to the first American golfers in Charleston in 1739. The matches will also give South Carolina and Scottish juniors the opportunity to participate in the type of international team competitions so revered by amateur and professional golfers in the Walker, Ryder, and Presidents Cups, and to gain experience in the different skills required to play golf on each side of the Atlantic.

 

Participants of the Watson Cup have had a first-class experience, surrounded by some of golf's greatest, starting with Dave Stockton. Stockton, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and short game guru, was the guest speaker for the Player's Banquet on Saturday night and conducted a putting clinic on Sunday before the matches began. Stockton holds two major victories on the PGA TOUR, both coming at the PGA Championship. Upon making the transition to the Champions Tour, his success would continue, compiling 14 wins. No stranger to team matches and Kiawah Island, Stockton was the 1991 Ryder Cup Captain for Team USA at Kiawah Island.

 

The cup is named in honor of Tom Watson, the American who won five Open Championships in Great Britain in the 1970s and 80s, including a win at Muirfield. Watson is widely regarded as the greatest American player to play links style golf as it originated in Scotland. In addition to five Open Championships (one shy of the career record of six won by Englishman Harry Vardon), Watson also won two Masters, a US Open, and 70 other professional tournaments. Watson, who has strong ties to South Carolina including two victories at the Heritage Tournament in Hilton Head and course designs such as the Cassique Course at Kiawah Island, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. Teams will not only be competing for the title but also the prestigious honor to hoist the exquisite Watson Cup trophy crafted by Susanne and Bill Juaire of the S.R. Blackinton Company located in Providence, Rhode Island.

Round 2 Results

Kiawah Island, S.C. - The inaugural Watson Cup Matches contested at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course and Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique course came to a climactic conclusion Monday with the team representing the South Carolina Junior Golf Association earning a hard-fought victory over the East Lothian Junior Golf League from Scotland 19 ½ to 16 ½. The first day of four ball matches at The Ocean Course, saw the S.C. juniors hold a two-point lead seven to five. Upon earning 12 ½ more point in singles matches at Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique course, the Watson Cup will stay in South Carolina in anticipation for the 2020 matches in Scotland.

 

The scoring format, based on match play, featuring the availability to earn a point for the front nine, a point for the back nine and a point for the overall match allowing for three total points per match.  Captain Jack Lewis Jr., set South Carolina’s line up and it started off on rocky footing. David Rudd led off for the Scots and would defeat S.C.’s Daniel Brasington 3-0. However, the next two groups, the duo from Florence, S.C. Pake June and Gene Zeigler, whom were surprisingly upset the day before in four ball matches, came out with determination and both won their matches 3-0 over Jamie Duguid and Andrew Scott respectively. The matches then took a turn when East Lothian’s Cameron Spencer had a significant nose bleed that led to a delay in play and ultimately put the fourth match as the final match. As it turned out, Nicholas Velasquez would win 3-0 and earn his squad the first ever Walker Cup trophy.

 

Before Velasquez could keep the Watson Cup trophy on home turf though, Scotland made a run. Aaron Hall defeated Logan Hawkins 2 ½ to ½ and Rye Tifft of S.C. lost 0-3 after a couple of great rounds in the four ball matches. Jonathan Brennan didn’t find his game until the back nine but would grind on the back nine for a point. All the while Zander Briggs, who was four-down on the front nine, rallied to go one up as he entered the 18th hole. With an almost impossible lie on the cart path, his approach landed just right of the green. The chip would come up short leaving him with a 14-foot par putt while Jack Rogan of Scotland had 18 feet for birdie. Rogan missed, giving Briggs an opportunity and he capitalized, making par and halving the hole winning two points to Rogan’s one, all while Tom Watson watched just off the green.  

 

Modeled after the Walker Cup matches that have been contested between amateur golfers from the US, Great Britain and Ireland since 1922, the Watson Cup matches are intended to celebrate the historic connection between South Carolina, where golf was first played in America in the 1740s, and the Edinburgh/East Lothian region of Scotland, from where equipment was first exported to the first American golfers in Charleston in 1739. The matches also give South Carolina and Scottish juniors the opportunity to participate in the type of international team competitions so revered by amateur and professional golfers in the Walker, Ryder, and Presidents Cups, and gain experience in the different skills required to play golf on each side of the Atlantic.

 

Participants of the Watson Cup have had a first-class experience, surrounded by some of golf's greatest, starting with Dave Stockton. Stockton, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and short game guru, was the guest speaker for the Player's Banquet on Saturday night and conducted a putting clinic on Sunday before the matches began. Stockton holds two major victories on the PGA TOUR, both coming at the PGA Championship. Upon making the transition to the Champions Tour, his success would continue, compiling 14 wins. No stranger to team matches and Kiawah Island, Stockton was the 1991 Ryder Cup Captain for Team USA at Kiawah Island.

 

The cup is named in honor of Tom Watson, the American who won five Open Championships in Great Britain in the 1970s and 80s, including a win at Muirfield. Watson is widely regarded as the greatest American player to play links style golf as it originated in Scotland and was on hand during the matches and to address the crowd and award the trophy. In addition to five Open Championships (one shy of the career record of six won by Englishman Harry Vardon), Watson also won two Masters, a US Open, and 70 other professional tournaments. Watson, who has strong ties to South Carolina including two victories at the Heritage Tournament in Hilton Head and course designs such as the Cassique course at Kiawah Island, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. Teams not only competed for the title but also the prestigious honor to hoist the exquisite Watson Cup trophy crafted by Susanne and Bill Juaire of the S.R. Blackinton Company located in Providence, Rhode Island.