|2011 United States
PGA Cup Team
The PGA Cup
The United States will send six rookies and four veterans into the premier international showcase for a PGA Professional to face Great Britain & Ireland in the 26th PGA Cup, to be conducted Sept. 20-22, at Slaley Hall's Hunting Course in Northumberland, England.
The 10-member U.S. Team was determined at the conclusion of a two-year points system that comprises the past two PGA Professional National Championships and two PGA Championships. Two players – JC Anderson of O'Fallon, Mo., and 2004 PGA Professional National Champion Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, made the team after the second round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y.
They will join the following eight members who grabbed berths in June at the 46th PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort: reigning PGA Professional National Champion Rod Perry of Port Orange, Fla.; 2012 National Champion Matt Dobyns of Glen Head, N.Y.; Kelly Mitchum of Southern Pines, N.C.; Ryan Polzin of Houston, Texas; three-time PGA Professional National Champion Mike Small of Champaign, Ill.; Mark Sheftic of Blue Bell, Pa.; Jeff Sorenson of Blaine, Minn.; and 2007 National Champion Chip Sullivan of Troutville, Va.
Sheftic, Small, Sowards and Sullivan have played in eight overall PGA Cups and own a combined 16-17-3 record. They will face a Great Britain & Ireland Team composed of 10 rookies – a record since the competition began in 1973 at Pinehurst, N.C.
"We have an outstanding mix of talent and veteran experience," said U.S. Captain Allen Wronowski of Bel Air, Md., the honorary president of The PGA of America. "I have been fortunate to be in the Team Room at a Ryder Cup and a PGA Cup, and the key is to have everyone feel comfortable with one another. You have to listen to the players and feel who they are comfortable playing with, and then go from there. The PGA Cup is a rare opportunity to represent the red, white and blue. You rarely have such an opportunity in a lifetime."
For the second straight PGA Cup, Great Britain & Ireland will be captained by Russell Weir of Dunoon, Scotland, who saw his 2011 Team fall to the U.S., 17 1/2 to 8 1/2, at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. The U.S. owns a 17-5-3 advantage in the competition, and last surrendered possession of the Llandudno International Golf Trophy, in 2005, in Ireland.
The Great Britain & Ireland Team is led by Glenmuir PGA Professional National Champion Dan Greenwood of Lincolnshire, England, who won by an eight-stroke margin at the Hunting Course. He is joined by Gareth Wright, a PGA teaching professional from Pebbleshire, Scotland, who tied for 71st last month at the Open Championship at Muirfield. The remainder of the team features Benn Barham of Kent, England; Jon Barnes of Hampshire, England; Nick Brennan of Wiltshire, England; David Callaway of Surrey, England; Graham Fox of Glasgow, Scotland; Scott Henderson of Aberdeen, Scotland; Richard Wallis of Kent, England; and Greig Hutcheon of Kincardineshire, Scotland.
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