On April 2, I was fortunate to work the 17th Georgia Cup Match. This is a “one of a kind” happening in golf where the reigning US Amateur Champion plays the British Amateur Champion in an 18 hole match at the Golf Club of Georgia. These two players were here to prepare for The Masters this week as both received an invitation to The Masters for winning their respective championships. The Golf Club of Georgia is a wonderful place for them to prepare for Augusta with the speed of the putting greens, the topography of the property, and the proximity of Atlanta to Augusta. Over the years, the champions have enjoyed their week there to get ready for one of the most important weeks of their lives.
Matt Fitzpatrick of Sheffield, England is the current US Amateur Champion which he won last summer at The Country Club of Brookline outside of Boston. Garrick Porteous of Morpeth, Northumberland, England is the current British Amateur Champion which he won at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal, England, becoming the first English winner of the British Amateur since 2003. Marietta’s own Hall of Fame Golfer Larry Nelson was the Honorary Captain of the Match and it was great to see him there to contribute.
We were greeted with a beautiful day, on a fantastic golf course, with two great players. Greg Butterfield, Past President of the GSGA, served as the match referee and at 1:05 pm the Match got under way. Mr. Porteous played some great golf as did Mr. Fitzpatrick, but the British Amateur Champion had his day winning the Match 3&2, being 4 under par at the conclusion.
I thank the Golf Club of Georgia, The Georgia Cup Committee, and all who contributed to make the Georgia Cup a success and hope that we will be able to elevate this Match even more in the future. This will be a wonderful day for spectators to come out and see some great golf on a great golf course. At the same time we are able to help support two tremendous charities, the Georgia State Golf Association Foundation and the Folds of Honor Foundation. I hope to see many of you at the Georgia Cup in the years to come.
Senior Director, Rules & Competitions