Three of our Metropolitan PGA Professionals Mark Brown, Matt Dobyns and Adam Rainaud will be playing for the US in the PGA Cup.
The 28th PGA Cup IS ON at the Foxhills Club and Resort, Longcross Course, Ottershaw, England! CLICK HERE for full live scoring as the US team aims to regain the Llandudno trophy.
History of the PGA Cup: The PGA Cup originated in 1973 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Country Club as a match-play competition between the top PGA club professionals from United States and Europe. It was held annually until 1984, when it was switched to a biennial event at alternating sites. The teams began with nine players, but the rosters were expanded to 10 in 1988. From 1973-88, the European team was comprised of PGA club professionals from Great Britain and Ireland. The format was changed from 1990-94, opening up qualifying spots to professionals throughout Europe. The selection process was revised in 1996 to feature only Great Britain & Ireland players.
PGA Cup: 2000 (3-2-0)
PGA Head Professional at Tam O'Shanter Golf Club in Brookville, New York. Finished runner-up, 2000 PGA Professional Championship, losing a five-hole playoff to Tim Thelen at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma. Tied for second in 2001 and in 2016. Member of the 2000 United States PGA Cup Team. Has competed in 17 PGA Professional Championships and five PGA Championships. 1999 Metropolitan PGA Player of the Year. Winner, 1999, 2002 New York State Open; 2010 Long Island Open; 2005, ‘10 Metropolitan PGA Champion; 1999, 2014 & 2016 Metropolitan Open; 1999 Eastern Regional PGA Championship; 2008 PGA Stroke Play Championship. Competed in seven Callaway Pebble Beach Invitationals, which feature a select field of PGA, Champions, Web.com and Canadian tour professionals. Has recorded 15 career holes-in-one, including one in the 2016 PGA Professional Championship.
PGA Cup: 2013, ’15 (2-4-3)
PGA Head Professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y. Finished T-16 in the 2017 PGA Professional Championship. 2015 PGA Professional of the Year, becoming the 3rd member of the Metropolitan PGA Section to secure the national honor. Is one of 5 players to win multiple PGA Professional Championships (2015 at Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pennsylvania; 2012 at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California). 2015 Championship (2nd PGA Professional Championship), 2012 PGA Professional Championship (7th Metropolitan PGA Professional member to win the National Championship). Member of the 2013 and 2015 United States PGA Cup Team. Won the POLO Golf Met PGA Head Professional event at the Country Club of Darien. Plays right-handed, but putts from the left side (was missing too many putts right-handed). Began playing golf at 2 years old and credits his father for introducing him to the sport.
PGA Cup: Debut
PGA Assistant Professional at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Tied for fifth in the 2017 PGA Professional Championship. Won back-to-back PGA Match Play Championships at PGA Golf Club in 2015 and '16; enroute to the '16 Match Play title, won 2nd-round match on 9th playoff hole. Winner, 2016 PGA Spring Stroke Play Title. Competed in the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Was 2014, ’15, ’16 Connecticut PGA Section Champion. 2016 Connecticut Open Champion. Six-time Connecticut PGA Assistants Champion and Player of the Year. Competed in PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in both 2014 and '16...from 2010-15, played in eight Section “majors” and has won all eight. Winner, Connecticut PGA Section PGA Professional Championship 2014, '15 and '16; Winner, 2014 Section Assistants Championship. Was 2007, ’08 NCAA All-American at University of Louisville.