December 4, 2015
The last time around, it wasn’t even close.
When the last Seaver Cup concluded in 2013, the NCGA walked away with a convincing 33 ½ – 14 ½ victory. It was the NCGA’s second win in a row, but it’s hardly been a one-sided affair.
With wins in 2011 and 2013, the NCGA only tied up the overall match standings at 3-3-2.
At this year’s 9th Seaver Cup, which tees off Dec. 10-11 at Rancho La Quinta Country Club, that tie could be broken.
Created in 1998 at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa as a biennial competition that brings together the best players from Northern and Southern California, the Seaver Cup is named in honor of the late Charles Seaver.
One of the legends of California amateur golf, Seaver is one of only two amateurs to hold the NCGA, SCGA and California Amateur titles at the same time, accomplishing the feat in 1933-34 (the other player to complete the Golden State Slam was George Von Elm in 1925.
Other Seaver accomplishments include:
- Reaching the semifinals of the 1930 U.S. Amateur
- Member of the 1932 U.S. Walker Cup team
- 1933 California Amateur Champion
- 1932 & 1933 NCGA Amateur Champion
- 1934 SCGA Amateur Champion
- 6-time Fresno City Amateur Champion
- 1949 Northern California Open Champion
There’s also the Seaver legacy between the NCGA and SCGA. Seaver’s father, Everett, served as SCGA President in 1928. Seaver himself, meanwhile, served as NCGA President in 1980.
On the course, the Cup utilizes a format similar to the Ryder Cup– three points are available for each match, one point for the front nine, one point for the back nine and one point for the overall match (any matches that are halved earn a 1/2 point).
As for who’ll be representing who, here are the rosters for each squad.
Jason Anthony, Dale Bouguennec, Steven Chung, Matt Cohn, Terry Foreman, Randy Haag, Jim Knoll, Nick Moore, Ben Peters, Michael Tolladay, Gary Vanier, Jeff Wilson
Jeff Burda, Nathan Celusta, Joe Doody, Jeff Fortson, Tim Hogarth, James Holley, John McClure, Bowen Osborn, John Pate, Ramie Sprinkling, Dan Sullivan, Michael Turner