Seaver Cup Changes: New Name and Women Added
March 8, 2019
Beginning this year, it’ll now be the best male and female players of the NCGA and Southern California Golf Association taking each other on for bragging rights.
In a move to provide programming at the state level for both men and women, the California Golf Association in March announced some sweeping changes to the previously named biennial Seaver Cup matches.
Under the move, the name of the event will switch to the California Amateur Cup Matches. The winning team will receive the Seaver Cup, which is named in honor of NCGA Hall of Famer Charles Seaver.
Each team, meanwhile, will now be comprised of 20 players: 12 males (four Seniors and eight non-Seniors) and eight females. Participating players are to be selected by NCGA and SCGA members of the California Golf Association board with consideration to Player of the Year Standings in both the NCGA and SCGA.
This year’s California Amateur Cup Matches will be held Dec.12-13 at La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta.
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). Play consists of 36 holes, with 18 holes of Four-Ball Match Play on day one, and 18 holes of Singles Match Play on day two.
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.