The Southeastern Challenge Match is an annual competition among male amateur golfers representing the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia in odd numbered years and female amateur golfers representing the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia in even numbered years.
They were played recently at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee in Eatonton, Ga.
The teams consist of eight mid-amateur and four senior golfers selected by their respective golf association. The host site rotates among the three states. The Men’s Southeast Challenge Match debuted at Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., in 1989 as an event intended to promote goodwill and competition between the best amateur players, playing as a team, from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The inaugural playing of the Women’s Southeastern Challenge Match took place last year at The Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Fla.
This year’s Alabama team featured Brinson Holder, Robson Copenhaver, San Sherlin, Woodie Eubanks, Matt Gourgeot, Bo Farlow, Hunter Bronson and Torrie Coghlin on the mid-amateur team and Joey Holley, Tom Jungkind, Emile Vaughan and Del Wood on the senior team.
The AGA selected a 12-player team to represent the state in this competition against Florida and Georgia consisting of one player 21 years and older, seven Mid-Amateurs (25 and older), two players 50 years of age and older and two Senior Amateurs (55 and older). The team selections are based on Player Points rankings and captains picks.
The Ryder Cup format has been well received by all the players; it gives them an opportunity to compete as a team while representing their state, something not often done in the individual sport of golf. It also provides them an opportunity to play foursomes, a format very popular in the British Isles but rarely played in the U.S. Four Ball match play will be Saturday morning; foursomes match play Saturday afternoon; and three-ball match play Sunday morning.
Florida won this year’s match. Click here for the results.
The Men’s series now stands at seven wins for Florida, five for Georgia and one win for Alabama. Florida won the inaugural Women’s Competition.