Zion Crossroads, VA – The Global Golf Sales Chapter Challenge is always a fun way to wrap up the tournament season. The Northern, Central, and Southern Chapters battle it out in a two-day, match-play event for bragging rights. The President of each chapter captains a team of twelve PGA Professionals, which must consist of: one female professional, two governance leaders, two Directors of Golf or Head Professionals, 3 Open Player of the Year points leaders, 2 Senior Player of the Year points leaders, and one captain’s pick.
Erick Brock (Northern Chapter), John Oberly (Central Chapter), and Scott Graber (Southern Chapter) captained their teams at Spring Creek Golf Club. With three teams playing, the event provides a unique round-robin match-play format. Each match consists of two players from one chapter playing against two players from another chapter.
The first-day format is 9 holes of scramble and 9 holes of Pinehurst Scotch. The scramble nine was led by the Central Chapter with 3.5 points. However, the Northern and Southern weren’t far behind with 3 and 2.5 points respectively. The Southern Chapter made their move on the Pinehurst Scotch nine where they won 4 points and the Central and Northern won 2.5 points each. After Day 1, including overall match points, it was tight with the Southern Chapter leading with 9.5 points, Central with 9 points, and Northern with 8.5 points.
The second day is 18 holes of four-ball played along with 18-hole singles matches. It was close until the end, coming down to the last match of the day. The Northern Chapter made a move in the singles matches, winning 7 points. However, they only scored 2 points in the four-ball matches, leaving it between the Central and Southern Chapters. In the final match, Steve Delmar and Billy Hoffman closed out Bryan Jackson and Bill Fedder on the 17th hole to give the Central Chapter their 11th Global Golf Sales Chapter Challenge win. Central won 6 (of 12) singles matches and 4 (of 6) Four-Ball Matches on the final day. The final score was Central 19, Northern 17.5, and Southern 17.5.
John Oberly named Ryan Fellows (The Club at Creighton Farms) the winner of the Tom Strange Cup for being the Most Valuable Player. He won 4 out of the 5 available points for the Central Chapter.
One of the fun aspects of this event is the Monday night putting contest. This year, Glow Vibe Golf lit up the night for our professionals. Congratulations to Jacob Mast and Drew Falvey for winning the Four-Ball putting contest, defeating Bryan Jackson and Jay Newcomb in the finals. Also, congrats to Mike Adkins for winning the long putt contest.
Thank you to Kevin Haney and his staff at Spring Creek Golf Club for hosting and title sponsor Global Golf Sales for making this event happen. Special thanks to sponsors Levelwear for the team uniforms, and Glow Vibe Golf for hosting an unforgettable night putting contest!