Metairie, LA. – The Louisiana PGA Team overtook the Mississippi PGA Team in this year’s Mackel Cup. Team Louisiana won the Mackel Cup for the third year in a row. The late Frank Mackel who was known as the “godfather of golf” in New Orleans inspired the event. The tournament was co-hosted by Metairie Country Club and New Orleans Country Club on January 8-9.
The Gulf States PGA Louisiana and Mississippi Chapter Player of the Year Points Standings determined players on each team. New to 2017 was the addition of the top Senior and Apprentice/Assistant from each respective Chapter.
The teams participated in Four-ball matches during the first day, followed by singles matches on the final day of competition. One point was awarded for winning each nine as well as the top overall score, with a possible total of three points per day per match.
Day one, at Metairie Country Club, was fought in cold temperatures and ended with a Team Louisiana 12-9 lead. Day two, at New Orleans Country Club, Team Louisiana continued with dominant play winning the singles matches 28-14. In the end, Team Louisiana would win with a final score of 40-23.
Craig Campo served as the Captain of the Louisiana Team, which consisted of Cliff Bailey, Dustin Baker, Tyler Kuhn, Greg Sonnier, Reg Adams, Emlyn Aubrey, Blaine Patin, Jake Narro, Grant Landry, Clay Weems, Robert Murphy, Obie Agbasi, Drew Goff, and Phil Schmitt.
Tim Basel served as the Captain of the Mississippi Team, which consisted of Blake Hatfield, David Lee, Olly Thomson, Leigh Brannan, Marshall Saxon, Jerry Covich, Reed Hughes, Buck Matheny, Kevin Kelly, Matt Brunetz, Paul Reid, Joseph Hanko, Chip Sullivan, and Kyle Ramey.
The Gulf States Section PGA would like to thank David Marchand and Metairie Country Club as well as J.T. Crawford and New Orleans Country Club for hosting this year’s event. The Section also thanks Jeff Morici of Under Armour, Eddie Welch and Cameron Duff of Titleist for their continued support of the event. In addition, the Section thanks Mike Rodrigue and the ACME Oyster House for hosting the players’ party. The Section offers a special thank you to Ronnie Benandi, a longtime associate of Frank Mackel, for serving as honorary starter.
About the Gulf States PGA Section
The Gulf States Section, Professional Golfers’ Association of America, is an association of golf professionals whose mission is to promote interest, participation, and enjoyment in the game of golf; establish and maintain professional standards of practice; and enhance the well being of golf professionals.