By CRAIG DOLCH
Special to South Florida PGA
PALM CITY – Brian Peaper went 4-0 to lead the South Florida PGA to a 19 ½-10 ½ victory over the North Florida PGA in the Senior Challenge Cup Matches at Harbor Ridge Yacht & Country Club. It was South Florida’s third consecutive victory in the matches for players 50 and older.
Peaper, the PGA Director of Golf at Lost Tree Club, teamed with Roger Kennedy Jr. to win a pair of matches Tuesday, then partnered with David Ladd to win Wednesday’s morning match before completing a version of the Grand Slam with a singles victory.
“I had some great pairings, and I played pretty well,” Peaper said. “You know how these matches are – you can play well and lose. We had a really good team.”
The South Florida PGA jumped to an 8 ½-1 ½ lead after Tuesday’s Four Ball and Scrambles matches. North Florida cut the lead to 10 ½-5 ½ in Wednesday’s Foursomes before South Florida pulled away by going 8-2-2 in singles.
Geoff Lofstead, South Florida PGA’s executive director, said the 24 players on both teams have combined to play in 102 majors, 266 PGA Tour events, 309 PGA Tour Champions events, 121 PGA Professional Championships and 85 Senior PGA Professional Championships. They have also combined to win 21 Senior Player of the Year, six Section Players of the Year and one National Player of the Year.
“It’s such a different event,” Lofstead said. “We take such great pride in the quality of the players we have in the Section. All year we’re worried about running great championships. The opportunity to conduct an event and pull for our own team is a different camaraderie for us.”
Gary Benoit was captain of the South Florida PGA.
Ladd, the PGA Director of Golf/General Manager, at The Champions Club, and Daniel Heaslip, the PGA Director of Golf at Windstar on Naples Bay, both also went undefeated (3-0-1). So did Roger Kennedy Sr. (2-0-2), who helped start the matches in 2006 before the two sections took over running the championship in 2010.
The other members of the South Florida PGA team were JC Anderson, Rick Gomes, Jay Horton, Roger Kennedy Jr., Mark Mielke, Pete Oakley, Mike San Filippo and Jerry Tucker.