The Utah Golf Association selects many outstanding players to represent Utah on several traveling teams each year. Below you will find a brief history of each event, it's selection criteria, and schedule. All participants to participate in a traveling team event must be approved by the UGA Board of Directors.
The Pacific Coast Amateur Championship was held annually from 1901 to 1911. The Pacific Coast Amateur then ceased to exist, only to be reconstituted in 1967. The modern era of the PCGA occurred following a meeting of representatives of several golf associations throughout the western United States at Pebble Beach in November, 1965. The objective of this meeting was to start a golf championship with the stature that would attract the attention of the USGA and display the ability of amateur golfers in the western United States for possible Walker Cup Team selection.
The USGA Men’s State Team Championship, as well as the Women’s State Team Championship, grew out of the Association’s Centennial celebration in 1995. It was believed that a new championship, one in which each state could be represented by non-college, amateur golfers, was a good way to cap the USGA’s year-long birthday celebration. In enthusiasm and fine golf, the State Team Championship proved such a success that it has been instituted to return every two years.
The Utah Golf Association and the Arizona Golf Association began this team Ryder Cup style event in 1991 to showcase the top amateur golfers in both states and to build camaraderie amongst the players.
The UGA and the Utah PGA each season participate in the Governor’s Cup which is a Ryder Cup style format event pitting top amateurs versus the top professionals in Utah.
These matches attract teams from golf associations all over the west coast. Teams are comprised of four players each, all must be over 25 years of age, at least two must be over 50 years of age.
These matches feature the best senior and super-seniors in the state of Utah squaring off in a Ryder Cup style match. Teams will be chosen (playground draft style) by the top two seniors on the Senior Player Performance Rankings for that year who will serve as the team captains.