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Southwest Matches Renew Next Week at Cascata Golf Club in Las Vegas
Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and Southern Nevada golf associations will compete in the Southwest Matches beginning Sunday at Cascata Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It is a three-day four-ball competition with each state playing every other state in an unusual round robin match play format. The uniqueness is in the scoring system which allots a point to each team that wins a hole and the team with the most points after three days is the winner.
Each team is required to have at least four players 50 and over.
Utah’s team consists of seniors Bill Probst, Brent Marriott, Todd Barker, and Mike Hacker, and at large players Dan Horner, Jared Overton, Darrin Overson, and Greg Wojtkun. Traveling with the team will be Mike Branca, UGA Director of Competitions.
The competition began in 2004 and has been played annually except for two years. Last year it was scheduled to be played in Mexico, but was cancelled because of complications.
All teams will play a practice round on Sunday, and pairings for the three days will be determined at a drawing at the opening tournament banquet that night.
Utah won the title in 2006 when it was held at Tonto Verda in Scottsdale. Members of that Utah team were Al Simkins, Bill Probst, Brent Tidwell, Richard Dibblee, Rob Bachman, Scott Clark, Pat Murphy, and Greg Hunt.