Members Up 3-2 After Day One of the Kaiser Cup

The Members take the lead at the halfway point of the Kaiser Cup.

FLORENCE, IN (April 1, 2024) – The Kentucky PGA’s 2024 tournament season has officially begun after the opening day of the 28th Kaiser Cup matches at Belterra Golf Club. Ten of the 2023 season’s top Member Professionals and ten of the Section’s best Assistants and Associates are competing in the Ryder Cup-style contest, which began with five four-ball matches today.

The deciding point came down to the final match today, with both teams claiming two points in the first four matches. The Members came out of the gate strong, with the pair of captain Tom Walters, PGA, and John Mullendore, PGA, defeating Assistants/Associates captain Daniel Iceman, PGA, and partner Gabe Wheeler 2 UP. The Assistants/Associates immediately responded with the duo of Nathan Hincks, PGA, and Tadd Switzer, beating Mitchell Moore, PGA, and Chris Schuler, PGA, 2&1. The following two matches continued the tied score between the two teams.

The final point of Day 1 went the way of Ryne Burnett, PGA, and Robert Costello, PGA, over Aaron Eldridge and Kyle Smith to see the Members pull ahead going into Day 2.

The Members enter tomorrow's singles matches looking to regain the Kaiser Cup after losing to the Assistants/Associates in 2023. They need eight points to win, while the Assistants/Associates need 7.5 to retain. 

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This event marks the first tournament of the KPGA’s 2024 schedule. The first tournament open to the entire Section Membership, the Pro-Pro Shamble Supported by Professional Tournament Enhancements and Cutter & Buck, closes for registration tonight at 11:59 p.m. EDT and can be registered for by clicking here.

About the Kentucky PGA:
The Kentucky PGA Section (KPGA) is one of 41 Sections across the country that represent the PGA of America and its Members. It is also one of three organizations encompassed within Golf House Kentucky, which also includes the Kentucky Golf Association (KGA) and Kentucky Golf Foundation (KGF). The KPGA contains more than 300 Members and Associates who work in various roles across Kentucky, all of whom share the goal of bettering the game and its players. The KPGA and its Members assist with the organization of many chief growth-of-the-game initiatives, including PGA HOPE and PGA Jr. League, among others. The Section also operates more than thirty tournaments throughout the golf season, including the three State Open championships and qualifiers for the Kentucky Championship.
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