23rd March 2019
The Georgia Cup is an 18-hole match play event played between the reigning United States and (British) Amateur champions.
This year’s match, the 22nd, will be contested by Viktor Hovland (NOR) and Jovan Rebula (RSA).
The two reigning Amateur champions are always in town in late March ahead of The Masters for which their respective wins gained them honorary invitations, albeit only one year competing (2019).
The Georgia Cup (Photo: The Golf Club of Georgia)
The match was established by The Golf Club of Georgia (GCOG) and was first contested in 1998. Scotland’s Craig Watson, the current Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup captain, was the Amateur Championship representative in the inaugural game. He lost to Matt Kutcher, obviously now a well known PGA Tour pro, 3 & 1.
Located in Alpharetta the GCOG has two Arthur Hills-designed courses, the Lakeside (L) and the Creekside (C). Both have hosted the event in the past but since 2006 the Lakeside has taken precedence when it comes to hosting the Georgia Cup match.
The 2019 Georgia Cup is being played at 1.00pm (6.00pm GMT) on Thursday 28th March. The match is used as a charitable fundraiser with local facilities benefitting.
Viktor Hovland (21) comes from Oslo, Norway and plays college golf in the U.S. at Oklahoma State University. He won the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship by defeating Devon Bling 6&5 at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Current world rankings: SPWAR #1 / WAGR #2.
Viktor Hovland – 2018 US Amateur champion (Photo: USGA)
Jovan Rebula (20) is from George, South Africa and plays college golf for Auburn University in the U.S. He won the 123rd Amateur Championship by beating Robin Dawson 3&2 in the final at Royal Aberdeen G.C. Current world rankings: SPWAR #36 / WAGR #33.
Jovan Rebula – 2018 Amateur champion (Photo: The R&A / Getty Images)
Following last year’s win for Harry Ellis (ENG) over Doc Redman (USA) the Amateur champions lead the United States champions 12 – 9. Ellis’ win made it six wins out of the last seven for the Amateur champion. All of the previous results can be seen in the Appendix below.
This year Hovland must start as favourite but a good match can be expected with two of the leading amateurs in the world on show.
As always it will be interesting to see which player wins and gains a small confidence boost ahead of the main event – The 2019 Masters at Augusta National.
The previous results are shown below (with the Amateur titles won shown in brackets): –
1998 (L) – Matt Kuchar (US) def. Craig Watson (British) – 3 & 1
1999 (L) – Sergio Garcia (British) def. Hank Kuehne (US) – 5 & 4
2000 (L) – David Gossett (US) def. Graeme Storm (British) – 3 & 2
2001 (C) – Mikko Ilonen (British) def. Jeff Quinney (US) – 6 & 4
2002 (C) – Michael Hoey (British) def. Bubba Dickerson (US) – 4 & 2
2003 (L) – Ricky Barnes (US) def. Alejandro Larrazabal (British) – 4 & 2
2004 (C) – Gary Wolstenholme (British) def. Nick Flanagan (US) – 4 & 2
2005 (C) – Ryan Moore (US) def. Stuart Wilson (British) – 2 & 1
2006 (L) – Brian McElhinney (British) def. Edoardo Molinari (US) – 3 & 2
2007 (L) – Richie Ramsay (US) def. Julien Guerrier (British) – 2 & 1
2008 (L) – Colt Knost (US) def. Drew Weaver (British) – 2 & 1
2009 (L) – Danny Lee (US) def. Reinier Saxton (British) – 2&1
2010 (L) – Matteo Manassero (British) def. Byeong-hun An (US) – 5&4
2011 (L) – Peter Uihlein (US) def. Jin Jeong (British) – 4&2
2012 (L) – Brydon Macpherson (British) def. Kelly Kraft (US) – 2&1
2013 (L) – Alan Dunbar (British) def. Steven Fox (US) – 1Up
2014 (L) – Garrick Porteus (British) def. Matthew Fitzpatrick (US) – 3&2
2015 (L) – Gunn Yang (US) def. Bradley Neil (British) – 3&2
2016 (L) – Romain Langsaque (British) def. Bryson DeChambeau (US) – 4&3
2017 (L) – Scott Gregory (British) def. Curtis Luck (US) – 19th hole
2018 (L) – Harry Ellis (British) def. Doc Redman (US) – 6&5
Harry Ellis Receives The Georgia Cup (Photo: Georgia State Golf Association)
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