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Preview: 76th Captain's Putter Matches


SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (October 14, 2021) -- The Carolinas Golf Association in association with the Virginia State Golf Association and the West Virginia Golf Association will conduct the 76th Captain’s Putter Matches at Gaston Country Club in Gastonia, N.C. from October 15 - 16, 2021. The Regular Division will compete at 7,042 yards and the Senior and Super Senior Division will compete at 6,615 yards (par 36-36--72).


Related: Championship Website | Team Rosters | Starting Times | Scoring | History

The Captain’s Putter is an annual set of matches pitting top golfers from North Carolina and South Carolina (Carolinas Golf Association) against top players from Virginia and West Virginia (Virginia State Golf Association and West Virginia State Golf Association).

Rosters contain 14 regular, eight senior (age 55+) and two super senior (65+) players. The matches consist of two days of competition, with opening round four-ball and foursome matches (Friday, October 15), followed by final day singles matches (Saturday, October 16). A victory in each match scores one point in the Ryder Cup-style format, and if a match goes 18 holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each side.

Last year, the Virginias defeated the Carolinas 24.5 to 23.5 in a nail-biting finish and the tightest victory since 2014. The Virginias will need 24 points to retain the Captain’s Putter and the Carolinas will need 24.5 points to bring it back to the Carolinas. The overall series standing puts the Carolinas on top with 50 wins and the Virginias with 24, including a tie in 1996.

This is the first time that the Captain's Putter Team Matches will be played at Gaston Country Club. This year's Carolinas team captain is immediate-past CGA President, Gene Spencer. The Virginias will be captained by the VSGA’s immediate-past President, Michael Miller


2021 Carolinas Team Roster


Chad Wilfong of Charlotte, N.C.

Daniel Neveu of Pinehurst, N.C.

Timothy Driver of Holly Springs, N.C.

Walt Todd Jr. of Greenville, S.C.

Chris Cassetta of High Point, N.C. 

Matthew Younts of Greensboro, N.C.

Mark Olbrych of Raleigh, N.C.

Raymond Wooten of Clemson, S.C. 

Anthony Conn of Raleigh, N.C.

Brandon Reece of Rolesville, N.C.

Josh Branyon of Honea Path, S.C.

Jordan Sease of Greenville, S.C.

Brian Quackenbush of Aiken, S.C.

Michael Sims of Lexington, S.C.


Seniors and Super Seniors

Sherrill Britt of West End, N.C. 

Steve Harwell of Mooresville, N.C.

Eddie Hargett of Blythewood, S.C.

Walter Todd of Laurens, S.C. 

Pat Thompson of Asheville, N.C.

Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C.

Rich Weston of Pawleys Island, S.C.

Tim Teaster of Cayce, S.C.

Evan Long of Charlotte, N.C.

Russ Perry of Winston-Salem, N.C.


2021 Virginias Team Roster


Jordan Utley

Dustin Groves

Marshall Tinsley

Blake Carter

Pat Carter

Jonathan Clark

Justin Young

Stephen Bain

Chris Williams

Cam Roam

Buck Brittain

Garland Green

Adam Houck

Ryan Patrick


Seniors and Super Seniors

Robert Nussey

David Jordan

Matt Sughrue

Philip Mahone

Jack Allara

Neil Davis

Jim Grimmett

Tim Mount

John Steele

Jim Woodson


Schedule of Rounds:

Thursday, October 14

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Player registration

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Practice rounds

7:00 p.m. - Dinner provided by the Associations


Friday, October 15

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast provided by the Associations

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Four-Ball Match Play starting times off of Nos. 1 and 10

Lunch for the players provided by the Associations

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Foursomes Match Play starting times off of Nos. 1 and 10

7:00 p.m. - Dinner provided by the Associations


Saturday, October 16

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast provided by the Associations

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Singles Matches starting times off of Nos. 1 and 10
Awards presentation and team photos immediately following play

Lunch for the players available for purchase


About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.     

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.



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