Pacific Cup vs Colonial
Last week the Punta Mita Golf Team made their first international trip to defend the Pacific Cup versus Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Led by Captain & Director of Golf John McIntyre the Punta Mita Team included Chuck Latham, Ron Budacz, Randy Nichols, Mark Campbell, Etienne Wieddeman , Carl Emberson, Marcelo Lopez, Christian Rossetto, and Luis Ituarte.
The 3-day event kicked off with a tailgate at the TCU Horned Frogs stadium for TCU vs. Texas Tech. Sadly our host team lost 17-14.
On Friday we played an 18 hole 4-Ball match at Colonial Country Club, home to the PGA´s longest standing event and a course we were all excited to play. Only Marcelo, Chuck, and Carl had played the course previously, so while excited the team was at a disadvantage. In a way though this did bate our enthusiasm to defend the Pacific Cup, won earlier in the year in Punta Mita by the slimmest of margins.
Punta Mita had a disastrous outing in the morning—not winning one match and going into lunch 13 1/2 pts – 1 1/2 pts!!! With inclement weather forecasted for the weekend it was decided we would play nine individual 9-hole matches in the afternoon in case we could not play on Saturday. The Punta Mita Team much like the European Ryder cup shone in the individual and with acquired course knowledge took the afternoon matches 11 1/2 pts to 3 1/2 pts leaving the score at a much more respectable 17 pts to 13 pts with the 10 singles matches to play on Saturday.
The Punta Team was in high spirits in the evening as both teams enjoyed a fun dinner at Joe T Garcías, a Fort Worth legend. After a great evening the team was optimistic about Saturday and taking the Pacific Cup home.
Last nigh 3 inches of rain fell overnight making the course unplayable and ultimately closed, effectively meaning a defeat. At an afternoon session with all at Top Golf whee Ron Budazc was the top scorer with 312 points. We headed off to the Pacific Cup Dinner all looking dapper in our Punta Mita Club Jackets. A big “thank you” to Ron for coordinating the jackets, which look great. The Champions Dinner at Colonial was quite special. We closed a great Pacific Cup acknowledging our hosts, led by Aaron Grieshaber, for their victory and warm hospitality in Fort Worth. We promised to be back and the days for the 3rd edition of the Pacific Cup vs Colonial were set & will take place on the 27th & 28th Jan in Punta Mita. A big thank you to The Punta Mita team for representing our piece of paradise so nobly – new friendships were formed and others rekindled which is the true spirit of the Pacific Cup.