MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP


                                    FUTURE JCI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Due to Covid-19 pandemic the venue and dates for 10th James Cup International will not be determined until the virus has been contained. In the meantime support your local Lefty Association. STAY SAFE and BE WELL. Photo above: Par 3, 15th at Cypress Point, Pebble Beach, CA.


The 9th James Cup International
was played April 12-15 between host Team Japan / North America (representing Canada and the USA) and Team Australia / Europe. The Miyazaki Lake Side Golf Club in Miyazaki, Japan hosted the Matches. The course received glowing reviews from the players for its superb condition and its magnificent layout.

Accommodations and Headquarters for the Matches were at the Sheraton Grand Ocean Resort in Miyazaki.

The traditional
Player's and Cup Presentation Dinners were held at the Miyazaki Kanko Hotel.
At the Player's Dinner there was plenty of confidence shown by both Teams when it came to team wagering with 210,000JPY on the table.

The Day One Four-Ball Matches played under sunny skies went to Team Japan / North America in a squeaker 12½ to 11½.

The Day Two Four-Ball Matches got underway with ideal weather conditions and again the sunny skies shined down on Team Japan / N. America with a 15 to 9 victory.

Following Thrsday's day two matches
 things got much more problematic for Team Australia / Europe. At 9:26pm (18:26) Thursday evening there was a 6.5 earthquake centered beneath Kumamoto City on the Island of Kyushu in Southern Japan. Kumamoto City is 200K North of Miyazaki. The movement of 43 story Sheraton was intense to say the least. This may have been the final turning point in the Matches. It was reported even before the rocking and rolling subsided a large number of the Australian and European Players were in the hotel lobby with bags packed looking for a way to the airport. Since the Japanese and most North Americans are familiar with earthquakes they rode it out. In the last year there have been 795 earthquakes in Japan.

The Day Three Singles Matches began with Team Japan / North America holding a 7 point lead. An already shaken Team Australia / European were experiencing the aftershocks. Team Japan and North America shook them off and kept their momentum, cruising to a 27 to 18 decision.

                              DATE   AND   FORMAT                                                                  SCORING
            WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 ~ FOUR-BALL            JPN. / N. AMERICA 12½ ~ AUS. / EUR. 11½
            THURSDAY, APRIL 14 ~ FOUR-BALL               JPN. / N. AMERICA 15 ~ AUS. / EUR. 9                     FRIDAY, APRIL15~ SINGLES                        JPN. / N. AMERICA 27 ~ AUS. / EUR.18 


                                  TEAM JAPAN / NORTH AMERICA

  Standing from the left: Tsuneyuki Sato, Japan ~ James Judge, U.S.A. ~ Ted McGraw, U.S.A.
  Nagayoshi Miwa, Japan ~ Masahiro Tamura,
Japan ~ Atsushi Fukaya, Japan
  Kazunori Inoue, Japan
~ Tadashi Matsuda, Japan ~ Hitoshi Nakata, Japan.
  Seated from the left: Wally Mattson, U.S.A.
~ Erv Froese, Canada ~ Tony Hinoshio, Japan,     Co-Captain Tom Waki, Japan ~ Co-Captain Don Lightburn, U.S.A. ~ Kenji Kushima, Japan
  Joe Brogdon, U.S.A. ~ Frank Hunter, U.S.A.  
  Standing from the left: Peter Nolan, Australia ~ Pat Butler, Ireland ~ Noel Bond, Australia
  Keith Martin, Australia ~ Niclas Jansson, Sweden
~ George Kotaridis, Australia
  Tomas Sahlin, Sweden
~  Seated from the left: Bert Adams, Australia ~ Brian Lynch, Australia   Harold Adkin, England ~ Co-Captain Trevor Golding, Australia ~ Co-Captain Jan Johansson,   Sweden ~ Leigh Greening, Australia ~ Cec Bailey, Australia ~ Robin Clark, Australia.


                                   2016 WINNING CO-CAPTAINS
                    From left to right: Don Lightburn, U.S.A. and Tom Waki, Japan

                                                 THE 2016 WRAP

In closing we extend our thanks to Tom and Mie Waki and NALG-Japan for their generous support of the JCI. Also, to Miyazaki Lake Side Golf Club for hosting the Matches. Last and certainly not least to the players and guests for their support which makes each JCI possible. We look forward to your continued support. In the meantime keep it down the middle, walk briskly and most of all have fun and enjoy the great game of golf.

James Cup Committee

                                            2015 CAN/AM MATCHES 

The Can/Am Match Play Championship was played July 24-26 at the
Pacific Northwest Golf Association's Home Course locate in DuPont, Washington.

The purpose of the Matches was to create a renewed interest in Lefty Golf in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

The Canadians fell short of a full team. The team was completed was with 5 players from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon & Washington). Day One's Four-Ball Matches went 11 to 10 in favor of Team USA. After that the roof caved in on Team USA losing Day Two's Best Shot Matches 17½ to 3½ and Day Three's Singles Matches 27½ to 14½. When the dust setteled from the roof collapse the final score was Team Canada/ Northwest 56 and Team USA 28.

Captains for the Matches were Erv Froese, Team Canada/Northwest and Rick Rodrigues, Team USA. A special thanks to the players, their guests and the Home Course for supporting the Matches.

                               DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES

Distance Measuring Devices are approved for use during JCI competitions. However, they
must comply with the standard set by Rule 14-3 of the USGA and The R&A. The use of
a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that
might affect a player's play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.) is not permitted
regardless of whether such an additional function is used.
Penalty for breach of Rule 14-3 (use of non-conforming equipment): Disqualification.

                                                   JCI HISTORY

2016 International, Miyazaki, Japan ~
*Japan / N. America 54½ ~ Aus. / Eur. 38½
Course: Miyazaki Lake Side Golf Club.
Japan / North America Co-Captains: Tom Waki and Don Lightburn
Australia / Europe Co- Captains: Trevor Golding and Jan Johansson

2012 International, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie, Scotland ~ *International 60½ ~ USA 59½
Courses: Kingsbarns and Carnoustie Golf Links.
International Captain: Patrick Steiner, Switzerland
USA Captain: Dick Martin

Note: The Championship was decided by the final Singles Match.

2010 International, Lake Buena Vista, Florida ~ International Team 56 ~ *USA/England 52
Courses: Walt Disney's World Golf Palm Course
International Captain: Brian Lynch, Australia
USA/England Co-Captains: Frank Hunter and Tony Broadhurst

Note: The Championship was decided by the final Singles Match.

2009 International, Munkedal, Sweden: USA/Japan/N.Z. 38½ ~ *Europeans 33½
Course: Torreby Golf Club
USA/Japan/N.Z. Captain: Joe Brogdon, USA
European Captain: Niclas Jansson, Sweden

2008 International, Christchurch, New Zealand: United States 65 ~ *International 44
Course: Clearwater Golf Resort
United States Captain: Ted McGraw, USA
International Captains: Terry Harrison, New Zealand

2006 International, Taipei, Taiwan: *United States/Asia 41½ ~ *International 30½
Course: Ta Shee Golf and Country Club
United States/Asia Captain: Tom Waki, Japan
European Captain: Harold Adkin, England

2005 International, Dublin, Ireland: United States 7
~ *International 55½
Course: Citywest Championship Golf Course
United States Captain: Jon Flowers, USA
International Co-Captains: Jerry Bradley, Ireland and John Doggett, Australia

2003 International, Victoria, B.C. Canada: United States 62 ~ *International 58
Courses: Cordova Bay Golf Club ~ Olympic View Golf Club
United States Captain: Wally Coffman, USA
International Captain: Robert Zimmerman, Canada

2002 International, Marbella, Spain: *United States/Canada 36½ ~ International 35½
Courses: La Quinta G & CC ~ Los Olivos GC ~ Santa Maria G & CC
United States/Canadian Co-Captains: David Yeaton, USA and Hank Engert, Canada
International Co-Captains: Tony Broadhurst, England and Tom Waki, Japan
Note: The Championship was not decided until the 18th hole of the final Singles Match.

*Denotes host team

                                         FUTURE JCI CHAMPIONSHIPS

TBD following the eradication of Covid-19 virus.

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