Jon Bevan has being appointed captain of the Great Britain and Ireland team for the PGA Cup. The teaching professional from Rhos-on-Sea in north Wales will lead the 10 man side to face the United States at CordeValle Golf Resort in California next September. Bevan, 47, came close to winning the Llandudno Trophy on his debut at Reynolds Plantation, Georgia, in 2007 where he was undefeated picking up three-and-a-half points out of four as GB&I narrowly lost 13.5 to 12.5.
He remains passionate about the biennial match play event and also represented GB&I in 2009, while last year he was vice captain to Russell Weir at Slaley Hall when the match was memorably tied after a stunning Sunday singles fightback. Bevan began his career as an assistant at Llandudno Golf Club which has historic ties with the event having donated the trophy that the teams now contest.
Bevan will be keeping a close eye on the Titleist PGA Play-Offs at the end of November where the top three finishers will qualify automatically for the team. Six other places will be decided at the conclusion of next year’s PGA Professional Championship while Bevan will have a captain’s pick. The USA holds an overall 17 wins record with GB&I winning five times and four draws.
Bevan stated, “I can’t describe how proud, excited and terrified I am, it is the gamut of emotions rolled into one and I can’t wait. We know what we are up against but having spoken to Sandy Jones [PGA chief executive], I know his enthusiasm for the PGA Cup and we won’t leave any box unticked in preparing for it.”