The 55th playing of the WPGA Match Play Championship kicked off this past Monday as the event ventured to Geneva National Resort and Club for its second visit in the history of the event. This go around featured a slight twist though as day one featured the Player Course and day two let the remaining players tackle the Trevino Course. Throughout the two days the field of WPGA members battled it out in the seeding round plus the first three rounds of matches. The final eight will now play their quarterfinal match on a mutually agreed upon date and site prior to June 27. After the final four is set the Section staff will pick a date between June 28 and August 9, and schedule the semifinals and final match to take place on one day at the same site.
Navigating their way into the coveted group of eight were two former past champions, Jim Schuman and Kurt Mantyla. They’ll have their hands full as they try to score another win. The other six remaining players boast solid track records. Included in that group are 2020 WPGA Stroke Play Champion Mick Smith, 2018 WPGA Stroke Play Champion Joe Leonard, 2020 Match Play semifinalist John Freeman, Austin Gaugert, Matt Sabol, and Jake Wisniewski.
The WPGA would like to thank our event partners, Bushnell Golf and the PGA Tour, for helping make the event possible with their generous support.
A big thank you also goes out to Geneva National Resort and Club and their staff. The club did a great job of hosting the start of the first major on the 2021 WPGA tournament schedule.