Persson wins President’s Cup at Wickenburg Country Club

Men’s Club President Andrew Carter (right) at Wickenburg Country Club presents Terrence Persson the standing President’s Club plaque. Persson defeated Jeff Henson, 3 and 2, in the match play championship round earlier this month.

Winter visitor and club member Terrence Persson claimed his first President’s Cup championship earlier this month at Wickenburg Country Club’s golf course.

Persson, in the month-long match play tournament that included 30 players, defeated Jeff Henson by being three holes ahead with only two holes to play (recorded as 3 and 2).

The annual tournament is open to all Men’s Club members at the Country Club and allows competitors to set up their matches based on predetermined brackets.

Persson started the tournament by edging out Stu Ecker, 5 and 3, and then advanced to the quarterfinals by clipping Danny Eagerton, 2 and 1. In that elite eight, he escaped with an overtime win against Kant Hu, 1 up, after two extra holes.

He reached the semifinals by defeating eventual third-place finisher Ron Smith, 2 and 1, before facing Henson in the championship match.

Henson advanced to that final by initially eliminating Ray Derrick, 2 up, after 18 holes and then held off Dave Tagge, 2 and 1, to qualify for the quarterfinals. It took an extra hole to eliminate Mike Taylor, 1 up, in the elite eight before escaping with a 1-up win against eventual fourth-place finisher Elmo Criner after two extra holes in the semifinals.

Smith ended up defeating Criner, 2 and 1, in the showdown for third place.

As the plaque indicates, the President’s Cup dates back to 2001, when Hu won the title.

While the Men’s Club conducted its annual event through the month of February, completing it during the first week of March, the Wickenburg Women’s Golf Association held its President’s Cup and Club Championship tournaments.

Watch for those results in next week’s Sun.

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