The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

August 10, 2012

Joplin looks to reclaim Smith, Laffoon Cups

The Joplin Globe

— Joplin teams look to reclaim the cups when the annual Horton Smith and Ky Laffoon Cup matches are played this weekend in Joplin.

The two 16-man teams from each city will play eight doubles matches today, starting at 11 a.m., and 16 singles matches on Sunday.

The Horton Smith teams play today at Briarbrook Golf Course, and the Ky Laffoon teams (for players ages 50 and older) play at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club. Players will switch courses  for Sunday’s singles play.

Springfield swept last year’s matches at Twin Oaks and Rivercut in Springfield by scores of 19 1/2-4 1/2 in Horton Smith and 13 1/2-10 1/2 in Ky Laffoon.

Springfield leads both series — 52-23-6 in Horton Smith and 16-13-3 in Ky Laffoon. Joplin has three victories and a tie during the last six years of Ky Laffoon competition, but Springfield has won the Horton Smith Cup every year since 1994 with the exception of Joplin’s one-point victory two years ago at home.

Joplin captains Bill Curry and Doug Harvey have set their doubles teams for today’s play.

Joplin’s Horton Smith doubles teams are Cody Berry-Evan Wood, Todd Stout-Ben Starkey, Bill Curry-Shawn Platner, Mark Bruder-Jeremy Harbaugh, Steven May-Mike Leone, Aaron Borland-Steve McKenzie, Tug Baker-Dustin Edge and Kevin Jamros-Eric Jamros.

The Ky Laffoon teams: Dan Tourtelot-Dave Tourtelot, Jim Lucas-Lou Rapalino, Mark Riley-Chad Walker, Tim Old-Les Taylor, Jim Weaver-Terry Key, Bob McKay-Dave Mertens, Chas Zulkowski-Homer Wilson and Doug Harvey-Frank Jacobs.