2015 PGA Cup hero Jason Levermore is hoping for a repeat performance when he takes on the Americans again at the end of this month.
Levermore, 40, played a starring role in the Great & Ireland team’s success at CordeValle four years ago, signing off as top point scorer.
The Essex ace won three games and halved his other two to help GB & I record their first ever victory on US soil.
Now he can’t wait to be part of captain Cameron Clark’s side that will bid to win the PGA Cup for an unprecedented third time on the trot.
“I don’t think a day goes by without thinking about it,” said Levemore of the 29th staging of the matches that will take place at Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, from September 27-29. “I’m really looking forward to it. I know if I play to my ability like I did in 2015, hopefully I’ll be able to bring back as many points. My game is in good stead at the moment – the last few weeks I’ve been playing really well.”
Levermore is delighted that he will be in Texas with his wife and their two young children. He’s also pleased that his long-term coach and fellow PGA professional Paul Bate will be caddying for him, just as he was at CordeValle.
“I seem to play lovely when Paul’s about,” said Levermore, who is the PGA East region captain this year. “If something goes a little bit awry then we can just nip to the practice ground and do some work. Just having him there on the bag is almost like a little safety net for me – a bit of a comfort blanket!”
Levermore looks back on his involvement in the 2015 success at Cordevalle as his greatest achievement in his years as a PGA professional. The team spirit made it an unforgettable life experience.
“What made 2015 so special for me was the camaraderie behind it all – the whole team gelled so well,” recalled Levers. “It was almost like everyone was best mates when they left at the end of the week. Everyone was on the same wavelength, having the laughs. It was brilliant.”
Levermore has the same positive vibes about the 2019 GB & I team, who enjoyed a get-together and some practice rounds at Foxhills Golf Club and Resort in the summer. However, he feels there is one difference to four years : “The team is so much more experienced as a whole compared to the one we had in 2015,” assessed Levermore.
To back up his point he reels off a series of names including former European Tour winner Alastair Fosryth. He also mentions another former Tour ace, Rob Coles, who like Levermore is an East region stalwart from Essex.
“Obviously Rob is a very good golfer but he is a lovely guy as well,” said Levermore. “So it’s going to be great him being there. It will be lovely to have someone local out there as well.”
Not quite the only way is Essex. But here’s hoping the stars of the East can help bring back the Cup.