July 15-19, 2015

Clay Thomson: Tournament Chairman

MVPs: Jeremy Bird & Kav Tucker

Runners-Up: Muscoe Garnett & Isaac Morton

Wooden Spoons (Two): John Klim

Ted Oakey Spirit Award Winners: Michael Aide & Jamie Rankin

Guest Spirit Awards: Rodney Jefferson & Tom Stevenson


Snead Flight

1. Jeremy Bird (4.6) and Kav Tucker (2.6) – 300.5

2. Muscie Garnett (7.5) and Isaac Morton (7.4) – 303.5

3. Wes Battle (12.7) and Brian Lucas (8.0) – 310

4. Henry Oakey (16.4) and Michael Leahy (10.6) – 310.5

5. Bill Wainscott (20.0) and Bobby Biggers (14.5) – 319.5

6. Scott Winn (2.8) & Kevin Adatto (8.2) – 321.5

Trevino Flight

7. Jamie Rankin (11.1) and Cole Clarkson (4.4) – 323.5

8. Clark Coulbourn (10.2) and Eric Strong (14.5) -324.5

9. Clay Thomson (11.1) and Ben Dupuy (11.3) – 326.5

10. Michael Palmore (7.9) and Charles Bayler (8.4) – 327.5

11. Michael Aide (11.8) and Jarrett Morrell (13.6) – 334.5

12. Neil Thomson (9.7) and Tom Stevenson (5.5) – 340

13. John Klim (9.1) and Rodney Jefferson (8.8) – 348


2015 Tournament Chairman Clay Thomson, no relation to 2015 NBA Champion and Warriors Shooting Guard, pulled out all the stops at the first-ever Ponce Member-Guest. Clay produced the best swag we have ever had, which included Ponce logoed Tervis tumblers, etched crystal ware, pom pom headcovers, hats, pullovers and shirts embroidered with “Guest” to make our newcomers feel right at home!

The opening ceremony was highlighted by an appearance from six-time Major winner, Lee Trevino, who regaled our group of twenty-six players with tales on and off the course and his musings on the new cop of young guns playing the British Open this weekend.

In addition, Clay introduced a great new wrinkle: a greenside bbq after our sunset scramble with a closest-to-the-pin contest. (Michael Leahy hit the green from both the left and right sides, though he did not ace either shot like has before from both sides!)

The Member-Guest was the first all stroke-play Ponce, consisting of 5 tournament rounds of Best Ball (2x), Alternate Shot, Captain’s Choice, and Aggregate.

Congrats to Jeremy Bird and Kav Tucker for winning the tournament by three shots over Runners-up Muscoe Garnett and Isaac Morton. We would be remiss if we did not also congratulate John Klim for winning not one but both Wooden Spoons available for his impressive performance.


Jamie Hamilton (2011, 2013 & 2015 PDL, The Greenbrier).  Jamie is the head PGA Golf Professional at the Greenbrier.  After three years of royal treatment from Sea Island’s staff, we had set quite a high standard heading into 2011.  In a word, Jamie delivered.  He provided great scoreboards; he provided live-time score mobile score updates for the Singles matches; and he evoked a genuine interest in our traditions.  We look forward to continuing our relationship with Jamie and the fine folks of the Greenbrier.

In 2011, just days before the event, one of our players, Brooks Brown, was hurt in a boating accident in Charleston. Jamie admirably stepped in for Brooks and his team, West 44. Jamie proved to be the perfect addition to the Ponce! The other Ponce teams gave him a run for his money as Jamie’s par on 18 (and Snead & Co’s missed 9 foot putt) proved to be the hole that won it for his team. This once came down to the wire as it almost went to the first playoff in Ponce history.

Jamie and his team’s incredible service, which included touches such as scoreboards on the course throughout the rounds and a sunset bbq on the course with a twilight closest-to-the pin ultimately made these PDLs some of the most memorable to date. We know that when we come back to the Greenbrier, Jamie and his team will always go the extra mile… and they have fun doing it.

Patrick Graney (2015 PDL).  Pat is a fellow UVA graduate and fraternity brother of many Ponce players.  He is a West Virginia native and his family was gracious enough to serve as sponsoring hosts for one of the Ponce’s most memorable and scenic dinners in its history.  We traveled in shuttles for about 15 minutes from the resort  up to the mountaintop restaurant called the Summit, which is a private venue within the Greenbrier Sporting Club.  The 26 Poncers wined and dined al fresco on a beautiful summer night in the West Virginia mountains, and we are grateful to the Graneys for sponsoring our access to such an incredible spot.



Opening Ceremonies at 7:30pm

Keynote Speaker: Lee Trevino


Round 1: Old White Course: Best Ball, Stroke Play (Tee Times 8:00-9:12am)

Round 2: Old White Course: Pinehurst Alternate Shot (1:36-2:48pm)

7:30pm – Mountaintop Dinner at the Summit at the Greenbrier Sporting Club


Round 3: Greenbrier Course: Aggregate Stroke Play (9:06-10:18am)

Round 4: Sunset Scramble: 9 Holes, Stroke Play (5:07-6:07pm)

BBQ on Meadows #9 – Immediately Following


Round 5: FINAL ROUND: Best Ball, Stroke Play (9:00-10:12am)

Champions Dinner at 8pm – The Taft Foyer

2015 Charity

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of St. Jude’s founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.

2016 PDL Announced

Chairman: Scott Winn

Site: Bandon Dunes

Date: September 5-9, 2016

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Emeritus Introducing our Opening Ceremony speaker.

Going to be tough to beat the 2015 speaker.

Lee Trevino and Scott Winn reliving the EMT wheelout.

No that’s not Mr. Trevino’s wheelc

Chairman Clay Thomson getting it done.

Spirit Award Winner Tom Stevenson with Wooden Spoon Winner.

Brothers Thomson

Clarff and Eric Strong

Zach Galifianackis made an appearance.

Three Guests…

The Chairman, Jarrett Morrell and Ben Dupuy

Is that Orville Redenbocker?

Champions Dinner at The Taft Foyer

The Champs: Kav Tucker and Jeremy Bird

7 Time Champion Jeremy Bird

A Champion’s Dinner Tradition!