Belling Captures US Cup For Second Time With Record Score

Dave Belling became the third multiple winner of the United States Golf Teachers Cup when he captured the 2014 title at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada,this past October 22-23. Belling’s scores of 69-67 for a total of 136 established a new scoring record, breaking the old mark of 138 held by Jerry Moore (2008) and Bill Hardwick (2012). Belling previously won in 2004 at Carter Plantation in Springfield, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans, and joins James Douris and Mark Harman as the only ones to win the Cup more than once.

Belling was in first place after the opening round with a 3-under-par score of 69, with Ricky Orsborn, Kirtis Tyler, and Vito Cisternino all hot on his heels with 71s. Cole Golden was alone at 72, followed by 2012 champ Bill Hardwick, Mark Startup, 2010 champ Christopher Richards, and Harman, all at 73. Twenty golfers were in a 75 or better, all with a legitimate chance of winning the title.

The final round featured the same as the first: perfect weather with sunny skies, warm temperatures and little wind. Belling proved to be too tough as his 67 blew away the field by five shots. Hardwick finished as runner-up with 73-68 – 141.

Richards, Golden, and Startup all tied at 142 in the Open division, with Richards prevailing in a playoff. In addition to winning the overall title, Belling captured the Senior division championship. Hardwick won the Super Senior title for the fourth consecutive year with scores of 73-68 – 141. Florencia De Rolz took home the Ladies title with 84-82 – 166, while Walt Abraham successfully defended his Legends division championship from 2013 with scores of 80-76 – 156.

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