WARREN, Vt. – Just a reminder that the Fifth annual Sugarbush Resort Golf Club Ryder Cup event is only a few weeks away. The event is to be held Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 and Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.
The competition will follow the traditional Ryder Cup format, consisting of two-person teams competing in both better ball and alternate shot formats, as well as singles matches. Saturday’s round will consist of two-person teams, with nine holes played as a better ball competition and nine holes played using alternating shots. Points will be awarded for each 9-hole segment, with the winning team earning one point on each nine-hole segment. Ties will earn a half point for each team. Sunday’s round will consist of a two-person team match for the first 9 holes using alternating shots, and singles matches for the second 9 holes. Points will be awarded for each 9-hole segment, with the winning team earning one point on the first 9-hole segment, and each winner in the singles matches earning one point for his or her team.
One of the fun things about the format of the Ryder Cup is that it is match play. For many of us amateur golfers, a stroke play tournament can be tough as one – or two – bad hole can ruin your score and take the fun out of the tournament. In match play, one bad hole only means you lost that hole and can start again fresh on the next hole. In the singles matches on Sunday, you have plenty of time to recover from a bad hole. Win or lose your match, you are part of a team where the outcome is dependent upon everyone’s play.
Entrants will be randomly assigned to either Team USA or Team Europe. While the selection is random, it will be based upon each entrant’s handicap such that each team has as close to the same level of players as possible. In the matches, players will also be paired according to their handicaps. Adjustments will be made in the singles matches for any large difference between the players’ handicaps using USGA recommendations. Unless there are an odd number of players, men will play against men and women against women.
You can sign up at the clubhouse at 802-583-6725. Entry is open to all members, pass holders, and employees with a USGA handicap. There will also be a pizza dinner at Hogan’s Pub following the event on Saturday night. Guests are welcome at the dinner. If you plan to attend the dinner and/or bring a guest, we would appreciate it if you would let us know.
Tee times for the event are tentatively set from 9 a.m. to -11:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, there will be hors d’oeuvres after the matches.
Deadline for signing up for the tournament is Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.