Sugarbush Ryder Cup

WARREN, Vt. – The fourth annual Sugarbush Resort Golf Club Ryder Cup is only a few weeks away. The event is to be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 and Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

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 nine 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 this year will consist of a two person team match for the first nine holes using alternating shots, and singles matches for the second nine holes. Points will be awarded for each nine hole segment, with the winning team earning one point on the first nine hole segment, and each winner in the singles matches earning one point for his or her team. Again, ties will earn a half point.

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 holes 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. Further, each segment of the match is a new match. Even if you have a bad front nine, at worst the other team will have won a single point. You can start anew on the second back nine and win the point back. 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.

As before, 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 so that players will be competing against someone with nearly the same handicap. Adjustments will be made in the singles matches for any large difference between the players’ handicaps using USGA recommendations. Unless there is an odd number of players, men will play against men and women against women.

Last year we had a total of 52 players participate. Hopefully, this year we can have even more. Already, we have 46 players signed up. You can sign up at the clubhouse or reply to this email from Don Murray to be added to the list. There is an entrance fee.

For those who have not previously signed up, we hope you consider joining us this year. While a competition, the event is intended to be fun, and those who have played all agree it has been a great time.

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 by checking off the new signup sheet at the clubhouse.

Tee times for the event are tentatively set for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. On Sunday there will be hors d’oeuvres after the matches. Deadline for signing up for the tournament: Thursday, Sept. 7.

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