Yesterday was another day of match play for some 8 participants of the President’s Cup. They took on the DGA in the 3rd annual Golf Bonanza Matches. Let’s just say it was one for the ages and one man cemented his status as a golf legend.
The day started out in what can only be called at “2-man match throttling” by the OH Golf League. With 8 matches of 3 points each the OHer’s took 18 of the 24 available points. A “no way we lose this” attitude over took the very confident players. A bus/car ride from Stoneridge to Stillwater C.C. and a lengthy break showed in the afternoon singles matches.
With only 18 points necessary of 48 available points to retain the championship (tie goes to the current champ) the outcome seemed inevitable. The DGA had much different ideas and came back with a vengeance. Of the 1st 6 matches to finish in the afternoon the One Hitters had given up the 12 point lead and it was all tied up (gross!). Thankfully the rest came to play. It was all in doubt until the final group came to the 18th green. With the OHL needing a big 5.5 points of 6, they mustered 5. The score 36-36 tie.
But that wasn’t quite good enough. A playoff was determined for supreme golf league status. Who would play though? How about team captains playing the 10th hole straight up for all the marbles (oh and $1280), Drew vs. Freske? Sounds good to everyone involved. From the fairway 250 yards away from the tee, cheers rained down as Drew striped the right side of the fairway leaving himself about 130 yards to a severely difficult green, sloping back to front. Freske was up to the challenge and only missed the fairway by about 2 yards left, but also came to rest in a small divot. He had about 135 yards left. Freske calmly landed his approach in the middle of the green but the ball released to the back coming to rest barely in the rough. Drew, with ice waters in his veins, made the swing of the 2014 golf year and dropped his ball in the middle of the green about 25 feet left of the pin. Freske was 1st to play and was obviously tentative due to the severe downslope, he left himself about 8 feet short of the flag, still putting down hill. Drew put his stamp on the day by nearly draining his putt and leaving himself a few inches for tap in, punctuating it with a yell of “GO IN!”. Freske had his 8 footer to tie and go more holes, but the pressure was too much and the One Hitters roared and a legend was born with not a minute left of sunlight. A great event, I recommend playing next year if you can swing it.
2015 President’s Cup has been booked. Dates will be June 4-7, 2015. Packages for the weekend are as follows.
- 3 nights lodging in cabins, everybody has their own bed
- 3, 18-hole rounds of golf with cart at Craguns Legacy Courses (Dutch & Bobby’s Legacy)
- 3 Breakfasts
- 3 Dinners
- Range balls
- overnight club storage
- personalized bag tags
- $432+tax per person ($461.70 total)
- 2 night, 3 round option: $370+tax ($395.43)
Mark your calendars and if you aren’t going let me know. Deposits are due for a while so you have time to figure things out. 303 days away.
The lucky 13th President’s Cup destination has been set and we’re heading back to Brainerd. However, this time we’ll be going to Cragun’s.
Cragun’s last hosted our group in 2011, The Rest of the World’s first victory in the Prezzy Cup. The specifics have not been finalized, but the dates are looking like May 28-31 or June 4-7, 2015. If you have strong feelings on one of these dates please let me know. The leader in the clubhouse is June 4-7, with a return to the weekend after Memorial weekend in 2016.
It was a different kind of year. We lost several people. We welcomed some back and took on a newcomer. We added a bus to drive us on Friday. There were 3 people who played 111 holes of golf in 3 days, mind blowing when you think about it. The resort couldn’t figure out how to take peoples money or communicate.
The Rest of the World took home the trophy for only the 2nd time ever (37-35). It was a sweet victory. They built a 5 point lead Friday morning, held on Friday afternoon to take a 19.5 to 16.5 lead into Saturday’s Individual matches. Golden Eagle proved to be a tough test for everyones game. Matches were set on the bus ride back to the cabins in what was the most calm setting we’ve seen in years.
Hard rains overnight Friday and an ominous looking radar caused the group to fear the worst, and prepare to get wet. The day turned out to be darn good. Cart Path Only took its toll on players though, who after 2 days of drink and golf were in no shape to be walking that much. CR/Blaine made a charge, as they typically do, but when Player of the Cup Sheetz declared a 3 point match for himself in the final group the celebration began.
Next year’s President’s Cup date is not set as of yet. There was good conversation about locations going forward. As always, anywhere will be considered, but no location has been set as of now. Those of you who took part this year, we look foward to seeing you next year. Thanks for playing. There is a sense of let down after the Cup for this guy. I hope you all had a great weekend of playing golf and hanging with some buds.
- Player of the Cup – Sheetz (7.5 pts)
- Largest Margin of Victory – Gern 8 & 6
- Low Net Scramble – Sheetz/Witt 53
See most of you tomorrow. For those 5 who haven’t paid the $100. Make sure and bring that and pay me as soon as possible please.
Here we go. Let’s hope nobody has to play a smiliar shot this weekend.
The Official Weather Man of the President’s Cup gave a good weather preview. But please remember if rain hits and they let us out, we’re playing. So bring rain gear. Hopefully the cold weather gear can stay home.
Will Saturday be a rain event or will the best format (scramble) be rained out?
That looks like your only worry have during this years prezzy cup. The most recent weather runs are out and it looks like sat. evening has the biggest question mark. As you can see on the 132 Euro run (puts it at 6am here) the cold front is knocking at the doorstep, and at the 144 (6pm sat evening) it’s taken over the state of MN.
Things can change dramatically but whats behind this storm is a week long of low 70 temps and no heat in sight. I know sunscreen will be needed for those playing Thur (90 hr Euro run) rounds and Fri looks to be just as nice, but we’ll have to watch the models to see if the cold front can slow down and keep the thunderstorms away until saturday night.
With that said, i would have a back up plan about the individual match play, because if there is one thing that shouldn’t be cancelled, and you had a 5hr window before the storm comes, the annual scramble has to be played.
Is it Sat. yet? Nothing better then waiting for this to be heard after the indy match play is over.
And Stew is now on the clock, and with his 1st pick he has taken ???????
R “you should cancel indy for a all day scramble” T
Only 7 days away!
Everybody needs to check in, even if you have already paid in full.
- Check-in is done at the main Breezy Point Lodge.
- You will get a card that is for golf at Deacon’s, breakfast at the Deacon’s clubhouse and lunch at the turn all for for Saturday
- We have two cabins. The plan is to have each team take a cabin.
- We can call a shuttle to bring us from the cabins to the Lodge to visit the Breezy Bar. There is also the Commander and Prime Time very close by.
- The charter bus will be at the cabins at 7:45am for a departure of 8:00. It’s approximately at 30 minute ride to Golden Eagle. 1st tee time is at 9:00am.
- The bus is already paid for including tip.
- Most of you have already paid for your Gambling Bundle. The Commissioner of Gaming will award your winnings at the end of each day. This gets you into plenty of on-course gaming ($1560 is up for grabs) for the weekend.
- You still need to pay for your two rounds at Golden Eagle. Pay all at once, $115 w/cart and range balls.
- There isn’t a beverage cart at Golden Eagle (not sure why) they do have coolers and you do get close enough to the clubhouse on the front 9 around hole #2 green, #3 tee and #5 fairway so you can restock on the front 9. Otherwise it is stock up at the turn and hold on. 12-pack each cart, each 9 may be the trick.
- Matches will be set up on http://www.scrolf.com for the weekends events. Please make sure that at least one person in each group is taking part in scoring.
- The bus will arrive back at Golden Eagle at approximately 8:45pm to take us back to the cabin’s. Each team should be prepared to set individual matchups on the bus, just in case the mood strikes, otherwise we will set them back at the cabins.
- First tee time is 10:00am at Deacon’s Lodge.
- The winning team, as always get $40 per player. So the player you play against in the individual match is who you will pay if your team loses.
- Drunken Scramble follows for those interested at approximately 4:30pm, with 4 additional tee times, if more people choose to play they will accomodate us. The cost will be an additional $45 for a 9 hole or $65 for a 18 hole scramble.