What’s in store for 2016 Prezzy Cup

Deacon's Lodge

Most of you have done this before, others are new or are back after a little time off.  Also, it’s fun to predict some things and hash out.

Thursday will begin innocent enough.  Birds chirping, gnats bothering a few of you, cold beer and stiff drinks in hand and in the golf cart.  It will be friendly with people who will be enemies tomorrow friends today.  But we all know there is a battle brewing.

Thursday night will be Calcutta night.  Last year $2550 was wagered.  The Commissioner of Gaming has put the over under this year at $3500.  We’ll see if he is right.  Let me tell you, if this guy could take Strathman for $40 in 2016 he would jump on that number.


2015 Calcutta Board

Friday morning you can go ahead and scratch the junk out of the corner of your eye go and grab a bite for breakfast at the Deacon’s Lodge Clubhouse.  New guys will wonder what we are doing up so early and be nervous about their 1st tee shot ever in the President’s Cup. Make sure you are at the cabins by 8am to throw down some liquids and stock up for the ride to Golden Eagle in our very own motor coach.


Can we get a head count?

There should be some time in between rounds Friday to hang in the clubhouse, grab a drink and some food, and heck maybe cool off a little.


Gern getting rested for round 2. Who’s that guy in the background?

The bus ride back will be for match setting and talking smack.


Real high end operation, isn’t it.

The rest of Friday night will be spent playing cards or dice or some form of gambling.  Others will head to Dockside, the Commander or Primetime to see what “the others” are doing in the Breezy Point area.

Saturday morning people will fill up what they need to in their coolers and ask somebody else who they play and at what time, because “they forgot”.

Let's get this going!!!

Let’s get this going!!!

Post Individual Matches a Champion will be crowned and amazing, well timed photos with the trophy will be taken.


Maybe 3 people looking at the camera. Only 8 of their team of 12 is there.

Then we move on to the Drunken Scramble.  Some may be golfed out after playing 90 holes of golf in less than 55 hours others will simply move back to the 1st tee and keep in going.


And after all the golf is done and you’ve had enough.  You’ll head back to the cabins figure out if the bar, cards or bed are the right decision for yourself.  You’ll most likely make the wrong decision and wake up on Sunday morning with a head that is feeling the last 3 days all at once and you’ll know it’s time to go home.

That’s what you should expect.  We’ve been doing this for 14 years and it hasn’t changed much.  See you guys next Thursday sometime.

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Thursday Rounds Set

Can you smell it?  We’re only 8 days away.  Is your liver ready?  Less than 192 hours away. Are you rested?


No napping on the course

We might be 8 days from the actual starting of The President’s Cup, but the festivities begin even sooner.  The Thursday (Karson/Steel) groups and games have been set.

Morning 10:30 start times – Deacon’s Lodge $20/player – Monster Net Skins ($280) and Closest to the Pins ($25 each)

10:30 – Field, Gres, E

10:40 – Steel, Mell, Mario, Blake

10:50 – Sheetz, Dave, Marty, Knokes

11:00 – Tim, Kunza, Karson, Luke

11:10 – Bersch, Strathman, TK, CJ

Afternoon 3:30 start times – Deacon’s Lodge $20/player – Best 2 of 4 (net) $320 winning team, $160 for 2nd place.

3:30 – Sheetz, RD, Cat, Fitzner

3:40 – Tim, Mell, Knokes, EDY

3:50 – Steel, Furnace, Luke, Strathman

4:00 – Bersch, Karson, Marty, Gres

4:10 – Kunza, TK, Mario, E

4:20 – Field, Blake, Dave, CJ

Start Practicing

Start Practicing

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Friday Matches are Set – 15 more days of waiting

Match setting night is not what it once was.  Back in the early days of The President’s Cup when we had white linen table clothes and podiums.  There would be 15-20 people gathered drinking and talking trash.  Last night we had 6 with another out playing golf until he couldn’t see anymore.  Anyways here you go.

Below are the Match-ups for Friday at The President’s Cup.  As always the low man or team in the group plays to a zero and the other players/team adjust to him.  The number in parentheses is the amount of strokes each player/team get.

2-Man Best Ball – Friday June 3rd – AM – Golden Eagle

9:00   TK (7) & Kunza vs. Luke (8) & Brand (3)

9:10    Tim & EDY (16) vs. Fitzner (7) & Spears (10)

9:20   Gres (7) & Marty (6) vs. Bersch (1) & Mike

9:30   Steel & Nokes (11) vs. Karson (4) & Dave (10)

9:40   Gern (16) & Field vs. Melling (4) & Jozef (4)

9:50   Mario (7) & Blake (5) vs. Sheetz & CJ (23)

10:00 RD (4) & E (10) vs. Horse (6) & Stew

2-man Scramble – Friday June 3rd – PM – Golden Eagle

3:00   Tim/TK vs. Melling/Brand (3)

3:10   Field/Blake vs. Bersch/Spears (.5)

3:20   Gres/Kunza vs. Sheetz/Dave (2)

3:30   Steel/E (3) vs. Karson/Stew

3:40   Gern/EDY (6) vs. Mike/CJ

3:50   Marty/Nokes (2) vs. Luke/JK

 4:00   RD/Mario vs. Horse/Fitzner

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Matches Set next Tuesday – We’re 21 days away


This coming Tuesday after OH Golf League at Bunker Hills we’ll be setting match-ups for Friday June 3rd at Golden Eagle.

2-man Team Matches will be set by the losing team from last year (CR/Blaine) throwing out their 1st team and then the winning team from last year (The Rest of the World) throwing out the next two and we go from there.

2-man Scramble Team Matches will be set by adding the two players on each team handicap together and dividing by 2.  Then the match ups will be set up by matching similar handicaps.

Saturday Individual Matches will be set on the bus ride back from Golden Eagle on Friday Night.

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Saturday June 4th – Deacons Lodge Primer

The only course(s) that has been played as many times as Deacon’s Lodge in President’s Cup history are the courses at Giants Ridge.  You may know this one well but that isn’t going to stop you from getting a brief, probably pretty poor breakdown.  As one of the top courses in the state it has many memorable holes so let’s dive deeper.

We’ll be playing the King Tees from 6541 yds to a par 72.

The opening hole looks simple enough, by god look at how much fairway there is, but how many people have we seen looking in the woods on the right?  Too many to count and its 415 yds.  Let’s hope there isn’t any rain and we don’t have cart path only again, like in 2014. Use this hole to get off to a good start. (click on any of the photos to enlarge them)Deacons1labeledOnce you get to hole 5, a long par 4 you’re hoping the driver is figured out and any lingering cobwebs have been cleared out of your head from the night before.  Pig a drive to the top and maybe over the top of the hill.  Then aim left and a little long as the mounds behind and left of the green will keep your ball from finding the trouble right.  There is a reason this has been noted as one of the best holes around.Deacons5labeledThe last 3 holes on the front are going to be major factor on several matches for that 1st point of the day.  Standing on the 7th tee you will feel a little nervous, especially if you get the shakes grabbing the driver, while deciding how much to cut off on the forced carry.  Number 8 is for those big hitters to get close to the green and gives other choices off the tee.  Number 9 is this guys favorite hole at Deacon’s Lodge, for one it goes by the cabins so you can run back and take care of business at the cabin, if necessary, and for two it is just a damn good 3-shot par 5.Deacons789labeledMake no mistakes, the back nine at Deacon’s is this guys least favorite 9 holes in golf.  The one and only reason for this is because of the amount of heartbreak he has experienced on these 9 holes.  They are solid and provide a challenge that is obviously too much for this guy.  Although there were good vibes there in 2014 here, so fingers crossed.

Thirteen through fifteen are 3 great holes.  Two long par 4’s (both over 420) with a difficult to reach in 2 par 5 sandwiched between them.Deacons131415labeledI won’t discuss 17, a par 3 that could be the most difficult par 3 in the world as far as I’m concerned.  That’s enough said about that hole.

The 18th hole is nothing flashy, just a straight ahead 525 yard par 5 that typically requires three good shots to have a chance at birdie.  Deacons18labeledHowever, the banked and shaded hill behind the green has been a great area to watch and taunt players coming up the hole for many years.  There’s never a shortage of hoots and hollers coming from the hill.  I don’t expect anything different at the 14th playing of The President’s Cup.  We’ll see who is celebrating come 3:30pm on Saturday June 4th.18th hole gathering

Deacon’s Lodge is a solid test of golf and is always up for our arrival.  A great course to end the trip on with plenty of drama to be had.  Let’s hope the weather provides for a large group on the green as in years past.

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2016 President’s Gaming Guide (Calcutta Included)

You’ve been waiting for it well here it is!  This is how the gaming will work and how the payouts will be broken down.  First off we have the Gaming Bundle. (click the picture to enlarge)  $135 covers bus, scoring and on course contests for Friday and Saturday.

2016 gambling bundle


This needs to be paid to Melling by May 27th, details on how, sent by corresponding email.

2015 introduced a new aspect to your gaming options and “The Calcutta” was established.  It appeared to be a rousing success and created some great Thursday night entertainment. We’ll make it happen again Thursday night prior to the start of the President’s Cup in one of the cabins at approximately 1030pm.

We’ll let “The Commissioner of Gaming” give a breakdown of each player, what the rules are and what he believes their Calcutta Value to be.

RULES: The winner of “Player of the Prezzy Cup” (most points accumulated over the weekend) is what you are bidding on.  There can be a tie.  In that event the money is divided evenly.  Minimum bid $20 with betting in $10 increments.  You can buy unlimited players and team up to buy players.  Golfers have the automatic option to purchase up to 50% of themselves from the owner.  Bidding is not mandatory.

Kunza – Most likely to “purchase” 9 players for $1,285, have the winning golfer for $1,100 and put his profit in the middle for the bar tab.  Has no chance of being the champion golfer of the year due to his inability to get beauty sleep on Friday night. Calcutta Value – $110, he will overpay for himself by about $200 more than that.

Steel – If this was a running competition, his marathon Calcutta value would be $700.  If you like long golf ball searches in the woods and playing from the next fairway, he may be the man of your dreams. Calcutta Value – $90

“Where are my Keys” Mario –  Voted most likely to misplace something on the bus ride from Golden Eagle.  Dude closes deals for a living, couldn’t even close his trunk up north…… come to think of it, he had no way to open it. Calcutta Value – $60

Karson – All talk, no chalk….small…..?   Only thing louder than his pants will be the sounds falling out of his face.  True competitor though and if he can convince himself to believe his own hype….could win. Calcutta Value – $170

Sheetz – Solid handicap and always shows up to compete.  Will not take a lot of big numbers, he’ll par his opponents to death.  Putting is atrocious….don’t give him anything beyond the shadow of his golf ball. Calcutta Value – $150

Brando – Will absolutely look the part, dressing dapper as can be.   “Wow, is that guy on tour” onlookers will remark.  Without Drew on the trip his babysitting days are in the past.  Calcutta value with Drew on the Trip – $20. 2016 Calcutta Value – $180

“Grey’s Anatomy” – This horse was built for power and unfortunately, match play requires finesse and a killer instinct.  His ability to make you laugh to death could be his secret weapon.  Scramble Calcutta Value – $400.Match Play Calcutta Value – $90

RD – Lock of the century for top 3 or 4.  Any St. Cloud player (see Hubert Sheetz), should be heavily bet.  It’s like these guys show up with their winter handicaps from The Villages in Orlando. Calcutta Value – $260

Jacobs – What can I say that hasn’t already been said…….everything.  Voted most likely to say “what’s 3z4z?” 14 minutes before asking where the nearest ATM is. Calcutta Value – $Unknown

Cat – Ice water in his veins until he has a three footer and proceeds to curl up in the fetal position.  Look away…seriously.  He will purchase the rights to plenty of you and may avoid a bid on himself. Calcutta Value – $70

Marty “McFly” – Always a great Calcutta pick.  He’ll convince you he doesn’t care if he beats you while plotting your complete destruction.  Even keel and cool under pressure until you try to bend the bill on his cap, turning him into the incredible hulk. Calcutta Value – $180

“Sweddy” – Always shows up for his tee time and the best teammate you could ask for.  Still seeking independent glory and the nearest port-o-potty. Calcutta Value – $40

Bersch – Voted most likely to be pounding heaters on the deck while the Calcutta is occurring.  He will feign interest until he pops his head in to bid on players like Sheetz, Karson and Cat.  Should save his matches for lighting that money on fire. Calcutta Value – $140

Nokes – Definitely not going to say anything negative about this guy.  Saves lives for a living and could murder me with his pinky.  Calcutta value is whatever he says it should be and stay the hell out of his way at the breakfast buffet…..oops. Calcutta Value – $80

Blake – What a pile.  Young, brash and millennially brutal.  I hate to enjoy this dude, but I do and will bid early as often on him.  He will not lose a point all weekend.  How can you beat someone that couldn’t care less, hits pigs off the tee and makes sows on the green. Calcutta Value – $220

“The Furnace” – See Zac “Sweddy” Edstrom.  Maybe the nicest person I have ever met and a karaoke legend. Calcutta Value – $40

TK – Plenty of competition under his belt, although relatively new to the debauchery that is this trip.  I worry he will fall in love with that seductress named “Commander Bar and Restaurant”.  We will find him on the side of the road, penniless and complaining about “lower, lower back soreness”. Calcutta Value – $70

Horse – I’ll give him one thing, he knows what he is good at and stays in that lane.  Arm wrestling value $700. Golf Calcutta Value – $80

Strathman – A bargain with a 6.6 handicap and amazing hair.  Shot 73 at Brookview and 85 at Hazeltine, both great scores.  Worst card player this side of the Mississippi. Calcutta Value – $130

CJ – tough to beat, impossible to tie getting that many shots.  Has the focus of a circus chimp.  A really nice, fun to hang out with circus chimp. Calcutta Value – $100

Melling – The veteran.  How do you compete when you plan the whole shindig and try to make sure everyone enjoys themselves.  It has to be a burden.  I’ll bid on him because he has the game and the passion to win.  Just quit asking him when the bus leaves or how much this or that costs or where Kunza is when you’re thirsty. Calcutta Value $80

Stew – A player who’s win-loss record is directly correlated to whether or not The Commander has karaoke and rail whiskey.  Known for his gravely deep voice, horrifying tee shirts and vivacious showmanship, he is a must purchase in the Calcutta. Calcutta Value $150. 

Luke – His golf wardrobe makes Frokjer’s appear tame.  Make no mistake about it, Luke is traveling some distance to pummel you and 714 beers. Calcutta Value $120. 

Tim – When my name is announced there will be crickets.  I’ll buy myself again for $20 and finish 3rd because I finally have an accurate handicap.  I’ll fail to win because my focus will be ripping your wallet out of your hands in the table games.  I will be well rested and ready…..for poker. Calcutta Value – $90

Fields – Major championship winner and proven competitor.  Bring lots of cash and start the bidding.  Should finish 2nd to Blake by a half point.  Friend to all, enemy of none.  Only potential distraction could depend on the quality of the beverage cart staff. Calcutta Value – $210 

“Jozef” – Anything could happen…..literally anything.  Could win every match, may lose every match.  May be eaten by a bear when he wanders off, may cook the bear in his smoker.  Absolutely will lose his wallet, pullover and at least one pair of shoes. Calcutta Value – $40

Fitzner – The more I get to know “Fitzy”, the more I have never met him.  Apparently GHIN.com needs an introduction as well.  Welcome to chaos Timothy. Calcutta Value – $Unknown

E – I once saw the rain wait for this guy to clear the green.  A good competitor that seems to show up on his stroke holes.  If he leaves his cell phone in the car, he can’t lose.  If he is connected to work, wheeling and dealing……que no puede ganar. Calcutta Value – $190 

There you have it, $3140 is the expected wager amount on some of the finest athletes and golfers The Prezzy Cup has ever seen.  And that isn’t counting two unknowns.  So prepare yourself and wallet accordingly.

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Friday June 3rd – Golden Eagle Primer

The President’s Cup Friday will begin as it did in 2014.  A bus will pick us up at the Cabins at Deacon’s Lodge at 745am.  We will be teeing off promptly at 9am at Golden Eagle.  If you for some reason, aren’t staying at the cabins Thursday night these are important times for you to put in your calendar.  Now here for the primer.

This is all probably pretty fresh in your minds but I thought I would throw some Golden Eagle facts and information at you to prepare you for the Day 1 of the 2016 President’s Cup.  For those of you who haven’t played there or did a long time ago this will be beneficial.

We’ll be playing the Gold Tees (it’s Golden Eagle, right).  Measuring 6745 yds, playing to a par 71.

Golden Eagle Golf Club opens with back to back par 5’s.  The first is difficult to reach (570 yds) in 2 but the 2nd (512 yds)can be had.  (click on any of the pictures to make larger)GoldenEagle1and2labeledIt’s a great way start a round, especially in the 2-man scramble match.  You get another par 5 on the 5th hole and follow that up with a uphill 296 yard par 4 that several people have tried to reach off of the tee, not sure anybody has had much of an eagle putt though.GoldenEagle789labeledThen you move on to holes 7-9 which are 2 longer par 4’s (1st and 3rd handicap holes) and a short par 3 that never seems like an easy green to hit.

The difficult back 9 starts with a sharp ass, yes sharp ass, dogleg left long par 4.  We again get back to back par 5’s at holes 14 and 15.  But 14 is no joke at 535 and a 2nd, 3rd or 4th, heck maybe a 7th shot over danger.GoldenEagle16thru18labeled

Then you get to 16 thru 18 where a long par 3 is followed up by 2 long par 4’s (the #2 and #4 handicap holes).  A few morning and afternoon matches will come down to these final holes, I’m pretty sure.

With no beverage carts make sure and use the clubhouse and their coolers liberally because you will need some aiming fluid on the back 9.  On the front 9 you’re near the clubhouse on 2 green and 5 fairway, remember that, it could be vital to 2-man scramble success.

Golden Eagle is a tough test, it can play pretty long (the par 4’s are no joke), but it is fair and offers numerous holes to have a chance at birdie with 5 par 5’s, there are also 5 par 3’s.  It is a great scramble course because of this too.

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