President’s Cup 2018 Location Change

Based on some confusion and a lack of lodging options the 2018 President’s Cup destination is changing. Iowa is off until a future year and we are heading back to a favorite of many, Cragun’s Resort.

The package we have includes 5 rounds of golf, 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners, the cost will be approximately $630 after tax. We’ve got 2 of their new Bayview Villas (sleeps 24 in their own beds) and a couple smaller cabins close by to fit the group.

239 days until tee off.

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President’s Cup 2018 Location Set

Iowa here we come. The home state of the Cyclones, Hawkeyes, Panthers, Knights, The Field of Dreams, corn, pigs and Sheetz will play official host to the 16th President’s Cup from May 31 thru June 3.

Here is the plan:

Thursday – For those who can do it, play golf in the afternoon at the Tournament Club of Iowa. Play as much as you’d like. Tee times will be set up for around 1pm. Additional rounds can be had afterwards.

Friday – A charter bus will pick us up in the morning at the hotel (Boulders Inn – Polk City) and drive us to The Harvester Golf Club for 36 holes of President’s Cup action. The charter bus will then bring us back to the hotel.

Saturday – We will get back out on the Tournament Club of Iowa for our Individual Matches and the Drunken Scramble afterwards for those who want it.

The hotel is holding 2 queen rooms for us, so you will be pairing up with someone. The hotel will have a continental breakfast each morning.

Details and specifics are still being ironed out, but we are about 75% complete. More information about final pricing will be available in the not too distant future. Estimated costs for 72 holes, 3-nights lodging and charter bus is ~$605.

New Official Ambassador

With all of our locations we have an Official Ambassador. They either hail from the area, spend significant time there or just get the title because they deserve it. Well the Official Ambassador for Iowa fits all those categories. He has long lobbied for the Prezzy Cup to make its way to Iowa and his wish has been granted. Sheetz is the guy to go to with any questions you may have about the state, town(s), golf courses or entertainment. Please feel free to reach out to him at any time.

281 Days Away!

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Tough to beat!

Hey guys what can you say.  The weather was awesome, the courses were in pretty darn good shape and the alcohol flowed like the mighty Mississippi.

Thursday was great at The Wilderness.  Most played 27 holes and then headed to the casino.  The casino took its toll on many as there was no 3z-4z the whole weekend, that may be a President’s Cup first.

The Calcutta still happened.

The drive Friday morning was tough for some.  There was little talking in most of the vehicles from what I was told.  We all made it to the Quarry on time and even had some time to spare.

The 1st group out Friday set the tone for the weekend with Kunza & Gres getting 3 pts for CR/Blaine.  Both of them would be in Player of the Cup discussion come Friday night.  After 4 matches were complete in the morning The Rest of the World held a slim 1 point advantage.  But the teams of Tim & JK and E & Gern came through for 6 pts and a commanding 5 point lead (11.5 to 6.5) heading into Friday afternoon.

The Rest of the World wasn’t going to let the chance of a 4-peat go down without a fight.  Brand & Melling put on a dominating performance with a gross 64 in the 2-man scramble taking all 3 pts.  Drew & Luke, Hoss & Stew and Bersch & CJ got 3 pts, 2 pts and 2.5 pts respectively and the President’s Cup would come down to Saturday Individual Matches to determine the winner.  Friday was finished with the CR/Blaine team up 19 to 17.

Friday night happened.  People were looking for shuttles to pick up the group and head to town.  People hung out in a bedroom and others went to bed.

Saturday we shifted to The Legend.  The skies were a little gray in the morning with a sprinkle or two before we teed off.  But by the time the last group went off we were in sunshine.

CR/Blaine stormed out to huge lead in the 1st two 4-somes winning everything.  They got 11.5 pts out of those groups and never looked back.  The Rest of the World mounted what ended up being a fruitless comeback getting 14 of the final 24 points, but in the end the fellas from CR/Blaine were the better team on this weekend.  And the Cup was theirs.  Final Score – 40.5 to 31.5.

Your Player of the Cup, with a dominating performance was Kunza, getting all 9 points.

The Drunken Scramble happened, who knows what the winning score was.  It certainly wasn’t this guys team.

It may have been this group, who knows.

It was a great year.  The weather was amazing, my leg looks like its finally healing up from the 30+ bug bites.  All 24 of you are welcome back in 2018.  The planning has begun, it’s down to 2 locations and numbers are being crunched as this is being typed.  Thanks for everything guys and I really appreciate you playing some golf with me last weekend.

Friday AM
Kunza/Gres 3 Hoss/Luke 0
Mario/Field 1.5 Drew/Brand 1.5
O65/Snoren 0 Sheetz/Witt 3
Marty/Steel 1 Stew/Melling 2
Tim/JK 3 Bersch/Spears 0
E/Gern 3 Dave/CJ 0
Total 11.5 6.5
Friday PM
Steel/Mario 0 Melling/Brand 3
Gres/Field 3 Sheetz/Dave 0
O65/JK 0 Drew/Luke 3
Snoren/Tim 1 Hoss/Stew 2
Marty/Gern 0.5 Bersch/CJ 2.5
Kunza/E 3 Spears/Witt 0
Total 7.5 10.5
Saturday Indy
O65 3 CJ 0
JK 3 Dave 0
Mario 2.5 Spears 0.5
Marty 3 Witt 0
Steel 0 Hoss 3
Snoren 2 Bersch 1
E 1.5 Luke 1.5
Field 1 Stew 2
Gres 0.5 Brand 2.5
Gern 1.5 Drew 1.5
Kunza 3 Sheetz 0
Tim 0.5 Melling 2.5
Total 21.5 14.5
Match Total 40.5 31.5

358 days away!

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Can you see it?!?

It’s almost here.  Pack up those cars, shine up those clubs and get ready for some golf.  We’ll see most of you tomorrow and the rest on Friday morn’.

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Rain gear might not be needed

He has spoken.  The Official Weatherman of The President’s Cup comes in with the weather forecast and some Friday match predictions.  Here you go.

Well it’s that time of year when most people are depressed heading back into work this morning, but not this crew who will be on the road in 46hours heading up to my top 5 golfing day of the year, and that’s the annual Thursday round.

This past week i’m sure everyone has been updating accuweather or to see the recent forecast for Biwabik, and i’m here to tell you that Saturday has the risk as the day goes on, you might get a popcorn shower early afternoon but without humidity in the air, it looks like it’s more of a dry front vs your normal cold front that associates heavy rain.

Thursday- will be perfect, seems like it’s always the best day out of the weekend.  High’s in upper 60s, little south wind around 8mph.

Friday- Early AM tee-times will be the best weather, sunny upper 50’s and NO wind

Friday-Afternoon tee-times will warm up quickly and peak out in the upper 60’s again but wind will be changing direction and this unusual DRY front brings temps down overnight

Sat-morning tee-times will be different, mid to upper 40’s, cloudy and 10-15mph wind gust coming down from the north, but still no rain associated with these times until 3pm or later, you might get rained on for 2-3holes max

Sat-drunk scramble- Still think you’ll get a little rain spit on you, but nothing like we’ve seen in the past, it will be harder to stay warm vs dealing with all round rain.

Overall, bring the usual rain gear, gloves and golf cart cover, but i see no reason everything won’t get completed and that’s including the scramble on Sat.

Predictions for first 2 rounds

2-Man Best Ball – Friday June 2nd – AM – The Quarry  

8:50   Kunza  &  Gres (10) vs. Hoss (7)  &  Luke (6)  –  Hoss/Luke 2/1

9:00   Mario (8)  &  Field (3) vs. Drew (5)  &  Brand  –  Drew/Brand 2.5/.5

9:10   O65  &  Snoren (16) vs. Sheetz  &  Witt (16)  –  Ogs/Snoren 3/0

9:20   Marty (7)  &  Steel vs. Stew (4)  &  Melling (5)  –  Marty/Steel 2/1

9:30   Tim  &  JK (13) vs. Bersch (2)  &  Spears (7)  –  Bersch/Spears 2/1

9:40   E (8)  &  Gern (10) vs. Dave  &  CJ (13)  –  E/Gern 3/0

CR 10.5

Other 7.5

2-man Scramble – June 2nd – PM – The Quarry

2:50   Steel/Mario (1.5) vs. Brand/Melling  –  Brand/Melling 2.5/.5

3:00   Gres/Field (1) vs. Sheetz/Dave  –  Gres/Field 2/1

3:10   O65/JK (1.5) vs. Drew/Luke  –  OGS/JK 1.5/1.5

3:20   Snoren/Tim (1.5) vs. Hoss/Stew  –  Hoss/Stew 2.5/.5

3:30   Marty/Gern (2.5) vs. Bersch/CJ  –  Marty/Gern 3/0

3:40   Kunza/E vs. Spears/Witt (3)  –  Spears/Witt 2/1

CR 19

Other 17

Have fun boys, looks like a great group and some pretty good weather.

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What do you think will happen next weekend?

Giants Ridge has hosted us several times.  We should know what to expect up there.  But new things happen – new people join, people come back after some time away and others have never been to a location.  So there are new dynamics in play on a regular basis.

We don’t have our Giants Ridge Ambassador this year, EDY, he isn’t making the trek for the 1st time.  We may be a little lost but we’ve been there and done that.  Let’s just not tarnish his name up there.

As has become commonplace Thursday starts the weekend off with a bang.  Fortune Bay Casino and The Wilderness are ideal for this group of golfers and sometimes degenerate gamblers.  The Calcutta will happen somewhere at the Casino/Clubhouse Thursday night, hopefully you are there to participate.

With no new players this year everybody knows what to expect.  A foggy 40 minute drive Friday morning to Giants Ridge.  Somebody don’t forget to get Cat off the blackjack table by 7:30am.

There’s not much in between Fortune Bay and Giants Ridge so hit the gas station or the casino floor for a quick bite to eat otherwise the drive could be even longer for you.

Some times there is a fashion show in the parking lot. Look at these young pups.

We start at the Quarry.  Since the clubhouse is not near the 1st tee and the driving range may be busy getting the kinks out from whatever happened the day before.  There most likely won’t be much hype or hysterics around the 1st tee.

We get a lunch on Friday – Hamburger/Cheeseburger/Hot Dog/Brat/Deli Sandwich with Chips and a Non-Alcoholic Beverage.

Giants Ridge no longer has beverage carts driving around the course.  They park them in areas where we should see them about 5 times per round.  They only allow each person to buy 1 alcoholic drink per visit, so prepare/plan accordingly.  They enacted this policy due to problems with damage to the course and carts in previous years.

Gotta love the roofless cart

Friday night we’ll select Saturday Individual Match Ups.  We’ll try and do this at the cabins, which should all be together.  The process has been contentious before, but mostly it provides some good old fashioned sh*t talking.

Saturday we head to The Legend for a 10am starting time.  That can be too late for some and not late enough for others.  Individual matches are a grind, hopefully you are feeling it and ready to put a 18 solid holes together.

Not sure how many people will be this excited for the day.

A team will be crowned 2017 President’s Cup Champion on the 18th green.  One team is going for a 4th straight win and the other is looking to get back into the winner circle.  The last few years have been fantastic competitions and this year shouldn’t be any different.

Then it’s onto the drunken scramble

Saturday night we’ll probably venture out on the town of Biwabik.  The shuttles will take you to the R Bar.

Not a steady hand taking this picture.

There will either be a loud band playing or some Karoke for Gern, Stew and Bersch to take over.  Last time we made our way to the new Alpine Bar that was “Under New Ownership”, we’ll see if it is still even open.

They hadn’t even moved the ladder after putting up the new sign.

The night will close and we’ll all head home on Sunday.  The drive sucks, but remember the golf courses you got to play and thank your driver for letting you sleep half the way home.

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Thursday at The Wilderness is all set

Not long from now we will be starting what has become tradition with the President’s Cup, the Thursday round.

Steel will collect $40 for the game at the course from everyone. Side games within your groups are strongly encouraged and the pairings were made to encourage. Golf is paid at the course, $74 per person, includes golf, range balls, cart and tax. Lodging is $93 plus tax per room, so about $50 per guy or so. Pay for your room at the hotel. Try to check in before golf. Steel needs to send room assignments to the guy so if the remaining can let him know who they are staying with, that would be great.

1pm: Mel, Gres, E, JK

1:10pm: Hoss, Snoren, Marty, Mario

1:15pm: Witt, Dave, CJ

1:20pm: Sheetz, Spears, Bersch, Timmy

1:30pm: Luke, Steel, Field, Furnace

Playing the blue tees, the $40 gets you:

Closest to the Pin: $5 for each hole, 4 holes = $20 (3,7,12,17)

Longest Drive in the fairway: $5 each hole, 2 holes = $10 (1,10)

Low net: $5 each

Net skins: $5 each

Rooms are as follows:

  1. Mell/Steel
  2. Field/Gres
  3. Spears/Furnace
  4. Mario
  5. Bersch, Hoss, Marty have a suite
  6. Sheetz/Witt
  7. ?
  8. ?
  9. ?


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