Eight clubs earned their way into
playoffs for the 2016 Hoffman Cup by garnering the most points in their
Groups. In head-to-head matches with three other clubs, Mendham GTC,
Black Oak GC, Baltusrol GC, Plainfield CC, Metedeconk National GC,
Knickerbocker CC, Spring Brook CC and Montclair GC emerged to earn a spot
Hoffman Cup Semifinals.
A weekend of exciting matches saw one stunning upset and a few close calls. The most surprising result was Mendham's 8-4 victory over defending champ Arcola CC, considered by many as the finest team to ever win the Cup. Just last year, Arcola dominated both its group play and the Finals on the way to its title. Mendham played as though it didn't realize it was supposed to lose, led by a three-point performance by co-captain Steve Zychowski and partner Steve Bosacki at Arcola, and four points at home.
The two other teams considered the cream of the field made it through to the playoffs, but in a decidedly different manner. Black Oak handled a challenge by neighbor Hamilton Farm GC with a big 9 to 3 win. Baltusrol had a decidedly different experience against formidable Fairmount CC, losing 8.5-3.5 against the first-ever Hoffman Cup champ, but holding on for a narrow 2.5 point Group win. This match play loss is Baltusrol's worst ever, and will no doubt be used as incentive for fine play next weekend.
Knickerbocker took on a head-to-head challenge by a strong Upper Montclair CC squad with a solid win to secure first place in its Group. Lower seeds Metedeconk and Spring Brook had less exciting paths to the playoffs, with solid wins in each of their matches. Montclair did what it has done more than any Hoffman Cup team -- win -- in a tight match against a spirited Rockaway River CC squad. 2016 finalist Plainfield captured its third straight trip to the playoffs with a solid 8-4 win over a strong Hackensack GC.
So, the Semifinals -- and some great matches -- are set for this Saturday, May 7:
Group A winner, Mendham GTC
vs. Group H winner, Montclair GC
Group B winner, Black Oak GC vs. Group G winner, Spring Brook CC
Group C winner, Baltusrol GC vs. Group F winner, Knickerbocker CC
Group D winner, Plainfield CC vs. Group E winner, Metedeconk National GC
Congratulations to all 32 clubs that participated in the 2016 Red Hoffman Cup Matches!
The 2016 Hoffman Cup Schedule
|What: Intragroup Matches||What: Semifinals||What: Finals|
|When: Sat, Apr 23; Sun, Apr 24; Sat, Apr 30||When: Saturday, May 7||When: Sunday, May 15th|
|Who: Your club vs. the other three clubs in your Group||Who: Each of the eight Group winning clubs||Who: The four semifinalist match winners|
|Where: Each day, two matches home, two matches away||Where: Two matches home, two away; same as Intragroup Matches||Where: Mountain Ridge Country Club|
|Format: Two-man better ball, match play, Nassau point system.||Format: Winning club of Group A plays the winner of Group H, B vs.G, C vs. F, and D vs. E.; same format / scoring as Intragroup Matches||Format: For each club, four two-man teams; better ball, medal play; best three of four scores count|
-- The Hoffman Cup clubs that own a spot on GolfWorld magazine's 2016 "Best Modern Courses."
9 -- The Hoffman Cup clubs that boast a spot on GolfWorld magazine's 2016 "Best Classic Courses."
12 -- The number of Hoffman Cup events, starting in 2005 with The Rock Spring C, Montclair GC, Spring Brook CC and Fairmount CC competing.
15.5 -- The record improvement, year over year, in intragroup points, by Spring Brook CC, 2013-14.
60 -- The number of years
Arthur K. "Red" Hoffman, long-time dean of New Jersey
golf writers, covered New Jersey golf.
400+ -- The number of low handicap amateurs and pros who will compete this April and May in the 2016 Hoffman Cup.
$56,000 -- A conservative estimate of the caddie fees that will be generated by the 2016 Hoffman Cup (800 rounds x $70/loop).
$61,000 -- In its first four years, the amount generated by our team captains in support of our First Tee Initiative, which donates funds to support New Jersey's four local First Tee chapters.