The 2024 Red Hoffman Cup Matches: The Road to Bayonne

(March 1, 2024) The 2024 Red Hoffman Cup groups have been created and can be found on March 1 at 2024 Groups & Schedule.  There you'll find the clubs you'll be competing against to get into the playoffs and ultimately into the Hoffman Cup Finals, which will be competed on June 30 at breathtaking Bayonne Golf Club.

Ranked #8 in New Jersey by Golf Digest, Bayonne GC was once described by Sports Illustrated as "the most audacious golf course in the world." We are honored to be able to be able to include Bayonne GC as a central part of our Red Hoffman Cup Matches 20th Anniversary. 

Thank you to Bayonne GC's creator, Eric Bergstol, and his management team -- particularly General Manager Rudy Virga and Director of Golf Chris Billington -- for offering us the opportunity to compete on their awe-inspiring course. 

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A quick word about how the groupings have been made: every club is seeded on its performance. The top nine seeds are positioned based on their 2023 finishes in the HCM finals and semifinals. The remaining 27 clubs are seeded based on the total number of points earned over the past two seasons. This approach provides an empirical foundation for the groupings. From that beginning, groups are adjusted to ensure that no two clubs have been in the same group in the past two seasons. Final adjustments take into account relative strength of the groups (based on seeding totals/group) and geography, to help ensure no club must travel excessively. 

This process has proven resilient, having been applied every year since 2007. .

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More good news! After several years on the sidelines, the Ridge at Back Brook (BTW, #10 in NJ by Golf Digest), will join the Hoffman Cup Matches again. Thank you to The Ridge's owner, Joel Moore, and head professional Travis Deibert for again stepping up to the Hoffman Cup plate!  

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2024 Red Hoffman Cup Matches -- Key Dates

 Groups Announced  Intragroup Matches Semifinals   Finals
When: March 1, 2024 When: Sat, Apr 27; Sun, Apr 28; Sat, May 4 (all matches must be completed by Sun Jun 2) When: To be played from Sat, Jun 8 to Sun, Jun 16 When: Sun, June 30, 1pm 
Who: Your club and three others will form a single Group. Captains should start setting up matches. Who: Your club vs. one of the other three clubs in your group. Who: All group winners, minus the bye club, which will have a bye directly to the Finals. Who: The four Semifinal match winners, plus the bye club; that is five teams (40 players).
Where: Each day, two four ball matches at home, two away. Where: Two matches home, two away (same as Intragroup Matches). Where: Bayonne Golf Club 
Format: Two man, four ball, match play, Nassau point sytem. Team with the overall highest point total (a.k.a., the bye club) advances directly to Finals. Format: Adjusting for the bye team, seeding will be determined by points earned in the intragroup play; sudden-death tie breaker would be in effect.

Format: For each club, four x two-man teams; four ball, medal play; all four scores count; sudden death tie breaker would be in effect.



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