The 2024 Red Hoffman Cup Matches: The Road to Bayonne

(May 25, 2024) With some emphatic wins this past weekend, four clubs secured their group titles and tickets to the playoffs. Results can be found at 2024 Groups & Schedule, which will eventually place eight clubs in the playoffs, one club as the BYE team, and a total of five in the Finals on June 30 at breathtaking Bayonne Golf Club. 

The now-eight group-winning clubs to date are: Group A - Arcola; Group B - Forest Hill; Group C - Essex County; Group D - Baltusrol; Group F - Upper Montclair; Group G - Black Oak; Group H - Montclair; and Group I - Spring Brook.

One group is still undecided. Group E still has one match to go, one between Liberty National and Spring Lake. Hollywood carries an almost -- but not quite -- insurmountable lead over Liberty National and Spring Lake.  We will know the results and the pairings for the playoffs shortly after that match has been played.


May 15 marked the 20th anniversary of the Hoffman Cup Matches first Finals held on this date in 2005 between Fairmount CC and Montclair GC. In a field of four clubs, Fairmount came out on top with an 8-4 win led by Allen Small and Craig Smith, two top amateurs who had just returned from Ireland as members of the MGA's Cary Cup squad. A year later, Montclair extracted revenge by winning the Cup, then winning four more Hoffman Cup seasons in a row.  

While the first Hoffman Cup involved four clubs and a total of ~36 golfers, this year's event features 36 clubs and more than 500 golfers. Seen through the Hoffman Cup prism, twenty years has gone by quickly.

As always, thank you to the captains and professionals who sent in their club's results "day-of." Very helpful!

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 between Sat, Jun 9 to Sun, Jun 17 When: Sat, 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 team; 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 in effect.

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