The 2024 Red Hoffman Cup Matches: The Road to Bayonne


(June 16, 2024) The field for the 2024 Red Hoffman Cup Matches finals is becoming clear.  Upper Montclair CC, Hollywood GC and Black Oak GC each earned their way with semifinal wins into the finals at Bayonne GC on June 30..

In a furious charge from far behind, Upper Montclair CC came back from a 5.5 to .5 deficit against Montclair GC after their first two matches to tie their semifinal match at 6 to 6, then won the sudden death playoff with a birdie on the first extra hole. The playoff was the first in Hoffman Cup playoff history, and capped a a birdiefest that brought out the best in two impressive teams.

On 6/15, Hollywood dominated a strong Spring Brook crowd by 10 to 2, earning their second straight trip to the Hoffman Cup Finals.  Hollywood captain Devin Drobbin has been whipping his team into shape for a few years now and expects a cadre of players ready to compete. 

On 6/16, Black Oak defeated a strong squad from Essex County, 9 points to 3. Tied at 3-3 after the first day of matches at the Gil Hanse-renovated and highly-acclaimed ECCC, Black Oak put on the  gas at home, with a 6-0 showing. Upper Montclair, Hollywood and Black Oak join Baltusrol GC (the BYE club based on group play) as the teams who have advanced so far into the Finals in the Hoffman Cup Finals on June 30 at splendid Bayonne Golf Club. More group details can be found at 2024 Groups & Schedule.

The one remaining semifinals match will pit defending champion Arcola CC versus Forest Hill FC on June 23. This is the final piece of the puzzle that will decide the field for the 2024 Finals, winnowing down the field from 36 clubs on April 28 to five finalists and eventually, one champion club -- by the end of June. 

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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!

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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 between Sat, Jun 9 to Sun, Jun 23 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 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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