Arcola to Host 2017 Finals

Arcola Country Club has graciously agreed to host the 2017 Red Hoffman Cup Matches, to be held on Saturday, May 13. Now in its thirteenth year, the Hoffman Cup Matches will commence on Saturday, April 22, with second and third matches played on Sunday, April 23 and Saturday, April 29, respectively. Hoffman Cup Semifinal matches will be completed on May 6th.

All 72 of these matches will be played to capture the Red Hoffman Cup, currently held by 2016 champion club, Baltusrol GC.

Our sincere appreciation to goes to the Arcola CC Board of Directors, led by President Mike McLachlan (ACC's first Hoffman Cup captain), Golf Chair Al Costello, and current Hoffman Cup Captain Matt Headington.

As in years past, the 2017 event will place each club in one of eight groups of four clubs each. Through head-to-head competition, each group will identify the eight group winners, and they will compete against one other group winner in a Semifinals match. Those four winners will advance to the Finals at Arcola CC on Saturday May 13.

What: Intragroup Matches What: Semifinals What: Finals
When: Sat, Apr 22; Sun, Apr 23; Sat, Apr 29 When: Saturday, May 6 When: Saturday, May 13
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: Arcola 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


Be on the Lookout! 2017 Hoffman Cup club groups will be announced on March 1.


Head to the Clubhouse!

The Clubhouse is a new enterprise led by Kevin McGlynn, an early friend of the Hoffman Cup Matches. Without Kevin’s advocacy of the Hoffman Cup in its beginning and leadership of Montclair GC’s team, the competition may not exist today. Kevin was the Montclair captain for its five HC championships and helped make our event the institution it has become.

We’re glad to spread the word about The Clubhouse, and hope all our participants take advantage of this new resource to keep their game in shape over the winter.

And, enjoy the Hoffman Cup discount!

Baltusrol -- Back in the Winner's Circle

The 2016 Red Hoffman Cup Champions, from Baltusrol GC (L to R): Nick Desai, Dan Feeney, Steven Wentz, Terry Yun, Branden Holden, Captain Andy Stock, DJ Stewart, Roddy McRae and Gregg Angelillo

The 2016 Red Hoffman Cup Finals ended in a familiar fashion, with Baltusrol Golf Club and Black Oak Golf Club providing a typical, down-to-the-last-group finish at splendid Mountain Ridge Country Club.  Baltusrol came out on top this time by the scantiest of spreads, 209 to Black Oak's 210 (see 2016 Results, above, for details) -- just the latest in tight matches between the two squads over the past five seasons.

Metedeconk National Golf Club proved that it is a for-real team with a bright future, coming in third with a 213 total.  Led by a brilliant 68 from the team of Tyler Brewington and John Browndorf, Metedeconk gave notice that it plans to be a fixture in Finals to come.  The spell came off Mendham Golf and Tennis Club's giant-killer season; the match play mavens of the first four rounds shot 225 in the medal play format, but should take solace in the fact that no one will take Mendham lightly going forward.

These Finals were the capstone to the 2016 Red Hoffman Cup Matches, which featured over 400 low-handicap regional golfers and professionals and accounted for 864 individual rounds of early spring golf, more than $56,000 in caddie fees, and over $20,000 in donations to the four First Tee chapters of New Jersey.  Thank you to the team captains, who prove every year that it is their passion that makes the Hoffman Cup Matches a success.

By the Numbers

2 -- The number of Hoffman Cup clubs in the top 10 (determined by average number of intragroup match points) that boast more than 18 holes.

8 -- The number of Hoffman Cup clubs, out of 32, that feature more than 18 holes.

-- The Hoffman Cup clubs that have a spot on either GolfWorld magazine's 2016 "Best Modern Courses" or "Best Classic Courses."

15.5 -- The record improvement, year over year, in intragroup points, by Spring Brook CC (2013-14).

24.9 -- The average number of points by intragroup winners since 2005.  That is 8.3 out of 12 possible points per match.

60 -- The number of years Arthur K. "Red" Hoffman, long-time dean of New Jersey golf writers, covered New Jersey golf.

$80,000 -- In its first five 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.

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