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, current Hoffman Cup Captain Matt Headington, and Head Professional Ryan Fountain.

As in years past, the 2017 rendition will feature each club placed in one of eight groups of four clubs each. Each group will identify the eight group winners, which will compete against one other group winner in a Semifinals match. Those four winners will advance to the Finals at Arcola CC.

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

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 tiny separations 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 are the capstone to the 2016 Red Hoffman Cup Matches, which included 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:

3 -- As of 2016, the number of Hoffman Cup championships won by Baltusrol Golf Club.

5 -- 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 charter members 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.

$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.

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