Semifinalists Set for the 2016 Hoffman Cup              


Eight clubs earned their way into the playoffs for the 2016 Hoffman Cup by garnering the most points in their Groups. In head-to-head matches with three other clubs, Mendham GTC, Black Oak GC, Baltusrol GC, Plainfield CC, Metedeconk National GC, Knickerbocker CC, Spring Brook CC and Montclair GC emerged to earn a spot the Hoffman Cup Semifinals.

A weekend of exciting matches saw one stunning upset and a few close calls.  The most surprising  result was Mendham's 8-4 victory over defending champ Arcola CC, considered by many as the finest team to ever win the Cup.  Just last year, Arcola dominated both its group play and the Finals on the way to its title.  Mendham
played as though it didn't realize it was supposed to lose, led by a three-point performance by co-captain Steve Zychowski and partner Steve Bosacki at Arcola, and four points at home.  

The two other teams considered the cream of the field made it through to the playoffs, but in a decidedly different manner.  Black Oak handled a challenge by neighbor Hamilton Farm GC with a big 9 to 3 win.  Baltusrol had a decidedly different experience against formidable Fairmount CC, losing 8.5-3.5 against the first-ever Hoffman Cup champ, but holding on for a narrow 2.5 point Group win. This match play loss is Baltusrol's worst ever, and will no doubt be used as incentive for fine play next weekend.

Knickerbocker took on a head-to-head challenge by a strong Upper Montclair CC squad with a solid win to secure first place in its Group.  Lower seeds Metedeconk and Spring Brook had less exciting paths to the playoffs, with solid wins in each of their matches. Montclair did what it has done more than any Hoffman Cup team -- win -- in a tight match against a spirited Rockaway River CC squad.  2016 finalist Plainfield captured its third straight trip to the playoffs with a solid 8-4 win over a strong Hackensack GC.

So, the Semifinals -- and some great matches -- are set for this Saturday, May 7:

Group A winner, Mendham GTC  vs. Group H winner, Montclair GC
   Group B winner, Black Oak GC   vs. Group G winner, Spring Brook CC
     Group C winner, Baltusrol GC  vs. Group F winner, Knickerbocker CC
            Group D winner,  Plainfield CC vs. Group E winner, Metedeconk National GC

Congratulations to all 32 clubs that participated in the 2016 Red Hoffman Cup Matches!

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The 2016 Hoffman Cup Schedule

What: Intragroup Matches What: Semifinals What: Finals
When: Sat, Apr 23; Sun, Apr 24; Sat, Apr 30 When: Saturday, May 7 When: Sunday, May 15th
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: Mountain Ridge 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


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By the Numbers:

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 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.

400+ -- The number of low handicap amateurs and pros who will compete this April and May in the 2016 Hoffman Cup.

$56,000 -- A conservative estimate of the caddie fees that will be generated by the 2016 Hoffman Cup (800 rounds x $70/loop).

$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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