In what is becoming a rite of spring for area golfers, the groups are set and each club’s opponents are identified for the 2018 Red Hoffman Cup Matches.
Hats off to our 32 club captains! Over the next several weeks, each captain will coordinate home and away tee times for his three intragroup matches, pull together his roster of potential team members, maybe hold a team dinner / strategy session, decide what the club uniform will look like, identify the best partners for each of his three intragroup matches, and figure out who plays at home and who goes into the lion’s den.
Whew! Then the matches start. In other words, please give your captain all the support you can.
You’ll notice a new club in our midst, Somerset Hills Country Club, that has the potential to make serious waves as a Matches rookie. Several of its likely team members are veterans of the regional amateur circuit; some are even Hoffman Cup alumni from clubs and years past. Its rich legacy includes participation in the Quadrangular Matches, widely believed to be the oldest ongoing interclub competition in the US. Somerset Hills, captained by Jake Ward, will be a wonderful addition to the Hoffman Cup family.
You’ll also see that there are some rule changes that will affect intragroup, semifinals and finals play. These rules are intended to make the competition both more fair and more fun. Please be sure to check out these changes in this site’s Rules section and an explanation under “In the News.”
Allow us to express again our appreciation for Plainfield Country Club, which has graciously agreed to host our 2018 Red Hoffman Cup Finals. Although this is Plainfield’s first time as the Finals host, it’s a homecoming of sorts. After all, this is Red Hoffman’s home club . . .
|When: Sat, Apr 21; Sun, Apr 22; Sat, Apr 28||When: Saturday, May 5th||When: Saturday, May 12th|
|Who: Your club vs. the other three clubs in your Group||Who: Each of the eight Group winners||Who: The four semifinalist match winners|
|Where: Each day, two matches at home, two matches away||Where: Two matches home, two away; same as Intragroup Matches||Where: Plainfield Country Club|
|Format: Two-man better ball, match play, Nassau point system.||Format: Winner of Group A plays winner of Group H, B vs. G, C vs. F, and D vs. E; same format / scoring as Intragroup Matches. New: Sudden death tie breaker.||Format: For each club, four two-man teams; better ball, medal play; all four scores count. New: Sudden death tie breaker.|
2 -- Years (2016 and 2017) that Morris County Golf Club has led all teams in donations to The First Tee in the Hoffman Cup's First Tee Initiative.
2, 1, and 0 -- Starting in 2018, the points awarded for an intragroup, club vs. club win, tie and loss, respectively. The club with the best won / loss record goes to the playoffs.
14.5 -- The whopping difference between Navesink Country Club's 2016 point total (6.0) and its 2017 total (20.5); 2017's Most Improved Team!
24.9 -- The average number of points by intragroup winners since 2005. That is 8.3 out of 12 possible points per match.
32.5 -- The total number of points won in intragroup play (out of 36) by Arcola CC in 2017, a Hoffman Cup record.
60 -- The number of years Arthur K. "Red" Hoffman, long-time dean of New Jersey golf writers, covered New Jersey golf.
218 -- Arcola's winning score in 2017, the highest since Montclair GC's 220 in the 2009 Hoffman Cup Finals at Essex County CC