Bellingham Golf Club is unique in that it hosts an annual Ryder Cup competition for its members, very similar in format to the real Ryder Cup. The competition is sponsored by Hutchinson Environmental Solutions who provided an excellent trophy. The two teams competing are the Centurions and the Reivers and the competition is played around the first week of September.
Prior to the inaugural Ryder Cup in 2010, a draw was done to allocate every member to either the Centurion side or the Reivers side. New members joining the golf club are allocated on an alternate basis to each side.
2. The Weekend Format
The competition is played over a Saturday and Sunday and comprises 4 rounds of match play:
Round 1 is a Four Ball Better Ball competition (Saturday morning): 5 pairings from The Reivers against 5 pairings from The Centurions
Round 2 is a Foursomes competition (Saturday afternoon): 5 pairings from The Reivers against 5 pairings from The Centurions
Round 3 is a Four Ball Better Ball competition (Sunday morning): 5 pairings from The Reivers against 5 pairings from The Centurions
Round 4 is a Singles competition (Sunday afternoon): 12 singles from The Reivers against 12 singles from The Centurions
3. The Scoring System
Points are awarded as follows:
A match win gets ‘one’ point
A match halved gets ‘half’ a point
The maximum points available for each day are therefore:
Saturday Four Ball (5 matches) 5 points
Saturday Foursomes (5 matches) 5 Points
Sunday Four Ball (5 matches) 5 Points
Sunday Singles (12 matches) 12 points
With a maximum total of 27 points available the winning team needs to achieve a minimum of 14 points (prior to 2013, a total of 30 points were played for as the four balls and foursomes were 6 matches).
4. The Teams
Each team comprises 12 players who have either qualified automatically or who have been selected by the Captain ( a ‘Captain’s pick’). See ‘How to Qualify’.
5. How To Qualify
The golf club runs a Ryder Cup League Table throughout the season for each team. Members gain Ryder Cup points for playing in handicapping competitions held on a Saturday and Sunday. Your Ryder Cup points are determined by the number of people who play in a competition and your finishing position in the competition.
After the last qualifying competition has been played in the season, the Top 12 points scorers automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup. These qualifiers are entitled to play in all 4 Ryder Cup matches. However, if a qualifier cannot play in one or any of the matches then the Captain will select a ‘Captain’s Pick’ from the league to fill the place.
6. Results History
2010 Centurions 16 Reivers 14
2011 Centurions 14.5 Reivers 15.5
2012 Centurions 18.5 Reivers 11.5
2013 Centurions 10.5 Reivers 16.5
2014 Centurions 9.5 Reivers 17.5
2015 Centurions 7.5 Reivers 19.5
2016 Centurions 12 Reivers 15
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