Ryder Cup

 

1.    Background

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.

 

Centurions      Reivers

 

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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