It might have been a case of better late than never, but the annual Brookover Cup matches, the Ryder Cup-like tournament held each year between golfers from The Golf Club at Southwind and Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, were finally contested.
Playing into the month of November due to a variety of scheduling snafus, it was The Golf Club at Southwind, which hosted the first and third rounds Friday and Sunday, sandwiched around Saturday’s lone match play round at Buffalo Dunes, that prevailed in the 18th edition of the matches, winning handily 49-35.
From beginning to end, Southwind was dominant, opening up a 14-7 lead on Friday, following the alternate shot (Foursomes) format in which teams are comprised of two players and battle match play. One player tees off on the odd-numbered holes while his partner tees off on the even-numbered holes, regardless of who makes a putt on the previous hole.
It was that first-day, double-the-points that put Southwind in the driver’s seat. And any Buffalo Dunes comeback hopes on Saturday in the Four-Ball (more commonly called best-ball) were dashed as Southwind won that round 11.5-9.5 at Buffalo Dunes. That made it 25.5-16.5 heading into the final day.
Then, it was down to the singles matches on Sunday, played at Southwind, and the home team again held the upper hand, finishing the final day with a 23.5-18.5 advantage, where each team can earn up to three points per match, one point for winning the front nine, one for the back nine and one for the 18 holes. A match ending in a tie is awarded a half-point each.
Players earn the privilege of playing on the team based upon their finish in the June Men’s City Stroke Play Championship, contested over 36 holes, with each course hosting 18 holes. Sion Audrain repeated as the City champion for 2017.
There are two senior players (age 50 and over) who play along with 11 other amateurs, and then the head professional from each course rounds out the 14-player team.
Southwind seniors Gerry Schultz and Russ Frey combined to each win 7.5 of a possible 9 points to help the winners dominate the three-day event.
With the victory, the fourth year in a row, Southwind now owns an 11-7 lead throughout the series.
The event is named in honor and memory of E.C. Brookover Sr., who donated the land on which Buffalo Dunes was built and then developed The Golf Club at Southwind course and surrounding property.
Next year’s matches will see Buffalo Dunes host the first and third days, with Southwind hosting the middle round of matches.