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NORTON, Massachusetts – On March 7th, online registration officially went live for all events featured under the PLAY section of MassGolf.org. This latest development comes on the heels of registration opening for all Mass Golf Championships and Women’s Championships one month earlier.
“Less than a week into open registration for many of our tournaments, we have seen a tremendous response to all of the events,” said Cathleen Beach, Mass Golf’s director of women’s events & player development. “To help our competitors better find the events that are right for them, this past season we readjusted the category names and those changes are really proving to be positive.”
To Beach’s points, Mass Golf now lists its tournaments under the following categories: Women’s Team Tournaments, Parent/Child Tournaments and Mixed Team Tournaments.
Located under the Mixed Team Tournament section is an event – the Stone Cup – that has become increasingly popular over recent seasons and saw significant changes made to its format in 2019.
The Stone Cup is an event where mixed pairs come together to compete in match play against other club teams over a two-day period. It is explained as the ultimate mixed scotch championship of the season where it’s all about alternate drive, alternate shot played at scratch.
New for 2019, partners do not have to be from the same club to compete.
“We have learned that golfers are playing more and more with new friends,” said Beach. “The expansion of eligibility will allow this event to provide more chances for players to grab a partner whether they are from their club or not and play match play.”
The Stone Cup teams are divided into flights based on combined handicap indices. All teams play 36 holes on day one, and if a team keeps winning they will play 36 holes each of the two days.
Date: May 13 & 14
Site: Crumpin-Fox Club (Bernardston)
Entry Fee: $350.00 Per Team
Entries Close: April 25, 2019
Event Description: Mixed pairs come together to compete in match play against other club teams over a two-day period. **New this year – partners do not have to be from the same club.** Maximum Handicap Index for all players in this event is 24.0 as of April 15, 2019 revision. It is the ultimate mixed scotch championship of the season where it’s all about alternate drive, alternate shot played at scratch. Teams are divided into flights based on combined handicap indices. All teams play 36 holes on day one, and if a team keeps winning they will play 36 holes each of the two days.
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Here is additional information about the new categories of events found under the PLAY section.
Women’s Team Tournaments: These team tournaments bring together and connect women who share a passion for golf through friendly and competitive team tournaments held at sites across the state. A variety of formats including best ball, better ball and even nine-hole Round Robin matches are featured in these women’s team tournaments that are open to golfers of a wide range of ages and skill levels throughout the season.
Parent/Child Tournaments: These two-person events are a great opportunity to allow kids to have fun learning the lifelong game of golf and encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories. The Mass Golf Parent/Child Tournaments feature mothers, sons, grandmothers, fathers and even clubmates who team up as a junior and senior team.
Mixed Team Tournaments: Mass Golf allows mixed pairs as well as legally married partners to compete in two marquee Mixed Team Tournaments. The Stone Cup is held in the spring and features mixed-paired teams, who compete in spirited match play over two days. The Sheeran Trophy makes it a true family affair where legally married partners (one partner must be a female) are able to compete against other couples in a selected drive, alternate shot format where 40% of combined handicaps are used.