New Mass Golf Season Kicks Off with Stone cup

For Immediate Release: MARCH 30, 2018

NORTON, Massachusetts – The first Mass Golf Team Tournament of the season will be held beginning on April 30th when the Stone Cup, the state’s top mixed pairs match play competition, begins at Marshfield Country Club.

The two-day competition will be historic as it will mark the first Team Tournament held since the merger between the Massachusetts Golf Association (MGA) and Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts (WGAM) became official on January 1.

ONLINE: Stone Cup Home Page | Team Tournaments

“The Stone Cup is a perfect event to kick off this new season as a merged organization,” said Cathleen Beach, Mass Golf’s Director of Women’s Events & Player Development. “The event has traditionally been held in the fall, but we are so grateful to Marshfield Country Club for hosting it earlier this year.”

To Beach’s point, last year’s Stone Cup – originally scheduled for October 30-31 – was canceled after a powerful Northeast storm caused torrential rain, strong wind, major power outages and unplayable conditions. Mass Golf was able to work with the host club to arrange for an earlier date in 2018.

Described as the “ultimate mixed scotch championship of the season” with an alternate drive, alternate shot format in play, the 2018 Stone Cup will once again consist of two players – one man and one woman (don’t have to be related) from the same club competing.

Similar to previous years, teams will be divided into flights based on combined handicap indices with all competitors playing 36 holes on day one, with winning teams from Monday’s first round advancing to an additional day of play on Tuesday, May 1. The maximum handicap index for all eligible players for this year’s Stone Cup is 24.0.

“Golfers have especially enjoyed the opportunity to compete in match play against other club teams,” said Beach when asked about the major draw to this event.

Previously under the oversight of the WGAM dating back to the mid-1920’s, this event carries a significant amount of history as some of the Bay State’s all-time top competitors have paired up to win the event.

“It is a great event, and I hope that we will see even more teams compete now that we are one golf organization,” said Beach. “I encourage all golfers to grab a partner and register because it will be a great two days in April in Marshfield.”

To learn more about the Stone Cup, click here.

Entries close for this event on Thursday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. Any questions about the event can be directed to Beach at cbeach@massgolf.org.

Here are some additional upcoming Mass Golf entry close dates for Championships, Women’s Championships and USGA Qualifiers.

Four-Ball Championship

The Captains Golf Course (Starboard & Port)
Brewster  | May 7-8

ENTRY FEE: $300 per team
ENTRY CLOSE: Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

REGISTER ONLINE

U.S. Open

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
Southampton, NY | June 14-17

ENTRY CLOSE: April 25 at 5:00 p.m.
LOCAL QUALIFIERS: Pinehills GC (5/10); Stockbridge GC (5/14); Pawtucket CC – RI (5/14)

REGISTER ONLINE

U.S. Women’s Open Championship

Shoal Creek (Birmingham, AL)
May 31-June 3

ENTRY CLOSE: April 25 at 5:00 p.m.
LOCAL QUALIFIERS: Cape Cod National GC (5/16)

REGISTER ONLINE

2018 SENIOR Four-Ball Championship

Hopkinton Country Club | Shining Rock Golf Club
Hopkinton | Northbridge | May 21-22

ENTRY FEE: $300 per team
ENTRY CLOSE: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Click HERE to register for the Senior Four-Ball Championship

Click HERE to register for the Senior Four-Ball Championship – (Super Senior Division)

U.S. Senior Open Championship

The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, CO)
June 28 – July 1

ENTRY CLOSE: May 16 at 5:00 p.m.
LOCAL QUALIFIERS: Bay Club at Mattapoisett (6/5)

REGISTER ONLINE

U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship

Chicago Golf Club (Wheaton, IL)
July 12-15

ENTRY CLOSE: May 16 at 5:00 p.m.
LOCAL QUALIFIERS: Ferncroft CC (6/14)

REGISTER ONLINE

2018 Edith Noblit Baker Trophy

Bass River Golf Course
Yarmouth  | June 18-19

ENTRY FEE: $225
ENTRY CLOSE: Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

APPLY ONLINE