Golf: Culver's Midwest Cup expands to eight states
Last year, Cottage Grove's Eric Rislove along with Woodbury's Joel Johnson and Greg Murphy helped Team Minnesota win the Culver's Midwest Cup Golf Tournament - a team and individual amateur tournament pairing the best golfers from the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
This year, however, things will be a little more difficult.
The Midwest Cup has recently expanded to eight states - adding Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and South Dakota to the fold to create the only eight-team amateur tournament in the United States.
The Midwest Cup has now earned the title as the premier amateur team golf tournament in the United States, and is the only major regional amateur event in the Midwest. Over one-third of the 72-man field have won or are currently state amateur champions.
The 2013 Championship will be held Aug. 1-4 at the Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenberg, Nebraska.
"Our commitment to amateur golf begins with identifying the top players through the state golf association player of the year rankings, giving them the opportunity to represent their state in a team competition, and offering a first class one-of-a-kind experience to the players and their wives while raising funds for junior golf charities," says Eric Hjortness, Executive Director of the Culver's Midwest Cup. "With the help of our sponsors and the players' contributions we are able to reach our vision of growing amateur golf."
The event is a Ryder-Cup Style invitational for amateur golfers, from the age of 25 and over. Players are chosen from the state golf association points list, with captains from each team determining who to invite and how the players will be paired against one another. The goal of the event is to become the premier amateur event in the Midwest.
In last year's tournament, a 36-hole team and 54-hole individual competition, the Minnesota golf team upset the Iowa golf team in Hastings. In a close contest, Team Minnesota won four of the final 12 matches to post a score of 264 points, six more than two-time defending champion Iowa, which had 258 points, and Nebraska at 246. Wisconsin scored 192 points.
The tournament has been going on for eight years. Minnesota has taken part the past three years. Minnesota finished third out of four teams three years ago and fourth out of four teams two years ago.