The Midwest Building Suppliers Association Presents: MBSA Ryder Cup Golf Challenge

Thursday, October 3
The Warren Golf Club at The University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana
Tee-off time is 11:00 AM

Now in its fourth year, the MBSA Ryder Cup Challenge is designed as a time for the great golfers of MBSA to get together, play some competitive golf at our region’s most exciting, prestigious, and “hard to get on” courses.  The now famous MBSA Ryder Cup trophy, currently residing in Michigan, is up for grabs once again this fall.  Will the trophy head south after this Ryder Cup, or will it remain in Michigan?  Team Indiana and Team Michigan are ready to battle it out…so be sure to be part of your respective state’s team, as we celebrate the unity of MBSA, but still want to show some state pride!

This course is a links-style course comfortably nestled on 250 wooded acres. Expertly preserved as a wildlife habitat, the course received the coveted Audubon International certification. Lush fescue fairways, softly rolling terrain and the golden dome in the background make the course a beauty to behold.  Rated the #6 Course in Indiana and the #12 Best College Course in America by GolfWeek, the course features the beauty and upkeep you would expect from a premiere course.

The course’s Tournament / Championship History includes:

  • 2019 U.S. Senior Open
  • S. Women’s Public Links Championship ’10
  • S. Senior Open Qualifier ’15, ’18
  • S. Men’s Amateur Championship Qualifier ’01, ’02, ’04, ’08, ’11, ’12, ’14
  • S. Men’s Open Qualifier ’09, ’10
  • S. Men’s Mid-Am Qualifier ’17
  • Western Amateur Championship Qualifier ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08
  • NCAA Division I Men’s Regional Golf Championship ’05, ’10
  • NCAA Division I Women’s Regional Championship ’11, ’15
  • Big East Conference Men’s Golf Championship ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’05
  • Big East Conference Women’s Golf Championship ’03, ’04, ’05


A brief history of the MBSA Ryder Cup

Both Indiana and Michigan have an abundance of very nice golf courses.  The objective of the MBSA Ryder Cup Challenge would be to play at courses that are some of the best each state has to offer and are private and difficult to access by non-members.  This year posed a rather unique challenge, as the University typically does not allow on the course non-alumni on the week of a home football game, especially a Thursday.  However, our contacts on campus allowed us to circumvent that rule, and bring on the Ryder Cup!

Last year, we were hosted by Roger Vanderheide at the incredible Kingsley Club in Kingsley, Michigan.  In 2017 we were hosted by Mark Zemrowski of Von Tobel Lumber Co. at the beautiful Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Indiana.  In 2016, we were hosted by John Bolt from DeLeeuw Lumber in Holland, Michigan at the exquisite Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive, Michigan.  Each year, the teams had a terrific day of golf, competition, good food and drinks, and excellent camaraderie.

The format will resemble a “Ryder Cup” Format:  (It is set up so each player will ultimately know how they individually scored on the course they are playing.)

The first nine holes will be two players from Michigan playing two players from Indiana in a foursome.

After a hole is played the Michigan two person team’s lowest net ball would be compared to the Indiana two person team’s lowest net ball.  The lowest ball wins the hole.  This continues for nine holes until one team has won the majority of the 9 holes or the two teams tie.  If a team wins their match they win a point for their state.  If they tie the match, they each will receive ½ point for their state.

The second nine holes will be one Michigan player up against an Indiana player in Singles competition.

The competition will be match play.  After a hole is played the individual scores will be compared and the player with the lowest net score will win the hole.  This will continue until one player wins the majority of the 9 holes. One point will be awarded to state of the winning player.  If there is a tie each state’s player will receive ½ point.

The final competition will be a “Horse Race”.

The two person teams will start at a designated hole and will alternate drives on each hole if they advance.  After the first hole the 6 teams with the low scores will advance for the second hole with any ties determined by a chip off.  And finally the 3rd hole has 4 teams advancing with the winner having the low score on the hole –again with a chip of if necessary to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.  Points will be awarded as follows: 1st -2 points, 2nd-1 point, and 3rd -½ point.

The results from the 4-ball matches, the singles matches, and the Alternating Shot “Horse Race” will be totaled for each State to determine the 2018 MBSA Ryder Cup Winner.

Overnight accommadations

We recommend the Morris Inn, located in the middle of Notre Dame’s campus.  This puts you right in the middle of the action of a vibrant, prestigious collegiate campus.  Other close-by accommadations include Hilton Garden Inn, The Inn at Saint Mary’s, and The Ivy Court Inn & Suites.

How do you participate in this great event?

Registration fee is $ 350.00, and includes snacks, breaks, and post-play party

Since this is an important competition we would like to be able to verify handicaps if needed.  We will ask that you submit your handicap and your home Club, along with your club’s professional name and phone number.  This will help your state’s Team Captain determine who to place you up against from the competing state.

Let’s get ready for some great golf with MBSA’s even greatest golfers!

You may pay by credit card after you submit this registration.