Friday, September 28
The Kingsley Club
600 Niblick Trail
Kingsley, MI 49649

Tee-off time is 9:00 AM

Cost: $350.00 per player; includes cottage accommodations

Accommodations:  We have two cottages reserved at the Club on Thursday night; a Michigan Cottage and an Indiana Cottage.  Each has four rooms with two queen size beds in each room.  If the players sleep two to a room the cost would be $112.50 each.  If anyone wants to stay in close-by Traverse City, they can easily get to the course by 9:00.

Now in its third 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!

Within minutes of the clean, fresh blue waters of Lake Michigan and the turquoise-colored Grand Traverse Bays is Kingsley Club, Northern Michigan’s premier golf course. Shaped by the flow of mammoth glaciers that carved out an array of basins and mountainous land masses millions of years ago, this parcel of the reconfigured wilderness gradually transformed into a spectacular, vibrant landscape that has beautified and nourished Traverse City and environs with proliferations of rolling hills, mountains, native grasses, rich soils, fresh waters, sand beaches, and pine forests.

A brief history

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.

Last year, we were hosted by Mark Zemrowski of Von Tobel Lumber in Valparaiso, IN at the 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.  This year, we are being hosted by Roger Vanderheide of Lumbermen’s, Inc. at the beautiful Kingsley Club in Kingsley, MI on September 28.

The format with 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.


How do you participate in this great event?

Registration fee is $ 350.00; truly a bargain for this course!

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!

If you have already registered and need to pay for your registration, follow the link below.

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MBSA Ryder Cup Golf Challenge 2018