For immediate release:
The 21st playing of the Estabrooks Cup will take place at the Pine Needles Golf & Country Club on September 22nd & 23rd.
The Estabrooks Cup, named after New Brunswick Golf Association Past President John Estabrooks, was first played in 1998. Between 1998 and 2008 the Estabrooks Cup was a “best on best”, Ryder Cup style, event for New Brunswick’s best male amateur golfers. The event has seen many iterations over the years, form the incorporation of Amateur Men (8), Senior Men (4) and Ladies (4) onto both the North and South teams in 2009, to the removal of geographic boundaries in 2016, and then back to the traditional North vs. South alignment in 2017. The 2017 version of the Estabrooks Cup would also see the event increased to 36 participants, Amateur Men (2), Senior Men (8) and Ladies (8) onto both the North and South teams and guided for the first time by “Playing Captains”.
The 2018 version of the Estabrooks Cup will see no changes in format and will once again have the North & South battling it out under the guidance of “Playing Captains” Wilfred Pilgrim (Kingswood Golf) and Paula Napke-Flanagan (Miramichi Golf & Country Club) for the North and Louis Boudreau (Pine Needles Golf & Country Club) and Allison Chisholm (The Riverside Country Club) for the South.
The 2018 Estabrooks Cup will be played on Pine Needles Golf & Country Club’s 36 hole River Course & Pine Course layouts for the first time and will gets under way Saturday, September 22nd at 8:00am with morning Four Ball matches on the River Course, followed by Foursome (alternate shot) matches in the afternoon on the Pine Course. Sunday will see the 18 singles matches, played on the River Course, decide the Estabrooks Cup. “We are looking forward to being able to provide this unique opportunity to the participants in this year’s Estabrooks Cup”, says Tyson Flinn, Executive Director of Golf NB. “The Pine Needles Golf & Country Club is New Brunswick’s only 36 hole layout and we couldn’t think of a better way to maximize the challenge, beauty and hospitality of this family owned and operated facility, then by bringing our province’s best players together for one of Golf NB’s flagship events.”
Each match of the Estabrooks Cup is worth 1 point, thus making 18 points available on Saturday and 18 points available on Sunday.
Replacing injured South Captain Louis Boudreau (Pine Needles) is longtime Estabrooks Cup veteran Bob Gray of the Maplewood Golf & Country Club.
For more information on the Pine Needles Golf & Country Club, please www.pineneedlesgolf.nb.ca.
Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB), a not for profit organization founded in 1934, is the official governing body for amateur golf in New Brunswick. In January of 2006, the New Brunswick Golf Association (NBGA) officially merged with the New Brunswick Ladies Golf Association (NBLGA), resulting in one united governing body for amateur golf in the province. Programs offered by Golf NB to its 10,000 members include: 12 provincial events, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, junior golf development programs and member club marketing initiatives.