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Missouri Dominates in its First Attempt at the Directors’ Cup

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Since 2000 the golf associations of Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa have staged a “bragging rights” Team Missouri - Director's Cup Championseam match.  Played in the years opposite the USGA State Team event, the home team has always won the travelling trophy.  This year it was the turn of Kansas to host and Mission Hills Country Club gladly agreed to offer its outstanding and challenging golf course for the mid-October three round event.

The twist for 2015 was the goodwill offer to invite Missouri to join the competition, which they readily accepted.  Each state brings its best six players (not in school and otherwise available) to be placed in an elaborate grid that based on their individual numbering will determine with whom they play in the four-ball and foursomes rounds and against which other state/players they compete.   Each match would be played for three points with one awarded for each nine and the final point for the 18 holes.   The competition not only requires good play and points accumulation; the winner usually needs some help from one of the other teams to keep the overall point distribution close.

The Kansas team was led by Bryan Norton (Mission Hills) playing his home course.  The other Kansas players had plenty of experience with Mission Hills CC.  They were Conrad Roberts (Lawrence), Bradley Lane (Lawrence), Zac Burton (Manhattan), Michael Greene (Overland Park) and Steve Newman (Wichita).

Team Missouri wasted no time in taking control of the competition.  In the Four-Ball round of matches, it’s three teams earned 7 points including a sweep of a Kansas pair and earning 2.5 points against a Nebraska duo.  Kansas earned 4 points to lead Iowa and Nebraska by a mere ½ point.

The day one afternoon matches were played as foursomes and the partners switched.  This time Missouri banked enough points that it would be next to impossible for any other squad to catch them.  They swept two matches and gained other 2.5 points is the other, for a total of 8.5 points out of a potential 9 points.  After two rounds Missouri had built a total of 15.5 points and Kansas was still second at 8.5 points.

The singles matches the following morning became a mere formality for Missouri.  Under little pressure, Missouri earned another 12 points to finish at a total of 27.5 points.  Nebraska managed a run on the final day with 12.5 points and jumping past Kansas for the second place spot.

The next Directors’ Cup competition will be hosted by the Iowa Golf Association in October 2017.