A group of Mexico adult golfers will have a chance this weekend to play in the Tri-County Cup at the Heritage Hills Golf Course in Moberly. The other two teams competing will be Moberly and Fulton.
Inspired by the Ryder Cup, this will be a golf event with a two-man scramble on Saturday, two-man best ball on Sunday morning followed by singles matches on Sunday afternoon. The cup festivities will be kicked off by a skills challenge where team members will have the opportunity to show their talents in the following areas: driving, 150 yards, 75 yards, flop shot, bunker play and putting. This is a separate event with a separate trophy, but it will be used to determine any tie-breakers in the actual cup matches.
Unlike the Ryder Cup, this will be an annual event. This is the first year for the Tri-County Cup. There will be a coin flip to determine if Mexico or Fulton will host next year's event.
Mexico will be represented by 12 players including one playing captain. There will also be two non-playing course captains on site. John Knipfel, will be the Mexico captain. The two course captains will be Don "The Legend" Newbrough and Danny Dollens. The players include: Barrett Hutchinson, Chris Doolittle, Matt Dallmeyer, Mike Hibbs, Todd Kelsay, Kevin Meyer, Jimmy Campbell, Todd Geeson, John Darby, Gary Menard, and one player that is to be determined.
"Each team is made up of golfers that are either members of the local host course(s), or live within 10 miles of the host town. The talent will span three counties around central Missouri," stated Knipfel.
There will be a total of 36 players.
Each team is guaranteed to play both days. A match play point system will be used to determine the winner of the overall event. There will be only be one winner at the conclusion of play. A first-place cup trophy will be presented to the winning team and there will also be a crystal trophy for the winner of the skills challenge.
Knipfel says the event is open to public spectators and "we do encourage support from any local Mexico golf enthusiasts who wish to come and cheer us on. The skills challenge is sure to be a lot of fun."
The skills challenge starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. For the actual tournament, the first round starts at 1 p.m. Saturday with the second round at 8 a.m. Sunday and the final round at 1 p.m. Sunday.