BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA | The Tavistock Cup received more notoriety and TV coverage, but when it comes to unique interclub matches, it’s difficult to beat the Golf Road Cup.
Started in 1999, Quail Ridge Country Club and Delray Dunes Golf and Country Club have been playing Ryder Cup-style matches between their members and PGA professionals for two decades, alternating at each club.
What started as an idea between two friends – Dick Horne of Quail Ridge and Troy Wheat of Delray Dunes – who were members of private clubs with a large number of single-digit-handicap golfers, has blossomed into one of the most-anticipated weekends if you’re a member of Quail Ridge or Delray Dunes.
Unlike the Tavistock, which featured tour pros from Orlando's Lake Nona and Isleworth clubs taking helicopters or planes, most participants in the Golf Road Cup ride a golf cart. That’s because the clubs are one mile apart, linked by the same street.
Hence, the name.
“I don’t know of another competition between two clubs that are so close together in distance,” said Jay Sigel. “That’s why there is so much camaraderie between the players.”
It’s not just the close proximity between the clubs that makes the Golf Road Cup special. It's players such as Sigel, who won two U.S. Amateurs before turning professional and winning eight times on the PGA Tour Champions.
Sigel joined a Delray Dunes side already led by Bob Murphy, who won a U.S. Amateur, five titles on the PGA Tour and 11 times on th...
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