International

King’s Cup

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The International King’s Cup™ is a Team Match Play competition currently played every year between an Irish National team and an American National team. Additional international teams will compete in the future.

The International King’s Cup™ is a Team Match Play competition played every year between an Irish National team and an American National team.

The King’s Cup™ is played in honor of golf’s greatest ambassador – Mr. Arnold Palmer, whose Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Commitment to Excellence represent the ideals for which the game of golf is known.

In 2019 the King’s Cup is coming to the U.S. for the first time and to the most appropriate of venues…

The 2019 International King’s Cup™ will be held at the multi-award winning Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge, May 20-25, 2019. The eight winning teams from the 2018 USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier will receive the golfing experience of a lifetime!

The 2019 USA King’s Cup team was selected at the 2018 USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier in September, 2018. Below is what is included for the 2019 Team USA.

The King’s Cup™ Package includes
  • Five nights at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Practice round with cart
  • Team Uniforms
  • Opening Ceremonies dinner
  • Lunch each day of the tournament
  • Awards dinner at the close of the tournament
  • Memories and Stories that will last a lifetime!!!

The format is a modified team match-play. Each flight of each team plays every hole in that day’s format. Day 1 is a best-ball format, Day 2 is modified alternate shot, Day 3 is singles matches. Each hole is worth 2 points. Winning a hole is worth 2-points, a half is worth 1-point and a loss of a hole is worth 0-points.

Teams

Each National Team is made up of 2 person teams in two age Divisions with four Flights per Division. The Senior Division is for players 55 years of age and older. The Open Division is for players under 55. A player 55 or older may play in the Open Division.

Flights

Each Division is made up of four flights based on Team Index. Each flight is as follows. Championship flight = 4.9 and under, A-flight = 5.0 to 9.9, B-flight = 10.0 to 14.9, C-flight = 15.0 and above.

Team Index

Team Index is determined by totaling the handicap index of player A and player B together and dividing it in half. Example – Player A has a 10 index and player B has a 15 index totaling 25. Divide the total of 25 in half and the team index is 12.5. That team would be in the “B” Flight.

Handicap Differential

No team can have an index differential of more than 8 points between teammates. Example – a player that is a 10 index cannot play with a player that is a 24 index, unless that player drops his index down from a 24 to an 18.

Scoring

At the end of each match each flight totals their points. When all the flights have finished their matches the total points from each flight are added together to form an overall total for the team that day. The team with the most overall total points after the 3 days of competition wins the International King’s Cup™. In the event of a tie, the team currently holding the Cup retains the Cup.

2018 International King’s Cup

Team Ireland Retains the Cup

UNITED STATES
IRELAND
Round One
89
Round One
127
Round Two
86
Round Two
130
Round Three
175
Round Three
257
Total
350
Total
514

2017 International King’s Cup

Team Ireland Retains the Cup

UNITED STATES
IRELAND
Round One
140
Round One
148
Round Two
133
Round Two
155
Round Three
299
Round Three
277
Total
572
Total
580

2016 International King’s Cup

Team Ireland Wins the Cup

UNITED STATES
IRELAND
Round One
134
Round One
154
Round Two
148
Round Two
140
Round Three
294
Round Three
282
Total
576
Total
576

* Ireland wins the International King’s Cup in a one-hole playoff

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