STOCKER CUP INVITATIONAL

October 21-24, 2014 | Sonoma Golf Club | Sonoma, California

STOCKER CUP INVITATIONAL

October 21-24, 2014 | Sonoma Golf Club | Sonoma, California

Field Set as 2014 Stocker Cup tees off Weds 10/22

Stocker-Players-to-Watch-2014

SONOMA, California (Oct. 20, 2014) — The field is set for the 23rd Stocker Cup, set to tee off at Sonoma Golf Club on Wednesday, October 22. Sonoma Golf Club has graciously agreed to host the Stocker Cup for 2014 since longtime host The Preserve Golf Club is recovering from the effects of California’s severe drought.

FOUR PLAYERS TO WATCH

HERBIE AIKENS
This first-time Stocker Cup player won the Massachusetts Public Links this summer, and followed it up with his second straight win in the Mass. Mid-Am. In the Mid-Am, his title defense came down to the wire where Aikens made an all-world par from the tall stuff on the last hole.

BRADY EXBER

This seven-time Southern Nevada Golf Association Player-of-the-Year had played fantastic golf in 2014, winning the British Senior Amateur and placing second at the Canadian Senior Amateur. He followed those two performances with back-to-back victories at the prestigious senior events The Azalea Senior and The Yeamans Hall Invitational. At the Azalea Senior, it was Exber’s amazing fourth-straight victory. That’s Tiger-like event domination.

JOHN SAWIN
Sawin, the reigning Stocker Cup champion, is a four-time club champion at Merion Golf Club near his alma mater Princeton University in Philadelphia. He has also earned club champion honors from San Francisco Golf Club in 2013 and was victorious this year, winning the Pennsylvania State Amateur at the famed Oakmont.

KEVIN WOLF
Wolf blistered the field at U.S. Mid-Amateur sectional qualifying, shooting a course-record 62 at Spring Creek Golf Club in Ripon, Calif. The number was seven better than any other player that day. His qualification lead to a round-of-16 run at Saucon Valley where he lost 4-and-2 to the eventual champion Scott Harvey. View a complete list of A player profiles at www.stockercup.com

ABOUT THE STOCKER CUP

Peter Stocker

The Stocker Cup, played in memory of Peter Stocker, has been held each October at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel since 2000. The severe drought in 2014 has limited that venue’s ability to host the tournament, and Sonoma Golf Club was chosen as the host venue. The field is comprised of 50 world-class mid-amateur invitees, (A players) who play an individual 54-hole stroke play competition and simultaneous team event. For the team portion of the event, the A players are paired with a B player (handicap 0-12.5) who include relatives and associates of the late Peter Stocker, as well as participants invited by the A players. The Stocker Cup is a Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings points event, as well as a World Amateur Golf Rankings and SPAWAR counting tournament. AmateurGolf.com will be on site throughout the tournament, providing daily coverage; be sure to check back in with us to keep up with the action.

2014 Stocker Cup moves to Sonoma Golf Club

  The Stocker Cup, the West Coast’s premier Mid-Amateur event, has been moved to Sonoma Golf Club in the heart of California Wine Country. This move was predicated by drought conditions at permanent tournament home The Preserve Golf Club. Additionally, tournament rounds will now be played Weds-Friday, with a practice round on Tuesday, October 21. That’s a day earlier than normal. A solid field of mid-amateur golfers is already committed to play for the Peter Stocker Trophy, and the committee has extended the date for players wishing an invitation to apply to play until Sept. 15. Peter Stocker Flight Contestants must have reached the age of 25 by the first day of the tournament.

  One of the things that makes the Stocker Cup unique is the camaraderie created by the simultaneous team competition, The Ruth Stocker Barry trophy, which pairs the amateur golfers in the Peter Stocker flight with an invited (or matched by the committee) “B Player” partner in a best-ball net format. Both events are played at 54 holes.

  A cut to the low 10 teams and ties is made after 36 holes in the team competition; those B players not finishing in the low 10 and ties play the final round in a one day Stableford format event. B players include friends and associates of the late Peter Stocker and players invited by the committee. Starting in 2014 A players have been permitted to nominate a B player to be their partner. It is requested that these new B players carry a handicap index of 10.0 or lower, while previous players and Preserve Golf Club members are exempted from this requirement but requested to carry a 15 index or less.

2013 NEWS

sawinJohn Sawin (left) captured the 22nd Stocker Cup, coming from two shots down in the final round to overtake defending champion Kevin Marsh. Erik Stocker and Martin Connolly won the gross and net division of the Ruth Stocker Barry Flight.