Ben and I are pleased to officially announce what will hopefully become an annual tradition:
The Triangle Media Ryder Cup.
As you might have guessed, this is a Ryder Cup style golf tournament, with all proceeds going to charity. It’ll be held at Knight’s Play, a par 3 course in Apex, and the teams will be Internet Media vs. Traditional (Newspaper/TV/Radio) Media. It’s time to settle this grudge match on the course! And benefit a good cause while we’re at it.
The tentative date at the moment is Saturday, June 16.
What we need: Players! The internet team is almost set, but we haven’t even begun to fill the TV/Radio/Newspaper squad. If you’re interested in joining, and you work in traditional media in the Triangle area, be in touch through e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or twitter (I’m TobaccoRdBlues, Ben is TheDevilWolf).
The format we’ve come up with follows the Ryder Cup pretty closely. It’ll happen during one day, a Saturday in late June most likely, with eight golfers per team. Seven golfers will belong to the media field they represent, and each team will get one captain’s pick. There will be 16 matches held over three stages of 9 holes.
First 9 Holes: Alternate Shot (4 matches)
Second 9 Holes: Better Ball (4 matches)
Third 9 Holes: Singles (8 matches)
Obviously, team with the most points wins the Cup. In case of a tie, Team Internet wins the cup in year one, since it was our idea, and after that the team who held the cup the year before retains it in case of a tie. We’ll follow Ryder Cup rules in that the team captain’s will release the golfing order just before each segment, so we won’t know ahead of time who’s facing who.
There will be trophies, preview podcasts, and live tweeting from the event. More on this as it develops!
Update: The Team Internet roster is set!
1. Shane Ryan (C) – Grantland, Tobacco Road Blues
2. Ben Swain – Oxford Public-Ledger Online, ACCSports.com
3. Austin Johnson – Pack Pride
4. Will Brinson – CBS Sports ‘Eye on NFL’ blogger
5. Lauren Brownlow – SanfordHerald.com
6. James Curle – Riddick and Reynolds
7. Brian Barbour – Tar Heel Blog
8. Matt Purdy – Captain’s Pick