By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Every two years the United States and Europe battle for world golf supremacy in the Ryder Cup. Beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, two Stillwater golf courses battle for city bragging rights as Lakeside Golf Course eyes its fourth straight Stillwater Cup against the Stillwater Country Club.
“We have the same core of the golfers from the last three years,” Lakeside Golf Pro Micheal Henderson said. “ ... I feel pretty good about it and think we have a good chance of winning again.”
Like the Ryder Cup, the Stillwater Cup is played in a match-play format. On Friday they will play a four-ball format, in which each pairing will count the best ball on each hole as its score. On Saturday, they will play foursome matches at Lakeside, in which each pairing alternates shots. At 1 p.m. the golfers will play another four-ball match. The tournament concludes Sunday with single match play.
While Henderson is excited about the competition, he is also looking forward to the Pairings Dinner at the Country Club at 7 p.m. Thursday night.
“I like the social aspect of it,” Henderson said. “It’s one time of year where both sides can come hang out and have a good time.”
Country Club Golf Pro Chuck Coatney said the key to making pairings is finding golfers that have good chemistry.
“You want two guys together that compliment each other as partners,” Coatney said. “Our guys get along great so chemistry won’t be an issue. You want to find guys that are compatible.”
Coatney hopes his team can bring the Cup back to the country club for the first time since 2009 and is pretty confident about his team.
“We are a strong team,” Coatney said. “Two of our top 10 players won’t be here but we still got majority of the group from last year. We should be competitive.”
Though Lakeside returns most of last year’s team that won by nine points, it will have some new faces.
“We have Terry Faggins, who won the City Championship last year and finished second or third this year,” Henderson said. “Josh Oestricher is an OSU student but not on the golf team. He’s a strong player.”
Henderson said a fourth-straight Cup could come down to which side gets the lucky breaks.
“Last year we were fortunate that the intangibles and the lucky breaks went our way,” Henderson said. “We are going to go out and do the best we can and hopefully we can keep the Cup another year.”