In effort to celebrate amateur golf in the Midwest– particularily with mid-ams and seniors–perhaps no one does it better than the Culver’s Midwest Cup.
On its way to becoming one of the most prestigious amateur events in the region, the Culver’s Midwest Cup is entering its 10th year of play this year. The event comes to the backyard of the Sioux Empire, this year being hosted at “The Falls” at the Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa.
“The Falls” is a brand-new design by Rees Jones adjacent to the Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood, Iowa. The course was built to blend with the natural lay of the land, the rolling farm hills of the Midwest area– a perfect venue for the Culver’s Midwest Cup.
The Culver’s Midwest Cup works from a credo with two main initiatives:
1) To feature an interstate team and individual amateur golf competition featuring the best 10 mid-amateurs and seniors from the Midwest in a 3-day competition at the finest golf courses in the Midwest.
2) To support Midwestern and local golf organizations by donating the proceeds to a charity selected by the host golf course. The Midwest Cup has donated over $50,000 to charity since the event began.
The event’s goal is to bring the best players throughout the central United States for interstate competition that features both an individual and team element to the competition. The event rotates to various locations throughout the location, selecting courses from any of the following 8 states: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
With its extensive Midwest roots, the Culver’s title sponsorship makes complete sense. Founded in Sauk City, Wisconsin, Culver’s is the ultimate Midwestern franchise, embodying the food, quality and service people of the Midwest value so much. Also joining them in sponsorship are Steve Stricker, Mark Wilson and Footjoy.
Last year’s event was hosted at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, Kansas. After scores of 66-65-71, Brad Nurski of St. Joesph, Missouri was crowned champion. Team Minnesota took home the team portion, despite only having one player in the top-5.
The players are chosen based on their home state’s player of the year points listings. The goal is to follow the 5 C’s (Course, Competition, Camaraderie, Charity, and Class/Care) and create an event of the best quality any of the players have competed in.
And the players love it:
The Culvers Midwest Cup has evolved into one of the premier Mid-Amateur events in the nation. Not only are the golf courses first class, but the event in its entirety is one of the best that I have been involved in. From the competition, to the wives party, and with accommodations, everything is top notch.
– Johnny Larson, 2014 Minnesota MID-AM
To contact the committee, click here.
This event will be a great one brought to the South Dakota/Iowa area and if you have time this weekend, swing in and check it out!