Members of Team USA and Team Canada went head-to-head in a three-day match play golf tournament last weekend at Carlowden Country Club. The 63rd Annual St. Lawrence Cup International Golf Challenge brought together a team of 14 skilled players – 12 men and two women – from each side of the border to contest for the cup.
Team USA was composed of active-duty and former military members and Civilian personnel at Fort Drum. Military members and civilians from the Kingston, Ontario, area comprised Team Canada.
All players had to shoot a qualifying round; to make the team, they had to score 79 or lower.
The St. Lawrence Cup tournament dates back to 1951, with the two teams taking turns hosting the competition. Teams play in the U.S. in odd years and in Canada in even years. With this year’s tournament, the current standings are U.S. 33, Canada 30.
With the loss, the Canadian team will be gunning for the U.S. team in their next matchup. The U.S. team will have the additional burden of trying to retain the cup while playing on the opposing team’s home course.
“I couldn’t be any prouder of the team for the way they conducted themselves, the way they made the Canadian team feel welcomed, and the way they fought the fight for the win,” said Dave Mushtare, Team USA captain.
When play ended, the final score was U.S. 12, Canada 9. The U.S. team needed 11 points to win.
“We were fortunate to jump out to a 5-to-2 lead in the seven team matches to help set up the success in the final day’s 14 head-to-head matches,” Mushtare said.
While the U.S. was successful in capturing the cup, the tournament overall extends beyond to the foundation of camaraderie. Players from both sides made new friends.
“This event provides an opportunity to challenge the highly skilled golfers from both sides,” Mushtare said. “It further provides an opportunity to take time out of the operational tempo to have fun, make new friends and proudly represent their respective country.”