Wintergreen, VA – The Club Car MAPGA Team Championship is one of the favorite events of the year among our MAPGA professionals. The unique team format is unlike any other event they play in. Played over two days, the two-person teams play 27 holes each day. Each nine holes has a different format: four-ball, alternate shot, and scramble.
Wintergreen Resort hosted this year’s event for the first time. The wind was up both days, making for tough scoring conditions for the majority of the teams.
Billy Hoffman (Westwood Country Club) and Josh Speight (The Club at Vinterra) had no trouble with the wind during the first round. The shotgun start had them begin on the 6th hole of the Four-ball nine. They got off to a steady start, making one birdie before they went to the scramble nine. That is where Hoffman and Speight got it going. They made 6 birdies and no bogies and went to the alternate shot nine at 7-under-par with thirteen holes completed. The alternate shot is usually the most difficult format, with teams trying to get through around even par. Hoffman and Speight blew that out of the water, making six birdies and no bogies to match their scramble nine with a 6-under 30. They finished up on the four-ball nine, making 3 more birdies to finish off their 27 holes without any bogies. Their 16-under-par 92 total put them 6 shots clear of Larkin Gross (Springfield Golf & Country Club) and Paige Church (The Club at Creighton Farms).
Carey Hodsden (Lynnhaven Golf Park) and Jon Corliss (Heron Ridge Golf Club) finished the first round at 8-under and 8 shots behind the leaders. They had to think they would be playing for second place in round 2. That would be until they shot a tournament-best 6-under 30 on the four-ball nine that included five birdies in a row. Hoffman and Speight shot even par on their first nine of the second round, putting Hodsden and Corliss only 2 shots off the lead with 18 holes to play. They kept it going on the scramble nine, making three consecutive birdies to bring their birdie streak to 8 in a row. However, they didn’t make any more birdies in the scramble format while Hoffman and Speight shot 6-under 30 on their scramble nine. Hoffman and Speight then went into the final format of alternate shot with a 5-shot lead. Hodsden and Corliss weren’t able to mount a comeback and Hoffman and Speight won the Club Car MAPGA Team Championship by five strokes.
This is Hoffman and Speight’s second MAPGA Team Championship win as a team (2020).
Thank you to Club Car for sponsoring and PGA Director of Golf Geoff Redgrave and his staff at Wintergreen Resort for hosting!