Cypress Point to host college tournament in October

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Tournament golf is returning to Cypress Point. No, the famed course along California’s rugged Central Coast isn’t returning to the rota for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. A new college event, the Stanford Classic at Cypress Point Club, will be held Oct. 29-30 at the renowned course.

The event will be one-of-a-kind, and not only because of its picturesque venue, which ranks second in the United States in Golfweek’s Best ranking of classic courses. Eight teams – Stanford, Washington, USC, UCLA, Georgia, Duke, Michigan and Texas – will compete in match play, with a different format in use each round. The first round will be four-ball competition, followed by foursomes and then singles matches for the final round. Each team will bring six players. There will be winners' and losers' brackets, ensuring three competition rounds for every team. A practice round will be held Oct. 28.

Stanford head coach Conrad Ray said the event is inspired by “The Match,” the Mark Frost book which recounts the famed four-ball match at Cypress Point between Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson and amateurs E. Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. “Cypress Point has such history," Ray said. "We’re excited that the club is supporting the event, as well as college and amateur golf."

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