Mayor’s Cup simulated golf event expands to 40 teams

A brand new Coon Rapids Snowflake Days event last year, the second annual Mayor’s Cup golf simulator tournament has expanded.

The 2012 inaugural event at the Bunker Hills Golf Course Clubhouse ran two days with 20 two-person teams.

This year the tournament will have 40 two-person teams and last three days – Thursday, Jan. 31, Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2.

According to Tim Anderson, Bunker Hills golf director, the tournament expanded because there were more players that wanted to take part than spots available last year.

“The tournament was very popular last year,” Anderson said.

“We are looking forward to a wonderful event this year.”

The event brings together a phenomenal winter golf experience and the Bunker Hills Clubhouse, according to Anderson.

The format will be the same as last year – an 18-hole, two-person format.

First round play for the 40 teams will take place Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 1, 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.; and Feb. 2, 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

There are four simulators in the clubhouse.

The top eight teams will qualify for the finals and if a tiebreaker is required, there will be a chip-off from a pre-determined location, Anderson said.

The final round over 18 holes will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, starting at 5:30 p.m.

“There will be a predetermined undisclosed course chosen,” Anderson said.

The Bunker Hills simulator center has 30 courses to choose from, he said.

The team with the lowest two-round score will win the Mayor’s Cup.

Round two only prizes will be awarded and there will also be prizes for the seven other finalists.

Prizes include Bunker Hills Golf Course gift cards, Harvest Grill gift cards, Bunker Hills merchandise and Bunker Hills rounds of golf.

When the new clubhouse opened in June 2011, it came with a “state-of-the-art” golf simulator center containing four aboutGOLF PGA windscreen tour simulators.

Mayor Tim Howe proposed the Mayor’s Cup event last year to promote both the golf simulator center and Snowflake Days.

To play the simulators, which are open to the public, golfers use their own equipment – clubs, shoes and gloves – but the balls are supplied by the Bunker Hills Pro Shop.

The balls are specifically designed for simulator use, according to Anderson.

There was one simulator in the old Bunker Hills Clubhouse and with four now, Bunker Hills has more than any other golf course in the Twin Cities, Anderson said.

“It’s like a regular round of golf, except that you are aiming at a virtual hole,” he said.

To sign up go to the Bunker Hills Golf Course website at www.bunkerhillsgolf.com and click on Mayor’s Cup 2013.

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