The Inaugural National Match Play Championship is in the Books, and the Winner is…

Congratulations to the Boise Ranch team of Bill Detmar and David Ellis who took the inaugural National Match Play Championship with a 1 Up victory over the Santa Teresa team of Ryan Bernard and Joey Peterson. Boise Ranch claimed the National Match Play title last month at Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas.

In addition to the trophy, the glory, and the bragging rights, the Boise Ranch team also earned an all-expenses-paid entry into any Pro-Am event on the calendar. For their runner-up finish, Santa Teresa scored a 3-night stay & play trip at their choice of a nearby resort. 

Players on the course at Barton Creek

While the finals matches took place on Barton Creek’s beautiful Crenshaw Cliffside course, the preliminary rounds were played on the resort’s other equally impressive courses, including Palmer Lakeside, Fazio Foothills, and Fazio Canyons. The early-December weather in south Texas was great for golf and, hopefully, it was a wonderful few days of golf for all involved. 

The Boise Ranch team wasn’t the only winner on the weekend, however. Congratulations also go out to Steve Wunderlich of the Pointe Royale Village team from Branson, MO who was the winner of the weekend’s Big Raffle. That means Steve won an automatic entry to play in the 2023 National Match Play Championship at Bandon Dunes in Oregon, with lodging and food included.

Finally, thanks to everyone who participated and made the inaugural National Match Play Championship a big success. The other competing teams included pairs from Springfield in Fort Mill, SC, BanBury in Eagle, Idaho, and Laguna Seca in Monterrey, CA.

Now, with the first finals matches in the books, we’re already looking ahead to the 2023 championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort next October. It’s your chance to play a 2-man net, best ball match play event just like the pros play in The Ryder Cup and The President’s Cup. And, if you’re the top team in your region, you’ll qualify for the finals, which will be played over Bandon Dunes’ five breathtaking, links-style courses.

The 2022 National Match Championship at Barton Creek was big. The 2023 NMP Finals at Bandon Dunes will be bigger and better. And your opportunity to play your way to the finals is easy. Just find a partner and sign up beginning March 1st.

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