Green Acres Two-Man Best Ball Tournament seeks more teams – Daily Freeman

Green Acres Two-Man Best Ball Tournament seeks more teams – Daily Freeman
Green Acres Two-Man Best Ball Tournament seeks more teams – Daily Freeman

Bryan Smith is photographed during a round of golf on the third tee at Green Acres Golf Course in Kingston, NY on Friday, July 14, 2023. (Photo by Rick Remsnyder)

KINGSTON, NY – Bryan Smith, four-time winner of the Ulster County Men’s Amateur Golf Championship (The Herdegen), hopes interest will grow quickly in the reinstatement of a statewide two-man best-ball tournament scheduled for Saturday, August 3, at Green Acres Golf Course.

With registration closing on Friday, July 26, just over two weeks away, Smith said he has only five teams registered. The field is limited to 18 teams on Green Acres’ meticulously maintained nine-hole course.

“It’s been a little slow,” Smith said of the tournament participants. “We’re looking forward to it, but unfortunately there’s not been any enthusiasm. I’m not sure why.”

Smith has submitted tournament applications to area golf clubs and courses including Wiltwyck Golf Club, Woodstock Golf Club, Twaalfskill Club, Apple Greens Golf Course and Green Acres.

If players are interested in applying to Smith, he can be reached at 845-901-7619.

The two-man tournament is modelled on the popular Ulster County Two-Man Best Ball Championship, which began in the 1980s at the former Rondout Country Club in Accord. The two-day scratch event (with no handicaps) ended in 2017 when the 18-hole club was sold. It was replaced by the nine-hole Inness Golf Course.

Since there is no residency requirement, golfers from outside Ulster County are welcome to participate in the tournament, which has been announced as the Green Acres Two-Man Best Ball Tournament.

The entry fee is $200 per team and includes 18 holes of golf, a motorized golf cart and a box lunch.

With a full field of 18 teams, a prize pool of $2,000 will be split, with the winning team receiving $700, followed by $550 for second place, $400 for third, $250 for fourth and $100 for fifth.

There will be no rain date.

Smith said the beauty of the tournament is that any team can really get going and win. He recalls that over the years, golfers with USGA handicaps of 7.0 or 8.0 have been able to compete against the county’s best players in the Ulster County Best Ball Championship.

“You don’t have to be a zero handicap to win,” Smith said. “I remember the old days at Rondout when you had two 8.0 or 9.0 handicap golfers on a team who could hold their own and still play very well. You don’t have to be a scratch golfer to do well.”

Green Acres Golf Course is a 5,654-yard par-72 course. Owner Brian Bonesteel recently made the course more difficult by adding many new bunkers, water hazards, and a long rough.

Smith said the course had become challenging and the greens and fairways were in excellent condition.

“Anyone who hasn’t played Green Acres recently will be impressed with the condition of the course,” Smith said. “It’s not an easy course anymore. If you’re a scratch golfer and you shoot even par there, you’ve had a good day. I think it’s a perfect course for a best ball tournament. I hope to have people sign up in the next two weeks because I’d love to have a best ball championship in the area again. It used to be very prestigious and always a lot of fun.”