SGA Tour TMMP

The SGA Tour Trans-Murray Matchplay is an annual Ryder Cup/Presidents
Cup-style event between teams representing the NSW and Victorian SGA Tours.

History

At the 2014 Cash & Co Classic at Barnbougle Dunes, at little friendly banter with a pinch of interstate rivalry between a few NSW & Vic SGA Tour players somehow turned into furious and hilarious game of one-up-manship. As the claims on supremacy became more outrageous, it became clear there was only one place to settle the matter - on the golf course. With a large gang of NSW SGA Tour players already planning to play in the 2014 Kelly Gang Shootout in Cobram-Barooga, the idea was born to have a friendly matchplay contest on the Friday arvo to settle the matter once and for all.

The Format was 17 matches of individual matchplay to decide the inaugural winner of The Trans-Murray Matchplay Perpetual Trophy. The excitement was evident in the weeks prior to the event with the interstate rivalry bubbling away on the SGA Tour Victoria and SGA Tour NSW Facebook pages. On July 25 2014 on The Old Course at Cobram-Barooga, the inaugural SGA Tour TMMP took place and was an instant hit. In a few short hours of golf on the NSW-Vic border, the seeds were sown or what was to become an exciting annual tournament and a highlight on the SGA Tour event schedule.

The event has grown each year and it is a testament to the fun of teams matchplay and the great spirit in which the event has been played. 58 golfers (pictured above) from NSW and Victoria attended the 2017 event on the Mornington Peninsula. The TMMP has already become a major annual highlight on the calendar for many of our golfers. We expect more than 60 golfers to attend in 2018 and we look forward to the TMMP growing every year into a major annual SGA tournament.
 

The 2018 Trans-Murray Match Play: Hunter Valley, New South Wales, February 2 – 4, 2018

After holding the event on The Morninton peninsula in Victoria in 2017m the 2018 TMMP venue is in New South Wales. For the fifth TMMP we are heading to the beautiful Hunter Valley region. Best known for it’s wine culture, the Hunter Valley is also home to some magnificent golf resorts and the three golf courses chosen for the TMMP are among the best in the state.



The superb Greg Norman-designed Vintage Golf Resort in the Hunter Valley.

The 2018 TMMP Package

Optional extras:

  • Cart for golf on Saturday at Hunter Valley CC – $20 per person
  • Thurs arvo golf (with cart inc) at Cypress Lakes Golf & CC – $85 per person
  • Extra Thursday night accommodation and brekky* – $95 per person per night
  • Extra Sunday night accommodation and brekky* – $95 per person per night
  • Airiport, Golf & Dinner transfers from Thursday to Monday – $110 per person
  • Golf & Dinner transfers from Thursday to Monday – $60 per person
  • Upgrade to a one bedroom villa (price on application)

* Note that for the extra nights, SGA will charged by the resort for the apartments, not per person for each bed, so some people may be required to move rooms for the extra nights accomodation. Apologies for this. We will do our best to minimise any disruption and we may be able to avoid any moves, however that depends on which people are staying for the extra nights.

Airport, Golf & Dinner Transfers

We will hire a mini-bus and offer a transfer service for golfers who plan to fly in to Newcastle (mostly the Vics we expect). For $110 we will transfer you, your luggage and your golf clubs to and from the airport and to and from the golf courses each day of the event and to and from the venues where we will have dinner bookings after golf.

 

Golf & Dinner Transfers

For the golfers who have driven to the Hunter Valley, we can offer the golf and dinner transfers for the event. For $60 we will transfer you and your golf clubs to and from the golf courses each day and to and from the venues where we will have dinner bookings after golf.

To Enter:

VIC contact: Matthew Pitt: vic (at) sgatour.com.au & 0425 742 501
NSW contact: Robbie O’Donnell: nsw (at) sgatour.com.au & 0439 144 256

Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club

The 2018 TMMP Format

Friday: Two-Ball Ambrose Matchplay - Teams of two playing Two-ball Ambrose Matchplay. Each ambrose pair posts a stroke score for each hole and the best stroke score wins the hole. If the stroke score from each team is the same, the hole is halved. If the two teams have the same handicap, they play off scratch together. If a team has one more shot on handicap, they get a shot on the hardest hole. Two shots difference = a shot on the two hardest holes and so on. Team captains will aim to match teams with similar handicaps so there are very few shots given.

Saturday: Trans-Murray Foursomes Matchplay - Teams of two playing Foursomes with a TMMP twist. All four players tee off, then team-mates swap drives and hit their second shot with their partner's ball. Teams then choose the best of the two balls after two shots and continue alternating shots (as in foursomes) with the chosen ball and the best stroke score wins the hole. If teams have the same handicap, they play off scratch together. If a team has one more shot on handicap, they get a shot on the hardest hole and so on. Team captains will aim to match teams with similar handicaps so there are very few shots given.

Sunday: Singles Matchplay - Each team will be ranked in handicap order and be matched in singles matchplay against the player with the corresponding ranking from the other team. The best individual stroke score wins the hole. As above, any difference in handicap will mean the lower handicapped player concedes shots on the hardest holes.

Hunter Valley Golf & Country Club

Day

Date

Tee Time

Start

Event

Venue

Format

Friday

Feb 2

1:00pm

Shotgun

Round 1

The Vintage Golf Resort

2-Ball Ambrose Match Play

Saturday

Feb 3

8:00am 1-tee

Round 2

Hunter Valley Golf & CC

Trans-Murray Foursomes

Sunday

Feb 4

8:00am

Shotgun

Round 3

Cypress Lakes Golf & CC

Singles Matchplay

 

The 2017 Trans-Murray Match Play: Mornington Peninsula, Feb 3 – 5

The fourth TMMP was held on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria at The Dunes Golf Links, St Andrews Beach and Cape Schanck hosting the three days of competition. The event was a roller-coaster ride throughout with both teams holding the ascendency at different times and the result came down to just a handful of putts on the final green on Sunday. For a full list of results, check out the 2017 TMMP Results page.
 

The 2016 Trans-Murray Match Play: Sapphire Coast, Feb 5 – 7

The third TMMP was held on the beautiful Sapphire Coast in southern NSW at the Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club and Tura Beach Country Club. There was hilarity, drama, amazing golf and a lot of fun shared over the three days play. For a full list of results, check out the 2016 TMMP Results page.
 

The 2015 Trans-Murray Match Play: Canberra, Jan 30 - Feb 1

The fun, camaraderie and great spirit between the teams in the first TMMP made it inevitable that the event would develop into an annual tournament. Canberra was chosen as the neutral venue for 2015 with the plan of rotating between the host States and neutral venues in the future. The 2015 TMMP was played at Federal Golf Club, Gungahlin Lakes and Yowani Country Club. For a full list of results, check out the 2015 TMMP Results page.
 

The 2014 Trans-Murray Match Play: Cobram-Barooga, July 25

At the first TMMP, the NSW SGA Tour team took the chocolates by a single match. In a thrilling event played in great spirit, NSW prevailed by the narrowest of margins. In all four of the closest matches that were decided on the final green with a ‘1-up’ result, NSW scored wins to secure a 9-8 win. Check out all the results on the 2014 TMMP Results page.