Superior, Northwestern golf teams hold inaugural Northern Cup Match Play Championship

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Botten’s Green Acres golf course in Wisconsin was the site for the inaugural Northern Cup Match Play Championship between Superior and Northwestern high schools top 12 golfers.

“We had a friendly little wager about our teams last year at the Hayward Invitational. So from that conversation, we kind of had this thought process of maybe trying to get together and setting up some sort of event. We’re right next to each other, so why not have an event and create something out of it,” said Northwestern head coach Nick Olson.

The proximity of the teams however isn’t the only familiarity they have with one another.

“Coach Nick from Northwestern is a former student of mine and we both took over our respective programs just a couple of years ago. So I started dreaming about this maybe a few years ago, and then this year came and came to fruition because our schedules were so messed up after the terrible spring that we had that we had we both had room in our schedule to be able to do something like this,” added Superior head coach Ed Willie.

Although it was a freindly match between the two schools, there had to be at least something tangible to aquire other than bragging rights. As both squads also were able to pitch in for the first ever Match Play Cup trophy.

“We have very similar teams and we have a lot of different relationships between the two teams. It’s great for the younger kids, the JV to play for something meaningful too in a way that’s without a lot of pressure,” continued Willie.

Besides the trophy and comradery the families of the Spartans and Tigers also got together bringing snacks and baking a cake for the occasion. Setting a great bench mark for the future of this event and hopefully the start of a long tradition.

Overall the match was closer than the score indicated as Superior took home the hardware winning with a total match score of 9.5 to Northwestern’s 2.5.