The Raymo Cup


Raymo Cup Recap


The 19th year of the Raymo Cup was hosted by Paul with Brandon providing the housing.  The plan was to golf 18 holes Saturday morning in Granite Falls followed by 9 holes at Stoney Creek in Renville.  However, mother nature had other plans for us.  With the rain not letting up in the Granite Falls area, we decided to drive to Madison to play the first 18 holes of the tournament.  Scoring was low with Josh and Paul at -5 and everyone was within 3 shots of the leaders.  Championship Sunday put us at River Crest golf course in Montevideo.  Birdies were abundant as Josh increased his lead to get to -10 after the first 12 holes.  Greg was now in 2nd place at -8 with Brandon, Dusty, Jim, and Paul all at -7.  Things got interesting during the next five holes as Dusty, Jim, Nicholas, and Paul lowered their scores by a shot while Brandon, Ethan, Greg, and Josh increased their scores by a shot.  Going into hole 18, Josh was at -9, Dusty, Jim, and Paul were one shot back at -8, and Greg and Nicholas were both at -7. Josh managed to secure a par on the tricky, short, uphill par 4 18th hole to capture the title.   


The Raymo Cup was back in the Brainerd Lakes Area for year number eighteen.  We began play on Saturday morning at the hilly and uneven Cuyuna Rolling Hills golf course in Deerwood.  Josh and Nicholas took an early lead carding a -1 for the opening 18 holes with a bogey and double bogey (earning the Toilet Trophy with Brandon) on the scorecard.  Brandon, Ethan, Greg, JT, and Travis were tied for 3rd at +1.  The afternoon nine holes was played at Emily Greens.  Dusty, Ethan, Greg, and Nicholas scored two birdies in the first 5 holes to move up the leaderboard.  At the end of the day, Nicholas was alone at the top with a score of -2.  Ethan and Greg were Even for the day with Josh at +1 and JT at +2 to round out the top 5.  The final round of Raymo Cup XVIII was played at Eagle's Landing.  Greg, Jim, Josh, and JT all gained a stroke on Nicholas after the first 6 holes.  Everyone shot even par on holes 7 through 17.  Heading to hole 18, Nicholas was at -2, Greg -1, Josh Even, and JT +1.  Nicholas scored a par on the final hole of the tournament to secure his 5th title.


Raymo Cup XVII took us back to Worthington as Greg was the host for the weekend.  We started out at the scenic Willow Run golf club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Birdies were everywhere as everyone was either at -3 or -4 through 12 holes.  Ethan, Josh, JT, and Nicholas bogeyed the 13th hole and then birdied four of the remaining five holes.  Brandon, Dusty, Greg, and Jim finished +1 for holes 13 - 18.  Josh and JT were tied at -7 with Nicholas and Ethan right behind them at -6.  The afternoon round was played at Hidden Valley par 3 course in Brandon, South Dakota.  We played the first 9 holes as part of the Raymo Cup and then played another 9 holes for fun.  JT moved into the lead after the first five holes to get to -8.  Josh and Nicholas were now at -7.  Greg, Jim, Josh, and Nicholas birdied holes 6, 8, and 9 to score a 3 under for their 4 holes.  At the end of the day, Josh and Nicholas were now tied at -10, followed by JT at -7.  Sunday's round was set to be played in Marshall but was cancelled due to the rain.  Josh and Nicholas were awarded co-champions.


Year number 16 will be a memorable one in Raymo Cup history.  Saturday took us to Blackberry Ridge in Sartell. The radar was not looking good and it was questionable whether we would be able to golf.  The course was letting people and carts out so off we went.  The first 6 holes were borderline ridiculous.  It would rain and then stop; and then rain harder and then stop.  Puddles were forming on the greens, clubs were helicoptering through the air, and clothes were sopping wet.  Once the groups arrived to hole 7, the rain began to slow down and was all done after the completion of the first 9 holes.  Paul had the first big putt of the tournament draining a long birdie on the par 5 5th hole.  He was in the top left corner of the green and made the putt that was located in the bottom right section.  After 18 holes, Josh and Nicholas were leading the pack at Even par.  Paul was one shot back at +1, Travis was at +3, and several were tied for 5th at +4.  We then played the front nine again at Blackberry Ridge to finish the day.  Nicholas ended the day at -1 with Paul at Even, Josh at +1, and Travis at +2.  We concluded Raymo Cup XVI at the Territory golf club in St. Cloud.  Nicholas got off to a hot start by going 4 under on the first 12 holes to get to -5.  Paul and Josh were tied for 2nd at Even par standing on the 18th tee.  Nicholas recorded a bogey on the dangerous 18th hole to finish at -4 and claim a 6 shot victory.       



Raymo Cup XV began at Hawk Creek Country Club in Raymond.  Birdies were difficult to come by as seven of the nine players finished over par.  Greg and Josh managed to get to 1 under after the 9 holes to lead the tournament.  The final 18 holes for Saturday's play took us to Willmar at Eagle Creek Golf Club.  Jim, Greg, and Nicholas got out to an early lead at -1 in the first six holes while the other two groups both added a +1 to their scores.  Holes 7-12 saw the same scoring as this time it was Brandon, Josh, and Nicholas carding a -1 while the other two groups once again added a +1.  The final six holes of the day was highlighted by Dusty, Ethan, and Nicholas.  Nicholas putted in from the fringe on back-to-back holes to card two birdies in a row.  Screams and yells echoed from their group across the golf course!  Their group finished holes 13-18 at -2.  Nicholas scored a +3 in Raymond followed by an impressive -4 in Willmar to finish at -1 and in a three way tie for 1st place with Greg and Josh.  The final 18 holes were played in Montevideo.  Everyone started off with a -1 on holes 1-6.  Josh and Nicholas teamed up with Jim and gained a two shot advantage over Greg for holes 7-12.  Josh, with Paul and JT's help, pulled away from Nicholas by two shots over the next five holes.  Nicholas and Josh both carded double bogeys on the tricky par 4 18th hole and Josh claimed his seventh title.       



The Raymo Cup headed to the Twin Cities for the first time in its 14 year history.  The first 9 holes were at the Dahlgreen  Golf Club in Chaska.  Travis (bonus player), Nich, and Paul were atop the leaderboard at -1.  Greg was Even, and a host of others at +1.  The afternoon session took place at the beautiful Chaska Town Course.  Greg had the shot of the tournament on the par 4, 254 yard 3rd hole.  It is a blind shot off the tee with a tree directly in front of the green.  There is water on the left of the green and a narrow opening to the flag.  Greg hit driver and the ball found the green resting to 3 feet from the hole.  He made the putt and scored an eagle on the par 4!  The 2nd eagle on a par 4 in Raymo Cup history.  Paul managed to keep the birdies coming and finished at -4 for the day.  Josh was close behind at -2, Greg's eagle helped him get to -1, Brandon was also at -1, and Nicholas was Even.  Sunday morning took us to Deer Run in Victoria.  There was major movement in the first 6 holes as Paul slid to -2, Josh and Nicholas fell to +2, and Greg and Brandon teamed up and got to -2 to tie with Paul.  JT, Jim, Nicholas, and Greg scored 2 birdies over holes 13-17 to help Greg take a 2 shot lead over Brandon on the final hole.  Greg secured his 4th Raymo Cup title with a par on the last hole.         



The 13th year of the Raymo Cup started off at Emily Greens, home to the largest green in Minnesota.  JT (bonus player) led the pack at -3 after the 9 holes.  Jim was only one shot off the lead at -2 and Greg finished Even for the round.  5 of the 9 players finished at +1 for the morning session.  18 holes in the afternoon was played at the Whitefish Golf Club outside of Pequot Lakes.  The move of the day came from Josh, JT, and Nicholas as they went 3 under during holes 7-12.   At the end of the day, JT finished at -6.  Jim shot an Even par at Whitefish and remained at -2.  Nicholas was Even after 27 holes with Josh at +1 and Greg at +2.  Championship Sunday took us back to Eagle's Landing.  Greg, Dusty, and Josh made 3 birdies on holes 10-14 to move Josh to -2 for the tournament.  JT was now tied with Josh for the lead at -2.  Jim at -1 and Nicholas at Even were also in the running.  Jim/Greg had 1 bogey over the final 4 holes to give Jim a score of Even for the tournament and a 3rd place finish.  JT was teamed up with Travis and after 2 straight pars, Travis stuck it  to within 10 feet on the par 3 17th.  He then finished off the birdie with a putt that went "around the world" and dropped to the bottom of the cup.  Josh/Brandon carded a bogey on the same hole for a 2 shot swing.  JT finished with a bogey on #18 while Josh parred it to finish at -1 for the weekend.  JT finished at -2 and claimed his first title.



Raymo Cup XII teed off at the North Valley Golf Course in Lakefield.  We ended up playing the 9 hole course twice in the morning with plenty of birdies being carded.  Paul (bonus player) was the leader after the morning at -6.  Dusty, Josh, JT, and Nich were at -5 while Brandon, Greg, and Jim were at -3.  The afternoon 9 took us to Silver Lake Country Club in Lake Park, Iowa.  Scoring was difficult with two uphill par 3s, two long par 4s, and rain moving in.  When Saturday was all said and done, the leader board was the most bunched it has ever been in Raymo Cup history.  JT, Nich, and Paul were tied for the lead at -7.  Dusty and Josh were at -6.  Brandon and Greg were at -5.  Jim was at -4.  As usual, Sunday morning did not disappoint.  The shot of the tournament once again came from Greg on the 11th hole (hole #2) of the day.  From over 210 yards out, Greg rolled his approach shot to within 4 feet to eagle the par 5.  This shot catapulted Greg and Nicholas into the lead.  With four holes remaining, Josh was 1 shot back with Dusty and Paul 2 shots back.  In the final four holes, Dusty/Paul were +4, Nicholas/Jim were +2, Greg/Brandon were +1, and Josh/JT shot Even to help claim Josh's 6th title.  



We started with 18 holes in the morning at Atikwa Golf Club at the Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria.  Greg was the bonus player from the year before and started out a 3 stroke lead.  Nicholas was "lights out" and finished the morning at -7.  JT was in second place at -5 and Greg and Josh were tied at -4.  The wind picked up in the afternoon for the remaining 9 holes of the day and scoring was a little more difficult.  When it was all said and done, JT was the leader at -6 with Greg, Josh, and Nicholas all at -5.  Championship Sunday concluded at the Grey Stone Golf Club in Sauk Centre.  Windy conditions seemed to be the theme of the weekend and once again had an effect on scoring.  Brandon hit the flag on the par 3 182 yard 11th hole and tapped in for birdie.  With four holes remaining, JT was the leader at -4 with Greg and Josh only 1 shot back.  It turned out to be a two-man race as JT/Jim and Greg/Paul battled it out.  JT stood on the final hole with a one shot lead over Greg.  Jim and Paul both put their tee shots down the middle of the 18th fairway.  JT hit first and his approach shot found the green.  Greg was 165 yards away and hit the greatest shot in Raymo Cup history that landed three feet from the cup.  JT/Jim two-putted to make par while Greg tapped in for birdie to with the Raymo Cup on the tiebreaker.



Our 10th anniversary took us to Jackpot Junction and the Redwood Falls area.  We started off at a magnificent little course in Olivia on Saturday morning.  Josh and Jim were teamed up for all 9 holes and managed 4 birdies in the round to take an early lead.  We teed it up at the scenic Redwood Falls Country Club in the afternoon.  Scoring was low as the birdies were flying, not to mention an eagle; "where"! Paul had the hot stick on the par 3s winning closest to the pin on 2 of the holes in Redwood.  Josh, Dusty, Nicholas, and Brandon made one of the greatest runs thus far in Raymo Cup history.  Josh stuck a wedge on the short par 3 13th to 10 feet while Brandon was first up to putt and drained the birdie.  On the short par 4 14th, Nicholas bombed a drive just in front of the green.  A chip and another Brandon putt made it 2 birdies in a row.  Nicholas smashed another drive to the right rough on the par 4 15th hole leaving 80 yards to the pin.  On his next shot, the ball hit the green and in one hop found the bottom of the cup for an eagle 2!  On the par 4 16th, Dusty dropped the birdie putt and the group was 5 under through 4 holes.  They finished the last two holes at par, par and separated themselves from the pack.  JT had some cart issues on the Redwood course thus earning him the Toilet Trophy.  When the day was all done, Brandon, Josh, and Nicholas were all at 9 under for the tournament. 

The Raymo Cup concluded at the spectacular Dacotah Ridge Golf Club on Sunday.  After 9 holes, Nicholas was at -11, followed by Brandon at -10, and Josh at -9.  Nicholas and Brandon's group bogeyed the par 3 11th hole leaving the door open for Josh.  JT stuck it below the hole to 15 feet and Jim sank the birdie putt for a two shot swing.  Nicholas made two long par saving putts and Paul dropped a birdie on the par 5 13th hole to help Nicholas get back to -11.  With the help of Greg's putter on #13, Josh's grouped managed one more birdie to tie him at -11.  In the last four holes, it was Josh and Paul paired against Nicholas and Greg.  Josh opened with a bogey on #15 while Nicholas made par to take a one shot lead.  Josh put his tee shot into the bunker on the par 3 16th hole with Nicholas sitting just short of the green.  With one swing out of the sand, Paul put the ball 5 feet from the cup PGA style.  He also drained the slippery downhill putt to salvage par while Nicholas and Greg could not get up and down and managed a bogey.  Josh took a one shot lead after #17 after Nicholas scored his second bogey in a row.  Josh and Paul ended up just short of the green on #18 while Nicholas stuck it in the middle of the green from 140 yards out.  Josh had 10 feet to go to make par but the ball caught the right edge and lipped out for a bogey .  Nicholas two-putted to make par on the final hole.  Josh and Nicholas tied at -9 with Nicholas winning on the tie breaker to claim his second Raymo Cup in a row.     


The fun began at the Appleton Country Club on a beautiful Saturday morning.  Brandon was on a mission by blasting Nicholas and Dusty's cart on hole number 5 and using a little strategy by hitting the roof of the clubhouse and have the ball drop 10 yards from the pin.  Dusty was the only player under par (-1) with five others 2 shots back after the morning.  The afternoon took us to the Benson Golf Course.  Birdies were rare this day but the hole of the day was the eagle made on the par 5 #16 by Nich/Josh/Jeremy.  Nich blasted his tee shot to 300 yards.  Josh's 7 iron approach from 150 yards landed 15 feet to the left of the pin.  Jeremy was first to putt and dropped the eagle putt!  After Saturday was all said and done, Dusty (+2) had a one shot lead over Jeremy (+3).  Josh and Nich (+5), Greg (+6), and Brandon (+7) were all within striking distance.  Montevideo was the site for the final 18 holes.  After 9 holes, Nicholas and Dusty were tied at +3 with Josh and Greg just 2 shots back.  Nicholas made the charge by scoring 2 more birdies in the next 5 holes to get to +1 and carry a 2 shot lead into the final 4 holes.  Nicholas and Aaron carded 4 pars down the stretch as Nicholas won his first ever Raymo Cup.



Saturday morning we teed off at the Adrian Country Club.  Only 3 birdies total were scored on the challenging course through 9 holes.  Brandon and Josh were the leaders after the morning round at -2.  Saturday afternoon put us at the wide open and windy Prairie View.  Jeremy had the shot of that round on hole #14 sticking his 4 iron on the uphill par 4 to a few feet.  Greg and Josh ended up carding a -3 for the 18 holes.  After 27 holes on Saturday, Josh was at -5 with Greg 1 shot back and Nicholas 2 shots back.  Things shifted very quickly on Sunday morning at the hilly Jackson course.  Josh/Brandon/Paul/ Dusty scrambled to a +3 while Greg/Nicholas/ JT/Jeremy went -2 for the first 6 holes.  That 5 shot swing shuffled up the leaderboard.  However, Josh/Paul/JT/Jeremy scored 4 birdies in the next 6 holes.  JT and Jeremy were now 6 under through the 12 holes on Sunday.  They climbed from last place to  tie Josh for 3rd (-6 overall) with 6 holes remaining.  Greg was our leader at -8 with Nicholas just 1 shot back.  Josh and Jeremy had 2 birdies, 2 pars, and 2 bogeys to shoot Even par down the stretch to stay at -6.  Nich/Dusty and Greg/Brandon were also at -6 after 44 holes of the tournament.  They both managed a par on the last hole and Jeremy and Josh shared the Raymo Cup title.



Jim started the tournament off with the shot of the weekend on hole #2 at Breezy Point?s Traditional course.  He stuck it to within 3 feet on the 145 yard par 3 and tapped in for birdie.  Saturday morning proved to be a difficult time to score on the short course, small greens, and windy conditions. We golfed 18 holes in the morning and  Brandon was at -2 (+1 with a -3 for helping Josh win the previous year).  Greg fired an even par 68 while the four-time champion (Josh) went without a birdie and ended up at +5.  The afternoon 9 holes at Maddens saw Greg slide into 1st place with an Even round while Brandon was +5 to end up at +3 for the tournament.  Nicholas also fired an Even round and climbed into 2nd place at +2.  Sunday turned out to be a 3 man race.  With only 6 holes to play, Nicholas was at +2 for the tournament.  Brandon was 2 shots back while Greg was only 3 back.  Greg and Jim teamed up to shoot Even par over the final 6 holes.  Greg predicted that he had to make a 15 foot birdie putt on #18 to have a chance; he couldn't have been more correct.  He drained the left-to-right putt to finish at +5 for the weekend.  Nicholas needed a birdie on 18 to capture his first title.  He and Dusty were sitting 10 feet off the green in 2 shots on the long par 5.  Dusty's putt looked like it was going to find the bottom of the cup but slid to the right at the very last second.  Nicholas missed his chance as his putt missed right also and Greg claimed his 2nd Raymo Cup.



The fireworks started early on the very first hole of the tournament at Stoney Creek Golf Course in Renville.  After both teams reached the long par 5 in three shots, Brandon sinks an uphill 60-footer for birdie.  Jim answered back by making a difficult sliding putt to even the score.  Two long putts and two birdies got the 2008 Cup under way.  Brandon also stuck a dart in the green three holes later on a par 5 over water that resulted in another birdie.  This turned out to be the best shot of the tournament.   Saturday's afternoon round took place at Granite Run Golf Course.  With wind gusts of over 30 mph, Josh and Greg set the all-time lowest 9 holes in Raymo Cup history firing a 30 (-6) on the back nine.  The Cup finished up on Sunday at the Minneota Golf Course.  Nicholas, Paul, and Jim went birdie, eagle, bogey, and eagle on holes 6 - 9.  There have been only 3 eagles recorded in Raymo Cup history and they scored two of them in three holes.  Nicholas trailed Josh by only one shot with 9 holes to go but Josh started off with 3 birdies (thanks to the help of Greg and Jim) to pull away and repeat as the Raymo Cup Champion.



The Raymo Cup returned to its birthplace of St. Cloud.  The Territory was the home to the first 9 holes on Saturday morning followed by 18 holes at Wapicada Country Club.  Once again, only 4 strokes separated the entire field.  Corey and Greg led the way at 5 under after the first day and the defending champion (Paul) was one shot back at -4.  Josh and Jeremy swept, yes swept, Jim and Greg in a rematch of Buck.  Brandon, Nicholas, and Corey were rolling dice and trading quarters like the NY stock exchange. The final 18 holes was back at The Territory on Sunday.  The pivotal hole in the tournament was at the 320 yard, uphill, par 4, 13th.  Greg/Nicholas/Paul/Jeremy scratched their way to a bogey while Josh/Corey/Jim/Brandon surrounded the hole with a tap in birdie. Corey had a three shot lead (-10) over Greg and Josh after 40 holes of golf.  Josh/Jim played the last holes at +1, while Corey/Jeremy shot +6 and Greg/Brandon shot +5.  Josh was victorious earning his 3rd Raymo Cup.   



The 2006 edition of the Raymo Cup added two new players to the field; Jeremy and Brandon.  Saturday consisted of 27 holes of scramble play at the Ortonville Country Club.  Only 4 strokes separated the entire pack after a grueling day of golf.  The greatest comeback in the history of card playing revealed itself Saturday night as Josh and Jeremy (down 36 to -5)upset the highly ranked team of Greg and Jim in Buck Euchre.  Sunday's action turned to the Benson Golf Course.  Jim couldn't contain himself on the way and had to take care of business on highway 12.  The fireworks began early as the team of Nicholas, Greg, Jeremy, and Paul carded 3 birdies in a row and 4 out of 5 holes.  Teams were divided into 2's the last 3 holes (Greg/Jim, Nicholas/Jeremy, Paul/Josh).  Greg was 1 up on Nicholas and Paul heading into 16.  Trouble hit Greg/Jim on the tricky 134 yard par 3 17th as they scored a double bogey 5.  Paul/Josh tapped in for par on the 18th green as Paul claimed his 1st ever Raymo Cup title.



Two new contestants entered the field this year; Jim and James.  The Raymo Cup made its debut in Worthington.  Saturday's play was held at the Worthington Country Club while Sunday's play was held at Prairie View.  The format was set up as a 3 person scramble for the first 27 holes with the last 9 being individual play.  Teams were mixed after every 4 or 5 holes to keep things even.  Jim was the hot golfer on the first day.  He finished with a 70 and a 3 shot lead over Greg and Paul.  After the final round of scramble play, Jim extended his lead to 5 strokes over Greg and 6 over Josh.  On the first hole, Greg closed the gap with a par (5) while Jim scratched his way to a 10.  However, Josh posted an impressive 43 in 30 mph winds to prevail as the 2005 winner of the Raymo Cup.  Nicholas carded a very good score of 45 to finish runner-up for the 2nd year in a row.



The 2004 Raymo Cup was once again filled with exciting shot making golf.  Josh started it off with winning the "Closest to the Pin Day 1" on #6 at Oak Hill by dropping it 8 feet from the pin.  The drama unfolded as the Father/Son teams headed into the difficult ninth hole tied 34-34.  Both teams reached the green in two and Nicholas started it off by sinking a downhill, 40 footer ("Longest Putt Day 1") for birdie and the lead.  Not to be outdone, Josh found the bottom of the cup from just inside the fringe from 15 feet and forced the tie on the front 9.  On the back 9, the young "Bombers" cruised to a one under 35.  The tournament wrapped up on Sunday morning at Fiddlestix Golf Club in Isle.  The shot of the tournament was Greg's chip in on the 4th hole from 45 yards out to card an eagle for Josh and Greg.  They went on to shoot a one under 35.  In the individual portion, Greg was once again "Mr.Consistancy" with an impressive 39, followed by Nicholas shooting a 42(retire from softball, play GOLF!), Josh bounced his way to a 45, and Paul improved to a 51.  Greg claimed the "Closest to the Pin Day 2" by sticking his 2 inches closer than Josh on the 14th hole.  Josh won the "Longest Putt Day 2" by sinking a putt from 15 feet on #9.  Greg claimed his 1st Raymo Cup title.  The 2nd annual Raymo Cup was once again an entertaining event and heads to Worthington in 2005. 



After 2 bogeys in the first 4 holes, Josh and Nicholas scored 3 birdies in the next 4 holes to even the match.  On the final hole, Greg stuck his approach shot from 200 yards out to within 15 feet of the cup.  But Josh fired back with a 6 iron from 170 to land inside 10 feet of the stick.  Greg and Paul missed their birdie putt while Nicholas sank the 10 footer for birdie and the win.  In the individual portion, Josh was medalist with a 41, followed by Greg shooting a 44, Nicholas scrambled to a 50, and Paul shot a much improved 52 at Pebble Creek in Becker.  The next day, Nicholas had to play an amateur baseball game so Josh and Greg teamed up in an 18-hole best ball with Paul and Erik Bjerke.  Josh and Greg were victorious shooting a 2 under 70 at Oak Hill while the competitors carded a respectable 74.  The winners also collected 15 of the 18 skins along the way.  The 1st ever Raymo Cup was an enjoyable time and a great success!