Welcome to the Annual Joe Kirkwood Memorial Tournament. The Kirkwood is well known throughout New England as one of the premier amateur golf events.
The 2020 Kirkwood Committee, chaired by Scot Baraw, has been tried this year to keep traditions alive during the pandemic. Following multiple surveys of past participants and interested parties, it was decided to postpone the tournament from its traditional June date to later in the golf season.
The new format from last year’s tournament is being continued. We needed to keep the tournament traditions, shorten it to three days, but maintain the match play format within flights.
Again the sixteen teams with the lowest index will play in a qualifying round on Friday morning. The scores will determine the Championship Flight (teams 1 to 8) and the first flight (teams 9 to 16). All the remaining teams will be assigned to a flight based on the team’s combined handicaps.
The match play tournament will begin Friday afternoon with a shotgun for all flights, followed by a Pig Roast. On Saturday, teams play their second matches in their flight brackets. The winning teams will compete on Sunday morning for Flight Championships and Consolations. All the remaining teams will play Sunday morning in a “Last Chance” event.
Sunday afternoon, the flight winning teams, as well as the Low Net team from the Second Chance and one team from the Consolation Flight (determined by a special contest), will compete in a Sudden Death Shootout. The Kirkwood Champion will be the winner of the Championship Flight, as in the past. The winner of the Shootout will be richly rewarded with applause and celebrated by their fellow flight-competitors.
The Kirkwood serves as a fundraiser for the Stowe Junior Golf Program, which introduces area youth to the game of golf and provides area youngsters with golf memberships for the summer. The Committee is grateful to all the players for their participation in bringing area youth into this great game. Stowe Junior Golf hopes to instill in young players life-long character traits—Honesty, Confidence, Courtesy, Respect, Sportsmanship, Perseverance, Integrity, Responsibility, and Judgment.
The Stowe Country Club staff and the Kirkwood Committee are here to make this event special for each player. Let us know how to enrich your experience. Remember Golf Rule Number 1—Have fun; play well! As Joe Kirkwood signed letters,
The Kirkwood Committee