The Southeastern Challenge Match is an annual competition among male amateur golfers representing the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia in odd numbered years and female amateur golfers representing the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia in even numbered years. The teams consist of eight mid-amateur and four senior golfers selected by their respective golf association. The host site rotates among the three states. The Men’s Southeast Challenge Match debuted at Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, in 1989 as an event intended to promote goodwill and competition between the best amateur players, playing as a team, from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The inaugural playing of the Women’s Southeastern Challenge Match took place August 13-14, 2012 at The Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Florida.
The 2014 Matches were August 11-12, 2014 at Reynolds Plantation, Great-Waters, Eatonton, GA.
The Ryder Cup format has been well received by all the players; it gives them an opportunity to compete as a team while representing their state, something not often done in the individual sport of golf. It also provides them an opportunity at Foursomes, a format very popular in the British Isles but rarely played in the States.
The Men’s series now stands at six wins for Florida, five for Georgia and a single win for Alabama. Florida won the inaugural Women’s Competition.
2013 HOST: Georgia – Men
2014 HOST: Georgia – Women
2015 HOST: Alabama (Willow Point) – Men
2016 HOST: Alabama – Women
Defending Men’s Champion:
In 2013, Florida won with 25 points while Georgia earned 24 and Alabama gained 14 points at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee in Eatonton, Georgia.
Ryder Cup format:
Saturday AM – Four-Ball Match Play
Saturday PM – Foursomes Match Play
Sunday AM – Three-ball Match Play
The AGA selects a twelve player team to represent Alabama in this competition against Florida and Georgia consisting of one player 21 years and older, seven Mid-Amateurs (25 and older), two players 50 years of age and older and two Senior Amateurs (55 and older). The team selections are based on Player Points rankings and Captains Picks.