Organizers seek Fort Drum players to represent America in 68th St. Lawrence Cup International Golf Tournament


FORT DRUM, N.Y. – Americans and Canadians will battle each other for the title of champions and the trophy at the 68th Annual St. Lawrence Cup International Golf Tournament, to be held Aug. 2-4 at the Thousand Islands Country Club on Wellesley Island.

SLC Golf promo - wb.jpgThe St. Lawrence Cup tournament was established in 1951, and since then, the U.S. and Canada have taken turns hosting the event.

Each team is made up of 14 highly skilled players. The Fort Drum team will be composed of active-duty and retired military members, civilian employees or military spouses from the post community, and the Canadian team will be made up of military members and civilians from Kingston, Ontario.

The first day of the tournament will be played by seven teams of two battling each other, and the second day will feature 14 head-to-head matches. There are a total of 21 points to be earned in the tournament.

Players will start with a practice round on Friday, Aug. 2, to become familiar with the course. They also may enjoy a non-host social on Friday evening.

The tournament on Saturday, Aug. 3, will be played in a style called two-man team, best-score match play. Instead of stroke play, where the winner is the team who has taken the most points over the course of the round, the tournament uses match play, a scoring system in which a team earns a point for each hole in which they have bested their opponents. After Saturday's tournament, players will enjoy a prime rib dinner.

The individual head-to-head matches will be played Sunday, Aug. 4. After Sunday's matches, there will be a barbecue, and the winning team will be announced.

Unlike most golf tournaments, there is no cash award or prizes for winning. The teams are playing for their country and bragging rights!

To be part of the Fort Drum team, you must show your handicap card to Al Janssen, chief of sports for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, no later than July 24. Go to your local club golf professional to receive your handicap card if you do not currently have one. The top 14 handicaps will be considered for the Fort Drum team.

Cost is $144 per person, which covers all three days, a cart, 18 holes, prime rib dinner, a barbecue and a polo shirt.

For those who wish to participate but do not want to compete on the team, players are welcome on the course; cost is $144 for all three days. A maximum of 72 players will be allowed on the course.

To register, visit When you register, you will be asked if you would like to qualify for the Fort Drum team. Registration will close at 11:30 p.m. July 14.

For more information, contact Al Janssen at (315) 772-6662 or


(Fort Drum Public Affairs Office and Fort Drum Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation)