The team golf tournament organized by the Vietnam Golf Association (VGA) opened with four foursome matches on the morning of March 19 and four four matches in the afternoon of the same day.

The Union Cup is a competition between the players representing the golf community in the North and the South, initiated by VGA in 2016. This year’s tournament took place on the par72 course of West Lakes Golf & Villas, Long An. According to chief referee Vu Quan, the green speed is about 11.0, and the yard is approximately 6,900 yards long.

Two teams took souvenir photos at the opening ceremony on the afternoon of March 18.  Photo: VGA

Two teams took souvenir photos at the opening ceremony on the afternoon of March 18. Image: VGA

On the first day of competition today, March 19, Ha Ngoc Hoang Loc-Do Anh Duc took the “pioneer seal” for the Northern team, against Andrew Hung Pham-Pham Quoc Phuong of the South.

Hoang Loc and Andrew Hung Pham are both in the top form through the four Union Cups. In which, Hoang Loc scored a total of 10.5 points, including five foursome wins in a total of 16 matches, while Andrew Hung Pham was at the top in the winning rate – 9/10 matches.

In terms of points for the home team, Hoang Loc is only behind teammate Thai Trung Hieu – 11 points. Both will stand side by side in the afternoon fourball match.

“On behalf of the Northern team, I wish the two teams dedicate beautiful shots to inspire not only the tournament but also the home golf”, Northern team leader Dinh Hong Phong said at the opening ceremony on the afternoon of 18 /. 3.

“We always uphold the spirit of solidarity, a sense of discipline according to the motto ‘South – One belief’. I hope golfers from the two regions will bring the best results for the home team, making the tournament more and more attractive. leading and thereby contributing to the development of the national golf movement “, shared South captain Tran Thanh Tu. When announcing the first day squad, the Southern team repeatedly shouted the slogan “South – One belief” to show their determination to defend the Cup.

The Union Cup competition format is similar to that of the Ryder Cup between the US and Europe. The two teams fighting the match, including teammates – fourball, foursome, and individual – single, a total of 28 matches, in which each win equals 1 point, draw 0.5. The team with 14.5 points will win the Cup. When the score 14-14 happened, the defending champion successfully defended the title.

Four previous Union Cups were held annually, in which the North team won both first matches. From this year, the tournament will take place every two years.

In fourball match-fighting, each team consists of two members fighting each other over 18 holes, each batting their own. The member’s best score per hole will be the team’s score.

In the foursome, the two teams fight each other through 18 holes. Each team consists of two members sharing the same ball, taking turns performing hits until the ball enters the hole. If one player plays on the odd numbered hole, the other player plays on the even numbered hole.

In terms of determining the outcome of all three issues, the pair or individual with the better score wins the hole and has a 1up advantage. In the case of a tie, the score is equilibrium (all square – AS). The side with a higher number of ups than the remaining holes in the 18-hole standard round wins the match. Results are indicated by the number of ups first, the number of holes remaining behind.

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