Hickory Golf Association

2019 McNabb Cup

September 06, 2019 - September 08, 2019
Muskegon CC/White Lake GC - Muskegon, Michigan
This late-summer event has earned a singular reputation on the Michigan Hickory Tour.

Perhaps it is the Friday (Sept. 6) pre-tournament round on Muskegon Country Club, a testing Donald Ross original – sometimes medal, sometimes Stableford, and maybe even match play this year. A convivial dinner at the Muskegon CC restaurant (the MCC Chef is one of the best) follows Friday’s golf.

It may be the Saturday play for The Cup itself, in 2019 planned for the Tom Bendelow-designed White Lake GC (1916) that winds through lovely wooded fairways. Of course there is the now legendary Saturday evening celebration at the McNabb Cottage overlooking Lake Michigan. And, if time permits and the spirit is willing, there is a Sunday a.m. round also at White Lake Golf Club. Casual trading/selling of clubs and golf memorabilia, and spirited story telling is heartily encouraged.

The great Cup itself is, of course, enough to validate any golfer’s resume. It is played in honor of the one who originally won it in 1922, Isabel McNabb. The Cup is a test of honor, of skill, of patience, and the ability to appreciate and celebrate golf’s great tradition of friendly competition. The 2019 Captain of the Cup, Mr. Timothy Stroshine, welcomes all who would challenge for this great trophy.

Here, in the lovely lakeshore communities of West Michigan, the contestants will not face 2-hour commutes to the course; nor must they face unchivalrous fans or tedious media interrogations. All they must face down are their own fears and doubts as they step to the first tee, the great Cup and immortality in the balance. This line of thought does not daunt a true McNabb contestant. They have been tempered in the fire of this great competition and, to a person, have shown true mettle, such is the steel of their desire for the champion’s mantle. (Not to mention the stream of endorsement offers that accrue to the champion, or so we have been told.)

Plus, everybody seems to have a pretty good time. (Click here for an account – all true! – of the 2018 tournament.)


An invitational letter is mailed in April. However, earnest contestants are encouraged to apply to The Cup’s secretary, James Davis. To date, the event’s August and Ancient Committee has turned no one away.

The fee is a mere $65 for the day of The Cup and the evening’s celebration. Other costs (additional golf, dinners, etc.) are extra. There are several very reasonably priced local hotels and B&Bs for the traveling pilgrim who wishes to experience all three days of play.

Address all inquiries to McNabb Cup Secretary James Davis.