Winged Foot introduces Bush Cup

Winged Foot introduces Bush Cup

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Winged Foot introduces Bush Cup

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A letter written by former president George H. Bush to the membership at Winged Foot.

A letter written by former president George H. Bush to the membership at Winged Foot.

The Bush Cup will be presented to the winner of a year match hosted by the West Point men's golf team.

The Bush Cup will be presented to the winner of a year match hosted by the West Point men’s golf team.

Not long after Winged Foot hosted a match between Army and Southern Methodist University last fall, club president John Schneider came up with an idea to initiate a yearly event, allowing the West Point Cadets to compete against top collegiate teams on noteworthy courses around the country in honor of former president George H.W. Bush.

It was only a matter of time before all of the arrangements were complete.

And on Friday, the membership welcomed Army and Yale for a memorable day on Winged Foot’s historic West Course. The competition utilized the same format used Walker Cup play. The club bought a cup that was created in England more than 100 years ago. It was engraved and dedicated as the Bush Cup.

Here is the letter the former president wrote to the club …

A letter from George H.W. Bush to the membership at Winged Foot.

A letter from George H.W. Bush to the membership at Winged Foot.

There was plenty of pomp and circumstance planned, too.

A festive evening will kick off with the West Point Parachute Team dropping in with the American flag. The famed Yale Whiffenpoofs are coming to sing the national anthem.  Retired Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the former U.S. Army Chief of Staff will make post-dinner remarks.

The Yale men's golf team is visiting Winged Foot to play Army in the inaugural Bush Cup.

The Yale men’s golf team is visiting Winged Foot to play Army in the inaugural Bush Cup.

The West Point men't golf team is hosting Yale at Winged Foot in the inaugural Bush Cup.

The West Point men’t golf team is hosting Yale at Winged Foot in the inaugural Bush Cup.

Next year, Army is heading for Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, where former president George W. Bush will play host to a match against Southern Methodist.

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