Driving takes on a whole new meaning on July 18 as Northeast amateur and pro golfers alike take on two of the three fine nines at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, Mass., for the Audi Quattro Cup.
The one-day competition on the Granite and Milton nines — both rolling, bunker-studded and rife with great views of the Boston skyline — gives amateurs a shot at advancing to the Quattro Cup finals at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, with the international finals to follow in Mission Hills, China, this fall. Meanwhile, a pro flight will go after a cash purse. All proceeds benefit Best Buddies of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that helps create employment and leadership opportunities for the developmentally disabled.
The day gets going at 10 a.m. with a Ride & Drive promotion — all Quattro Cup participants receive a TaylorMade Ghost putter for test driving a new Audi model. The 18-hole shotgun-start tournament follows at 12:30 p.m. Two-person amateur teams will play a modified Stableford system, which breeds pin-seeking excitement since birdies and better rack up the most points. The pros compete in a straight stroke play format. Amateurs are awarded first, second and third net prizes, with the top two teams advancing to the nationals.