A Cup o’ CAGGY

Everybody loves a winner. Just ask the U.S. Ryder Cup team—and recipients of the CAGGY Awards.

As even your dog knows, Captain Steve Stricker’s U.S. Ryder Cup team put a 19-9 hometown beat-down on Team Europe at Whistling Straits that signaled a changing of the guard in American golf.

Fielding its youngest team ever, the U.S. featured six rookies and another three players with only one Ryder Cup appearance to their credit. The U.S. had lower average age (29.4 to 34.6) and lower number of total Ryder Cup appearances (12 to 38) than the Europeans, but talent and teamwork triumphed over age and experience.

The U.S. victory didn’t come as a surprise; the utter dominance of it did. And the performance could augur well for the Americans. Perhaps the most auspicious stats, for this year and the immediate future of Team USA, came from the Official World Golf Ranking:

  • The U.S. has eight players in the top 10, compared to one European.
  • The average U.S. player’s ranking of 8.4 was more than 22 places higher than the 30.8 of the average European player.
  • Only four European players were ranked higher than the 12th man on the U.S. squad (and that 12th man, 21st-in-the-world Scottie Scheffler, took down world-number-one Jon Rahm 4 & 3 in Sunday’s singles matches.)

OK, so now that we know what the best team in the golf world is—at least until next September’s Presidents Cup—it’s your turn to decide the best courses, clubs, experiences and instructors in the state.

Get ready for Colorado AvidGolfer’s 2022 CAGGY Awards, our annual celebration of the best golf this state has to offer.

Online voting begins this Friday, October 1.

Will last year’s winners defend their championships? Will the 2020-’21 surge in rounds and participants result in new victors? Make your voice heard!

To keep things fresh, we’ve dropped some categories and added new ones.

Polls will be open until December 31. Winners will be announced in February.

For more of the latest Colorado golf news, visit our NEWS & PROFILES PAGE.

Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine is the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it. CAG publishes eight issues annually and delivers daily content via coloradoavidgolfer.com.

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