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Young golfers to face off in Ryder Cup-style city vs. city challenge


For those who have dreamed of making a crucial shot under pressure in the Ryder Cup, now's your chance to get a taste of what that's like.

Young golfers of varying handicaps in Boston and New York City will face off in the first-ever Young Adult City Championship. Qualifying will take place at four sites -- including Boston Golf Club in Hingham, Mass., No. 74 on Golf Digest's list of America's 100 Greatest Courses -- from July 14 through Aug. 17.

Any level of player can represent their city in the event. The top four players in each scoring range -- 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s -- will make the 16-person team for the championship Sept. 13. The Ryder Cup style event is being put together by two apps, GolfMatch and NextGenGolf, targeting millennial golfers (18-34).

"Boston and New York are two cities with an age-old rivalry when it comes to sports," said GolfMatch CEO Peter Kratsios. "And we wanted to show millennial golfers that the golfing community in their respective areas is way stronger than they may have previously thought, as well as help these individuals network beyond their current group of friends."

The goal, too, is to encourage participation across all skill levels, Kratsios said. The Boston G.C. qualifier will fill up with better players first, but anybody can join the guest list. Prices for all four qualifiers range from $80 to $200. Prizes from Cleveland, Srixon, State Traditions and Maide Golf will be up for grabs, as well as city pride.