Join our version of the highly contested Ryder Cup, featuring Team Lightning vs Team Thunder. This popular event is one of the highlights of the year. Once you are on a team, you will remain on that side for future events. On Saturday, pair up with a partner for an 18-hole best ball match in the morning followed by an 18-hole alternate shot event in the afternoon. Pairings for Sunday's singles match will be announced at the Saturday evening dinner.

Dates: Saturday, August 24 - Sunday, August 25, 2024
Format of Play:
Saturday – 18-hole Partner Best Ball Match & 18-hole Partner Alternate Shot Match
Sunday – 18-hole Singles Match
Handicap: Requires an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index.
Eligibility: Exclusive to Thunder Hills Golf Members
Open to men aged 18 and above
Friday - Hors d'Oeuvres, Cocktail party, and announcement of Saturday's pairings from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (significant other included).
Dress code is business casual; wear team colors.
Saturday - Cocktails at 6:30 PM; Dinner and announcement of Sunday's pairings at 7:30 PM ($25 for significant other's dinner).
Dress code is business casual.
Prizes: Winning Captain chooses the team prize
Registration: Call the Golf Shop for availability at 563.556.3256
CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund if the tournament is canceled due to weather or other events
Non-refundable entry fee for no-shows
Past Winners:
2023   Team Thunder   46.5-45.5   Nick Meier
2022   Team Thunder   66.5-29.5   Tom Kemp
2021   Team Lightning   47.5-44.5   Tom Flynn
2020   Team Thunder   48-40   Mark Johannsen
2019   Team Lightning   46-42   Eric Mueller
2018   Team Lightning   48-44   Erik Hansen
2017   Team Thunder   43-41   Tom Williams
2016   Team Lightning   43-37   BJ Johannsen
2015   Team Lightning   44.5-43.5   Dan Roush
2014   Team Lightning   49.5-46.5   Phil Weber
2013   Team Lightning   58.5-37.5   Pete Soraparu
2012   Team Lightning   50-42   TJ Faley
2011   Team Thunder   44.5-43.5   Pat Melloy
2010   Team Thunder   54.5-37.5   Jeff Webber
2009   Team Lightning   43.5-40.5   Ron Helle
2008   Team Lightning   45-43   Ken Erickson
2007   Team Lightning   50.5-37.5   Phil Weber
2006   Team Lightning   57-35   Pete Oeth
2005   Team Lightning   40.5-39.5   Mike Kennedy
2004   Team Lightning   40.5-39.5   Jim Edwards
2003   Team Lightning   47-33   Jeff Potts
2002   Team Lightning   33.5-30.5   Steve Juergens
2001   Team Thunder   34-22   Jeff Walz


Thunder Hills members Jim and Pat Edwards wintered in Florida and were members of Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake. FL. Harbor Hills held an annual members golf tournament called the Sider Cup which was a 3-day tournament of two 64-member teams. Each team dressed in red or blue colored knickers, argyle socks and talismans hat. Jim told Thunder Hills Golf Pro Brian Wilson about the event and how much fun it was to play in. Brian called the Harbor Hills Golf Pro to learn more about the event and how the pairings worked. Brian liked what he heard and so the Thunder Cup was organized and debut in 2001.