This is our version of the highly contested Ryder Cup. Team Lightning vs Team Thunder. This is one of the most popular events of the year. Once you are on a team, you will not be able to change sides. On Saturday, you pair with a partner and play an 18-hole best ball match in the morning and an 18-hole alternate shot event match in the afternoon. On Saturday evening at the dinner, we announce the pairings for the Sunday singles match. Sign up is limited so please let us know if you are interested in participating.

Date: Saturday, August 26 - Sunday, August 27 2023
Format of Play:
Saturday – 18-hole Partner Best Ball Match & 18-hole Partner Alternate Shot Match
Sunday – 18-hole Singles Match
Handicap: Requires up-to-date USGA Handicap Index.
Eligibility: Thunder Hills Golf Members only event
Men at least 18 years of age
Friday - Hors d'Oeuvre, Cocktail party and announcement of Saturday's pairings 6:30-8:00 PM (significant other included)
Dress is business casual. Wear team colors.
Saturday - Cocktails 6:30 PM; Dinner and announcement of Sunday's pairings 7:30 PM ($25 for significant other dinner)
Dress is business casual
Prizes: Winning Captain chooses team prize
Registration: Call the Golf Shop for availability at 563.556.3256
Cancelation Policy: If golf tournament is canceled due to weather or other events, player will receive a full refund
If player is a “no-show”, entry fee is non-refundable
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.