There has been a long running two-stage golf tournament played between the Seattle and BC Ponds. Trying not to lose the histories of our ponds and our great organization to the mists of time, The Seattle Honk published the following article about the history of the A. Z. Delong trophy, which has been contested since 1930.
THE A.Z. DELONG TROPHY
FROM THE SEATTLE HONK MAY 1975
Issue no. 1 of the Honk in May 1937 pointed out that the seventh annual tournament of the A.Z. Delong Memorial Trophy was to be played against a team of twelve men from British Columbia Pond. That same issue gave information in answer to “Who was A.Z. Delong?”
“Archie” as he was affectionately known by all Ganders who knew him, was a charter member of British Columbia Pond and assisted in the inauguration of the original Pacific Northwest Pond at Indian River, BC on July 14th, 1923. The early records of the Seattle Pond indicate that he was a frequent visitor to Seattle and at their Annual Meeting on July 18th, 1927 at Des Moines, installed their new officers of their pond.
Archie was Manager of the British Columbia Board of Underwriters. He was an extremely active member of the Blue Goose, a sportsman of the highest type and was loved by all who knew him. He took his last long flight in Portland, OR in 1928.
At the award dinner following a golf game it was suggested that some sort of annual match between the two Ponds be arranged, it being felt that this, having an international flavor, would go a long way in cementing the friendship of the two ponds.
After a thorough discussion, it was agreed by those present that a suitable trophy would be purchased by the two ponds to be played for on a home-and-home match basis. It was further unanimously agreed that a cup should be secured as the trophy and be known as “The A.Z. DeLong Memorial Cup” in memory of one of our Ganders who was a true Blue Goose.
The first match was played in 1930 but it was not until about 1933 or 1934 that the money was raised by the two Ponds to purchase the trophy. Except for the war years 1941-45, every match has been played […]
RULES GOVERNING THE A.Z. DeLONG TROPHY MATCH
The following rules have been adopted and govern all of the matches:
Competition for this trophy shall consist of two matches a year between golf teams from the respective Ponds, one match to be held in Seattle or vicinity and one in Vancouver or vicinity. The home team shall select the course on which the match is to be played, the dates to be selected by mutual agreement.
The teams shall consist of, at least, 12 members of each Pond and if more players are available, each team shall consist of the same number. Scoring will be on Match Play with ¾ difference in handicap, each player scoring 1 point for the first nine, 1 point for the second nine and 1 point for match. Total points for the yearly competition shall be a minimum of 72. In the event a team is unable to field 12 players, then they shall forfeit to the other team three (3) points for each player short. In the event both teams are short the required 12 players, then the team having the least number of men shall forfeit to the other team three (3) points for each player short the difference in team numbers.
The Pond team having the greatest number of points in one year shall have possession of the trophy until the cup is won by the team from the other Pond.
Eligible players shall be members in good standing of either the Seattle or British Columbia Ponds or members of either Pond holding dual memberships in the other Pond.
Ground rules at the course on which matches are played are to prevail. Stymies are not played. All questions of handicaps, eligibility or special rules are to be settled by joint meeting of the golf committees of the respective Ponds.
Expense of preserving the cup and engraving names shall be borne by the winning Pond.
That missive was written 40 years ago – and we’d already played this tournament for 45 years. Here’s to making the 100th anniversary!