The October Classic is an annual golf tournament that doubles as a roving beerfest. It's held on the first Saturday, of every October, in the border town of Grand Falls, NB. First conceived of in the summer of 2006, it has since been joyously celebrated every year since, by both horrible golfers and fantastic drunks alike.
The Classic is a homemade contest. The bones of the game are as such: It's a superskins game played in two parts--the first part acting as a "regular season" of 12 holes, and the second being a "playoff" of 6 holes.
"But what is superskins?" you inquire. I'm glad you asked. It's simply a weighted skins game, that elevates gradually in gravity towards the back end of a round. Holes 1 though 4 are worth one skin, holes 5 to 8 are two skins, and holes 9 though 12 are three skins. The playoff round is much the same, except it is an abbreviated version: holes 13 and 14 are one skin, holes 15-16 are two skins, and holes 17 and 18 are, you guessed it, three skins. All skins carry over. The point of all this, is that it's a terrific way of keeping all players in the game, right to the very end.
Total roster invites will number up to a maximum of 12 men. Depending on the number of participants, the overall roster is then broken down into brackets of 3-4 men each. These brackets are named after the three characters from Caddyshack. Each bracket plays a round of 12 holes (regular season). At the end of this "regular season", the top seed from each group, and the wildcard, move on to the final playoff round of 6 holes. From this "Brown Round", the latest Octoberman will be crowned and given the keys to October Hall. As for the remaining men that did not make the cut for the Brown Round, they simply play out the rest of their day in meaningless fashion (albeit, most likely quite sauced on the booze--which is never a bad thing).
There are not many other rules involved with this tournament. Basically, there is one mulligan allowed per round (putts included), and winter rules are in effect due to the ground being littered with the leaves. The only other rule is, one must WALK the 18 holes (we have to maintain some semblance of athletic integrity).
*Wild card is the man with the highest number of skins, that's not a group leader.
The tournament champion wins several items of immense value: The celebrated brown jacket, a delicious bottle of Forty Creek rye, the eternal title of Octoberman, an annual invite to Brown Friday supper, and of course, the Octoberman's inherent right to the left-hand handshake.
While the spoils of the October Classic are great, the responsibilities of the reigning Octoberman are equally so. Apart from being expected to author the opening drive of the next year's October Classic, tradition also dictates that the current Octoberman shall host the following Brown Friday* meal.
*Brown Friday is always the Friday before the October Classic. It is on this day, that jacket-clad Octobermen gather to share a meal, have some drink, and of course, participate in a lot of laughing.
The permanent residents of October Hall