Mudge/Gould and Mathur/Badan to Contest 100k Briggs Cup Final

The first men's semifinal on Sunday. L-R: Hamed Anvari, Ben Gould, Viktor Berg, Damien Mudge.
The first men’s semifinal on Sunday. L-R: Hamed Anvari, Ben Gould, Viktor Berg, Damien Mudge.

Briggs Cup Draw SDA Live

The seventh biennial Briggs Cup—offering the highest prize money on tour with $100,000—will be decided between the top two seeds in both the men’s and women’s divisions Monday night at the Apawamis Club in Rye, New York.

Both finals are streaming and scoring live on SDA Live and WSDA Live with the women’s final up first at 7pm ET and the men’s final following on at 8pm ET.

The men’s final is one of historic proportions with the most dominant partnership of the past five years, world No 1’s Damien Mudge & Ben Gould, set for the partnership’s swansong after Gould announced his impending retirement following the final. The $100,000 men’s title is the only title on tour that has eluded the Australian partnership over the past five years.

Mudge & Gould will contest the final against two seeds Manek Mathur & Yvain Badan, who defeated Mudge & Gould to win the 2011 Briggs Cup title. Mathur & Badan endured two difficult five-game matches in the round of sixteen and quarterfinals, before defeating Canadian rookies of the year Robin Clarke & Scott Arnold in four games.

The $25,000 women’s final is down to top seeds Dana Betts & Stephanie Hewitt, and two seeds Natarsha McElhinny & Meredeth Quick, who held off Victoria Simmonds & Amy Gross in a five-game semifinal Sunday.