USGTF Southeast Region director Mike Stevens has been chosen as captain of the North American team that will compete against a European team for the Freedman Cup at Castelconturbia Golf Club, Conturbia, Italy. The Freedman Cup is a Ryder Cup-like competition where players used hickory-shafted golf clubs like players did in the 1920s-era of golf. Sixteen players from each side will compete over the three days of competition from May 3 to 5, 2018. This is the third edition of the event, which has been won both times previously by the North American team, but the Europeans have assembled a strong group for the upcoming matches. The Freedman Cup is named for Lionel Freedman, who founded the World Hickory Open, which is played each October in Scotland.