The United States of America is a country rich in golf courses and golf tournaments. From the PGA Tour events to charity scrambles tournaments, there are over one million golf tournaments held every year.
Golf tournaments bring together groups of golfers to compete and determine the best individual golfer or team of golfers in that particular tournament. There is an immense amount of planning to do before the tournament can begin, but it all starts in committee.
A group of golfers decides to begin a tournament. It can be for a charity or a sanctioned event. This committee is the motivating force of the tournament. The board members must decide what will work best for their individual golfing community. All golfers enjoy tournaments, especially the scramble format. Some golfers shy away from the more serious of tournaments like the County Amateur or a junior or senior tournament that are played on a stroke basis. But all golfers enjoy playing the less frustrating scramble format.
We are excited playing this format and especially when our team makes a good score on a hole or has the closest to the pin on a par three. When finished with the round, we watch with bated breath as the team scores are placed on the scoreboard. Players enjoy the camaraderie, bemoan the missed opportunities, and congratulate team members who performed worthy of a tournament.
Planning begins with the committee. Make decisions based on committee votes and ideas. Consider the following:
• Format- Choose between the scramble, best ball, medal or stroke play.
• Charity or Sanctioned – Sanctioned events need approval of ruling body/Charity events are the usual choice
• Golf Course – Committee members from staff of public or private course
The committee needed to implement a tournament must be large. The chair of the committee will draw on the support of the committee members for players in the event, which will help to assure its success. After the first tournament, the following events if held at a similar time of the year at the same course will be better attended and will assure for future tournament success.
Running a sanctioned event is more difficult and is better left to the state officials in conjunction with a golf teaching facility or those with golf degrees that will have the necessary staff that know, and adhere to, the requirements and rules of holding a sanctioned event.
But charity events are a different matter and can be started with at least a six months headstart. In the case of these charity events, more advertising for the initial event will be necessary. It is a good idea to invite a golf columnist or sports editor from the local newspaper and radio station on your committee. This presents a win-win situation because the event will receive free coverage by the local radio and newspaper.
If two local writers and staff from different channels or newspapers become members of the board, then a friendly rivalry between the two media groups can be started.
Committee members should be drawn from other golf-related businesses, and a special honorary chairman title or titles can be given to important members of the community.