Match Play format is suppose be the big equalizer in golf. It offers an opportunity for a player to rebound quickly if they have a blow up hole. Each hole is its own competition and each player has the opportunity to gain 0, half, or a full point. At the end of the round, we add up all the points and the player with most points win. Of course, there is more to playing in a Match Play event, but that is a discussion for another day.
Osprey Links Golf Course runs two Men’s Match Play events each year. One is base on gross score and the other uses handicaps. My first matches were sent out yesterday and I am looking forward to finishing both before the 9th of July. Both events are win and move on, lose and thanks for coming.
In the gross match, I have a bye to the second round, with only 24 men entered, I think the lower handicap players were given a pass. I think that is perfect (of course because I made it to the second round already) and I look forward to seeing who wins their first match to be my first opponent. In the second event, I was given the name and phone number of my competitor. I am not sure what his handicap is but I think I will be giving him strokes.
There is a fair bit of strategy to a Match Play event. The primary one for me is a quick start. Generally, if I can build a 2 or 3 point lead in the first 6 holes, I am tough to beat. To accomplish this feat, I need to keep the ball in play and putt well. Most of the time, I find that Match Play events come down to the player who putts the best.
As the events unfold, I will keep you updated as to my progress. For now, I play to keeping working at my game and staying focused on the moment.
Do you play in Match Play events? If so, any special tips?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!