Golf is a great sport to host a charity event. Participants receive a tangible something for the donation which usually includes meal and great prizes. The sold out charity golf tournament, Tee It Up for Mattawa Healthcare, starts today with a practice round and evening barbecue. On Wednesday, the actual day of the event, I can expect meals, prizes and a great time. In some cases, celebrities like Jeff Hutchinson, show up to lend their support for the charity; they add that extra something to the tournament. Keeping in mind that the tournament is to raise money for the charity, golf is still being played.
Some teams are competitive, while others are there for a good time. Regardless of why you entered, hitting a little white ball around the links is still the main focus of the day. As of this post, I still do not know who is on my team. I guess in the big scheme of things it does not matter, however I still like to keep my eye on the golf. I am sure our strategy will be simple with some focus on having a great time, but I still like to play my best for the team.
Keeping this in mind, the scramble format suits all my strategy plans and contingencies for last-minute changes. I cannot say for sure how my teammates want to proceed, so I will offer many possibilities depending on their level of expectations. I have a wide gambit of plans so I can adjust to just about anything.
There is one thing I like to keep as a constant while we play: keep the same order of hitting for all shots. It allows each player to understand their role regarding club selection and course management; for me I like to go last and provide the safety net for the team. I believe keeping the same hitting order is especially important for putting. By following the same person for the round, most players can glean an idea of how the putt will respond to their stroke and make any adjustments. Additionally, as I tell all my teammates, I hope I never have to putt!
I have golfed in many charity golf tournaments. I have never been disappointed by the level of quality and effort that goes into each event. Two of the most recent were the Medigas Charity event in Belleville, and the Veterans Day event in Woodbridge. Both were outstanding and expect that the Tee it Up for Mattawa Healthcare will be the same. Stay tuned for an update of the day’s events in a couple of days.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.