I volunteered to be the chairperson of the 2020 Osprey Links Match Play Tournaments. Like last year, I offered to help lighten the administrative load of the awesome Osprey Links staff by spearheading the member’s only Stroke and Net Match Play events. The winner of each event receives a parking spot adjacent to the clubhouse. These coveted parking spots drew out 42 players last year and we are hoping for more this year!
Both events will follow the standard Match Play rules with a few minor exceptions. First, we will be following the social distancing rules as they apply to the golf course. Additionally, all COVID 19 local rules will be followed. There will be more to follow on these modifications to the local rules as the government outlines their intent.
Here are the basic details of the events:
- Start: ?????????
- End: When Final Match is Complete
- 2 Events: Stoke Match Play and Net Match Play
- Prize: A parking spot close to the Club House
- Participants: Only open to members of Osprey Links Golf Course
- Tournament Chair: Jim Burton
- Rules Committee: Jim Burton and Jeff Rogerson
There is one major difference from this year’s Net Match Play tournament over last year. All participants must have an official Golf Canada / GAO handicap index. As Osprey Links, and most golf courses in Canada, adapt to the new World Handicap Index, it only makes sense to rely on the service in place by Golf Canada. Hence, the new pre-requisite to participate in this year’s Net Match Play Event.
Another minor change is that I will be also be hosting the draw on this golf blog: The Grateful Golfer. I figure since social distancing and the avoidance of multiple people touching the draw sheets is the current standard for social interaction, a virtual process would be the best solution. We shall see if all the participants feel that this is a better process.
The match play events are a highlight of the Osprey Links tournament calendar. It runs most of the season with the winners being announced in mid to end September. Unfortunately, COVID 19 has forced all golf courses to cancel or modify their tournaments, so Jeff Rogerson decided it was very important to try and maintain some semblance of normalcy by still running these events and fully support this decision. Hence, here I am the chairperson again.
I am looking forward to getting started golfing first and then running these events. The Match Play Tournaments are a highlight of Osprey Links. Due to the extraordinary circumstances that COVID 19 has created, these match play events are more important than ever!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!