The season of golf tournaments is closely at hand. Regardless of which course you play, the deluge of tournaments is about to hit your local area. They take up tee times and sometimes directly affect your ability to play at your favourite time. Well, if you are new to the golf, it is important to understand that this is all part of the golf business. Many courses/clubs make their profits during these events and therefore try to balance the number of events with the demand for member tee times. I have made my peace with this dance and actually embrace the tournaments by participating in them as much as possible. For the most part, I find them fun, entertaining, and challenging all at the same time. However, I do have a favourite and intentionally seek this format out above all others.
Over the years I have played in a multitude of golf tournaments. I enjoy the competition (regardless of the formats) because it helps my game. The sustained pressure is something that all players need to experience in order to strengthen their game. This pressure directly impacts a players ability to “close the books” on a great round without faltering down the stretch. The pressure also helps build mental toughness and facilitates performing in less than ideal conditions. Golf tournaments offer a plethora of possibilities for your game that cannot be found abundantly in normal rounds.
Knowing that tournaments help my golf game, I try to play in as many as possible to ensure I take full advantage of what tournaments have to offer. Most of the time, I play in scramble or match play events. They are great fun and enjoy the team concept because it adds an additional social aspect to playing. These formats, however, are not my favourite and although I play in those the most, I would rather play in stroke events.
I like stroke events the most because I do not have stay focused on my game for the entire round. There is no safety net like other tournament formats. Every shot has the potential to make or break my round of golf. Hence, the pressure to perform well is consistent to playing regular rounds of golf. I experience a greater amount of pressure from tournament play that is directly transferable to the rest of my golf games. I believe that stroke tournaments is a truer test of our golfing abilities and any other golf tournament format.
Unfortunately, there are very few stroke/net events hosted in my area. The primary focus is on scramble and match play events because of the popularity of these formats. These easier events (I can image the potential push back from those three words) appeal to a broader group of golfers and as such a better money making events. As the business manager of a golf course (as all GMs are) it is not surprising that virtually all golf tournaments consist of the team format. It is the nature of the industry at this time.
The reality that there are very few stroke events does not prevent me from playing in golf tournaments. The fact that I prefer another format the norm is really a preference issue and not a road block from playing in competitions. I am already looking forward to playing in some events and hopefully I will be as successful as I was last year. Here is hoping!
Do you have a favourite golf tournament format?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!