Conceding Putts During Golf Tournaments

During the past few Ryder and Solheim Cups, the controversy of conceding short putts makes the news. For some reason, players think that putts of certain distances should be given regardless of the situations. Or golfers thought the tap in putt was conceded, when in fact it was not. Of course anytime a golfer breaches a rule there is a cost and in Match Play it usually results in the loss of a hole. Therefor, conceding a putt is a big thing and is at the sole discretion of the person or team not putting.

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Solhiem Cup 2017

The Solheim Cup has finally arrived. It is women’s golf answer to the Ryder Cup. In my opinion, it is every bit exciting.

The 2017 Solheim Cup will be hosted at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, Iowa, August 14 – 20, 2017.

The Solheim Cup is a biennial tournament contested by teams of 12 players representing Europe and the United States. The inaugural Solheim Cup was staged in 1990 and the golf club manufacturer Karsten Solheim was instrumental in its introduction and why it is called the Solheim Cup..

2017 will be the 15th match and of the 14 matches contested, the United States have won 9 and Europe have won 5. Solheim Cup

However, I think the LPGA should develop an event similar to the President’s Cup because Canadian Brooke Henderson deserves to play on the world stage, but that is a discussion for another day!  Continue reading

Winning at Match Play

2-man Scramble

Match Play events can be fun!

Yesterday I played in a 9-hole team Match Play event with no drama. The format was pretty straight forward; there were 2 teams of 2 from each unit, competing against another similar team from a different unit. (A typical unit is a homogeneous military organization where its administrative and command functions are self-contained) This inter-unit competition has lasted all summer and yesterday was the semi-finals.

The total team score was a combination of the total number of holes won by your two teams. As we started off the first tee, we felt confident that we would be victorious because of the skill level of our team. Mark and I started off par, birdie, par, birdie and were 4 up after 4. It did not get any better for the other team as we finished the nine holes with 7 wins and 2 ties. Our other team finished 6 wins, 2 ties, and one loss. As we only count wins and losses, our team won 13 to 1. On to the finals next week.

After playing in a Match Play contest, I did realize that the rules or etiquette are not really understood by most players.

The first was when to concede the hole. Our opponents did not understand when to tell us to pick up our ball. When playing a par 4, I concede their 3 foot putt because it was for a 7. We were sitting 15 ft from the hole, laying 3. Instead of conceding the hole, they waited until we putted the ball to within 6 inches to lie 4 before conceding the hole. I think they should have concede the hole given the circumstances.

The first time I conceded one of their putts, one of the players did not understand and tried to mark his ball. I explained that he could have the putt and he was still a bit confused. After his partner explained what was going on, it never happened again.

When the first team is in the hole, they should pick up the flag. On several occasions, when first in the hole, they walked toward their bag and left us to pick the flag up. This is not a really big deal, but to me it is an etiquette thing.

It was ironic that I played a Match Play event this week, but I can easily see both sides of the recent conversation about the mishap at the Solheim Cup. But, for me that issue is over. Unfortunately, I cannot play in the finals next week, but I am confident our unit will prevail.

Do you like playing in a Match Play event? If so, singles or team?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

2015 Solheim Cup

The Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament for professional women golfers contested by teams representing Europe and the United States. It is named after the Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer Karsten Solheim (founded Karsten Manufacturing, better known as PING), who was a driving force behind its creation.

The inaugural Cup was held in 1990, and the event was staged in even number years until 2002, alternating years with the Ryder Cup (the equivalent men’s event). As part of the general reshuffling of team golf events after the one-year postponement of the 2001 Ryder Cup following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Solheim Cup switched to odd-numbered years beginning in 2003.

The current holders are Europe who won for the second successive time at Colorado Golf Club, Colorado, USA in 2013. The 2015 Solheim Cup being held at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in Baden-Württemberg, Germany is in the books.

The format for the Solheim Cup is similar to the Ryder Cup, but abbreviated. The cup is played over three days. There have been 28 matches—eight alternate-shot foursomes, eight best ball matches, and 12 singles on the final day. This is an exciting format and allows for all the players to demonstrate they skill under varying conditions. (Wikipedia)

This link to the LPGA, is a great read and outlines the who’s who for this year’s Cup. Each team consists of 12 players who have earned their way onto the fun event.

The first matches are finished and the score is 2 – 2. The alternate shot matches were close, and Pete at White Dragon Golf gives a great overview of the mornings events! Here is the rest of the schedule for the weekend events!

The Solheim Cup is a great head to head battle for some of the best golfers in woman’s golf. Unfortunately, I will not be able to watch the USA and Europe do battle, but I will be following as the events unfold. Good luck to both teams! However, and more importantly, the real winners will be the golfing fans!

I am a grateful golfer!