Not all golf is good for your game! Before you start thinking I am crazy and clicking away; read a bit more and see where I am going. Lately, I have played more scramble tournaments than regular stroke play. It is great fun and I still have an event next week to play before my tournament season starts to wind down. The the real questions is all this tournament play good for my game!Continue reading
Osprey Links Golf Course runs two match play events each year. They happen simultaneously and the winner has receives a parking spot next to the club house. I have mentioned this event before as it represents our club championship. This year, I offered to organize the stroke and net events and it was open to all members of my home club.
These events run all summer and the players have 2 weeks to finish each leg of the competition. If you lose, you are out. At this time, won both matches in the second leg and I am on to the next stage. It is a fun event and will be finished by 15 September. Here are the details:
- Start: 2 July 2019
- 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
The net side had more players registered, 23 players, which was not surprising. However, the stroke side did manage to have 19 players sign up. This year, after discussion with previous organizers, I implemented the following handicap differential for the net side:
For Match Play bracket, your Official Golf Handicap will be used throughout each match. The higher handicap will receive the differential of 2/3 on the lowest handicap holes
The 2/3 differential allows for fluctuation of handicaps and a more equitable representation of how players are hitting the ball. I researched other club match play rules on line and this also seems to be the norm. I have received some positive feedback on this rule from two of the players. So far, it seems to be working and I expect to keep using it in the future.
The players make their own arrangements for their matches. If they do not complete their match in the allotted time, I will contact them as to why. If one player was completely unavailable, then they will forfeit the match. If both had challenges, I will find an equitable way to determine who moves on. A coin might be used, but I that has not be completely determined yet.
Personally, I have won both my matches (one in each event). I was given a by in both because of my ranking. My first match (as I described before) my competition encountered a hot putter and was out 6 and 5. The second match played yesterday was a little closer. It was a net match and Jerry fought me to the end. I did squeak out a win and now I am on to the next stage.
The match play events at Osprey Links are fun and we get a fair number of members playing. I am hoping that next year we can expand the field and that will be on me to advertise more. It is my first year of ‘getting involved’ and I will take my lessons learned from this year and expand them to improve the event. Besides, who does not want their name on placard close to the club house!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
The 100th PGA Championship starts today. With the last Major of 2018 underway, all the preparation is finished and the players are ready to put all the efforts to the test. Like these professionals, I have played in many tournaments and my success over the years is directly related to the how well I prepared to play. Of course, execution is always important, but the better prepared I was, the greater the success. I would suggest that the players teeing it up at Bellerive Country Club today feel the same way. Preparation is the key to winning golf tournaments! Continue reading
Okay you golf geniuses, what is the secret at winning at golf? There must be some magic formula that ensures I can walk into the winners circle more often than not. Is it a big secret that only you know and will not share? I mean come on, I need to know!
If the above paragraph sounds like questions you ask or even wonder about, then read on because I have the secret to winning golf tournaments. It is not a quick fix, but it is a sure-fire way to win at golf. It is not a quick solution, but it is simple and prove from my many years of playing. Continue reading
Day Three of the Ontario Golf Regionals for the Military started of just great. For the third day in a row, it was a hot day with beautiful sunshine. Atypical for late September, we hit 29° C with very little wind. It was a bit hot for playing golf, but who is going to complain about a perfect day. As I stood on the first tee, I was mentally ready to play solid golf. So off we went! Continue reading