Formats: Choosing The Tournament Game Your Golfers Will Play.
Formats for one-day charity fundraising golf tournaments
In “Golf Tournaments 101-Second Edition”, there’s one chapter dedicated to explaining the different formats suitable for this type of fundraiser. A password supplied with the book even makes available downloadable Word files for each of the different tournament formats. Whichever one is selected there’s a ready to print rule sheet. Well that’s after it’s modified by adding the charity and tournament name. There’s also room at the top of each rule sheet to include a sponsor’s logo, of course for a fee. Nonprofit organizations should always be looking for ways to increase revenue with sponsorship dollars.
There are five different formats to choose from, they are:
- Four Person Team Scramble – The popular fundraiser tournament format.
- Four Person Team Scramble – With a Hole-In-One insurance package.
- Four Person Team Scramble – Including the 19th Hole Rule.
- Five Person Team Scramble – Often used when the fifth player is a celebrity.
- Two Person Team Scramble – Keeping them honest!
There are also two formats that are suitable when a corporation holds a “One-Day Golf Outing and Appreciation Day” event. How this is planned is explained in another part of the book. The formats are:
- Two Best Balls of Foursome – Four team members, all play their own ball.
- Individual Stroke Play – Used when all the golfers play their own ball.
Below are outlines of the five formats suitable for a charity fundraiser tournament:
1: The “Four Person Team Scramble”
This is by far the most popular and also the recommended format for a fundraiser tournament. And used in almost all fundraiser tournaments. It’s a team of four players event, with simple rules that create a lot of excitement and fun. It enables people who don’t regularly play golf or perhaps have never played before, the opportunity to participate and experience the great game of golf. While at the same time supporting the charity they believe in. Simply put, the game goes like this. Each team only records one score on each hole. How that’s done when there are four players on the team, along with the rules is fully explains in the chapter.
2: The Four Person Team Scramble – With a Hole-In-One insurance package.
This format is exactly the same as the four person event described above. It’s a great option for two reasons.
- It’s a profitable moneymaker because it brings in sponsorship dollars
- The players will have a very valuable prize to play for. Perhaps an automobile. How that’s achieved and how it will bring in more dollars from player entry fees is fully explained in the book’s Sponsorship Chapter.
3: The Four Person Team Scramble – Including the 19th Hole Rule.
The same rules format as the four person team scramble is used. This 19th hole option is certainly one worth consideration as additional revenue can be generated because teams pay to be able to play the 19th hole and improve their scores. How that’s done is of course fully explained in the chapter.
4: The Five Person Team Scramble: Often used when the fifth player is a celebrity.
The same rules format as the four person team scramble, with slight modifications because of the fifth player.
5: The Two Person Team Scramble: Keeping them honest!
The same rules apply as in the four person team scramble. This two person team event is rarely used in fundraiser tournaments. However if the tournament’s grand prize is of considerable value, then this format should be considered. The reasons are explained in the chapter.
Chapter 11 also covers subjects Related to Team and Individual Player Competitions. For example:
- Why Bother With a Handicap System? An “A” Flight and “B” Flight. With prizes in both flights for Gross Scores and Net Scores.
- Team Handicap System. The Polish Peoria. How it works and why it’s quick and easy to use, is fully explained in its own dedicated chapter. A handicapping work chart is also included in the downloadable files.
- Awards, Trophies and Prizes? The suggestion is that a generous number of tournament awards and on-course competition prizes should be awarded. The size of the tournament and therefore the amount of money available to cover this expense is the deciding factor. But it’s a mistake for tournament prizes to be very limited and players short changed.
- Shotgun Time. As shotgun time approaches, a final team-player name check is made. Then the Club’s tournament staff should check every team in the golf cart line-up, making sure all the players are ready to go. Why that’s so important is explained. Also guidelines and suggestions are fully covered in the chapter.
- Shotgun Announcements. The Club’s Tournament Director or Professional running the tournament, using a PA system should make an announcement to the players, covering details the players should be aware of. A list showing eleven points to consider in this announcement is detailed in the chapter.
- At this point depending on the type of charity, any one or more of the following might happen. The tournament’s celebrity or the charity’s president might say a few quick words to the group. A church group might have its pastor, priest or rabbi bless the tournament and players. Someone might sing the national anthem. Or a police, fire or sheriff’s department associated with the tournament might have a helicopter fly-over.
Now it’s time to get the tournament players out onto the course.
The Tip of the Iceberg
If you’ve read an of my many blogs on planning and running a one day charity fundraising golf tournament, then look at them as being just the tip of the iceberg.
Golf Tournaments 101 The Second Edition is full of much more detailed information, guidelines and tips than blogs can fully cover. It’s unique in that there’s not another guide and planning book on the market containing as much information to assist charities raise money through golf.
Through the book’s website http://charitygolf101.com the second edition makes available over 35 downloadable tools. These Excel and Word files are set up to assist in pre-tournament planning along with a tournament day timeline. Some files are ready to go, others can be modified to suit your own requirements.
Wishing you every success with your fundraiser tournament.