Writing “Golf Tournaments 101” for Charity Golf Fundraising.
My time in the golf industry goes all the way back to 1950. The last 14 years before I retired were spent as the Golf Tournament Director at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California. They were among the most rewarding years I spent as a PGA Golf Professional. The reason being, my main focus was helping nonprofits and charities including churches, schools and booster clubs plan and run one-day charity fundraiser golf tournaments.
It was such a pleasure to meet and work with so many wonderful people, dedicated to helping others by raising funds for their causes. Along with Braemar’s Private Event Directors, over the years I was involved in hundreds of pre-tournament meetings, helping and showing charities how to plan their fundraisers.
Realizing that many of these people where not even golfers and had little knowledge of what was required to fundraise through golf and thinking about those already holding an event but wanting to make it better, our tournament team began running two teaching seminars a year hosted by Braemar. These seminars were named “Golf Tournaments 101”. They became so popular and successful that it was obvious writing a book on the subject was something I needed to do. And so the two year journey of writing my book “Golf Tournaments 101” began. It was exciting to start, knowing the book would be rather unique as very little has been published in book form on this subject.
While writing that first book, my goal was to lay out all the information step by step in an easy to read and understandable way. There was very little research needed, everything I wanted to get onto paper was already the knowledge I had built up over the years. The experience from the hundreds of pre-tournament meetings held with the charities’ tournament coordinators and then being with them every step of the way on tournament day needed to be catalogued.
Having never written a book before it didn’t take long for me to have a new found respect for authors. There seemed to be no end to the number of page rewrites, correcting English and yes thanking spell-check. Sorting information within a chapter into the correct order was critical. Much of that final work was done in a team effort with my good friend and the book’s editor Lynne LaFond DeLuca, a nationally recognized expert in the golf management industry and private event planning fields.
Finally nineteen chapters came together, each one covering an aspect of planning and running a fundraiser tournament. For example in Chapter 2, I wrote about forming a tournament committee and laying out the sub-committees needed to cover tasks like signing up players, social media marketing and building a team of volunteers to work (and have fun) on tournament day. Another whole chapter was written on how to run a “Golf Marathon”. It lays out how with as few as fifteen players and requiring less time and planning than a larger tournament. Many thousands of dollars can be raised with this kind of one-day event.
Another task in writing my book was to put together over 35 downloadable tools in Excel and Word user-friendly files. These are to make the planning and running of a tournament much easier. These are files I had used in many tournaments and included;
- How to get started
- Player entry forms
- Tournament pairing-team lists
- Income projections
- Rule sheets
- Celebrities and much more.
I also put together a short PowerPoint Video to show committee members in the early planning stage of a tournament. It covers every chapter, quickly giving everyone a broad outline of everything needed to be achieved throughout the planning stages and into tournament day. It can be viewed on the book’s website from the home page.
To add a little color I included an introduction about my family’s history that spans many generations in golf, I included the following: THE GREATEST OF GOLF DYNASTIES That is the way St. Andrew’s golf historian Roger McStravick describes the three golfing clans of Robertson, Morris and Anderson. Remarkably all derive from one marriage. David Robertson I (c1660) married Margaret Fisher (c1660) in St. Andrews on the 2nd of December 1680. They had one daughter and six sons. The Robertson and Anderson clans derive from their son David II (1686) The Morris clan from their son Patrick (1684).
My most famous direct family member is my great grand Uncle Jamie Anderson, three times winner of the British “Open Championship” in 1877-78-79.
Golf Tournaments 101 Second Edition The finished product is a beautiful, colorful and something I’m very proud of. Now seems like it was worth all the effort. And in some small way I hope I’m paying forward on all that golf has given to me throughout my life.
The Tip of the Iceberg. If you’ve read any 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.
Now, “Golf Tournaments 101 Second Edition” is written and available from Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon Europe and Amazon Australia.
Downloadable Tools. 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.