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Try a Putting Contest

Along with our Member/Guest tournament on May 20 the day before we held a practice round plus our Pro Matt Sommerfield laid out a seven hole putting contest on our putting green. This turned out to be a great attraction and lots of fun to play. Matt made special score cards and rules that each player had to follow for their score. He was very creative in making each hole different by the use of string to lay out the course.



Each hole was different in size and items that you had to avoid. Some layouts were wide and other just straight to the hole but there were obstacles you had to avoid or it was a penalty. If your ball crossed the string at any point it was an out-of-bounds and a one stroke penalty. You could also fine rocks either in one line or two different lines so you had to try to avoid those too. Small branches were the trees and they could be placed at different angles so on the longer holes you had to check the line of the slope to see which way you wanted your ball to go to avoid them.



Matt placed little patches of blue plastic which was for water hazard and many of them were carefully placed so you had to try to avoid the penalty if you hit one of them. He also had sand on some holes so you wanted to stay clear of those too as penalties could loom up fast. It was very challenging and you had to look for the break as to which way you wanted to putt to roll. It was very creative and really looked like a lay out of a golf hole with the flag at the end.



I also though was a neat idea was Matt had the numbers of each hole formed with tees making the number, such as 1, 2 etc. Really a cleaver idea, he told me that he had been to one of his professional outings and they had worked this up for them. He took some of those ideas to set this up. He said he would elaborate a little more on the next one as he would have more time to set it up.



We did come out with a winner and the Pro Shop gave out gift certificates to those so lucky to place well. Bev Jones was the winner with a score of 17 and a tie for second with four players at 18. My score was 20 as I had an out-of-bounds penalty on one hole trying to curve around two sets of trees.



This was a great extra event for our Member/Guest and all those who tried it raved about how much fun it was. We will have to try this again as it is quite challenging and it will help your putting stroke as you have to look for the slope of the green as to how the ball will roll. We have thanked Matt for helping us make our Member/Guest tournament a fun event in the many ways he contributed to its success.

Putting Contest Score Card-I copied it from Matts Excel file sorry the hole numbers did not tabulate in the right position.
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2010 Mill Creek Ladies Member/Guest Putting Contest
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
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Letta Meinen Sign:_____________ Attest:______________
RULES
String signifies lateral hazard, add one stroke and place the ball within two putter head lengths of where the ball crossed the string.

If your ball comes to rest in a bunker or water hazard add one shot and play the ball as it lies from the hazard.

Record your gross score and turn scorecard into the golf shop
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