Guest Author - Letta Meinen
Our Women’s Golf Association had a Member/Member tournament which was played in two days. It is called an Eclectic which is played by gross and net scores for two days. This was a partnership type play using handicaps. You post both players scores minus the handicap then which ever score is the lowest, of the two playing partners that is the final score posted. From your low scores the first day you try to lower your score on each hole the second days play.
Teams are shot gunned in foursomes as they exchange score cards and play begins the first day. Each day there will be special long drive markers on par fives and closest to the pin on par three holes. The second day you are paired by score cards from lowest to highest gross and net. After play on the second day a luncheon is served and prizes are awarded.
This is fun type of tournament as it works well if you and your partner can zig/zag playing each hole. This means that when one partner had some bad shots the next partner will come through fine. All types of handicap players can play in this type of tournament as high handicappers can come through with flying colors and help the team.
In this particular tournament my partner and I won low net which helped us when I shot an Eagle on a par four hole. It also helped when I was one of the winners in the long drive contest as we came out very well on that hole. These types of tournaments can bring some extra excitement and team play to your women’s group.
Making golf a fun event will keep your members interested in this game. The more activities you can plan through out the year will help keep your members involved. There are so many different types of games, scrambles or mini-tournaments which will include all types of golfers. Never try to plan an event that will leave out your high handicap players. Try to include all members in a variety of events to keep interest in playing this game. If you have both 9 and 18 hole players try to bring both together on a special type of golfing event.