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Keeping Score

By Roger Val, Director of Rules & Competitions

Tournament Chairmen–A Quick Review


TIME of year to review a few im-

portant tasks with all the tournament chairmen. No matter how you got the job it is yours for the 2010 tournament season. If you are prepared and have given all the issues in planning an event your utmost attention, the day of the event will be very enjoyable. To lend a helping hand and share

some experiences I’ve selected a few tasks that are critical to your success: forming the committee, setting the eligibility requirements, writing the conditions of the competition, planning the course setup and having a procedure for breaking ties. These five areas of planning a tournament will make your job a bit easier if fully completed.

Forming the Committee

It is best to form a committee and

not try to do it all yourself. You want to keep it small with the head profes- sional and superintendent comprising the main characters. These two will help you establish the conditions of the competition and ensure the calen- dar is clear of other groups and major course projects that could interfere with your event.


In planning the tournament it is

important to decide on the format and eligibility requirements including gender, age groups and index require- ments, which could be limited. The most important item is when it is time to post the tournament at the club or announce it in the newsletter, all the information is as clear and complete as possible, including the entry deadline so the committee has time to finalize the field. Do not take entries up to the last minute as this definitely makes your

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job more difficult. One last-minute entry could change all the established flight structures.

Conditions of the Competition

This is all the information that the

player needs to know with the excep- tion of the local rules and should be made available to the players well in advance so there aren’t any last-minute surprises. This does not guarantee the participants will read the information but it protects you since golfers had the opportunity to read the material. Some of the information includes

the entry closing date, championship date and time, practice-round proce- dure, indexes used, tees played, playoff procedure, prizes and availability of food and beverage. If the event is a qualifier the conditions must include the next step for those that qualify including dates.

Course Set-up

One of the more important tasks

in preparing for a tournament is the course setup. This is why you include the superintendent on the committee. You will want to prepare for the format used and the skill level of the partici- pants for selecting hole locations and yardages. You never want to trick up the course to prove a point. The course should be played as designed. You want to give all the players the opportunity to compete and enjoy their experience. For a competition over several days the course needs to be balanced each day by using a mix of yardages and hole loca- tions. You never want to start the first round easy and finish with a difficult last round. The concept of making the course progressively harder is incon- gruous with proper balancing of the competitive rounds. Part of the balancing is keeping the yardage constant. If you have a deep

hole location then the rule of thumb is to have the tee blocks in front of the perma- nent markers for that same hole. Keep- ing the yard- age constant throughout the tournament also prevents play-

ers’ indexes from becoming distorted. Remember the course is rated from the permanent markers.

Breaking Ties

As I mentioned the process of break- ing ties needs to be in the conditions of the competition. Never start a competi- tion without the players knowing how the process will work if needed. NEVER decide what will take place after all the players are finished with their rounds because at this point no matter what you decide, it will be wrong. Once you have been through a situation of not having a procedure in place you will never forget again. I hope some of this information

will help guide tournament chairmen especially those who are taking on this challenge for the first time. You can contact me or my staff any time if you need direction or have a question. The goal is to have all participants walk away with the best experience possible at the end of the day.

Roger Val can be e-mailed at rval@

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