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Golf Tournament Formats
Charity Golf Tournaments commonly used one of the following tournament play formats.
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Scramble or Captain's Choice
Scrambles are popular because they allow all golfers, regardless of gender or handicap, to participate in a day of fun. Tournament scrambles consist of teams of four players. Typically the teams are put together by the players themselves; however, if single players sign up, they must be matched with other individual golfers to form 4-person teams. The teams may be any combination of players regardless of handicap or gender. Each person tees off using their respective tees. The Captain determines which shot is the best and all players hit their second shot from that location. This scenario is repeated for each subsequent shot until the ball is putted out. Place the number of team strokes for that hole on the card. Repeat this for each hole. Team score is the total number of strokes accumulated for 18 holes.
Variations on this format include the following:
- Each team must include an A, B, C and D player (determined by handicap), or one to two females,
- The team must use three tee shots from each team member,
- The person whose ball is selected may not hit the next shot (this is called the Step Aside format); however, all players may putt.
Because average golfers are not accustomed to the pressures of real tournament competition, they most enjoy the best-ball format. Such teams consist of two or four players. Players play their own balls for all holes; however, the score of the player with the least number of strokes is used for the score of that hole.
In this format, a player who is obviously having a bad hole can pick up his or her ball without affecting the team score and can help avert a five- to six-hour round. Handicaps may or may not be used in this format. If they are used, the pro should indicate on the score card (by placing dots on the appropriate holes) the number of strokes that player may deduct on each hole. Team score is the total number of strokes accumulated on 18 holes.
A match play format is fun and exciting. Players start even. The winner of the hole is determined by the best score on that hole. Play continues by hole with each player being up or down (won or lost). The player who is up at the end of the match, wins. He goes on to the next match. In match play, the field of players is cut in half at the end of each match (a field of 64 players is cut to 32, then 16, 8, 4, and 2).
This is the most popular of all tournaments. Players are flighted by handicap. The player with the lowest score at the end of the round(s) is the winner.
Originally posted by LynnwoodBrown
on 29 Jan 2009.
All contributors: LynnwoodBrown
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