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CGN member Nina Renaud and I were swapping ideas and I asked her if I could post our discussion where everybody could read it. Here it is:
A charity tournament is a flipping amateur event, and I can't believe how many morons post "advice" that publicizing big prizes for the winners will attract players. What that does is attract cheaters and sandbaggers, and guarantee speculation, if not outright accusations and complaints, about rules violations, creative scorekeeping, team-stacking, unfair handicapping, or all of the above, at the banquet. Not to mention that such talk harms the charity's reputation, and makes it more difficult to recruit players the following year.
That goes at least double if the "goodie bag" that all players receive was a plastic sack with some donated trinkets and coupons no one will ever use. Amateur golfers who respect the rules play for the honor of winning. And planners need to realize that there is very little correlation between the value of supporters and donors to their cause and their golf skills or performance on the course on any given day.
You will not hear complaints about cheating if you put at least one nice gift in the goodie bag every player receives just for registering and supporting your cause, award the winners symbolic prizes, and use all donations of real value to generate additional proceeds for the charity. Auction those off, or use them to help sell tickets for a prize drawing. Everyone will feel like a winner - who had a fair chance of being a big winner.