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Somebody dropped the ball and failed to get the hole-in-one insurance BEFORE they offered the prize. Now the tournament committee, the golf course and the car dealer look like cheapskates. My bet? This tournament is history. - Tom
Tournament Stiffs Hole-in-One Prize Winner
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There are some really unusual new ideas out there for odd charity golf events. My friend, Bob Hammer put a guy out on the driving range in a suit of armor and gave prizes for hitting him. A…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom King Jul 15, 2013.
There are several companies out there who insure hole-in-one and putting contest prizes. Many times local insurance agencies will insure these events. A lot of the folk I've worked with on…Continue
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Dee R. writes....... Who should I talk to about getting the hole sponsor signs donated to the Golf Tournament? Answer:The hole sponsor pays for the signage. Charge enough so that each hole…Continue
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Thanks Tom! Happy to be here. Gonna need a lot of advice for my first tournament! http://www.theclayfoundation.org/events.php
I wanted to ask you a question totally unrelated to golf, but the site wouldnt let me unless i joined......are you the one that about 3 or 4 years ago, advertised you had compiled all of Steve Marshall's sermons on a CD??? I would give my eye-teeth to get ahold of one!!!
Thanks for checking up on us. The Asian American Association of New Mexico's 1st Annual Autumn Moon Golf Tournament is doing good. We have modest goals and as of right now, we have already achieved our profit objective just from sponsorships and sales of ad space in the program booklet. We're now trying to get more raffle prizes, meaningful gifts for the goodie bags and recruit up to 15 more foursomes to register. Even though I was in a Charity Golf Tournament Committee previously, I realize that things are very different when you're the one running it rather than just doing one aspect of it (I was in charge of publicity before). So, keep sending us positive thoughts.
Though I'd like to fix the run-on sentence at the end.
"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."
Yep, I'm your friend. I liked you the second I read an excerpt from your book that said something like "just DON'T do it" about awarding valuable prizes to the winners of a charity golf tournament. 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 your cause by auctioning them off or using 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.
I feel for you on the spam - my blog attracted online casino spammers. Fortunately, I had it set so I have to approve all comments before they go up. Boom - right into the trash.
I'd love to talk with you about sponsoring our website. If you watch the slide show on the front page, I actually show your website. The slide show is a temporary deal I put up in lieu of advertisers. The site is ready to go and start doing some serious promotion. What I need badly are sponsors to help get us going. I wrote the book: "Going for the Green: An Insider's Guide to Making Money with Charity Golf". I've created Charity Golf Network as a way to communicate with my readers and to help them help themselves as they put together tournaments. I think, linking them to good sponsors is a wonderful way to do that.
Once I get a sponsor or two, I'll take down the slide show and put real links to actual sponsors on the site. I'd love for sponsors to get involved on the forums when people ask questions. It's a great way for the sponsor to find customers and the tournament planners to find resources they need. It's a win/win for everyone.
Contact me by e-mail at email@example.com and let's set up a phone call. I'm really excited about the potential for the site. With my book, I've been able to help people double and triple the take on their tournaments. At this time, charities need to not waste effort on unprofitable special events. We can help them be more profitable. To do that, sponsors and vendors are essential participants.
I look forward to talking to you.
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