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2/26/2013 8:03:00 AM
Red Tee Report: The games people play

Tuesday is field day for the 18-hole group from OCCWGA, and there is always a game going on, be it some sort of team scramble or individual stroke play competition.

There are also five major tournaments through the year - Partners’ Eclectic, Partners’ Better Ball, President’s Cup, Match Play, and OCCWGA Club Championship.

Tournament Chair Sandy Bruns runs both the regular games and the majors. Sandy says that this is a job everybody should do at least once, and for sure it’s important to understand what goes on behind the scenes in order to give us an interesting time of it on Tuesdays.

The job involves scheduling the games, managing the signup sheets, and making up the draw for the day. The regular games schedule pretty much can be brought forward from year to year, but it’s a real challenge to coordinate the majors with events run by our related golf associations.

There are regional tournaments run by NAWGA, state tournaments run by AWGA, and local events such as The Battle of the Sexes. Throw in a couple of full-course aerations a year, and you have a head-spinner.

A signup sheet is posted every week in the pro shop, and Sandy asks that members sign up by 6 pm Sunday, so she can complete the draw on Monday. She puts some time into this, even considering whether you are a walker or a rider when she assigns you to a group. If it’s a team event, Sandy has to spend time balancing handicaps. So please, ladies, get yourself signed up by deadline, and try not to cancel frivolously. The tee sheet is a thing of beauty and should not be messed with.

The pros provide valued support by managing check-in, collecting money, and doing the scoring. If that day’s game seems a little complicated, Heather gathers the ladies together in front of the pro shop for last-minute instructions, while Sandy tries to melt into the crowd. Sandy isn’t into accolades, but she deserves them. This is a job well done, and we appreciate it!

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