Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Golf Leagues Made Easy

By Billy Condon

One of the critical issues the game of golf is facing right now is growth. With the potential for rounds to take upwards of five to six hours, as well as the intimidation and uneasiness beginner golfers may face when trying to learn the game, golfers are spending less time at the course.

One solution to get new golfers engaged and to get existing players on the course more is through golf leagues.

Golf leagues are great for growing the game because they can be made up of golfers of all ages and abilities and can range from social weekday evening 9-hole leagues to ultra-competitive 18-hole leagues. Whether they’re played over 9 or 18 holes, Match Play or Stableford, leagues can be found at public courses, private country clubs, and gated communities around the world.

However, golf leagues face their own challenges; primarily, the amount of time a league manager or golf professional needs to dedicate to organizing the weekly draws, emailing and posting notices and calculating results, standings, payouts and more.

GolfLeagueGenius Logo
That’s where GolfLeagueGenius.com comes into play. GolfLeagueGenius minimizes the time it takes to complete these tasks with its automated pairings, robust tournament library, and other innovative web-based features.

Brenda Gagnier, the manager for the Kingsville Ladies 18 Hole league in Windsor, Ontario, has seen increased efficiency with GolfLeagueGenius. “Before GolfLeagueGenius, it took me two and a half hours to set up our league each week. I now only spend 15 to 20 minutes” says Gagnier.

Kingsville is one of the hundreds of amateur and professional leagues across North America that is using the software created by Golf Genius Software, to run their leagues and provide a first-class tournament atmosphere to their golfers. 

Amateur golf leagues aren’t the only groups reaping the benefits. GolfLeagueGenius.com was named the official scoring software of the PGA of Canada and has also been in use by First Tee chapters across the United States as well as the Golf Association of Philadelphia for the pilot year of the GAP League Play initiative.

GolfLeagueGenius features the broadest library of tournament formats in the industry. Leagues can play numerous tournaments within a single event as well as tournaments over multiple rounds. The pairings feature is designed to pair by custom parameters and season-long scheduling can be completed instantly.

PGA apprentice and assistant professional Lawrence Moses runs multiples golf leagues in the Baltimore area, and was looking for a product that would enable him the opportunity to grow and enhance his leagues. “GolfLeagueGenius allowed me the confidence to attempt the difficult formats of play. I added a new league [this season] that uses USGA handicaps, plays four different courses from four different tees, runs three different weekly games, and tracks ringers for each course played. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without GolfLeagueGenius.”

Thirsty Boyz Golf League

In addition, each league receives a custom website to display tee sheets, photos, message boards and more. Real-time scores can be entered using the free GolfLeagueGenius app for iPhone and Android, as well as via high-speed data entry on the GolfLeagueGenius web site and live scoring can be enjoyed on the TV display for on-site viewing, or the real-time leaderboard for personal viewing on PCs, iPads, iPhones and Androids.

“GolfLeagueGenius was a HUGE success at our event! It was a real game-changer to have a live leaderboard keeping track of the action. One guy had six birdies and it was awesome to know there was a guy sprinting out ahead that we needed to catch,” says League Manager Colin Callahan of the Front Range Golf Club that plays in Denver.

Golf leagues help grow the game through the game’s core values: fun and camaraderie...and also provide the opportunity to raise an occasional pint with friends!

For more information, visit www.GolfLeagueGenius.com.

BIO: Billy Condon is the Director of Marketing for Golf Genius Software. Prior to joining GolfTripGenius.com, Condon was Associate Editor of The Met Golfer magazine and communications administrator at the Metropolitan Golf Association, one of the nation's largest regional golf associations.

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