Every Wednesday morning in Fairlawn there is a senior golf tournament. The tournament format ranges from scramble to shamble, best-of-three, to best-of-two, with a senior steal championship coming up on August 3.
On July 20, a new format dubbed “Rainbow Scramble”, the creation of senior tournament director Rick Grant, was played by 34 players, meaning there were seven foursomes and two trios. On the first hole, all players left the black tees, which are new to Fairlawn, as a product of its new ownership. At hole #2, everyone started from the white tees, which were once Fairlawn’s back tees. On the third hole, they started from the gold tees, which are Fairlawn’s senior tees. And, at No. 4, they put it on the red tees, which are Fairlawn’s front tees for women and players whose age and rating total 100 or more.
Most of the players on the pitch liked the new format. It was a scramble, there was no shooting bonus. The top three quartets shot 5 under par.
There were a few negative aspects of the format:
• The back tees are professional tees. There are no pros in Fairlawn’s senior group, although there are a few disillusioned individuals who think they are at that level.
• There are over a dozen members of this group who play from the front tees. Many of them haven’t pulled their drivers out of the golf bag on the black tees, while some haven’t driven from the white tees. That means some foursomes were swept off those tees by one or two players.
Grant is always looking for new ideas for Wednesday’s tournament formatting. He is very open-minded on this subject.
It seems he was influenced by a quartet of players who play Fairlawn five days a week. PG Cote, John Moreau, Dennis Fox and John Mathieu have been an everyday quartet in Fairlawn for many years. They decided to take a spin on the black tees in early July and proudly announced their results to Grant.
It was then that Grant had the idea of conducting a “Rainbow Scramble”.
This presents an innovation for golf circles. Will it spread to other clubs? Only time will tell.
The entry fee to a golf tournament is often a matter of location. In Maine, many golfers frown at the thought of paying more than $100 to attend an event, regardless of the charity.
This writer recently received data on a charity tournament in California at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park. The entrance fee is $1,000 per person and an additional $200 to attend dinner.
It probably wouldn’t go well in Maine.
The Maine State Junior Golf Championships will be held July 26-27 in Dutch Elm. The mixed championship will take place on July 31 in Fairlawn.
The Maine State Golf Association Men’s Game Days will be held July 29-30 at Wilson Lake. The women’s game days will take place on July 26 in Bath and JW Parks.
Bill Kennedy, a retired golf writer and editor from New Jersey now residing on Lake Thompson in Otisfield, is in his 10th season as the Sun Journal’s golf columnist.
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