Anyone wishing to host a tournament, please contact your Regional Trustee for assistance.
- Recruit people to help you. The more people that help, the more of a success it will be.
- Write a timeline — starting with the date of the event and working backwards. This is a good way to stay organized. Don’t forget to include: choosing a golf course, checking out area lodging, organizing social events for golfers and spouses, contacting possible sponsors, contacting golf course or hotel restaurant about food, creating a list of possible prizes and companies that might donate them, contacting trophy shops, etc. The items in your timeline may vary from other tournaments based upon the type of event you are planning.
- Find a golf course or country club that is interested in hosting a tournament, preferably one that will allow sequential starting times or a shotgun format for three days or at least on the final day (early morning to allow people decent travel time home).
- Solicit sponsors who would help financially with the event. Some of the regional associations may provide Advance Funds to help you get started. If there are any profits at the end of the event, 10% is donated to the Scholarship Fund and the balance is kept in an account for future startup expenses.
- Lodging accommodations should be near the golf course. Hotels can serve as the Tournament Headquarters and meeting place to socialize after golf. Sometimes, hospitality evenings are held at the club or golf course.
Your committee is going to have to decide which type of prizes will be offered. The golfers can play for trophies, prizes, or a combination of both. If playing for trophies, you will need to make a list of area trophy shops and obtain quotes from them so you can receive the best price. If offering prizes, you may want to try to get them donated and contact companies that might be interested.
The tournament could also include an instructional clinic. This would give amputees who’ve never golfed before an opportunity to learn how to golf and possibly a chance to compete.
Golfers’ skill levels and types of amputation should also be considered before your tournament. You may want to offer several different categories based upon these factors such as a scramble, Men’s Championship, Women’s Championship, Leg Flight, Below Knee, Arm Flight, Multiple Amputations, and Senior Flights.