Our MGA recently put on a one-man scramble tournament and I believe it is great way to learn your real potential on the golf course.
The name of the event is called The Bubba – A One-Man Scramble. You know the deal, you hit a drive out-of-bounds and reload. The next shot is long and straight down the middle. That’s Bubba. He always hits a great shot, always makes that short putt you just missed. You (and Bubba) get to hit every shot twice including putts.
The event was a 9-hole format. I rarely break 40 for 9 holes. My gross score was 34 in this format. This format demonstrates to me I have the ability. Now I need that elusive thing called consistency. Bubba made two monster putts that I would probably never make. So how low can I go? I now believe shooting 36 for 9-holes 72 for 18 on my course is a very reachable score.
40 guys played in the event with handicaps ranging from 2 to 26. The winning gross score was 31. But get this, of the 40 golfers 60% had a gross score of 36 or better. And only three players had a net score above 36. These results prove we all have the ability to score much lower.
I would recommend this event for anyone planning tournaments. As an FYI the 9 holes (shotgun start) took a little over three hours to play. Sounds like a long time but the pace of play was great. In fact, it is much faster than a standard 18-hole scramble and much more fun. Who doesn’t want to shoot par golf on their own ball(s) and learn how low they can go?
Go to this link if you would like to see the tournament announcement, rules, and complete format description.