Do you have a Major?

You know what I'm talking about.  That one tournament where you get the most bragging rights, biggest pay day, or both.  I'm lucky enough to have 3 this year.  I've got my club's 3 day member guest in July,  a two man scramble at my old course back home in Colorado this June and our Club Championship at the end of the season.

I'd have to say the Club Championship takes the cake.  Ours is a stroke play qualifier, then 4 matches.  There's a lot of cash that gets tossed around, and you get serious bragging rights.  I mean, you get a parking spot next year if you win.

So what's your Major season look like?  Do you have one you'd like to win just a little bit more than the others?

Hi Josh,

Great question!

I would have to say the Massachusetts State 4-ball is quickly becoming my major.  I truly enjoy playing with my good friend, Alex. It also doesn't hurt that we have won it twice.

I would love to hear some more comments. What is everyone elses major?

Talk soon.

Bubba

For me, it's definitely the club championship. We have a two-day event at the course that is straight medal play. The course is always in perfect condition, the fairways are firm, greens are fast and the pin placements are a bit more challenging than usual.

I mark it on the calendar every year and always hope that this is the year for me to take home top honors.

- Mike

I have a group that plays each week, the Memphis Golf Nuts.  We keep stats and points each week to hand out yearly awards.  We usually play one official round each weekend, but three times a year, we play our "majors."  They are two day events.  We also have a Ryder Cup style event each year.  This year we'll have a special TT guest player coming along.  

I also play a few other tournaments each year that are my personal majors, like the local Publinks and a couple of three day 2-man events.  This is beginning a great time of year for golfers!

We have a couple events. 

1) The clubs Matchplay Championship.

This runs through out the summer and it's head-to-head.

2) the Calcutta.

The Calcutta may be a little higher up on the board because it is a 2-man team event ran over two days.  You must be on your game both days to be successful.

My major is the County Senior Amatuer.  I've only played in it the last couple of years, but it gives me a chance to really focus on my game for a few weeks in preparation.  There are two flights - Gross and Net.  I always just enter the gross flight - I've never been fond of handicap tournaments.  If someone is a better player or has a better day than I, then they deserve to win.  I've not won the 36-hole event which is played on two different courses, but I can be competitive if I put together two of my better rounds, and usually at least finish high enough to win back my entry fee.  So it's worth trying.  But at 74, I was in graduate school when some of these guys were born - so my chances are likely to diminish as time goes on.

I won't play the regular County Amatuer - that one is out of reach for me, playing straight up from the tips against people a half-century younger and sixty yards longer off the tee doesn't seem like it would be as much fun.  But against the "old" guys ....

The Club Championship (defending champion) is for sure a major.  I also attend a 3 day event at Paiute in Las Vegas that is a big money major.  There are a bunch of tournies in the area that offer great paydays if you place.  But the two listed above are the ones I practice the most for.

Plus this year I am attending a gathering of Memphis Golf Nuts inHot Springs, AR. for a Ryder Cup event and 3 days of drinking and lies.

TT

Mike Nice to hear your voice, welcome back. My major is the Labor Day Week-end Four Ball. 3 Days of Match Play at Ould Newbury (Massachusetts). Just a great fun and competitive wee-end with 3 Divisions. Mostly GREAT guys. Jerry Wood

T.Tiger

The Club Championship (defending champion) is for sure a major.  I also attend a 3 day event at Paiute in Las Vegas that is a big money major.  There are a bunch of tournies in the area that offer great paydays if you place.  But the two listed above are the ones I practice the most for.

Plus this year I am attending a gathering of Memphis Golf Nuts inHot Springs, AR. for a Ryder Cup event and 3 days of drinking and lies.

TT

That Ryder Cup event sounds awesome.

The tournament that is my major is the World Amateur Handicap Championship held in Myrtle Beach. It is always played the last week of August leading up to Labor Day. It is awesome with more than 3000 golfers utilizing 75+ courses. Four days of competition to qualify for the final day. Finally last year, I was in the top ten of my flight and yes, for the first time I used a Pro V1x for the whole week. I am registered again for this year and I know which ball I am using!

Over the past five years, I have focused on one of my club's Match Play championship as my major.  Haven't had much luck, but except for the first year (and this year) I've been moved into the Open division, rather than the Senior division.  This year, I also decided to enter the Texas GA's South Regional Senior Amateur, Super Senior division.  I did not do well, but it really pushed me to work on my game.  My other club started a series of tournaments last year that the organizer hopes to develop into "must play" tournaments for Houston amateurs.  These include a Stroke Play tournament, a 4Ball, and a 2 man Scramble.  Have done okay in the two-man tourneys, not so well in the Stroke Play.  And a league I play in has a two day season end tournament, played on two different courses, in the fall.  I'd love to win the "A" flight of that one, but am not there yet.

Jerry Wood
Mike Nice to hear your voice, welcome back. My major is the Labor Day Week-end Four Ball. 3 Days of Match Play at Ould Newbury (Massachusetts). Just a great fun and competitive wee-end with 3 Divisions. Mostly GREAT guys. Jerry Wood

I've played old Newbury before. 9 is one of the toughest holes out there.  Good members too

Josh G

T.Tiger

The Club Championship (defending champion) is for sure a major.  I also attend a 3 day event at Paiute in Las Vegas that is a big money major.  There are a bunch of tournies in the area that offer great paydays if you place.  But the two listed above are the ones I practice the most for.

Plus this year I am attending a gathering of Memphis Golf Nuts inHot Springs, AR. for a Ryder Cup event and 3 days of drinking and lies.

TT

That Ryder Cup event sounds awesome.

Josh - the Ryder Cup event is pretty fun.  Nine really nice courses in the Hot Springs Villages.  We play a different course each day.  12 players per team in four ball and singles format.  Plus, like Tim said, beer and lies.

Josh

Thanks for the response. You are so right , that everything comes down to the people.

Hopefully Mike or Bubba will have another day at Pinehills or somewhere else, so we can play together again.

Jerry Wood.

Two events come to mind:

1) Senior State Am, 3 day (cut after 36 holes) medal play event at alternating golf courses

2) Senior Club Championship at my home course, 2 day event of medal play

 

Of course for all of us Am's, the real "payday" is the daily, weekly, or seasonal money games with our pals and whomever we play with.  If you're looking to "show me the money" I think we can all agree that this is the major for CASH!!!