How Girls Golfers Used the Olympics to Learn Golf’s Most Common Formats

by Jane Huling
Site Director, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Naples, FL

Scramble vs. Best Ball vs. Stableford

We hosted three separate events using the Olympic theme to get our girls excited about the 2016 games and to help teach them about golf’s different team formats. The girls chose the countries they wanted to represent and got dressed up in their favorite country’s colors.

Our first event was hosted for our beginners (girls ages 6 to 11) and gave the girls the chance to play as a team using a scramble format.

Our Middle and High School aged girls learned how to play in a “stableford” format. Unlike traditional scoring where the goal is to have the lowest score possible, the stableford format rewards players with points based on their score for each hole. For example:

Birdie: 4 points
Par: 2 points
Bogey: 0 points
Double Bogey: – 2 point

The team with the highest score at the end of the round wins.

For our advanced players we hosted an 18-hole Pro-Junior competition pairing each girl with a female golf professional playing Best Ball. The girls loved playing with the pros and made some great connections with our golf community’s awesome role models!

The day wouldn’t be complete without an awards ceremony, so we hosted a pizza party and awarded beautiful gold, silver, and bonze medals (just like in the real Olympic games!). We also gave out “Race to Rio” medals and prizes to the winners of our longest drive and closest to the pin contests.

The girls, volunteers and parents all had a great time! We’re gearing up for the Ryder Cup at the end of this month and will be hosting another team-themed competition to help us celebrate.

Don’t want to say goodbye to Rio? Host a Girls Golf Race to Rio Day and keep the torch blazing! Click here to register>>

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