Golf Genius Software was selected as the tournament software provider for the 72-hole stroke play event that was played over a net better ball of foursome for gross and net. There was also a Low Pro tournament for all of the PGA Professionals in the field. Specifically, GolfEventGenius (GEG) was used for all tournament administration, from tee sheets to scorecards and live scoring.
Golf Genius Software support manager, Jon Sirois, traveled to Kiawah to assist the professional staff and helped get each group set up and familiarized with the Golf Genius app. The app enabled golfers to enter hole-by-hole scores and view up-to-the-minute live leaderboards for all 240 golfers on the two courses over the four days. Ric Ferguson, the PGA Head Golf Professional at Osprey Point, was a big fan of the live scoring from the Golf Genius app. “I really liked that golfers could simply download the Golf Genius app and enter scores from their own mobile devices.”
TVs were set up during social gatherings and showed leaderboards for all formats. “The scrolling leaderboards at the post-round parties were a fantastic addition,” said Ferguson. “Even though I’m a golf traditionalist, not using pen and paper was a welcome change and made results available in a timely fashion. The golfers reacted very positively to these added benefits.”
In addition to the scores being available on site, a GEG leaderboard with live scores was available onKiawah’s website so that family and friends back home could follow along. “The scoreboard on our website was great,” said Tom Bewley, the Director of Sales and Marketing at Kiawah. “GEG is certainly a product that adds to the excitement of any golf tournament and enriches the overall experience for the golfers. Our participants love the fact that they can see the action in real time instead of having to wait hours for results to be tabulated.”
After seeing Golf Genius Software and GolfEventGenius in action, Ferguson is a proponent: "I would definitely recommend the software to other PGA Professionals running events."