Moselem Springs Golf Club | Fleetwood, PA
August 14-15, 2014
The 37th Hawley Quier Memorial Golf Tournament was an event to remember. The tournament commemorates Hawley Quier, former publisher of the Reading Eagle newspaper in Reading, PA. Click here to read a special piece the Reading Eagle Newspaper published about how the Golf Genius app enhanced the Hawley Quier Memorial Golf Tournament. Eric Shillinger, PGA Pro at Moselem Springs Golf Club, offers his thoughts on the event and how GolfEventGenius took it to a whole new level.
This annual tournament is one of our most successful events at Moselem Springs Golf Club. This year’s tournament was a 2-day, 36-hole invitational comprised of top amateurs from our county and area clubs. The tournament format is 36 holes of stroke play, gross.
How many years has this event taken place?
This was the 37th time that the event has taken place. Each year the event has grown not only in size, but also in popularity.
Is the event held at the same course every year?
We are fortunate to always host the tournament at Moselem Springs Golf Club in Fleetwood, PA. It has become a town tradition and in the weeks leading up to it each year, people share their excitement and even get competitive with a little friendly trash-talking.
Are there prizes for the winner?
The winner receives $400 in shop credit, an engraved pewter plate and name on the tournament board in clubhouse.
How have you scored and organized the event in the past?
We have used Event-Man tournament software for the past 10 years. The scoreboard was done by hand and located in the lobby of the clubhouse. We have also done a live webcast of our 18th hole linked to our website and the Reading Eagle website, with a scrolling score feed on the bottom of the website.
How did you come across Golf Genius Software and GolfEventGenius?
I was introduced to GolfEventGenius by Nick Wolfe, Director of U.S. Sales for Golf Genius. He reached out to me in the beginning of the season and after hearing the benefits of the software, I knew that I needed to learn more and have an in-depth presentation. Nick was kind enough to come to the club and as a PGA Professional with extensive experience hosting complex tournaments, he was really able to give personal insights as to how Golf Genius would not only add value to our club events, but to the club as a whole.
What were your expectations for a web-based scoring program?
I was looking for something that would provide players with access to live scoring information while also being easy set up for both staff and golfers. No matter how much planning goes into an event, there are always last minute no shows and changes. I needed a solution that would enable changes to be made quickly and efficiently.
How did Golf Genius Software perform?
The software exceeded my expectations. Once I familiarized myself with the program and features, I found it very easy to use. I liked the creation of a custom website for the event and the fact that all history, photos, results and more are located online for golfers to always access before, during and after the event.
- Live Scoring on the website and mobile app
- Ability to email the players within the system
- Building the custom website for the event
- Genius support was efficient and always available
How did the golfers react to live scoring on the mobile app?
The golfers loved the Golf Genius mobile app and it enhanced the event tremendously. Golfers were able to know where they stood on the leaderboard and in relation to each other right from the course. A golfer from each group plugged scores into a smartphone after each hole and we had the live TV leaderboard in the clubhouse.
There was a two hole playoff and we had a group around the TV leaderboard waiting for the scores to update to see who would take home the Championship. The ability to see these scores in real time added extra excitement to the final day.
What added elements did the custom website bring to the event?
It was nice not having to answer the phone to field player tee time inquiries. Many golfers looked on the website to see tee times, results and photos.
Will you use GolfEventGenius in the future and recommend it to others running golf events?
Yes, I will definitely be using GolfEventGenius for my future events and recommend it to my fellow PGA Professionals. Not only did the software make the event run more smoothly, but it truly enhanced the overall experience for all of the golfers. I can’t tell you how many compliments I received about the new system and how this was the best year for the Hawley Quier Memorial Tournament to date.
Click here to read the article from the Reading Eagle Newspaper about how the Golf Genius app enhanced the Hawley Quier Memorial Golf Tournament.