When Brian Hayden, co-chairman of the Bluffton Classic, reached out to our support team for advice and guidance on how to use GolfEventGenius for his four-day, four-round event of 56 golfers, we knew that we could provide Brian with a high-quality event, automatic results and prevent both he and the others in charge from being monopolized by hours of tedious work on pairings management and scorekeeping.
We recently interviewed Brian about the Bluffton Classic, what attracted him to Golf Genius Software, and how valuable GolfEventGenius was to putting on a first-class event and making his life easier.
What is the history behind The Classic at Bluffton?
This was the inaugural year for the Bluffton Classic, which is a spinoff of a four-day, four-round event held for the last 30 years up until 2012 in the Hilton Head/Beaufort areas of South Carolina. This year’s event was attended by a number of golfers who participated in the original Hilton Head event as well as a new group of invitees from as far away as Arizona, Missouri and New Hampshire. Additionally, the four-round event was made up of a number of members from the Berkeley Hall Golf Clubalong with their friends and colleagues.
The Bluffton Classic was held at the May River Golf Club on Palmetto Bluff, Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie as well as The North and South Courses of the Berkley Hall Golf Club, two great tracks that have hosted great tournaments. The North Course was home to the the USGA State Team Championship in 2005 and the South Course hosted the 2007 South Carolina State Amateur and the Players Amateur, where the winner receives a spot in the RBC Heritage.
What is the format of play for the event?
Each day there is a low net and a four-man best ball game (A,B,C,D) and on days one and two there is a two-man best ball game with the A/D’s and B/C’s paired together. On days three and four the two-man game changes to an individual game with prize money paid for each game daily for first, second and third place, and pays out to fifth place for the individual games. Net and gross skins, closest to the pin on two holes plus a hole-in-one prize sponsored by one of the participants were additional competitions held each day.
What’s up for grabs?
Besides a year’s worth of bragging rights? The winners receive prize money from the Calcutta event as well as trophies for finishing in the top three.
How did you learn about Golf Genius Software and GolfEventGenius?
I first came across Golf Genius Software in an advertisement. Since we had a large field of 54 golfers, I knew that we needed assistance with both pairings (players not playing with same player twice) and scoring, especially for the skins. Otherwise, the time demands, not to mention the potential for errors, would have been incredible.
What were your expectations for a web-based scoring program?
We were looking for a software package that could handle all of the administration associated with the event as well as the scoring, tee sheets, and communication, with emphasis on communication. GolfEventGenius was outstanding. We practiced with the software ahead of time, but didn’t fully appreciate its capabilities until we started entering live data. It was tremendous in assisting us with the results of the event, gave our participants a place to go (the custom website) to review results, tee sheets, and so forth.
Was GolfEventGenius cost effective for your event?
The cost of the software was very reasonable and totally cost effective for our event.
Did the golfers use live scoring from the app?
We did not use live scoring on the course, but we entered the scores on the website interface after each round.
Will you use GolfEventGenius in the future?
We plan to use GolfEventGenius going forward and I’m sure that, based on our recommendation, a number of the participants will investigate and use [GolfTripGenius] on future golf trips. The ease with which we were able to learn and utilize the software and the high level of customer support were very impressive. The support team was always available to answer questions and walk us through our issues until we were able to get them resolved.
We look forward to using the software in the future. We could not have run this event as smoothly without GolfEventGenius.