November 17-21, 2013
In April of 2013, Golf Genius Software was named the official scoring provider to the PGA of Ontario. The PGA of Ontario is the largest zone in the PGA of Canada with approximately 1,300 members and a tournament schedule of 28 events running from April to November.
The final event on the 2013 tournament schedule was the Merit Golf Vacations TPC Sawgrass Pro Am that took place November 17-21. The event features 42 teams made up of 1 PGA of Ontario professional and 3 amateurs playing both the Dye Valley and Stadium courses twice over 72 holes of competition.
- Overall Team net competition with best 1 ball on par 5's, best 2 balls on par 4's, best 3 balls on par 3's
- Cut to low 21 teams after day 2 and the bottom 21 teams move into a consolation division where the scores are wiped out and play a new 36 hole competition for the final two rounds.
- 72 hole Individual professional Stableford competition
- Professional Stableford competition on each golf course each day
- Low team on each golf course each day
- Gross Skins on each golf course each day
- Net Skins on each golf course each day
Live scoring became available through 9 holes on the Stadium Course each day and through 18 holes for both the Valley and Stadium course. With a split tee format, the leaderboard was constantly being updated for viewers.
“As scores and notable players came through, a tweet would go out with the live scoring link,” says Kenesky. “After seeing the amount of engagement it created, it became clear how beneficial this would be for clubs and their major events. Live scoring truly captivates an audience, not to mention the impressions for event sponsors, advertising and logos.”
GolfLeagueGenius was up to the task of scoring the event, helping make the 2013 edition of the Merit Golf Vacations TPC Sawgrass Pro Am a huge success.
Here are some comments from individuals involved with the event:
“The Merit Golf Vacations Pro Am at Sawgrass was a huge success again this year! We decided to utilize our GolfLeagueGenius scoring system for the event. Introducing live scoring to the event this year added huge value to the participants’ experience. Both professionals and their amateur partners were able to see the results live and in real time. With multiple divisions and gross and net skins competitions going on at the same time, the scoring software performed flawlessly! PGA of Ontario mobile app downloads went through the roof as people wanted to follow the action. Everybody was very excited to follow all of the live scores and this added a whole new level of excitement to an already amazing experience for the competitors.”
-Kevin Purcell, Executive Director, PGA of Ontario
"The 2013 Merit Golf Vacations TPC Sawgrass ProAm was my first experience of a ProAm of this size. 42 teams and 168 golfers which definitely demands strong organization, communication, and execution skills. With the help of Golf Genius Software, we were able to effectively supply the competitors with scoring in a timely fashion. In addition, as the tournament progressed, many of the teams were adopting the online 9-hole scoring that was available through the PGA of Ontario mobile app. Thanks in part to the hard work across the board, the ProAm was a success, resulting in many teams verbally confirming their intentions to participate in 2014."
-Tim Mohr, Manager, Golf Sales and Business Development, Merit Golf Vacations
“Please share our sincere thanks to Jim & the Golf Genius Software team, that little extra added a level of excitement and at the same time transparency, putting all teams on equal playing ground and added huge value to the event!”