The Indo-American Golf League was founded in 2009 and based in Houston, Texas. With only 7 members on the initial roster, they now have nearly 100 golfers. The IAGL incorporates sponsors, and holds an annual Championship Gala at the end of each season full of prizes, giveaways and bragging rights for the winners.
We interviewed two IAGL league managers, Eby O. and Jimmy J., to learn more about their league and how GolfLeagueGenius.com has helped along the way.
Eby: Saji Samuel, who is President of the league. He got us into the idea of starting an Indian golf league, and saw that there was a great market in the area for one.
How was your league able to grow so quickly over the past 4 years?
Eby: Strictly word of mouth. When we first started, we used spreadsheets and Google groups to stay in communication with everybody. People would invite their friends, work friends, and it grew from there.
Can anyone join/play in a league event?
Eby: It is technically invite only, but a lot of our members (business owners) use the league for taking clients out or invite guests who they would like to play with. Some people come intermittently, some are guests, some are others who we want to show GolfLeagueGenius to, and we create a user name for them to show them the site.
Where and how often does your league play?
Eby: Our league plays once a month at various golf courses around Houston, TX.
Jimmy: Houston in general has a ton of courses and a lot of our members are also members at other places. Since we play once a month, we pick courses that our members like for our events. For the major tournaments and championships, we try to pick the best and most difficult courses.
Favorite courses in the area include: CypressWood Golf Club, Wildcat Golf Club, Quail Valley Golf Course
How did you run and manage your league before GolfLeagueGenius?
Eby: We had a rules captain for every cart that would also be a player in that foursome. They were in charge of scorecards. Then we form the cart pairings around each rule captain.
Jimmy: We would try and put high handicaps with low handicaps and would manually do this on spreadsheets, which would take a good amount of time. With GLG we are able to do this in seconds. I would be perfectly fine with never seeing a spreadsheet ever again in my lifetime.
What kinds of tournament formats do you play?
Eby: Individual stroke play for our season long records. We also have other fun tournaments that we use just for betting and bragging rights like match play and Skins.
How did you come across GolfLeagueGenius?
Eby: Around the end of last year Over, we started looking for a few options on golf league software, and I found GolfTripGenius.com. Through that I found the link to GolfLeagueGenius.
From there it was pretty crazy. I spent some time with the program to see how it worked, set up a test league and then had a conference call with our other officers to show it to them and everyone was hooked afterwards.
How has GolfLeagueGenius improved your league?
Eby: It has improved our league tremendously. Real-time updates and scoring allow ease of administration for us before and after the tournament, and also our members love the live leaderboards. Also, the automatic point calculations really eased the tournament administration side of things as well.
What has been the reaction from the golfers with the Member Portal?
Jimmy: It's a big hit! What we actually ended up doing was using the member portal as our primary website instead of our previous site. We just had to tweak a couple features, which was very easy to do. Our members love how they can see everything in one place, and we love how it updates in real time, which means less work for us.
Do you post the tee sheet before each event on the Member Portal?
Eby: Both on there and we email them a lot of times as well. GLG makes it very easy to be able to email your entire league at once. After an event, as we are all still at the Clubhouse, we post the results onto the member portal also.
Do you use the GolfLeagueGenius App?
Eby: Absolutely. We have the rules captain from each cart responsible for scoring on the GLG app in each group. After scores are entered, the other golfers immediately go and look at the leaderboard on the app.
Who are your current sponsors?
Jimmy: We have Ameriprise, and different businesses that want to get exposure in the Indo-American community: financial services; doctors; engineering companies; etc. With sponsors, we are able to have fun games like closest to the pin, and it helps fund events like our season-ending gala. I would recommend any league look into sponsors as it makes for a better league experience overall.
What does the future of your league look like?
Eby: We always want to grow the league, play different tournaments and more events, all possible now that we have GolfLeagueGenius.com.