The Patterson Club, a private golf club in Fairfield, Conn., used GolfEventGenius for their premier member-guest—the Men's Invitational. With an elaborate format of numerous flights and teams, the Genius was up to the challenge. We recently caught up with The Patterson Club’s PGA Head Golf Professional, Chris Kenney, to recap how the software performed.
The Patterson Men's Invitational has been held since 1947 and is the premier member-guest event that the club holds.
What is the format of play?
We have two events competed between a Championship Flight and Handicap Flight. Both play a Round Robin format with ten flights made up of 6 teams per flight. The winner of each of the handicap flights advances to the Horserace Shootout for a chance to be the overall champion.
The top two teams in the championship flight qualify for the Championship playoff and a chance to win the flight.
How have you scored and organized the event in the past?
In the past we used a different golf software product to organize the event and have used scoreboards to record and show results.
How did you come across Golf Genius Software and GolfEventGenius?
I learned about Golf Genius' products through their sponsorship and advertising with the Metropolitan PGA. I first used GolfTripGenius on a trip overseas. It was so well received by the members on the trip and so easy to use that when I read about GolfEventGenius being launched, I could not wait to see the product.
How did Golf Genius Software perform?
The software was easy to use and the real-time updates were fantastic. The ability to not only have alive scoring platform that was accessible to the participants in the event but also their families and other club members was fantastic. Add to that the ability to post pictures from your phone to the event site and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Each year my team and I are looking for new ways to WOW our members and guests during our Invitational. This year Golf Genius helped us do just that!
What was the reaction from the golfers?
Many participants commented that the use of Golf Genius software made our event stand out from others they have played in, and that they liked being able to see the results and photos from the day. Here’s a quote from one member in particular:
“GolfEventGenius brought a new level of entertainment and excitement to our member-guest tournament by giving participants, spouses and friends real-time hole by hole scores. The mobile app also encouraged participants to upload photos from their smartphones that would have otherwise been missed by roving photographers. This was a great addition to our event that was enjoyed and appreciated by all.” -Steve Mack, Member of The Patterson Club
Was the event website utilized for golfers to view pairings/results/photos/etc?
Yes. And it was extremely well received. Participants really liked it as did family members and other club members as it allowed those that were not participating to keep up on the results.
In fact, one of our guests received a text from his wife congratulating him on winning longest drive and he had not realized he had won yet. What a great surprise!
Will you use GolfEventGenius in the future?
Absolutely, and I would recommend GolfEventGenius for any PGA Professional looking to create a unique experience for their members and guests. The team at Golf Genius was great and is committed to helping the PGA Professional conduct first-class events.