A new way of running matchplay competitions in the post-Covid golfing world has been launched by Competition Golf.
As golfers enjoy getting back on the course, the company has developed a knockout Matchplay competition system which lets people play opponents nationwide, while observing social distancing.
Competition Golf founder Karl Gjertsen says the technology will not only help golf clubs and golf societies, but charities too, who can use it to run fundraising golf days without the hassle of lots of administration. The company is offering golf clubs their first competition free of charge.
Gjertsen said: “All charities have got to do is point people to their own dedicated competition website and the system takes care of everything for them.
“Golfers are very competitive and love to play new courses. Our new system enables Matchplay with social distancing. All players have to do for a charity golf day is pay the registration fee and then go and play their matches.”
The technology enables organisations to run a mass participation golf event, but with golfers taking part in small groups. The club or charity organising the event gets a dedicated website which handles everything, including player registration. The website can carry the hosts’ branding, so participants know it is their event, and any emails sent out will also carry this.
There are no limits on the number of players in the competition. When all the players are registered, a draw takes place. This randomly assigns the players and sends them a notification email with their opponents’ contact details so they can arrange their match.
Competition Golf uses technology to make golf even more enjoyable. Developing the company’s products has introduced Gjertsen to the world of charity fundraising and how important charity golf days are for small community organisations. He wanted to make it even easier for charities, which often have limited admin resources or golfing experience, to benefit from golfers teeing off to raise money for them.
He said: “Charities couldn’t have done this before. There would have been lots of admin and somebody would have had to collate all the scores and send out information about who is playing who.
“With our system, players just click ‘enter results’ and type in the details of who won and what the score was. Then the losing player gets an email telling them ‘sorry, you’ve been knocked out’. The winner receives a message letting them know who their next opponent is so they can arrange their match.”
The system enables organisers to be involved as much or as little as they want to. The management portal shows the players’ progress. Multiple competitions can be run at the same time and they can even have multiple brackets. The dashboard also shows how much money has been raised.
Clubs can use it to build their community and promote themselves or the organisation running the event.
Karl Gjertsen added: “It’s all been made very simple and straightforward. Everything the organiser needs has been done in a way which makes it very easy for them to use.”
Competition Golf is offering golf clubs their first competition for free. To find out more, visit www.competitiongolf.com/matchplay, call 01767 838 100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org