The MAJOR....it brings out the best fields and it brings out the best competition at the best venues IAGA has to offer. All of this was true as IAGA descended on the site of our first MAJOR of 2019.....Harding Park. Under perfect golfing conditions and a course worthy of holding this event, we had 79 players tee it up for the top spot in each of their respective flights.
There was LOTS of DRAMA........there were some GREAT moments that you had to be there to witness first hand to get the real flavor, but the HARDING event was truly memorable. Here are some of the highlights....and this is even BEFORE we get to the results:
With a full field in each flight, some terrific golf was played with DOUBLE $$$ on the line!!!! Here are the results....to see the full details, click on this Golf Genius link and check out scores, match scorecards, review winners, see the Golfer of the Year points and much more:https://iaga.golfgenius.com/pages/5230421642689139826
HARDING PARK RESULTS: (ALL PAYOUTS TO THE WINNERS ARE DOUBLE TROUBLE for this MAJOR!!!!)
ONE FINAL NOTE: Members, we were fortunate to be able to get access to HARDING PARK on a premier day of the week with PREMIER tee times for a large group of 80 players!!!! It was our time to shine at Harding and show IAGA deserves to return. We played at a good pace. We were appreciative of the staff with great ovations for them. We showed up on time and were ready to tee it up on time!!!! We respected the cart path only requirement (some players actually walked the course). However, it is important to state that EVERY MEMBER MUST KNOW THE RULES of the game. As important as it is to improve, improve, improve, knowing the RULES of the game and the ETIQUETTE is equally important. We did not shine in this regard with an honest but glaring mistake that became visible to Harding Park committee members.
One of our players hit onto hole #1 green with an errant tee shot from hole #9. At this time, the general public was playing and were on the green. In addition, Harding Park had just tee'd off their Harding Members event on hole #1 tee with players in the fairway waiting to hit to the green. Unfortunately, our IAGA member did not know that you were allowed to MOVE the ball from the green and drop it to the nearest point of relief WITHOUT PENALTY. You should NEVER hit a shot from the green if it lands on the green you are NOT playing. You can move it. To his credit, he did ask his playing partners and the general public on the green what the correct action was. All stated go ahead and play it. So he did. As you can imagine, with a divot resulting in the green with his shot to return to the #9 fairway, this was in clear site of the Harding Park members. It was not appreciated by them. AGAIN, our member was very apologetic once he was informed of his error and felt terrible and apologized again. We are hopeful this action does not have negative consequences, but it does highlight that we MUST know the rules and etiquette of golf and follow them. We are fortunate to get access to some premier public courses for our members. Let's respect them and the game ALWAYS!!!! You can only do that if you continue to be a student of the game and spend time learning the rules and etiquette which is constantly changing. We want to continue to provide this access, but that only happens if the courses appreciate our manners and our etiquette and our visible appreciation of their facility and their staff.
Congrats to all the winners!!!!!