Great Golf Tournament Awards and Prizes
By Bob Johnson
So, your boss gave you the opportunity assignment of coordinating the next corporate golf tournament! It sounded kind of fun, until you realized you still had to do your regular job, and then found out there is much involved in coordinating a golf tournament. You have to deal with - arrangements with the golf course, banquet decisions, pairings, tournament format, tee prizes, event winners, skill awards (longest drive, closest to the pin, hole-in-one, and longest putt), maybe even some gag awards (shortest drive, most putts per hole, most putts per round, highest hole total, etc.), sponsors, auctions and raffles.
Today's post will focus on some great tournament gift ideas and give a good estimate of the cost involved. Future posts will provide helpful hints on other areas of tournament organization. All of the gifts listed below can be found at http://www.shop.gettingtopar.com .
1. Tee Prizes are gifts given to every participant in the tournament. It can be as simple as a a sleeve of balls (with corporate / organization logo on it) to more elaborate prizes depending on the budget you have to work with. The following is a list of gift ideas for Tee Prizes that are great hits with participants - all prices are estimates per unit and include event / corporate logo's as appropriate. All gifts would be available without logo's at a consistently lower price.
• Golf Calendars - 2007 Now Available (from about $8.99 depending on quantity)
• Ball mark repair tools (prices can range from $1.60 ea to as much as $8.00 depending upon material, features and quantity ordered)
• Ball markers (plastic or wood -prices range from about 10 cents each)
• Shoe bags (prices range from between $10 and $20 depending specific bag and type printing i.e. embroidered or screen print).
• Beverage Holders (from about $6 to $21)
• Umbrellas (from about $14 to $21)
• Vinyl Rainsuits (from about $14)
• Trunk-it Golf Gear Organizers (from about $38)
• Golf Club Travel Bags (from about $26 to $65)
• Towels (from about $8 to $16)
• Specialty Towels (from about $9 to $30)
• Flasks (from about $25)
• Bag Watches - Men's and Ladies ($14 - $20)
• Golf Theme Desk Organizers ($18 - $28)
• Coaster Sets ($30 - $36)
• Bag Tags - Wood or Leather ($9 - $11)
• Pewter Money Clips ($8)
• Club Brushes ($5 - $7)
• Plaques - various sizes and materials ($15-$45)
• Mugs - 11oz or 15oz (about $14)
• Your Pocket Guide to Great Games for Golf -a book for all golfers who play money games - (about $9)
2. Trophies and Awards. Depending on the type of tournament, you may want 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies for gross and net scores in each flight. In addition, if it is a team tournament you may want to award gifts and trophies for each team members. Any way you are looking at it, your company or organization is spending a ton of money on this tournament to create a favorable impression for your participants. The last thing you want to do is give out some cheap plastic trophies to your event winners. Gettingtopar.com provides the best quality crystal, ceramic, acrylic and wood trophies. To see examples of these trophies, please visit http://www.shop.gettingtopar.com and click on Tournament Awards / Gifts. Prices are per unit estimates and may vary depending on size, quantity and specific trophy. Prices do include engraving.
• Vintage Golfer (one size only -$55)
• The Swing Trophy (one size only- $55)
• Crystal Ball (3 sizes - prices range from $139 - $192)
• Ceramic Golf Cups (3 sizes - $59-$80)
• Vintage Jug Trophy - pictured (3 sizes from $76 - $115)
• Deco Golf Desktop Clock - (3 sizes from $44 - $50)
• Ceramic Decanter Clock (1 size $100)
• Wood Pioneers of Golf Mantle Clock (1 size about $40)
• Wooden Vintage Trophies (from $28 to $36)
• Golf Legend Stein Trophy ($39)
3. Skill Awards. While all of the trophies above could be also used for skill awards, special plagues designating skills are available.
• Longest Drive (about $30)
• Closest to the Pin (about $30)
• The Longest Putt (about $30)
4. Sponsor Gifts. Many events have sponsor who pat to be an advertiser for the event. This most often happens as a hole sponsor, or perhaps as beverage cart sponsor. Most events purchase a gift for the sponsor to formally acknowledge their contribution to the success of the event. Trophies or plagues make great sponsor gifts.
5. Raffle / Auction Prizes. Raffle prizes are great ways to finish the celebration, and if you event is raising money for a non-profit organization, they are a great way to raise money. Some ideas include:
• Embroidered Animal headcovers ($24)
• Golf Slippers ($28)
• Neoprene Headcovers ($12)
• Wine Gift Set ($24)
• Golf Bag Watch & Repair Tool Gift Set ($39)
• Ball Displays ($55)
• Desk Organizer ($61)
• Putting Stand ($130)
• Desk top accessories ($18 - $28)
A couple of other tips on gifts and awards. Plan ahead as personalized orders take more time and lead time may be subject to seasonal demands. You should allow at least 4 weeks of lead time for your order. Artwork must be supplied as Camara Ready Artwork - Artwork with a black and white contract at 300%. Digital artwork considered to be camera ready is supplied at a minimum of 1200 dpi at 300%. You should always provide paper hard copy to show correct layout and color. A fee of $18.75 will be charged for typesetting of up 25 characters. You should always talk to your supplier about your order before actually taking the order.
Thanks for reading. I hope this gives you some good ideas for your upcoming tournament. Look for our next article on tournament formats.
Best of luck,
Bob at GettingToPar.com
About the Author
Bob Johnson is the man behind gettingtopar.com. GettingToPar.com is an online reseller of golf accessories, gifts and tournament awards. Why the name gettingtopar? It represents our philosophy of working toward success in all aspects of our life (including our golf games). In our business success is achieved through extraordinary customer service and great products at competitive prices. If you are a golfer, visit us at gettingtopar.com. If you are organizing a tournament, please send me an email to arrange for a personal consultation. Thanks for reading.
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