Last year was a challenging and trying year across the country. Several businesses had to fold or re-adjust their business
practices/formats. The Houston Golf League was able to sustain through those tough times of the pandemic. The league continues to roll with the punches due to our structure remaining the same.
We have mirrored a "Walmart-type" philosophy by providing the best cost and service to our "customer" golfer. Some of the other leagues and tours have fallen victim to the same faith as Sears,
J C Penny, Neiman Marcus with pricing their product. So, we're going to take a transparent look at the Big Three Golfing Leagues in the Houston area.
First, let's look at the I-Tour. They were established in 2002 with leagues in Houston, Dallas, and Central Texas. The league played last weekend at Tour 18. There was $125 fee to play in the tournament, not counting skins and the other games. Let's get the calculator and do the math to see where the coins ended up. The player count was 44 players with a pot of $4,060 paid out. $125x44=$5,500-$4060=$1,440. That was a 38.1% purse that went to the I-Tour.
Next, a quick glimpse at The Legacy Tour, a national org based out of Fort Worth, wasn't any better. Their cost is $195, which includes your green fee. They also played at Tour 18, and the green fee was $65 per player. The players' count was only 18, 130x18=$2,340 the purse paid out was $1,750-$2,340=$590. That is a 33.7% purse for the league.
Lastly, The Houston Golf League played at Tour 18 earlier this year with 46 players. The cost was $150 per player, including the skins and other side games. Of the $150,$100 went to the purse, forty to skins, and $5 to the par 3 Challenge, and the league takes $5.00 per player, a total of $230. That is a 7.5% payout that jingles in the league's purse.
Yes, there are costs associated with running a company, and people's time is valuable, but we continue to put our members first. A song that comes to mind from a quartet from Detroit called The Four Tops is "Aint No League Like The One We Got." Well, it may not have been those words exactly, but you get the meaning. This is true and it will remain our mission statement for the league. Many perks such as live scoring, free professional stretching on tournament day, and award-winning photography are a few of our brags. Our League is an association of members that regularly communicate with each other, bonding ties from the business interests that have formed long-lasting friendships throughout the years. Some say "common sense is not so common." This is common sense to join our team.
Now that I have said all that, let's talk about last week's tournament to see how everything ties together. The winner, Shadrick Wall, at Cinco Ranch last week was a former player from the Legacy Tour. He is the second player to win this year from that group. Balise Bradon won the league opener at Pearland Country Club. First-time player Bryson Franz, three other rookies Ethan Bolthouse, Jason Anderson, and Shadrick Wall, along with league veteran Joe Hart, were in a five-person battle. Bryson lost five shots starting on 14 to finish in fifth place. Ethan lost six shots beginning on 14 to end in 4th place.
The most significant fall was Joe Hart. His 34 two-under at the turn was the lowest in the field. But the back nine 46 was among the highest. This gave him a third-place finished.
Jason Anderson played well on both sides and finished in second place. Undoubtingly, Shadrick Wall showed up to handle some business. He probably was driving and listening to his favorite "hype" music for his mindset. He played with precision as though a carrot-shaped like a $$ sign was dangling ahead of each hole. He managed to breeze through the back nine without any problems while others fell apart at the end. It resembled the old Tiger Woods effect that he had on the PGA field. He came. He conquered. He left with the dollars. Mr. Wall, congratulations on your win, and welcome to our team.
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