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3/27/2013 8:07:00 AM
Get ready for 'The Majors'

The Oak Creek Women's Golf Association holds five major tournaments over the season. How is a “major” different from a regular Tuesday game? It is held over two or more rounds, and the payouts are more.

The first major of the year was the Partners’ Eclectic in January. “Eclectic," in the world of golf, means that players use the best score for each hole over multiple rounds.

This event had two rounds and the partners’ better ball is used for each round, so in effect you have four scores to work with on each hole.

There were a total of 16 winners over three flights, so those of you who hesitate to sign up for a major, know that there is a pretty good chance of walking away with a little cash, regardless of handicap.

February saw the Partners’ Better Ball, a somewhat tighter competition. Only the first round was a better ball format, and the second round a format using alternate shots.

The latter is a tough one, because you are playing the result of your partner’s shot, and that can be from a place you don’t usually see in your own game. This one had 12 winners over two flights. Congratulations to all.

The other majors are President’s Cup and Match Play tournament in April and May, and OCCWGA Championship in October. Tune into the OCC website, Ladies’ Section, for the schedule.

Our biggest event of the year, the OCC Ladies’ Invitational, is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7.

The cost is $65 for OCC members and $80 for non-members. The format is partners’ better ball, and we’re hoping for a 50-50 mix of members and non-members.

By mid-March, the field was already half full, so if you’d like to join the fun, call the golf shop to see if there are spaces left. We can’t have too many sponsors, though, so anyone who would like to contribute $100 for a sponsorship will receive 2 free rounds of golf (cart not included) and a sign advertising your business will be placed on a tee box. Call the golf shop at 284-1660 for details.

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