by GTS on January 15th, 2020

Now is the time to start planning for your 2020 event - the earlier the better no matter what time of year your tournament might be, however spring tournaments need to get the ball rolling ASAP!

There many things to be doing even if you have snow on the ground - here is a sample check list that can get you started. Take your event to the next level by following these beginning steps for a successful 2020 Tournament:
 
1.      Pull your committee together and assign job responsibilities
2.      Do a survey with last year’s golfers
3.      Call 5 golf courses and get available dates and rates
4.      Put together list of last year’s sponsors and new potential sponsors
5.      Create Sponsor packages
6.      Put together a list of potential golfers
7.      Set up a website
8.      Develop a marketing plan
9.      Start looking for a great golfer gift for this year - view our GTS offerings here
10.    Send out a press release about your organization and how the funds are used.

We offer Logo'd gifts for your golfers, SuperTicket Fundraising ($3k avg. profit), Sponsor Plaques, Banners,  HIO Insurance, Shootout Insurance, Putting Insurance, Awards, or anything else tournament related you might be shopping for. We are a COMPLETE resource for you and provide our 20 years of tournament experience and knowledge to our customers.

Feel free to call or email us for additional information or if you have any questions:

1 (877) GTS-0555 or info@GTS59.com

We look forward to assisting you however we can in 2020!

by GTS on July 30th, 2019

SPONSOR PLAQUES ARE JUST BETTER THAN PLASTIC SIGNS. Period.

There is a lot of competition in the Charity Golf Tournament World - as a tournament organizer, you should be looking to present your tournament as bigger and better than the others in order to enhance players and sponsors.

Lets make our events look bigger and better - how you ask? A great first step is with signs and banners that welcome the golfers and recognize your sponsors. This gives the event a professional feel.

Almost all charity events have the same type of signs - plastic yard signs mounted on a wire that belong more in a political race than a golf tournament. Instead, we highly recommend upgrading your hole sponsor signage with our Hole Sponsor Plaques - these high quality wood plaques serve as on course signage AND as a gift for the sponsor to take home and prodly display at their home or place of business. This makes them feel good year-round about their sponsorship and the whole time your tournament is getting recognized and advertised.

Professional Golf Tournaments use big signs, banners, and billboards; make your event feel like a big event with high-quality signs. Have bigger and more colorful signs. Use Sponsor Plaques to upgrade your hole sponsor signage. Your golfers will be impressed, your sponsors will love you, and more companies will want to be involved next year.
 
Signs That You Should Aim to have for a "Professional" appearance:

Tournament Welcome Banner: 3’ x 6’
Sponsor Board for Registration Area: 4’ x 2’
Customized Pin Flags on the Greens
Sponsor Plaques on Tee Boxes
Sponsor Plaques on Putting Green
Sponsor Plaques on Driving Range

Feel free to send us a message to request a NO-OBLIGATION signage proof for your upcoming tournament! Info@gts59.com

by GTS on May 2nd, 2019

The GTS SuperTicket: The Answer to Happy Golfers and Larger Donations
Nickel and Diming: A Golf Tournament fatal error..

The Solution: The GTS SuperTicket

When a golfer attends a charity golf tournament they know they are going to be asked for more donations in one form or another.  Mulligans, raffles, long drive shots, etc.

How you collect the money can make a huge difference in the golfer’s perception of your tournament.  Most tournaments sell the items “ala carte” thinking they can make the most money this way.  Time and time again it has been shown that this is not the case.  When you “nickel and dime” the golfers by asking them for money several different times before, during and after the tournament it becomes a real source of irritation.  They feel uncomfortable because they never want to appear cheap in front of their friends yet they don’t want to be reaching in their pockets all day.

Golfers come to a charity tournament to play golf – when you constantly solicit them they cannot enjoy what they came to do and will perceive your tournament negatively.

Then how do you make your money?  It is called “Bundling”.  Put everything that you are going to ask the golfers to pay for in one package and sell it at registration – then leave them alone and let them enjoy their day of golf.  Our SuperTicket does exactly this and the philosophy is simple: ask for one donation and leave them alone!

One of key items that every SuperTicket should include is mulligans – golfers want their mulligans.  Never, ever sell mulligans outside of your SuperTicket package – this will totally undermine your package – they will always go the cheaper route and they want mulligans – if you offer them separately, they will buy just the mulligans and you will lose big money.

The most successful SuperTicket price is in the $30 to $50 price range, but the success is totally dependent on the value you offer – you have got to make it worth the money they are spending.  Value is key.

The items we include in each SuperTicket package to add value are:
  1. $10 Worldwide Golf Gift Cards Valid at: Roger Dunn Golf Shops, Van's Golf Shops, The Golf Mart, Golfers Warehouse, Edwin Watts, Unita Golf
  2. $100,000 Insured shootout for 4 Golfers
    • These 4 golfers are chosen, before the round, by selecting 4 SuperTickets at random from your turned in SuperTickets.
  3. (2) 3 day/2 night vacations for two; choice of 50 destinations throughout the continental US, Hawaii, and Mexico.
  4. Razor Golf Club Certificates for a custom fit Wedge
    • Custom fit: A choice of degrees and shaft flexes - $29.95 fitting, shipping, and handling
Beyond these items, you include the items that would normally be sold separate to 'bundle' and create the best value possible for the golfers.

Below is a list of items and contests that we recommend including and that past tournaments have included in THEIR SuperTicket offerings:
  • Mulligans (at least 2)
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Drink Tickets
  • Helicopter Ball Drop balls
  • X Amount of String
    • The golfers can use this throughout the round for 'gimme' putts and to get out of bad lies
  • "Tiger's Drive" or "Bubba's Drive"
    • Usually on a par 5 - they automatically get to play from the spot a 300-330 yard drive would put them.
  • Putting Contest
  • Men's/Women's Longest Drive Contest(s)
  • Men's/Women's Closest-to-the-Pin Contest(s)
  • Men's Women's Straightest Drive Contest(s)
  • Hole-in-One Contests
    • Insure the whole field and if someone who did not purchase a SuperTicket gets a Hole-in-One - that money will go to the charity!
    • We print our Hole-in-One signage with an *eligible contestants only caveat to legally support this situation.
Again, the idea is to put as many items as possible on your SuperTicket offering to offer your golfers the best value possible!

Please call us today with any questions you may have regarding The SuperTicket Fundraising Program

by GTS on March 28th, 2019

These golfers walked away with big prizes from charity tournaments that we insured in 2018 - check out our HIO Prize Packages to give your golfers the chance to win big at your event!

HIO WINNER:
Mark Razook of Anaheim, CA





HIO WINNER:
John Lavery of Mission Viejo, CA

John donated his full $5,000 prize to the META Foundation!





HIO WINNER:
Teevan McManus of San Diego, CA


by GTS on January 28th, 2019

Now is the time to start planning for your 2019 event. The earlier the better no matter what time of year your tournament might be, however spring tournaments need to get the ball rolling ASAP!

There many things to be doing even if you have snow on the ground - here is a sample check list that can get you started. Take your event to the next level by following these beginning steps for a successful 2019 Tournament:
 
1.      Pull your committee together and assign job responsibilities
2.      Do a survey with last year’s golfers
3.      Call 5 golf courses and get available dates and rates
4.      Put together list of last year’s sponsors and new potential sponsors
5.      Create Sponsor packages
6.      Put together a list of potential golfers
7.      Set up a website
8.      Develop a marketing plan
9.      Start looking for a great golfer gift for this year - view our GTS offerings here
10.    Send out a press release about your organization and how the funds are used.

We offer Logo'd gifts for your golfers, SuperTicket Fundraising ($3k avg. profit), Sponsor Plaques, Banners,  HIO Insurance, Shootout Insurance, Putting Insurance, Awards, or anything else tournament related you might be shopping for.

We are a COMPLETE resource for you and provide our 17+ years of tournament experience and knowledge to our customers.

Feel free to call or email us for additional information or if you have any questions:

1 (877) GTS-0555 or info@GTS59.com

We look forward to assisting you however we can in 2019!

by GTS on September 14th, 2018

​Selling golf tournament sponsorships is one of the most important aspects of a successful event.  Offering the golf carts as a stand alone sponsorship opportunity is a profitable and  valuable
(to the sponsors) way to help your event raise more money. 

The golf cart is the single most repetitive point of exposure for golfers during a tournament.  The players are in and out of the cart a 100 times and this translates into advertising impressions.  Having one player exposed to a sponsoring company's logo on a cart 100 times is more valuable than having that same player see a hole sign 1 time.  The golf cart is a valuable piece of property!  This has to be conveyed to the potential sponsoring company so that they see the extreme value.

 

One of the best ways to give your sponsor the best bang for their buck, is to have a static cling sign made that sticks on the cart.  Either on the acrylic windshield or on the front bumper.  These can be made for as little as $7.25 each and are printed in full color so the sponsor will be happy with how their logo or name appears.  There is no glue or tape associated with these clings so the golf course personnel can apply and take off with ease, and no mess.
​Sell the sponsorship for $1,500.00 and if you have 100 players in your event, you will need 50 clings at $7.25 each.  You will NET $1,137.50 just from the golf cart sponsorship.  Repeat the same for the two beverage carts that will be on the course.  Sell each of these for $300.00 and you will NET $592.00!

Sell both of these sponsorships to add an additional $1,730.00 to your bottom line.  Not bad at all!

Combine with our hand made Sponsor Plaques to really impress your golfers and sponsors!

by GTS on June 14th, 2018

​We have seen it time and time again... a tournament will only present awards to the 1st place team or 1st and 2nd but the quality of the awards just isn't great - or they decide to just do gift cards. Don't do this at your tournament! Many golfers relish being presented with an award and proudly display it at their office or home - which fondly remembers them of your tournament and come next year they are more likely to attend again. 

Physical awards also serve as conversation pieces which will promote your event - IE: "Hey John that's a nice ___________ (longest drive, closest to the pin, 1st place, etc.) award you have on your desk - what tournament did you win that at?" John proceeds to tell his college how fun the tournament was and why he should play in his foursome next year. Another golfer added to your tournament without any marketing efforts on your part!
 
Your goal should be to make as many winners as possible. Winners, especially, come back year after year. There are many ways to make winners... here are just a few examples:
 
Winning Categories
1st, 2nd 3rd Place Team (Flight A, B, C)
36 Winners
Recommended GTS Award ​or Recommended GTS Award

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Individual (Flight A, B, C)  
9 Winners
Recommended GTS Award 
Last Place Team                                                                
4 Winners
Recommended GTS Award  (Bobblehead - comes with "Honesty Award" custom engraving)

Closest to the Pin Pars 3’s (Men)                                      
4 Winners
Recommended GTS Award  (wedge)

Closest to the Pin Pars 3’s (Women)                                  
4 Winners
Recommended GTS Award  (wedge)

Long Drive Men Front & Back Nine                                
 2 Winners
Recommended GTS Award 

Long Drive Women Front and Back Nine                        
 2 Winners
Recommended GTS Award 

Straight Drive Front and Back                                            
2 Winners
Recommended GTS Award 

Long Putt (each par 3)                                                      
4 Winners
Recommended GTS Award 

Make sure to have plenty of great raffle prizes too! Include raffle tickets in your SuperTicket Fundraising Package offering to increase your gross donation amount from the tournament - golfers appreciate the one-donation approach that our SuperTicket offers, rather than buying raffle tickets before, during, and after the round. Take care of business, aka asking for donations, in the morning and leave them alone to enjoy their round and the beautiful course!
 
And back to the awards - remember the better the prize, the better the memory. Give them really nice awards and they will come back, and bring their friends!

Call us with any questions or just to discuss your event - toll-free: 1(888)GTS-0555

by GTS on May 9th, 2018




The following is a list of ideas to consider when preparing your SuperTicket offerings. These have been done by tournaments in the past and have worked well by adding value to those tournaments SuperTicket offerings. 

These contests will only be open to golfers that purchased a SuperTicket.

Remember, the more you can offer your golfers with your SuperTicket.. the better your sales will be!
1. Closest to the Pin
Along with “Longest Drive”, “Closest to the Pin” is the most popular contests added under 'Entry Into' on SuperTickets. This event requires asking the pro to set up a 'closest to the pin' hole - this is always done on par 3s, and usually there is more than one (some tournaments have it one every par 3). 

You should present the winner of this contest with an award - see our awards and trophies for options.

2. Longest Drive
This event is very similar to “Closest to the Pin” in the way it is run - a 'winners sheet' is placed on a stake in the fairway and it is filled out by a golfer that out drove the last longest drive entry.

A prize should be awarded for the longest drive: Mens & Women. See our awards and trophies for options.

3. Straightest Drive
In the same family as “Closest to the Pin” and “Longest Drive”, this is an 
opportunity for players to win a prize - see our awards and trophies for options.
Since the ability to hit the ball a certain distance is not an advantage here, the only 
requirement for this hole be that it is straight from tee box to green.
Before the event, ask the golf pro to chalk a straight line, right in the middle of the 
fairway, from the tee box to the green - however they will be plenty familiar with what needs to be done if you just mention you would like a 'straightest drive' contest set up.

They will place a 'winners sheet' out in the fairway where the golfers will mark where their ball ended up - if their ball is closer to the straight line than the last contestant on the sheet, they will move the marker to their ball's position and sign their name on the sheet. 

The same process is done with 'Closest to the Pin' on greens. 

4. Putting Contest 
A putting contest can be held before, during or after your golf tournament. You should have an award for the winner, as well as give him/her the opportunity to win a lot of $ on an insured putt. Having everyone else watch the putting contest winner take an insured putt for $5,000 or $10,000 creates A LOT of excitement!

See our Putting Insurance rates for more info.

5. Pro Drives for You
Here is another fun way for non-profit organizations to make money at a golf outing. This is a service called “Pro for Hire”. The golf course holding the event will provide you with a golf pro, who will be stationed at the longest and most difficult hole on the course. He will be there for the length of the day. This pro should be one who has a particular skill for hitting very long drives. When a team approaches the hole, if any of the golfers bought a SuperTicket - they will have the option of having the pro hit their drive for them.

6. "Tiger's" drive
With this, SuperTicket purchasers will automatically advance their ball to a particular spot in the fairway.. as if the pro hit their shot for them. These 'auto drives' should be at least 300 to 330 yards from the tee box and are usually offered on a long par 5. 

You can name it whatever you would like: "Pro Drive" "Phil's Drive" "Jack's Drive" etc.. 

7) String It Out
SuperTicket purchasers are issued a length of string, usually a bit over an arm’s length ( or about 4 feet) prior to the round's start. The string can be used at any time during the round by a player who wants to improve his lie. 

Example: A SuperTicket purchasers' ball is sitting down in heavy rough, but if they could move it just one foot, they would have a great lie. OK, they take out their length of string, string it out in 
the direction they want to move the ball. If the string reaches the point where they would
like to place your ball, they can move the ball.

The catch is that each time you use your string, you must cut off the amount of  string corresponding to the distance your ball was moved. Move your ball six  inches to get out of a bunker, cut six inches off your string (a ball can be moved out of any hazard other than a water hazard). 

The string can be used at any time, but, obviously, must be used judiciously or it  runs out pretty quickly. 

There are a couple options for the length of the string. All players can be issued the same length (usually a yard). In that case, use full handicaps. Or a player can be issued a length corresponding to his handicap. A 15 handicapper would get 15 feet of string; a 2 handicapper two feet. In that case, use partial (usually 3/4) handicaps.

Another variation on this would be to issue a standard size string which could be used over and over to improve the golfers lie and allow 'gimme' putts if it is within the length of the string. This REALLY helps to speed up play and keep the golfers from being too frustrated. 

8) Lob a Grenade/"Hand Wedge" shot
SuperTicket purchasers will have 1 'hand wedge' shot where they can pick up the ball and throw it. Ideal for those high handicappers that land in a greenside sand trap. 

9) Teeing off from the Red Tees!
SuperTicket purchasers get to tee off from the red tees on a specific hole.

Try to find 2 holes where there is a huge yardage difference between tee boxes,  a 
hole that is a par 4 and is possibly reachable with a good tee shot, or a very long par 5. 


Basically the items you can add to your SuperTicket are only limited by your imagination! Well and the actual logistics of the idea... everyone would like to have Tiger present to hit drives, but its not too realistic for most tournaments. 

The end goal is to make the golfer feel as though making their one donation in the morning was worth it - you accomplish this by loading AS MUCH AS YOU CAN into your SuperTicket offering and selling nothing outside of the SuperTicket (except raffle tickets).

Call us today for some more ideas on what to add to your SuperTicket offering!

by GTS on April 13th, 2018

​THE IDEAL CHARITY TOURNAMENT
 
What does the perfect charitygolf tournament look like? We work with thousands of golf tournaments around the country and we see what the average golf tournament looks like compared to an ideal event. Keep in mind it is all relative what works for your organization and demographic - but here are some guidelines to follow to make your tournament more successful and more fun than the average charity golf tournaments:
 
THE BASICS, you need:
  1. A worthwhile cause
  2. Well connected committee members to bring in golfers
  3. A few months to plan
  4. A great golf course private or high end country club
  5. GTS SuperTicket Fundraising: to create excitement and raise money at your event
  6. Sponsors: Who you can recognize using our signature Sponsor Plaques
  7. Golfer Teams
  8. Awards


TOURNAMENT BUDGET

INCOME
 
Sponsors: $20,000
Golfers: 120 @ $150 =$18,000
SuperTicket Fundraising: $5,000 (110 golfers purchase @ $50 per SuperTicket)
Auction: $20,000
Appeal/ Donations: $20,000

TOTAL: $83,000
 
 
 
EXPENSES
 
Golf Course: 120 @ $75 = $9,000
GTS SuperTicket Fundraising: $1,100 (120 printed, 10 unsold and returned = 100 @ $10 each)
F & B: 120 @ $35 = $4,200
Gifts and Prizes: 120 @ $40 =$4,800
Website: $500
GTS Sponsor Plaques: $1,000 (40 @ $25 each)
Photography: $1,000
GTS HIO Insurance: $1,000
​GTS AwardsGTS Awards for your Winners: $800

TOTAL: $23,200
 
 
*NET PROFIT: $59,600*


 
Your results may vary but this is a great guideline to shoot for. Give us a call or email to assist you with your next event! 

info@GTS59.com

Toll-Free: (877)GTS-0555

by GTS on January 10th, 2018

​START PLANNING FOR YOUR EVENT NOW
 
As we start the new year it is now time to start planning your 2018 Golf Tournament. Even if there is snow on the ground, it is not too early to start planning.
 
Courtesy of GTS, here are the actions items and timeline for this year’s event:
 
  1. Put together your committee and assign responsibilities. 
  2. Define your purpose, objectives and goals. 
  3. Find a location and pick the date. 
  4. Decide on the format and the games and contests. 
  5. Create sponsor packages, identify potential sponsors and start selling. 
  6. Develop a promotion and marketing plan - this should include showing potential sponsors what their signage will look like at your event (the reason why they are paying). We highly recommend our handmade Wood Sponsor Plaques which start at just $25 and are handmade/customized for your event. These wood plaques serve as on-course signage (wire stand for tee box provided) AND as a custom gift for your sponsor to take home with them. A Great Value!
  7. Build a golfers’ package and start recruiting golfers. 
  8. Acquire gifts and prizes and let golfers know what they are.  Be sure they are unique and not just other hat and golf towel - See our Golfer Gift items to find something special that your golfers will love and keep them coming back in 2019.
  9. Develop a great auction (silent and/or live), acquire items and start promoting early.  Auctions are gravy money for your event. 
  10. Design an awards ceremony that makes money and is fun for attendees - the more awards you give away the more happy golfers you have! Check our wholesale priced awards options for a great deal - all award prices include custom laser engraving
Check of these 10 items and you'll be well on your way to a very successful event in 2018!

Feel free to call or email if there is anything we can do for you at this time.
Golf Tournament Specialists


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