GET BACK TO GOLF TOUR 2020. 8 EVENTS AT 8 FANTASTIC COURSES.
What is it?
A fun and exciting tour with a different format open to ALL pro and amateurs with a handicap of 4 or better. Male, female and juniors.
where & when is it?
See the 8 amazing courses and dates below.
How does it work?
Choose your time and day within the 10 day window (check the weather forecast), choose your playing partners and enjoy a competitive round.
Tom Higson & Jamie Mcleary
Craig Lawrie & Matthew Clark
Alan Tait & John Kelly
The 8 regional winners were all gifted a complimentary 1 night stay for 2 people, courtesy of Piries Hotel, in Edinburgh.
The player with the leading score at Dumbarnie received a 3 night Highlands break for 2 people, including 3 rounds of golf. Courtesy of The Royal Marine Hotel, Brora.
The leading amateur at each event received a gifted copy of "A Golfer's Bucket List of Scottish Golf Courses" by Colin Ramsay.
The 8 regional winners received a dozen Titleist PRO V1 golf balls.
The player who recorded the lowest score to par across all 8 events received a Fenix Xcell clothing pack.
The final event
Alan Tait had the fairytale ending to his Get Back To Golf Tour, when he won the Grand Final at Dumbarnie Links on Sunday. The 8 regional winners of the previous events met up to play for top spot which was the closing event on the tour for 2020. Tait 51, was the oldest man in the field by 12 years and was up against 7 pretty much full time golfers, and won the event by one with a 3 under par 69. “It’s not often ole Taiters is speechlees but I genuinely am. It’s a bit of a Cinderella story”, Tait laughed. “I went to Dumbarnie in the hope of having a respectful score and not letting myself down playing with the younger guys. It was 40mph winds and if you had offered me a 74 or 75 before we teed off, I’d have bitten your hand off for it.
I got off to a good start however and was 2 under par after 3. After that I felt really comfortable and only had one dropped shot at the tough par 4 10th hole. I realised with a few holes to go I had a chance of winning the grand final of the tour I set up, and the realisation kicked in! It was the first time in quite a while on a golf course I had the butterflies fluttering in my stomach, but I liked the feeling of being nervous again. If you are nervous in situations like that, it means something good is happening.
I loved being out there playing with the younger guys and my playing partners and fellow Pros John Gallagher, Craig Lawrie and Ryan Campbell were great company and there was good banter all the way round. Craig an Aberdeen fan was even keeping us all up to date how the football was going at Pitoddrie and Ibrox”!
To win on a golf course of that quality, in tough conditions against 7 great players made me feel very proud. As the saying goes, “there’s life in the old dog yet”! Fair to say I enjoyed a few beers on Sunday night reflecting on the success of the tour and also celebrating winning at fantastic Dumbarnie. I haven’t stopped smiling since.
I really set the wee tour up as a “one off” and to help our elite players during Covid. My goal was to keep them competitive, healthy, and to keep engaged with their fellow pros or amateurs when there was nothing for them to play in. The feedback I’ve had though has been fantastic, so much so I will do it again next year but will do it for the full season this time.
My aim is to make it bigger and better and to hopefully attract some sponsorship to help top up the prize-funds and to be able to give the clubs a little more money back, to thank them for hosting. I will however be keeping the entry fee to each event at an absolute minimum. This year the players paid £30 entry fee with £25 going to the prize pot and the other £5 going to the club as a gratuity. I may put it up to £35 next year but no more than that. It’s so important to make things like this affordable for everyone.
Even if the player does not win anything, I still want them enjoying themselves and they feel they’ve have had real value for money playing in the company of their pals on a quality golf course. The tour isn’t really about the money, it’s more about keeping competitive, enjoying comradery and keeping active. If you win a couple of quid, then it’s a wee bonus.
The 8 events I had since end of July, 462 players took part and over £12,000 was paid out in prize money. No one is going to get rich but the tour keeps that edge going for the players. I’ll enjoy the challenge this winter to come up with ideas to make it even better in 2021 and beyond. There’s nothing in it for me at all, but if the demand is there and the players keep supporting then I’m more than happy to keep doing my bit to help.
If I get a future Colin Montgomerie or Catriona Matthew coming through these events in the years to come, then nothing would give me more pleasure and would be job done”.