Where are all the left-handed golfers and why are they not playing in the National Association of Left-handed Golfers tournaments?
Participation in some state lefty tournaments continues and there are a few new states that are holding events. But participation in the National tournament continues to lag.
This year the tournament is at the beautiful Avondale Golf Club near Coeur D'alene, Idaho. Early entries are not coming in as fast as expected. Having the tournament out west for the first time in several years has resulted in drawing more from the west and northwest regions which is great. But tournament entries for this great and fun event should be much higher.
The NALG has a great history (see the History menu item on this website) that goes back to 1936 - yes that's 87 years ago! My first national tournament was held in Chicago in 1996. The next year the tournament was held in Las Vegas at the relatively new Paiute Resort. Sports Illustrated took a picture of 144 lefties swinging in sync on the range. I believe there were 288 entrants with half of the group teeing off in the morning and half in the afternoon.
In recent years, the participation has be under 50 players. Everyone that comes says that they have a great time and they say that they enjoy seeing the friends they have made each year when they return.
But we have to do a better job "getting the word out". I know that lefties I run into usually don't know that there is a state or national tournament for them. When I see them I give them a poker chip ball marker with our name and website address hoping they will keep us in mind and join us for an event. They know that these events are not just for the scratch golfer. Take a look at the Membership menu item to see comments made by our members as to why they join the NALG.
NALG Chairman Sid Miner (with board support) is actively working to enhance awareness of our existence. Not only that, he is putting in lots of energy to make each event enjoyable for all. Thanks to Sid for all his hard work!
In wrapping up this Blog post I would just like to say that you have a personal invitation to join these events. Please come and make a new friend!
I confess! I am an avid golfer. I also play left-handed. Since I now manage the National Association of Left-handed Golfers website, I thought I would start a Blog...this blog! What will I have to say? Stay tuned and find out.