You will undoubtedly be called upon to provide prizes for events, probably most notably your Lady Captain's Day. What to get, that's the question.
You'll hopefully have experience of what prizes past Lady Captains have given, so that will help you, and guide you as regards your potential budget. Its your year though so prizes that reflect you add a lovely perosnal touch and make them memorable.
When it comes to the prizes themselves, the best piece of advice I can give is to choose something you'd like to win yourself. You certainly won't be able to please everyone with whatever you choose. Try not to worry about ladies who may not appreciate your choice or prizes - it doesn't mean the recipient won't appreciate your thoughtfulness in selecting your prizes.
It can be a nice gesture to add a card, personally written by you, to go with the prize. Many ladies these days make their own cards. Ladies love the personal touch - don't underestimate how much this can add to an event.
When thinking about prizes, you may also have the choice of what prizes are given for. As an example, on your Lady Captain's Day, whilst there might be a set format for the day, it's possible you may have the choice of what 'spot prizes' are given, such as 'Nearest the Pin' or 'Longest Drive'. There's a list below to help. My main piece of advice: try to cover a range of handicaps, so that you don't fall at risk of having a 'serial winner', i.e. someone on form who wins quite a few prizes on one day.
Here are some ideas:
- Nearest the Pin
- Longest Drive
- Drive 'Nearest the Line'
- Best Front Nine / Back Nine (Take out main winners first so you're not duplicating winners.)
- Nearest the Pin in Two (On a par four or long par three for higher handicaps)
- Nearest the Pin in Three (On a par five)
- Beat the Pro (On a par three).
- Putting competition - on your practice putting green
- Chipping competition - on your practice chipping area
Good Luck with your upcoming events!
Di Grant- Lady Captain Adviser