Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Charity Golf Tournament Etiquette: Why it is Rude to Arrive Late and Leave Early!

I know for some people it is hard to manage time.  But there are occasions where time should be placed in a vacuum or on the level of some mathematical formula Carl Sagan used to determine the relevance of the time it took to create the universe.  One of those occasions where limiting your time or not having enough time to spend, is the time you spend participating in a charity function.  In this case a Charity Golf Tournament.

For good charity golf tournaments it takes a minimum of one year to organize the event.  The better ones take nearly five years to get the event where it is smoothly run.  That is a lot of time and effort taken by a large number of people for just a 6 to 8 hour annual event. 

There is the golf to prepare for; there is the food to prepare for and then the prizes and games to organize and then signage and decorations. Not to mention the untold hours of meetings, conversations, phone calls and emails to people all year long to gain support for the event. 

All of this is done for the participants of the golf tournament.   The entire focus is to make the entire event enjoyable for the participants.  The event managers and volunteers spent far more time organizing the event than the length of time the event lasted.

The best thank you a participant can provide the organizer of the event is to arrive early and stay to the end of the event.  There is no extra charge for participants to stay and show respect for those who have worked so hard for the participants.

So, think about this when signing up for a charity golf tournament and mark that day completely off the calendar.  Take this precious time to relax and enjoy what has been prepared just for you.  There is no extra charge for this and you will get more out of it than walking out before you can be thanked for participating. 

You may not think there is anyone who is going to notice you leaving early or you may be one of the many who have the arrogant attitude ‘they will get over it’.  Well the organizers notice people leaving and their reaction is that they failed to please and no those who volunteer their time to help organize a charity event never get over the disrespect they get from people with this unfortunate ‘they will get over it’ attitude.  Matter of fact, they usually remember for years who they were and what they do for business, which definitely can’t help in the long run. 

Supporting charity can be a two-way street and Respect; there is no charge for giving it, but the balance sheet on handing out disrespect will bankrupt you quickly…


Support your local charities by getting involved or participate in their fundraisers. It helps all of use to help others.


Scot Duke


Innovative Business Golf Solutions, LLC.


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