The club’s regular games follow a Stroke Play format (same as used on the PGA Tour), where every shot is counted (no gimmes or mulligans). The designated recorder enters the hole-by-hole scores which are tallied and initialled at the end of the round. The scorecards are turned in to the club Pro Shop where they are collected by the Scoremaster at the end of the day’s play. Skill prizes are awarded for closest to pin, longest drive, etc.
Riverside Coyotes holds two scrambles each season, one mid-season and at the season finale. We use a modified Texas scramble format where each team member hits his own ball off the tee and the best shot is chosen and marked (minimum of 3 tee shots each for foursomes; 4 tee shots each for threesomes). For tee shots only, the player whose tee shot was chosen does not play the second shot. The remaining team members hit their next shot from this point. Once on the green, each player takes 1 putt, the 2nd putt is conceded. Recorder enters one score per hole.
This tournament calls to mind long-time member Don Leverington. All players participate in a stroke play format during the first week. Two players representing the best low and high handicap net scores play off the following week, using a match-play format to determine the best overall golfer – the player with the most holes wins the Leverington trophy. While the two trophy contestants are not eligible, skill prizes are available to be won by the remainder of the players.
Honors club member Ken Darlington, who scored less than his age over 300 times. Our club championship is played over two weeks, with scores from both days totaled. Trophies awarded for Low Gross and runner-up and Low Net and runner-up. Players finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each handicap bracket over the two days also receive prizes. Skill prizes are awarded both days.
The season-long race for the RivEx Cup culminates in early September. This tournament is based on the season-long PGA FedEx format. The results of every draw (excluding scrambles) awards members RivEx points in their respective handicap brackets according to their performance that week. RivEx points are posted each week and accumulated. Every member who plays in the RivEx cup receives prize money, as well, skill prizes are awarded both days. RivEx point leaders in each handicap group receive starting handicap advantages for the two-day RivEx cup.
A few members of Victoria Senior Men’s and Riverside Coyotes trade venues for the day and get to try out each others course. We usually schedule two dates in July and August for this swap. Each club organizes sign-up sheets for those wanting to participate in the swap. Riverside Coyotes awards prizes for Low Gross and Low Net scored at Victoria, but skill prizes are not awarded to either club’s members playing the visiting course.