The Conquistador Update

Hello, everyone….it’s update time again!!!!! Well, after the great blizzard of 2021 last night (yup, we get snow in Tucson one or two days a year) with a record breaking 1.5″ of snow when we got up this morning, we felt it was time for a quick update on the Conquistador and the TIU Shootout.

On the Shootout on 4/19, we are officially sold out with 144 registrants and 13 on the waitlist. The response for this year’s benefit for UArizona Adaptive Athletics has been just ground breaking. Many of our local and regional sponsors have stepped up to the plate and we are on track to raise four times more than we did in the last one in 2019 (2020 was cancelled for obvious reasons). After extremely generous donations by Mr. Robert Rowlings and Omni Hotels, the Dick Luebke Family, and Jim Click (our champion), we moved the event to Tucson National (same course as the Champions Cologuard Classic) and are expecting a really great event with some awesome golf.

On the Conquistador on 4/20, we’re getting a great response for this initial adaptive major event. As of today, we still have about 40 spots still open and we’re also adding daily to our sponsors roster.

Due to COVID restrictions, Casino del Sol (our host hotel) has banned all large gatherings and catering events until late May. Therefore ( as many of you are aware) we have moved our player reception and awards event to an offsite location (Trak Tucson, a working equestrian center in the Tucson city limits) for a unique experience while still maintaining the protocols necessary for current times.  FireTruck Brewery, will be catering both events. We’ll have live music at the player reception and some special guests for the awards event.

On hotels, Casino del Sol is close to selling out our reserved room blocks, so if you wish to stay on property, you need to reserve today. To get our guaranteed rate, you need to call the resort (do not use the website) and reference the Conquistador tournament. We still have plenty of rooms available at the Doubletree located at the Tucson Airport (15 min away). Be aware that there is no shuttle service from the Airport to Casino del Sol, so your alternatives are Uber ($22) or car rental (actually rentals are pretty cheap here in Tucson). All of the food venues at the Casino will be open and operating normally (all twelve of them!).On the tournament, we will be making the decision soon on the tees that will be used and which classifications will being teeing off from respective tees. For all of you who wish to maintain your World Rankings, if EDGA gets us approved in time, we will submit scores accordingly (Premier and Challenge). Everyone’s scores will also be submitted to USAGR as well. We will be announcing beneficiaries for the event within the next two weeks.

On a couple of housekeeping issues, if you don’t remember submitting your wearable sizes during registration, we will be posting an online form (this weekend) to fill out so we can make sure you get your Swag!!!

SoloRider has been kind enough to allow us to use four demo carts for our event and we will be hauling them up to Mesa for Jason’s event. We have an additional two here in Tucson as of today. Based on what we know today, we still have two available for our event and I’m sure Jason can update you on the USDGA event in Mesa. Also, if any of you have special dietary needs, make sure you notify us at least two weeks before the event so we can accommodate you.

Finally, we will be utilizing a “touchless” scoring process this year with Golf Status. Both iOS and Android versions are available for free in your respective app store.

That’s about it until next week. Remember to tell all your contacts about the event and let’s get this sold out!! Appreciate all of you.
Jon – jon@TIU4ALL.org

New sponsors, alliances, and paths

TIU4ALL is proud to announce our new alliances with Sqairz golf shoes, Vice golf balls, SoloRider adaptive golf carts, and Cobra/Puma Golf as our new sponsors and exclusive providers of golf apparel and equipment. “Our involvement with these golf industry leading manufacturers allows us to assist adaptive golfers everywhere and our collegiate adaptive student athletes the opportunity to not only improve their golf future through best of class equipment but continue their pursuit of life excellence that only the game of golf can provide. With the advent of our mission to establish a national adaptive golf conference along with our ongoing efforts to provide clinics, instruction, and mentoring in adaptive golf in the state of Arizona, these additions to our dedicated supporters will only be a positive on all fronts” stated TIU4ALL executive Director, Jon Moore. Mr. Moore further states, “These and the other alliances we’re currently developing, will only enhance the program and our ability to develop additional opportunities in adaptive golf as well as further develop recruitment opportunities for the UArizona Adaptive Golf program”.Further information on our new alliances can be found here:

www.sqairz.com

www.vicegolf.com

www.solorider.com

www.cobrapumagolf.com


For further information on TIU4ALL, go to https://www.teeitup.net or https://www.tiu4ALL.org

Billy Fryar- dedicated, devoted, disciplined

page1image51905136
page1image51913248
page1image51905760
page1image51907424

We’re proud to announce our newest adaptive golf ambassador and the #1 ranked wheelchair golfer, Billy Fryar from Bigelow, Arkansas

Disability type: T7 paraplegic

Associated Organization: I’ve been playing wheelchair basketball for the Arkansas Rollin Razorbacks for the past 18 years. I retired last year to focus solely on golf.

Favorite Course:
Wailea Blue Golf Course in Maui, HI

Hobbies: Golf, hunting, fishing, spending time with my family.

Favorite Golf Memory:
Of my 3 hole in ones, my favorite was my first on 7-7-08 playing with my son Dillon Fryar.

Family Details:
Married 27 years to my high school sweetheart Gena Fryar. We have one son Dillon Fryar , his lovely wife Lynae , and our new grandson Dawson

page2image52143664
page2image52143872
page2image52144080

My recent Golf accomplishments :

Currently Ranked number 1 seated golfer in the world. Currently ranked number 7 in the USA for all disabled golfers . US Paragolf team for 2020 and 2021.
Team USA Phoenix Cup team 2020.
7 overall tournament wins.

SoloRider’s could be part of your new profitability plan!

SoloRider’s seem to be a little more popular than we originally thought!!! In addition to their beneficial applications to adaptive golf, we’re finding that golf facilities are finding value in using SoloRiders for singles, threesomes, and for foursomes. The biggest factor is the fact that SoloRider provides for a 25-30% reduction in pace of play enabling golf facilities to create additional tee times on a daily basis.

We are embarking on a mission to show golf management companies that they cannot also increase their round revenue, but reduce their daily cart expenses significantly. In these trying times, a single rider cart just could be the answer for more profitability.

GOLF FUNDRAISING TRENDS & PREDICTIONS FOR 2021

There’s no doubt about it: COVID-19 has changed the way we live, work, and fundraise. Its long-term impact remains to be seen, but as health and safety restrictions and guidelines remain in place heading into the end of the year, organizations large and small are tasked with the challenge of planning amid the uncertainty of the year ahead. Here are eight predictions for golf fundraisers in 2021 and how to prepare so you’re ahead of the curve.

BlogPost_EmailPreview.jpg

1. GOLFERS WILL BE EAGER TO PLAY

For years, the golf industry has reported incredibly high latent demand (that is, tons of people who report that they want to golf, but haven’t or don’t regularly). The pandemic, almost at its immediate onset, poured fuel on the fire—challenging folks to get out and play. In fact, the industry as a whole has reported a record season with tee times booked consistently by golfers of all skill levels. This is good news for charity golf outings. Golf fundraisers traditionally use the scramble format, which means golfers don’t necessarily need to be extremely skilled at the game to participate in a charity tournament. 

With a huge uptick in rounds played by both new and experienced golfers in the 2020 season, event organizers can expect to have an easier time filling teams, especially by spring, when winter will be clearing up and folks will be eager to get out of the house.

GolfFundraisingTrendsFor2021-01.jpg

2. EXPECT TO SEE MORE TOURNAMENTS ON THE CALENDAR

With many organizations forced to cancel their other fundraising events, a lot was riding on golf fundraisers in 2020 and many long-standing annual events were able to safely press on thanks to some creative modifications and the use of technology. At the same time, many organizations that ended up making the difficult decision to cancel will have high expectations for 2021. Coupled with first- and second-year events born out of necessity during this time, organizations can expect to see not only a renewed interest in golf from donors and sponsors, but a renewed interest in golf fundraising events across the board and more events taking place overall. 

This makes early planning more important than ever. You’ll need to get save-the-dates out with enough time for players and sponsors to act. That means, if you’re planning a spring event, you should get a quick notice out to supporters ahead of year end (especially sponsors, who will be planning budgets). It’s also a good idea to get an event website for your golf outing set up so you can list available packages and supporters can start to actually commit. If you end up needing to postpone or modify the event, an event website designed around the nuances of the golf outing also makes it easy to do so.

3. SOCIAL DISTANCING & OTHER SAFETY PROTOCOLS WILL LINGER

No one can predict with certainty what’s ahead, but there’s definitely some merit in the old adage: Plan for the worst and hope for the best. It’s likely that event organizers and golf facilities will need to continue to modify events to meet capacity limitations, mitigate contact, and ensure social distancing. For golf events, this means using online registration, modified formats where necessary (i.e. tee times as needed), touch-free mobile scoring, and other adaptations that keep your event safe.

4. EXTENDED PLAY & MULTI-COURSE EVENTS WILL BE MORE COMMON

Virtual golf outings are another trend that has taken root in 2020 and will likely continue into 2021. Instead of an on-screen gaming experience like many virtual events, virtual golf outings are played remotely. The event is extended over multiple days and/or across multiple courses so players can essentially donate their round and participate in an aggregate leaderboard without being in the same place at the same time as 100-plus other golfers. One benefit of these modified virtual outings is that they’re particularly convenient for participants, who sometimes can’t make a one-day event due to busy schedules. Virtual events also broaden the scope of the outing so it can include more supporters (i.e. there’s a much larger field size limit). Lastly, these events often require minimal overhead and less planning—making it possible to hold them without a ton of costs, time commitments, or months of advanced notice.

GolfFundraisingTrendsFor2021-02.jpg

5. LEADERBOARDS WILL BECOME MORE COMMON

Mobile scoring solved the problem of paper scorecards and the need to touch and pass them around, and there’s likely no going back. Live leaderboards allow tournament participants to score their round in real-time, so players and spectators can see standings at all times. The benefits are numerous: the event becomes instantly more competitive, golfers playing remotely in virtual outings are connected by a central scoreboard, and event organizers are able to sell exposure on the live leaderboard at a premium. What’s more, event leaderboards are a great place to collect additional online donations from event participants and those following along.

6. SPONSORS WILL BE EAGER FOR DIGITAL EXPOSURE

With virtual elements and the adoption of technology, there comes digital advertising and opportunities for sponsor exposure. Digital logo placements are helpful for event organizers in that they’re easy to manage (just plug in a logo on a website, in a mobile app, or on leaderboards) and often have little to no overhead costs compared to signage or branded merchandise. Sponsoring businesses have also shown a propensity to support the technology that helps nonprofit organizations run more efficiently and effectively, making digital sponsorships a key opportunity for events that are evolving to leverage technology.

7. ORGANIZATIONS WILL FOCUS ON CAPTURING EVENT & DONOR DATA

Data has been the big buzz word in the sector for years, but there are some events and programming that seem to escape data capture and tracking mechanisms. The golf tournament has historically been one of those events, but it shouldn’t be. Indeed, the golfer demographic is, statistically, an affluent one. When golfers field a team, they tend to call on their networks and sphere of influence to do so. Perhaps most importantly, the golf outing can be a key entry point for corporate sponsors and partnerships. But none of this works if you don’t know who’s fielding teams, who’s being invited to play as a guest, who’s sponsoring your organization, and where the tournament falls into that supporter’s larger giving history.

The easy fix here is to use a platform that offers an event website with online registration and secure payment processing so you can capture and export that crucial information into your donor CRM. If your organization is fortunate enough to be the beneficiary of peer-to-peer fundraising or events run by third party organizers, capturing this data can be even more tricky, but it’s a huge missed opportunity if you’re not doing it. And, it’s still possible so long as your supporting events use the right technology.

8. TIME SAVINGS WILL BE A CRUCIAL CONSIDERATION

With many organizations facing budget cuts and staff consolidations, fundraising professionals have more on their plates than ever before heading into a high-stakes year. That means constant cost-benefit analyses, it means the ability to delegate is more important than ever, and it means organizations have to get creative to adopt technology to save time without adding more line-item expenses.