Dinner & Awards Banquet
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The Dress Code for the Dinner & Awards Banquet is jacket and tie. Shower/change facilities are usually provided by the
course, so it is expected the everyone arrive at the Banquet in proper
There is usually an hour or so between the end of the round and when
golfers are called to their tables. As dinner nears, people often
stake out a table they would like to sit at, which may be with family
members, members of your foursome or other friends you have made through
There is no formal seating arrangement, with the exception of a Fathers'
section, where Fathers sit together (not assigned) at the front of the banquet room.
The Host Family works with the facility
(usually the host course) to determine the menu and style of dinner (i.e. buffet or
table service). The Host Family usually appoints an emcee for the
Banquet, who informs all diners of the timing and coordination of events
and works through the evening to address the formalities.
It is customary that Fathers are served first (or called to the buffet
line first), after which the sons tables will served in whatever order is
determined and announced by the emcee.
At some point during the meal, the emcee will call upon a member of the
family to line up at the podium and introduce their family in turn.
While there is no time limit, keepings things to 30-60 seconds is
generally appreciated. A brief introduction is all that is required,
and it is appropriate to indicate each family member by name (and
location) and mention how many years your family has participated in the
event. New Families receive the loudest applause!
family member is responsible for introductions (i.e. Oldest Son or Middle
Son) is announced during the Father's meeting at the start of the day, so
you'll have plenty of time to think of what you'd like to say. The
order of responsibility is generally rotated each year through each of the
four family members.
It's possible that a family member has to leave before the Banquet (or
introductions). If it is the person responsible for the
introductions, another family member should stand in their place and do
the introductions instead.
Throughout the evening, as determined by the Host Family, awards and
random draw prizes (if available) will be announced. There are
traditional awards, such as Low Gross, Low Net, Closest
to the Lauers and Closest to the Coyles. Additionally,
there may be other awards depending on the tournament format for such
things as Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, etc.
are announced, the winning family (or individual) makes their way to the
front to be presented their trophy or prize, at which time a picture is
usually taken as well.
The Banquet traditionally ends with a formal thank you from the Host
Family and recognition of the host course and staff. After which,
the Host Family is introduced for the following year's event. It is
customary for a member of that family to briefly address the golfers and
announce the course that will be played, as well as extend a formal
invitation for all present families to return.