Family Scramble (Optional)
Increasingly, families are choosing to play the host course together with their family the day before the event. Beyond spending time together, this gives them an opportunity to experience the golf course, which is usually new to most families.
Early in the 2000's, a Host Family took it upon themselves to negotiate a discounted rate for the Thursday round, a helpful gesture that has continued. Families are individually responsible for paying for the round (cost is not included in the formal Golf Classic registration fees) and in some cases reserve tee times. Specifics will be communicated in the Information Package sent to all registered families.
In 2005, there was such a strong turnout that the idea was floated to the attending families of having a Scramble format, with bragging rights on the line. The result was a slightly more competitive feel to the round, something that most of the participants highly enjoyed. The Family Scramble format has been in place each year since, with a Trophy being donated in 2006 to be presented during the Friday Banquet. The turnout of the Family Scramble was so substantial in 2008 (20 of 32 teams played the Thursday round), that a Shotgun start was implemented for the round.
It is important to note that participation in the Scramble, even if electing to play on Thursday, is in no way mandatory. Many families still use the round simply as a chance to play with family members they may not have seen much throughout the year. Other families with more than three sons, such as the Nash Family (with 6 boys), use the Thursday round to determine which three sons will formally participate on Friday.