How An Eclectic (or Eclectic Tournament) Works In Golf

The format is also called a Ringer Tournament

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An Eclectic, or Eclectic Tournament, is a multi-round golf tournament that results in one 18-hole score per player. Golfers compare their scorecards for each round and select the lowest score for those rounds on each hole. That's their eclectic score.

  • An Eclectic Tournament is also called a Ringer Tournament, and the final, 18-hole score that results at the end of the Eclectic is often called the golfer's "ringer round" or "ringer score."

    An eclectic tournament can be a stand-alone event contested over consecutive days. More commonly, it is a bonus competition that runs concurrently, over longer time periods, through other, unrelated tournaments.

    Figuring An Eclectic Score

    Eclectics work this way:

    • Each golfer plays X number of rounds.
    • At the conclusion of those four rounds, each golfer compares his scores on each hole per round.
    • The lowest score made on each hole is recorded for the eclectic, producing one 18-hole score.

    For example, let's say the eclectic is made up of three rounds. In the first round, the golfer scores a 6 on hole No. 1; in Round 2, he scores a 7 on hole No. 1; in Round 3, he scores a 4 on hole No. 1. The lowest of those three scores on the first hole is a 4, so 4 is the golfer's eclectic score.

    The golfer compares his scores on each hole in every round of the eclectic, selects the lowest per-hole score, and that is his eclectic scorecard.

    Eclectics Usually Run as an Add-On for Multiple Other Events

    What do we mean by that? An eclectic tournament is not typically a stand-alone event. A golf association doesn't (typically) announce, "OK, we're going to play a 3-day tournament, but the eclectic score will determine the winners." Sometimes they do!

    But usually not.

    More commonly, an eclectic runs concurrently through a season or schedule of tournaments.

    Say the Duffersville Men's Golf Association announces a Spring tournament schedule comprised of eight tournaments. But along with those events, the DMGA offers members the option of also signing up for an eclectic, which runs throughout the spring schedule. In this case, the eclectic is comprised of eight rounds (or however many rounds are played over the course of the eight tournaments that make up the spring schedule) played over many weeks.

    It might take a month or two months to come up with the eclectic score. But at the end of that Spring schedule, golfers in the DMGA who signed up for the eclectic will compare their scorecards and tabulate their eclectic scores.