'Least worst' golf players take a swing in Yellowknife's Mediocre Golf tournament
7th tournament for players who know they aren't very good, but still want to play the sport
Most of the players at this weekend's golf tournament in Yellowknife would consider themselves less-than-average — on a good day.
"Mediocre at best," laughed Chris Flannagan, who was dressed in tacky, neon clothes to go with the theme of the tournament, which is called "The Douche Bag Open."
Flannagan and at least 22 other golfers in Yellowknife are members of the Mediocre Golf Association (MGA), a club meant to acknowledge those players who might be a bit shy from going pro.
"Oh, I'm damn good," one golfer said with a laugh. "But the score doesn't represent the same."
This is the seventh tournament this summer for the Yellowknife chapter of the MGA, adding to several other events that take place every year since the inception of the Yellowknife Golf Club in the 1950s.
On Sunday, he adorned a necklace with three small, silver trophies, recognizing his work as "the least worst" player in Yellowknife.
"It's just fun," Savard said. "No pressure because nobody is any good."
As of Sunday afternoon, Savard was the number-two ranked player for money won at MGA tournaments. His total? $5.91. His competition is Diego Esquibel in Albuquerque, N.M. who's won $6.44.
In the "mediocre" tournaments, if a player scores lower (which is better in golf) than 90, he or she has a certain amount of points added to their total score.
"It's a double-edged sword," said Flannagan, who's the number-three rank in the world. "When you're really good, next time they hammer you with some penalties.
"But I like it," he said.
'Mediocre' players on a mediocre course
Most of Yellowknife's golf course is covered in sand, which, of course, isn't typical.
Hughie Graham and Shaun 'Moose' Morris are the founders of the Mediocre Golf Association's Yellowknife chapter. This is the group's first year.
"I'm never going to be a Matty Gray [Editor's note: Gray is the Yellowknife Golf Club's head pro], but I'm certainly going to be a Hughie Graham and play as best as I can and suck at it,' Graham said.