Pink Lady (or Pink Lady Tournament)

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"Pink Lady" is one of the names for a popular golf format. The format is known by many names, including Money Ball, Devil Ball, Lone Ranger, Pink Ball or Yellow Ball.

In a Pink Lady tournament, teams are comprised of four golfers. On each hole, one of those four golfers plays a pink golf ball (hence the name Pink Lady). The golfers tee off and play a scramble, and on each hole two of the golfers' scores are combined for the team score. One of those is the low score among the three golfers using their regular golf balls, and the other is the score of the golfer using the pink ball.

So on each hole, the golfer with the pink ball - the Pink Lady - is under a lot of pressure to come through for the team. As noted, that ball rotates among the four players in the group. For example, Player A uses it on the first hole, B on the second, C on the third, D on the fourth, then back to A on the fifth and so on.

There are a couple variations that add to the tension of the game. In one, if the player playing the pink ball loses it, that player is eliminated from the game. The group would continue as a threesome with a new Pink Lady ball (harsh - and not recommended for high-handicap teams!).

More commonly, a Pink Lady Tournament serves as a "bonus" competition. The 4-person teams compete using the two low scores on each hole, or the Pink Lady is used only on designated holes (par 3s and par 5s, for example). The Pink Lady score is kept separately. The team with the lowest Pink Lady score wins a bonus prize.

Also Known As: Pink Ball, Yellow Ball, Money Ball, Lone Ranger, Devil Ball