Are your attendees bored with the ubiquitous scramble format at golf events? They might enjoy an alternative that was used with great success at a recent event in Puerto Rico.

The Meet the Greens Puerto Rico Invitational Golf Classic and Marketplace in May used the "low net ball" format. It’s a format rarely used in the United States, but the Puerto Rico participants loved it.

Kathleen Strickland, president of PJ Advisors, Inc., Marietta, Ga. said the low-net ball format was a welcome break from a scramble. "Most low-handicap golfers do not like the scramble format," she said. "The low net ball format gives low handicappers the challenge they need, and gives us novice players a chance to win."

The way it works is simple. Each player on a team plays their own ball through the hole, on every hole. Teams calculate which team member had the lowest score on each hole. That score becomes the team’s score for that hole. The lowest total score wins the tournament.