b'Nicole Bird brings a fresh perspective on running IGAchampionshipsNicole Bird (left) filled the role as a starter on the first tee as Karen Darrington teed off to begin her second round at the 2022 IGA Senior Amateur at Jerome Country Club.by Beaux Yenchik, IGA Manager of In your eyes, what is the mostmay be shortened a bit, depending Media and Communications important aspect of your role as theon the quality of players in the field, manager of rules and competitions?but it is traditionally set from a A T the IGA, all championshipsandTo set up championships in a mannerparticular set of tees found on the qualifiers are run and organizedthat is fair and competitive for allscorecard. However, for women, by Nicole Bird, the IGAs manager ofplayers in the field so they all havethe course can vary drastically rules and competitions. As someonea positive experience, regardless ofbecause there are so many options with quite a background in golf their score. This includes choosingfor yardages. Females dont usually many know her as the former headwhich golf course to host the event,play from the tips, but there are coach of the Boise State Universityas well as how the course is set upthree to four different tee pads that womens golf teamBird bringsfor the championship. can be used. When I coached college a new and refreshing perspectivegolf, I always designed the course and outlook to tournament golf. HerBeing in a position traditionallywith hole-by-hole yardages in mind, philosophy is unique and exactly whatheld by males, what would yourather than just trying to get the total the IGA needs. say might be some of the biggestyardage that I liked. I think that helps To help our members, and evendifferences between how you viewme be more creative when it comes those beyond the IGAs jurisdiction,a golf tournament and how it hasto setting up the tees for all divisions better understand her philosophicalbeen done in the past?within championships, especially for approach to tournament setupTypically, a championship for malethe women. Im not sure how many as the manager of rules andplayers is set up from the longestmale tournament directors would competitions, Bird sat down toyardages, so whatever the back teethink of things that way.answer a few questions.boxes say is where the men play. It 4GOLF IDAHO| SEPT 2022'