Bingo Bango Bongo
You remember, your grandfather played this game. And he was good too. It rewards the player who concentrates on every shot because any given shot could be worth a point no matter how many strokes you've taken. And the HGA even added an additional point.
5 Point Bingo Bango Bongo is played in each group with a potential of 5 points on each hole. After the 18 hole round, all points are tallied, divided by the purse and distributed to each player based on the number of points each player earned. There are no point carry-overs from one hole to the next, so not all points may be awarded on each hole. The points available and their descriptions are as follows:
The longest drive is awarded to the player who is closest to the hole being played in the fairway or on the green following the player's first shot from the tee. The ball is considered in the fairway if any part of the ball is touching the fairway. The fairway is the short grass that leads to the hole you are playing. If no player is in the fairway or on the green no point is awarded.
First On is awarded to the player who reaches the green or is in the hole in the least number of strokes. If 2 players are on the green or in the hole in the same number of strokes, the player who was farthest from the hole when reaching the green is awarded this point. A point is awarded on every hole except if there is a consensus that 2 players were exactly the same distance from the hole when the ball was hit to the green in the same number of strokes.
Closest to the Pin from Off the Green
A player is considered closest to the pin from off the green if a player's ball is struck from off the green and finishes closest to or in the hole being played. Once all players are on the green the Closest to the Pin point is awarded. A player cannot be considered off the green once the player's ball is resting completely on the green at any point during the hole. Basically, once on the green you can't putt the ball off the green and get a second shot at Closest to the Pin. A point is awarded on every hole except if 2 players hole out from off the green or there is a consensus that 2 players are exactly the same distance from the hole on the green.
Longest In is awarded to the player who holes out from the farthest distance from the hole you are playing. Although generally this is a putt, it could be chip, hole in one, etc. Gimmie putts are NOT considered for longest in. A gimmie putt can be given by any opponent as long the ball rests within 1 putters length or less from the hole. This ball is considered "gimmie eligible." A gimmie putt DOES NOT have to be awarded even if the putt is "gimmie eligible." If a gimmie putt is not awarded, the putt CAN be considered for "Longest In" even if the putt is "gimmie eligible."
To determine if a putt is "gimmie eligible," take the head of any player's putter and place it in the hole so the putter shaft lays flat on the green next the resting ball. If any part of the resting ball will be touched by the putter it is "gimmie eligible." REMEMBER: Just because a putt is "gimmie eligible" does not mean your opponents will award you a gimmie putt, if the opponents think the putt can be missed. One point is awarded unless all putts are gimmies.
First In is awarded to the player with the lowest score on a given hole. If 2 players tie for First In, no point is awarded.