By Doug Bjerkaas
What is a tag match?
Tag matches are simple, players show up on a given time and day and give their tags to what we call the "tag master”. Tags, or "Bag Tags,” are made from leather, metal, wood, or plastic, and are individually numbered from 1 to however many tags are made. The tag master would then randomly shuffle the tags and assign the players starting hole numbers for a shotgun start. After the match, the player with the best score would receive the lowest tag. The next best score gets the next lowest tag, and so on until the worst score gets the highest numbered tag. There is usually no cost to play in these matches other than the initial expense to purchase the tag. Typically, an optional ace pot was added for those who wanted to throw in a buck or two.