shotgun start


: a start of play (as in a tournament) in which groups of players tee off at the same designated time on different tees so that all groups begin their rounds simultaneously

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Closed for nearly three months, Tierra Verde Golf Club hosts a Renovation Preview Day Sept. 30, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dallas News, 23 Sep. 2022 But the tourney is canceled during the shotgun start when thousands of protesters show up as the golfers are addressing their tee shots. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Jan. 2023 And so, on a Monday morning in late August, with Gannon hosting an outing of the Greater Lynn Chamber of Commerce, Sibley addresses 104 guests in electric carts awaiting a shotgun start. Steve Marantz,, 15 Sep. 2022 The format features a 12-team, 48-player field with a shotgun start. Seth Vertelney, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022 There was to be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. local time Friday in an effort to avoid the worst of the weather. San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Sep. 2022 LIV Golf, which has 48-man fields that play 54 holes with a shotgun start each day, applied to be included in the world ranking on July 6. Doug Ferguson, ajc, 20 Sep. 2022 Check-in time is 9 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2022 The event is set for Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove with registration and lunch at 10:30 a.m. and a noon shotgun start, post officials said in a press release. Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shotgun start was in 1958

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Cite this Entry

“Shotgun start.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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