As others have mentioned, technically, you were correct because its distance from the hole, not which part of the course, that determines who plays next. That said, its not uncommon during casual play to get everybody up onto the green first so that the flag doesn't have to be removed and replaced multiple times.
I like the idea of not worrying about the flag and just playing ready golf, like others have also mentioned. :)
Barring Jordan Speith, who won two majors this year, since Tiger nobody has won more than one major a year, showing us how many people have found that four hot days is enough to win you a major. As the talent pool gets deeper and wider (in the early twentieth century it was mostly American and UK winners and with the arrival of Gary Player, South African. Today so many nationals compete and can get close. Don't really think anyone can get to 19 or more majors
My home course finally decided to join 21st century and replaced all their aging carts with new ones. The new ones came with a GPS. It's not new - I've seen it in other courses and it was great. But I am amazed how much it can improve our golf experience. For those who have been using the GPS, what other good features am I missing from below?
GPS - exactly to the pin. They must "laser" it and enter the data every day. I don't need my laser rangefinder anymore.
On rainy or frost days when it's cart path only, the cart is automatically disabled when it enters into fairway. Every time I see golfers ignore cart path only rule I cringe for the damage they are doing to the course. No more.
For every so often, GPS will pop up a friendly message to fix divots & ball marks. Yeah! Hopefully, these reminders work on some.
For holes with blind spots, a similar pop up message shows up. And cart location of front group are displayed on screen. You have no excuse to hit into a front group anymore.
One can order food and drinks using the GPS touch screen. No more delays ordering food at the 9th hole cafe where sometimes, the group behind has to wait for the front group to get their sandwiches.