We've got a golf weekend coming up; 12 guys comprising two teams of six and we're playing three rounds. Each round is going to two guys from one team playing scramble format against two guys from the other team playing scramble format. Rather than total score for the round, we're just going to make it match play.
What we don't know is how to determine the number of strokes that should be given/received each round. (Well actually how many holes a team would give or receive a stroke on.) It wouldn't be an issue if we were all similar in handicap but this group has handicaps ranging from 2 to 25. First thought was just determine strokes given/received based on the average handicap of the two players playing together than round, but the first match we looked at doesn't seem right.
For example, let assume we've got Team 1 with a 5 hcp and a 21 hcp going against Team 2 with an 11 hcp and a 21 hcp. If you take the average, Team 1 (13 hcp avg) would give three strokes to Team 2 (16 hcp avg). If a 5 were playing against an 11, he'd give six strokes -- which is how it should be. But if we take the average in the above scenario and assume the two high handicappers cancel each other out, you've got an 11 hcp going against a 5 hcp but only getting three strokes.
Anyone have experience with or thoughts on how to fairly handicap this kind of format? Thanks in advance.