Had a great day at Red Sky Ranch yesterday- perfect weather on a beautiful and well maintained golf course playing with 3 good players from Keystone.
The foursome in front of us had 3 hacks and a decent player (who I would NOT have traded for anyone in our group). When we caught them on a tee box after about 7 holes, they said they were -2 and asked how we were doing. After we told them we were -5, one of their guys didn't say much, but I interpreted what he said as an implication that we must be cheating.
He was a stranger, bad golfer and drunk, so I don't really care what he thought, BUT there were 4 of my supervisors from Vail Ski School playing, so I wouldn't want them thinking that we cheated.
Do you assume that teams that go low in a scramble cheat?
That's another one of those "it depends" questions. Depends on who is accusing and who is being accused, how low the score is, and even if I have my suspicions, I'm not making any accusations without some evidence. I've seen too many legitimate scores in the 57-60 range from computer matched mixed teams (A, B, C, and D players with the D player usually at a 20+ handicap). These are men's club events where the teams aren't self chosen so they can't be a bunch of buddies who try to cheat the tournament. So it would take an unusual set of events for me to worry about it. I've been on a team myself which was 9 under through 9 holes (we tanked miserably on the back 9).
Too many guys just make the automatic assumption that any team lower than them must have cheated. When I play in one my team plays fair, and whatever happens, happens. If you worry about it, then it's best to just not play scrambles.
Edited by Fourputt - 10/8/13 at 6:09pm