What I'm trying to say is that the sandbagger withdrawing from an "amateur" tournament doesn't CARE about the trophy in a tournament, if that round will be recorded for his handicap. IF he's on or around his number, he'll stick around to make it look good. What he's trying to maintain is a number that will get the money from his victims, pigeons or whatever you call them. He's playing for REAL money when he can. Granted, it isn't a large percentage, but it is out there, seen a lot of them over the years. IT's not only in golf- Bowling, Darts, etc... anywhere there is a one-on-one aspect, there will be hustlers.
How many of us have come across 'that guy' who looks like he's just come from a garage sale with his 20 yr. old clubs and herky jerky swing that is shooting 6's and 7's for several hole when he says something like "I can't concentrate without something on it, how about a buck a hole?"...? Then he might tank it up for another 1 or 2, get you to agree to double it, then all of a sudden he's dropping shots pin high and putting like there was a string pulling it into the hole. By the end he's offered you a chance to press or double it up. You put some of those good holes to blind luck and you're writing a check at the 19th hole when you lose. But that's the small potato guys. Golfers do that for a LIVING playing as agents for backers. private matches happen all the time- verified handicaps and all. That hustler is raking it in most of the time until word gets out and he moves on to new territories.
My Grandad always told me to avoid ANY gambling on a course with a stranger- ESPECIALLY if you THINK you can beat him with one arm. If they suggest it- I just decline or offer to play for a beer in the clubhouse. They lose interest in the match eventually, buy me that beer or I buy theirs, and they're back on the tee working over someone else.