Eight-some?? Is this a scramble?
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Since it's a practice round none of them are taking much time with anything and they move along reasonably fast. They usually start a little after 8:00 and are done in time to choose up for our game at 10:00.
It's pretty silly really but everybody wants to tag along and play along with the best 2 players and the best 2 players want to play with each other. It's about the only chance they get to play together since they are always on separate teams.
I'm sure the good players would rather some of the hackers split off into another foursome but they are too nice to say anything.
Needless to say there was alcohol involved. :)
I saw one such contest as an afternoon "fun event" during the 2007 U.S. Deaf Open (a tournament for people with hearing problems).
It was a "modified" sudden death elimination contest. About 15 golfers teed off on the first hole. The highest scores (some bogies) got eliminated.
The modified element: After the first couple of holes, two or more golfers might tie for high hole score. If so, they would have a chip-off or a bunker blast, and the loser would be dropped. Similar to the tiebreakers on The Big Break. (In the early going you want multiple people to drop quickly to make things more manageable.)
For playoffs at most PGA tournaments, you would see pure sudden death - even if it's a playoff with three or more golfers. If someone shoots lower than the others on a hole, it's over. Or, if it's two birdies and a par, the par shooter gets dropped, and the survivors continue. (And, of course, no chip-offs).