Regarding sandbagging, the solution the organizers came up with at Myrtle Beach was to issue judgments based on statistical data. Sandbag = DQ from prize eligibility. You can finish the tournament, but you're not eligible to receive as much as a ham sandwich at the end, much less compete in the Championship round. A BUNCH of DQ's are handed out every summer. I would imagine that there have been one or two legit "once in a lifetime rounds," but, with thousands of people there, they were not taking any chances.
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Thank you for this response. What I had in mind would essentially be tournaments that are scored based on net scoring. For example, a double digit handicap golfer was declared "World Champ" at last years' Myrtle Beach WorldAM. That's why I went. I had a "realistic chance" of becoming world champ as a double digit handicap. That's what draws thousands upon thousands of people there every year.
However, there were flights with golfers with handicaps as low as scratch. Certain flights were gross scoring, other flights were net scoring.
The gentleman who won in 2018, "beat better golfers." To that end, the target market would be the overwhelming majority of golfers who post gross scores in the range of 85-95. These guys are already throwing $20 into skins games on Saturdays, why not throw the same $20 into a prize pool where X% are paid out?
I have a Titleist light-weight stand bag. But I usually only carry it from the car to the range. Otherwise I use a push cart when I play. The bag is light... the push cart is light... so that's good. Makes me nimble.