Absolutely! And if I lost it's easier to swallow at least I was beaten straight up Man vs. Man.
Getting beaten by strokes doesn't sit well, especially when there is the stench of a little sandbagging in the air. But it doesn't have to even be a sandbagger, the inherent chances of a 6 handicap shooting a better score tilts the playing field in his favor every time.
No, they dont have much of a chance for the overall club championship, which is a gross award. But they have to fill out flights somehow. There would have only been like 4 guys in the champ flight if they used a lower floor.
I think one camp is of the opinion that "when you swing better you'll score better", while the other is in the "take your crappy swing" and get some "motivation" to maximize your scoring potential.
Golf is a very statistical game. Almost every aspect is "statistical".
When you go out there, conditions can cause a lot of mishaps. They can also create good situations, although this is a lot less common.
The only non-variable is the ability of the golfer to swing well and his/her ability make good contact. Generally, the better a swing and contact, the lower the score. Everything else is kind of relevant to what score they end up with plus or minus some number. That plus or minus is not really predictable except by where you land the ball which is, again, related to the swing and contact. I am assuming that the golfer has reasonable judgement as to where to aim the ball in the first place. . .
Actually no it doesn't. The USGA Appendix E Score Frequency and Probability Table shows this to be untrue. You are a 6 handicap, the probability of you shooting a score 5 strokes below your handicap is nearly 5 times greater than mine. Your chance of shooting 6 strokes better than your handicap is nearly 7 times greater than mine.
I actually did not say anything about not liking to lose to someone I beat gross, but I does suck. Try shooting 68 gross and getting beat by a 4 handicap who shot 72, two 6 handicaps that shot 73, and a 7 handicap that shot 72 and see how you like it. Shoot four under par and get smoked by half your flight. It happened to me last tournament.
To me, "at least 8" means 8 or higher. if you meant "at worst an 8 handicap", you could have written it that way and made it clearer. And really, what chance did an 8 handicap have playing against a scratch or plus handicap like you. Doesn't seem like those 7 and 8 handicaps had a fair chance, does it?