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In Lowest Score Wins, we recommend that golfers play from the forward tees in order to experience "breaking 80" for the first time, or shooting 65, or having more birdie putts than they've ever had, or whatever. This year, in 2016, we're taking it one step farther: we're encouraging everyone here to work with the head honcho* at your home course (or, if you play multiple courses, the head honcho at each of them!) and to set up a serious "Forward Tees Tournament." * "Head Honcho" simply means "whoever is in charge of or capable of setting up tournaments at your course." A Forward Tees Tournament (FTT) will be: FUN! Enlightening Unique Challenging I'll give anyone who creates and/or participates in a FTT this year the special achievement/award seen to the left. Anyone with this award will be entered to win a TST prize to be determined at the end of the year (and I'll do my best to make it a fairly good prize, but that shouldn't be the main reason why anyone should do this). You can play: With or without handicaps. With or without brackets/divisions/flights. Stroke play or match play. 18, 27, 36, 54+ holes. One day, two days, three days. No scrambles, please. Consider events in which players play their own ball. Etc. I think golfers will love playing in this type of tournament. I think it will challenge them to think about how they play and score. I think it will result in faster play, more fun, more birdies, more chances to hit 7-iron into par fives and feel like a Tour player for once, and… lower scores (or higher scores for the dumb players!). So there you have it. What can you do from here? Pledge here in this thread to talk to your head honcho. Recruit your buddies and local golfers to play in your event. Work with your head honcho to make the event a success. Play in the event! Post here after your tournament has been played to claim your super-exclusive award/achievement! I'm in. I'll be doing this, hopefully at multiple courses this year. Are you?
Today because it was very windy, I decided to play my practice round from the forward tees. The rating for the forward tee is 69.2 with the slope at 117. The white tees are 67.4 /118. What I noticed today for the first time, even though I've played from the forward tees previously, at my course there is no distinction from the men and the women. According to my understanding, the white tees would be easier for the professional players and not much difference for the bogie player. I asked the pro why there was no rating for the men from the forward tees and he told me there never is a distinction between the the men and the women on the tees, just rating and slope. I have before me a scorecard from a course I played last week. It lists different rating and slope for men and women. Is this something that is unique to the course? Which is correct? Which is official? Why is one different than another.