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  1. Hello Sand Trap community, I have always been a CD-ROM (just read & never writes) of your forum and another for quite a while now. Just wanted to join the community and say hi to you all. A little background of myself: I am 29, golfed on & off for 15+ years (most rounds I played a year was probably 15 though I do hit the range 2-3 times a week). I have a decent swing with a faster tempo than most (will post a video when I have the chance)...average Asian built so I do not hit it a long way (average 265 carry) Never got my handicap card but my best round was a 73 at my local golf course (par 71) and averaged 78-81 at my city's golf courses (British Columbia) I have been taught for 3+ years and is enthusiastic to teach recreationally as a hobby. (heard so many debates between CGTF or CPGA, or USGTF or PGA for Americans)...the fact is I do want to teach on my weekends as a hobby. Unlike many of you, I am a HUGE Wilson Staff fan since I first started with the FAT SHAFTs...thats right! I have fiddled with many of their products slightly before P.Harrington won 3 majors and knew they were the 'unappreciated' brand. Anyways...HI all!=) and I look forward in responding and commenting like all of you. cheers
  2. Too Good of a Deal

    Hi all, It really is the time of year to snag awesome deals and I frequently check one site specifically and came across a killer deal on hybrids. I'm a regular from the site and have received nothing but fantastic quality and service. If you're all looking for a heck of a deal ($50) on hybrids (Adams, Callaway, and Tour Edge), definitely check it out. This isn't some spam thing either. I've attached proof of purchase so you all know I'm not shady. There's an additional 20% off the purchase as well until noon tomorrow. Happy shopping....and if you purchase something...YOURE WELCOME. Head on over and take advantage if you're in the market: http://myaccount.rockbottomgolf.com/mod_myRewards/referralWelcome.php?referralCode=RVUEAE
  3. Where do you draw the line? WINTER IS COMING

    G'morning all! Its a chilly-ish morning here in Chicago which made me want to ask this to you all: where do you personally draw the line to play given the weather and conditions? I know many people who put away the clubs when it drops below 60 degrees and also know a few who will play until a foot of snow is on the ground (even then I'm sure they'll try to somehow). With the colder and wetter conditions and as winter begins to take over, do you all also continue your play/practice indoors at ranges or simulators? I personally do not play below about 40 degrees with a wind chill. It begins to feel more like an episode of survival than a round of golf but that's just me being weak. I'm also brand new to this site so I look forward to communicating with a lot of new people! Happy Sunday!
  4. Turkey Day = DEALS GALORE

    Turkey day is here! While we all enjoy quality time with family, friends, pets, food, or any combination of them, there are plenty of golf deals all around us today and in the month to come! Just wondering: What are some areas of your bag that you're hoping to upgrade, add to, or simply something to purchase in excess this holiday season? And what are some sites and stores you'll be keeping an extra eye on? Personally, I've been able to get a hold of a Wilson FG Wedge last week that went on a pre-black Friday sale and it was something I've been eyeing for awhile. On the same note, my father was able to buy a Nike Vapor Speed driver for only $100 from a fairly small website. Enjoy the day!!
  5. Handicap Tracker

    I've struggled with what to blog, especially in a golf context. I know more about IT, programming, and databases than I do about golf. It finally hit me. I started writing a handicap tracking system. Knowing that I was moving to Florida this year, I didn't renew my membership to the golf association / GHIN, so I lost my official handicap. In my new job, they use the MySQL database system extensively, so I needed to learn it. I am a seasoned veteran in MS SQL Server, so I decided to dive in. Is there a better way to learn a database system than to write something golf related? I think not. Actually, calculating a handicap presents some interesting challenges, so it was a good project to put MySQL through its paces. The system is pretty basic right now. Since this isn't a formal project, so I'm winging it as I go. Basically, it has four tables, course, course tees, player, and scores. Course has basic information about a course like it's name, address, etc. Sadly, I added a field called "active" that will be set to false if a course shuts down. If a facility has multiple courses or rotations, they will be entered multiple times with the name of the facility followed by a dash and the course name (i.e. - Oakland Hills - South, Oakland Hills - North). Course tees has info about the tee boxes such as color, slope, rating. When I looked up some courses that I have played, I noticed the the USGA has different slope/rating information based on gender, so I added a gender field. Next there is the Player table which holds the players name, email, home course and whether they are active. It also has placeholders for handicap index, rounds used in the calculation, rounds posted. More on these in a minute. Finally, there is the Scores table. This holds players posted rounds by date, the course/tees played with copy of the slope and rating, score and adjusted (ESC) score. There is a calculated field showing the differential for the round. For now, I've combined nine hole rounds manually and entered, but I am thinking of adding a Score9H table to hold them with a relationship table where a player could link and submit 2 9 hole rounds into the scores table. I need to research any regulations that would impact this. Next I wrote some basic stored procedures to insert courses/tees, players and scores. Then I wrote one to copy slope and rating from the course tee table to the scores table. The idea here is that scores will reflect the slope rating at the time the round was played. It's denormalizing the data, but if the slope/rating of the course changes, it will only impact future rounds, not ones that have already been played. I'm curious how GHIN handles this. I would think that you would need to calculate based on what the slope and rating were at the time the round was played. Finally, there is the key to the system, the calculate handicap stored procedure. It is the most complex portion of the system to date. For the specified player, it grabs the last 20 rounds and puts them in a temp table ordered by calculated differential. I had a major issue here that I will describe later. It counts the rounds to see how many it needs to use for the calculation. I put the calculation for this into a function. I didn't need to since this is foreseeably the only place this would be done, but I wanted to use the function feature as part of my MySQL education. It did help clean up the stored proc though. At any rate, once it determines how many rounds to use based the number of rounds available, it uses a cursor to loop through that many times and creates a running total of the best N indexes that is then divided by the number of rounds processed times .96 to come up with the players index. It stores the calculated index in the players record along with the date it was calculated, how many rounds were used, etc. If there are less than five rounds posted, it assigns the default index (40.4 for women and 36.4 for men). Then a wrote another procedure that loops through active players in the system and calculates there handicap that can be scheduled to run on the 1st and 15th. So that is a lot of technical mumbo jumbo that you may or may not find entertaining. I did that to hopefully inspire some comments on how I go about this as well get ideas for possible improvements. The next phase is to write a web app to maintain the data. I am hoping to make this mobile friendly, but I don't foresee (at this time at least) writing a mobile app. There are many many many apps out there already, so I really don't see a market for it. I may do it just for the hell of it. I might create a Github page and make this an open source project. I haven't done that, so it would be an interesting experience. As far as my learning experience, I found MySQL to lack some of the features that I have become used to in SQL server. I guess I am spoiled. For instance, I discovered that you can't provide default values for input params in stored procs. Having this in SQL Server allows me call it without specifying a value for every param. I did a little work around where I set a default value for that parameter in the sp with an if statement. I also found out that when I read the calculated differential field in the scores table, it came back with a 0 value. It was working when I first started using it, but then it stopped working at some point along the way. It drove me crazy, but I ended up recalculating the differential in the sp that calculates handicap index. I found the intellisense (automatic command completion) feature to be very quirky. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn't. This exercise left me yearning to use SQL Server. Feel free to comment on any issues you see with my logic or any other features that you think would be nice to add.
  6. RNC

    See how long this discussion can last or should I say how long we can be civil. Day 1 of the RNC is in the books. Just some random thoughts. Marcus Lattrell (Lone Survivor) may have given the best speech of the night. Although while he said he was speaking from the heart and not the tele-prompter, he said exactly what was seen on the prompter! But he has earned a pass and generally gave a good speech. Patricia Smith's speech, while emotional was sad but completely, factually inaccurate. "I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son -- personally." While she is entitled to her opinion, the Benghazi Committee has indicated in last months report that the Obama Admin was to blame for security lapses. I can not imagine the 2004 DNC if Kerry dragged out 3000 parents to accuse GWB personally for their children's death! Aside from that 2 has been actors made no splash. Perry reminded everyone why he never made it out of Texas. I am still trying to wake up from Pence's speech! Rudy was great from 2 weeks in Sept, but has since reverted back to be a clown. Then this happened.... I cant believe that Michelle Obama would preemptively plagiarize Mrs Trump #3! http://www.vox.com/2016/7/19/12221566/melania-trump-michelle-obama Now it is coming to light that the campaign or DT himself, years ago, falsified her college credentials. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/melania-trump-college-claims_us_578dd95ce4b0c53d5cfac0dc?yptr=yahoo There was no policy speech, no platform, no effort to expand the tent. No effort to court the Latino vote Finally, do you think anyone at the RNC is aware that Freddie Mercury was Gay before using a Queen song? This convention is only going to get more weird!
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