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At our club we occasionally have a scramble game involving both the men's and ladies clubs. Meant to be just a fun thing although a small amount of money is tossed in the pot for prizes. The dilemma is how to set up the pairings so that the foursomes are as equal in ability as possible ... so the same people don't win all the time. Usually the organizer makes a list of the participants in order of handicap ... a list of the ladies and a list of the men. Foursomes are 2 ladies and 2 men as much as possible (depending on who shows up). Then there is a step-by-step matchup starting with low man-high woman + low woman-high man. Then working down and up the lists until everyone is assigned a group. However this system puts the low-HCP man and the low-HCP woman in the same group. They end up making most of the shots for the 4-some, of course, and usually take home the winnings. Is there somewhere on the internet a scramble bracket system/design/advice that would keep the groups fairly even? Or has anyone figured this out on their own? Thanks for your help.
Fresh off the Newport Cup, one has a new or renewed appreciation of team golf and team games. So what does everyone prefer? And if you rarely or never play a team game, what seems like the most interesting and fun format? I think alternate shot is the ultimate team game. You and your partner are totally dependent upon each other. It was especially fun for me on the 2nd day when @cipher and I managed to claw our way to a tie (1.5 to 1.5) in the foursomes match. Each of us had some obvious weaknesses but we used our relative strengths to cobble together a game that salvaged a tie. Before we teed off we apologized for all the bad shots we were going to hit and then never said "sorry" after that, we just tried to "make lemonade out of lemons."
Not sure if this is governed by the rules of golf or not, so please feel free to move the post if necessary. Situation: Friend of mine has never scored less than 100 on the course we always play. He was given a HCP of 33 for the scores submitted, but a because max HCP used in a tournament is 28 that's what he played with during the scramble that we ended up shooting a net 62 which we ended up coming in second. Last week we play in the stroke play tournament and his HCP is reduced to 25 for the tournament, (which I still don't think makes sense) but they used the excuse that he just finished second in the scramble. Long story short he ended up shooting a 107 which is pretty much right around his average score. Today was the stabelford tournament and to our surprise they had reduced his HCP once again to 18 this time. When asked about it, they said it was because of the scramble score. (He ended up counting up all his scores today and shot a 111). I don't understand their logic, and it just makes no sense.. Wouldn't his individual scores count for a lot more than a stupid scramble? Should the scramble have any input in terms of HCP? Something is not right in Riyadh.. What do you think?