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In 2015, the Newport Cup worked as follows: Two teams of six players. Two rounds of foursomes, two rounds of four-ball, one round of singles Nassau scoring (front, back, total match play) in each 9 points available in each of the first four rounds (3 matches, 3 points per match), 18 in the singles (6 x 3) This set up a 36:18 ratio for the partner matches versus the singles matches In reading the responses in the main thread, most people are saying that they preferred the team matches and didn't like the singles as much. Nobody disliked the singles, it just wasn't as liked. Also, in the Ryder Cup, the ratio is 16:12. 4:3. Our ratio right now is 2:1. For those two reasons, I'm interested in changing up the singles format, but I'm not sure how. I'm not committed to changing them, but I'm interested in looking into it. The goals of any change might be to: Get closer to 4:3 ratio. Include the second opponent in the singles match. Avoid 1/4 points (so no half-point sides or whatever). Avoid complicated allocation of handicap strokes. None of them (except the third) are absolutes. Maybe a 2:1 ratio is good because nobody wants the pressure of feeling really bad if they lose six points in singles alone. I'd also like to preserve the idea that it's a "singles" match. The rest of this post will be me brainstorming a bit, or thinking out loud. 16:12 is 4:3. If we take 36 then the divisor is 9, and so 4:3 would be 36:27. 27 is an odd number dividing by 6. 24 is closer, which means each player can win four points per match the final round. Right now they stand to win 3. So the fourth point, maybe they can just play a singles match against the other opponent in the group? So if A is playing X, and B is playing Y, those matches are for three points, while they also have a 1-point match A vs. Y, B vs. X. Maybe. The handicapping* might be a little weird there, as too might the idea that A is out of a hole and picks up, while Y is also out of the hole and picks up but for one less (because B got a 4 and X got a 5, so for match play, 5 and 6 lose the hole). That could be worked around by requiring everyone to hole out, but… that kind of defeats the idea of match play. It's not the end of the world, but it's a little weird. * If the handicaps are A=1, B=4, X=2, and Y=7… A vs. X means X gets one shot on the #1 handicap hole, but in his single-point match against B he gives two strokes on the #1 and #2 handicap holes to B. That's what I mean by the handicapping can get a bit weird. Perhaps the two bonus points per match should be given to the team that wins the front and the back? Let's say A wins against X 2-up and loses the back 2-down. B loses the front to Y 1-down and wins the back 2-up. A wins 1.5 points, X wins 1.5 points. B wins 2 points, Y wins 1 points in their singles matches. Then AB won 2-up and 1-down on the front, so they win the front point 1-up. On the back nine they halved, as AB lost 2-down and won 2-up. So the bonus points are awarded 1.5 to 0.5. I'm open to other ideas. I'm not married to four-point singles matches (eight points per foursome), but I'm leaning that way just because it puts close to 4:3 ratio on the points. Since it's eight points per foursome, it is certainly possible that we just play front and back versus both of the opposing players for two points each. Each player can then win or lose four points, and you get to 24 again. But this is not without the handicapping issues noted above. I'd love to hear what other ideas y'all have. I'm open to anything. I'm even open to the idea of giving each team a yellow golf ball (maybe an optic yellow Get Sum) and saying that it's worth 1 point - before anyone tees off on a hole you play that ball alternate shot and if you make a par or better (gross) you get the point. If you bogey or worse the opposing team gets the point. That way it's truly an "extra" point that adds a little "team" aspect to one hole per round without complicating the handicaps or anything like that. Just a thought. Let's brainstorm. No bad ideas, so long as you're not completely ignoring the guidelines/goals…