Team handicap calculation for scrambles

posted Jan 24, 2017, 7:58 PM by Oakwood Couples

The standard paring for a scramble event is "ABCD". In pairing terminology, "A" is the lowest handicapper on the team, "B" is the second lowest, "C" is the second highest and "D" is the highest. The idea is to have a low, high,  and two medium handicappers on each team.

In our case, this pairs the low handicap couple with the high handicap couple, the second low with the second highest, etc. The result is that all teams have the same (or as close as possible) total handicap. Any team handicap you assign is immaterial because it is (virtually) the same for all teams.

The problem with an ABCD pairing is that it tends to result in the same couples playing with each other. This violates our number one rule which is to mix up the couples so you meet different people.

Without an ABCD pairing, you need a proper team handicap so the competition is fair. For that, we defer to the USGA which recommends using a team handicap of 20% of A's handicap plus 15% of B's handicap plus 10% of C's plus 5% of D's. The premise is the team is likely to use more of A's shots than, for example, D's.

Using the USGA's recommended team handicap keeps the competition fair regardless of which pairing method we use.

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posted Nov 18, 2016, 9:04 AM by Oakwood Couples

Ensure your GHIN number is active for 2017. Based on our experience, you need to renew your league membership (the one that gives you your GHIN handicap, such as MOGA, OLGA, etc.) by December 15. If your GHIN number become inactive, you can't be paired in our events until it reactivates.

2017 Executive receives enthusiastic approval

posted Nov 14, 2016, 8:15 PM by Oakwood Couples

Our new executive members for 2017 are:
Presidents: Dave & Stephanie Higgins
Vice-Presidents: Dick & Carole Schmidt
Treasurers: Fred & Linda Smith
Webmasters: Fred & Linda Smith

The motion would have passed unanimously if it hadn't been for certain members of the executive voting against it.

Vegetarian options posted to site

posted Nov 3, 2016, 6:38 PM by Oakwood Couples

The alternative vegetarian meals which are available have been posted to the site under Schedule>Meals.

Dec 16 event moved to Dec 30

posted Nov 1, 2016, 4:12 PM by Oakwood Couples   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 4:12 PM ]

To avoid duplication with Ironwood Couples, the event originally scheduled for December 16 has been moved to December 30. Everything else remains the same.

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